August 01, 2006
This article is a 2006 briefing document that uses a series of slides, photographs and bullet points to provide an overview of the Canadian Forces Infantry School’s seven week long Austere AOFP project. Weekly breakdowns, testing protocols and results, and candidate perceptions are among the topics covered by Capt LW Rutland, Capt JT Williams and Capt Jeff Bird.
Our soldiers need realistic training where commanders use all the available resources to train as we intend to fight. The Austere AOFP program was designed to gauge physical capacities most closely associated with combat. It was developed by CrossFit and The Infantry School.
The intent is to provide soldiers with an operational fitness routine that will produce the required physical, mental, and emotional fitness to be effective in today operating environment. The program is designed to be flexible and utilized while in garrison, the field, or deployed to austere environments with only common military equipment and readily available local resources (rocks and sand).
The AOFP Austere Group made substantial increases in all evaluated events. It matched or bettered the results of a control group, with shorter workouts and no commercial gym equipment. The AOFP group obtained increased aerobic gains while performing limited, medium distance running and no long distance running.
Candidate perceptions, as recorded on anonymous questionnaires, included the following: “I feel the PT sessions have prepared me physically for the field” and "Logistically, this program is realistic for army group PT. "