Running Skill Training Enables NCOs to Train Soldiers with Better Results


Running skill training is an important initiative in the Army. The physical readiness domain focuses on a particular goal called “movement lethality,” which is the ability to destroy the enemy on the battlefield and successfully return home. Movement lethality is an essential skill for every soldier to have, regardless of their specific military occupational specialty, as every soldier has the potential to be deployed.

Running is considered to be #1 athletic activity in the number of non contact injuries reported, experienced and treated annually. That makes running the most dangerous sport. “The most dangerous thing you can do in the Army is not jumping out of planes – it’s to go for a run”

The running test is part of the physical fitness evaluation, and is commonly failed not due to a lack of trying, but lack of skill.



Running has always been part of military training. It is an essential activity that is part of virtually everything else soldiers must do on regular basis. And it's been known for years, that as an activity, running is also the most dangerous athletic movement solely due to the amount of injuries that soldiers sustain. More than 2 out of 3 injured soldiers face injuries from running. However, running itself is not the issue.


Soldiers are trained and taught how to do virtually every task, however, running, the activity directly responsible for an overwhelming majority of all military related musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries, is not taught as a skill.


Health and Holistic Fitness, or H2F is a big initiative by the Army to revamp training protocols. One of the major updates in the new doctrine is the addition of Running Skill (Pose Method) in FM 7-22 (Chapter 7).

Running Skill training is now available on demand, forcewide,  through the Army IgnitED program. Individual Soldiers can watch Pose Method running skill training videos online, and take an exam to become a certified instructor (technical certification, promotion points).

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