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From College to Command—Human Performance Optimization and the Army ROTC Cadet

by Jared Hornsby, PhD, CSCS, Nicholas D. Barringer, PhD, RD, CSCS,*D, Donald Patrick Meckley, and Bret D. Hamilton, CSCS
TSAC Report November 2018

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Soldiers in today’s Army should be exposed to realistic and stressful training scenarios. Additionally, they should be educated on the physical, psychological, and cognitive effects of combat and fatigue. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC) cadets are an ideal training audience since they are already immersed in an academic environment.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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