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Battle Efficiency Test Aims To Make Ready Our Soldiers Mission Ready

The test was an operational fitness requirement that a soldier has to go through and achieve. It is normally given at the end of their peacekeeping pre-deployment training to test the combat readiness of the troops before being deployed to the mission theatre.
24 Feb 2019 10:00
Battle Efficiency Test Aims To Make Ready Our Soldiers Mission Ready
Members of the draft personnel who took part in the battle efficiency test from Blackrock camp to NASA CAAF compound. Photos: Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Sergeant Jale Maafu has said he is satisfied with the fitness of Republic of Fiji Military Forces draft personnel.

“I am pleased with the fitness level shown by the troops. However, there is still room for improvement,” said the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Draft physical training instructor.

This was during their battle efficiency test (BE Test) yesterday.

The test was an operational fitness requirement that a soldier has to go through and achieve.

It is normally given at the end of their peacekeeping pre-deployment training to test the combat readiness of the troops before being deployed to the mission theatre.

The test includes a 10-kilometre run and walk with webbing and rifle from Blackrock camp to NASA CAAF compound in under 1-hour-and-20-minutes for the under 35 years old.

Upon their arrival, they performed a fireman’s carry on their buddies over 100 metres and then swapped places and returned.

At the finishing line, the physical instructors conducted an equipment check to see if the troops had carried all the required equipment, such as a pair of uniforms, a pair of socks, two full water bottles, etc.

“What I’ve seen today has helped me design a training programme to maintain and improve the fitness level of our soldiers in the mission area,” Sergeant Ma’afu said.

The physical training instructor, who had just recently returned from Sinai, said the training facilities are world class and therefore the onus was on each individual soldier to make use of the facilities and maintain their level of fitness.

He added that other factors, such as giving up smoking, can quickly help in the recovery of the body to be able to perform well.

Sergeant Ma’afu said his mission was to ensure that the troops are physically capable to conduct their operational duties and meet the demands of their Commanding Officer.

The MFO draft personnel now looks forward to their week long mission rehearsal exercise, also known as mission readiness exercise.

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