The intent of the Austere AOFP is to provide soldiers with an operational fitness routine that will produce the required physical, mental, and emotional fitness to be effective in today's contemporary 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 purpose of the nine-week program is to maintain or enhance combat fitness, while commercial equipment is not available during deployment or training. The program will provide an effective routine until follow-on equipment, such as Olympic bars and plates, are available. It is designed to be executed "anywhere, anytime". All the required resources can be procured in theatre or easily packed into a couple of barrack boxes and deployed with the unit.
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