Unless you have been hiding under a rock, i am sure you have heard about the cuts to training for the Air Force. The Air Force announced that it is slashing 45,000 or so hours of training flights across the country in an effort to meet mandated budget cuts. Those Pilots will now be forced to train in simulators till the end of the fiscal year.
Here is the good news –
Simulators are good enough to replicate any condition the pilot would face. That could be a simple as cross winds to as complex as an alien invasion. The pilots will not lack for mental or reflex improvement. In fact many could be better pilots after this mandated down time.
Here is the bad news-
Simulators will not be able to replicate the stress they would have been taking on their bodies. Those that don’t increase their physical training may experience an atrophy in there physic. The major draw back to that is if they aren’t given enough time to acclimate after the down time. Going straight into a combat situation could be disastrous.
What can be done?
There are several options. If the bases they are stationed at has a G simulator, regular trips will help keep them prepared. They can also use the extra time for more fitness training. Though it will not be the same as Gravity training it will help put them in a position to re- acclimate much faster. The options i offer to you are Insanity, Asylum and Les Mills Combat. Any of which can increase your max V02 levels and give you a bit of an edge over those not training with those programs. Also Look around the base for a cross fit group. Not all of them are good but if you find a unit that knows what its doing you will have a blast.
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