Mike Chadwick began his career with the Parachute Regiment back in 2007 and has worked with both the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). During this time he deployed and led on multiple operations and overseas exercises before being selected to become the lead Physical Training Instructor at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick (ITC), gaining a full BSc (Hons) degree in Coaching. It was here that he was successfully selected as a Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructor (RAPTCI) earning multiple awards and commendations including a GOC, announced alongside the Queens Birthday Honors list, 2019.
In this episode Mike discusses:
His career in the Parachute Regiment and his move to the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC).
The development of Op Achilles, a programme to develop future paratroopers to cope with demands of selection in to the Parachute Regiment.
The need to individualize training and earning the right to progress.
The challenges of training 15 -17 year old soldiers and considerations for long term development.
Barriers to implementing a strength based programme in a system accustomed to endurance and calisthenic based training.