Basic Training Videos

Because many skills needed for survival on the battlefield are also crucial to success on the playing field, athletes can improve their performance by taking physical fitness, mental toughness and leadership advice from the men and women who serve in the U.S. Military. In this section, members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Army National Guard reveal the challenges they've confronted and the lessons they've learned fighting on the front lines. Learn more about the tests, workouts, competitions and training that make American soldiers the best in the world.

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SEALFIT: Pushing the Limits of What Athletes Are Capable Of

SEALFIT uses rigorous training techniques to push athletes further, helping them understand what their bodies are actually capable of.

Robots at the Ready

Air Force engineer 1st Lt Jason Rathje describes the robots or “autonomous agents,” which his lab is developing to help Airmen and emergency personnel to be better informed.

The Sky’s Not the Limit

Col Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr. (Ret) describes the path that led him from Air Force helicopter pilot to astronaut.

To Own the Skies

Air Force Lt Col Eric Smith, an F-35 instructor pilot, talks about the elements that make the F-35 one of the most technologically advanced aircrafts in history.

No Time to Fail

After the massive 2010 Haiti earthquake damaged Port-au-Prince International Airport’s air traffic control tower, a small U.S. Air Force Special Operations team quickly got the airfield running so that countries could start delivering aid.

Stepping into the Unknown

Retired Air Force Col Joseph W. Kittinger, Jr. talks about Project Excelsior, in which he parachuted from a record 65,000 feet above the earth, proving that a human being could survive such a jump.

Second to None

Lt Col Nicole Malachowski talks about her path to becoming the first female Thunderbird pilot.

National Guard: Tempo Core Exercise with USA Luge

Improve core strength and conditioning with a brutal core tempo workout from Olympic luge athlete Sgt. Matt Mortensen.

National Guard: Muscle-Ups With USA Luge

Sgt. Preston Griffall demonstrates the Muscle-Up, a difficult bodyweight exercise designed to build upper-body explosiveness.

National Guard: Bent-Over Row With USA Luge

Olympic athlete Sgt. Matt Mortensen shows you the right way to perform a Bent-Over Row.

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