An article by The New York Times shows that in spite of concussions caused by boxing, military academies are loathe to cut the requirement. Boxing has been a staple at military academies since the early 1900s when it was incorporated into the curriculum at West Point and is used to teach cadets courage and composure under stress. However, the concussions students sustain while training may have the opposite effect.
“Whatever benefit a cadet gains from boxing, the cost of missing studies, of missing training, of becoming more vulnerable to injury down range, are detrimental to military readiness,” said Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate and chairwoman of West Point’s Board of Visitors. “It’s possible by trying to prepare our cadets, we are making them less ready.”
One out of every five concussions at West Point and one in four at the Air Force Academy are a result of boxing, and this school year, a quarter of all concussions at the Naval Academy were caused by boxing, more than twice as many as football. In the last three academic years, West Point has had 97 documented concussions among students, the Air Force Academy reported 72, and the Naval Academy had 29.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.