Before you get the opportunity to do a single pushup or run a single mile in military bootcamp training, you have to pass the ASVAB test. This is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test and is given at schools and processing stations across the country.
For some, the mental preparation is more of a workout than P.T. After all, you can’t really see you brain muscle grow when you do several repetitions of study, right? You just have to trust that memorizing all that stuff is going to matter at some point.
So how can you give yourself a mental advantage when you’re studying for the ASVAB test? Well, some studies would suggest that the right dietary supplements that include a dose of Ginseng may help.
You Mean a Dietary Supplement Can Replace “Homework?”
Now before you get too excited and believe that you don’t have to study or prepare at all, read on. No formula is going to replace the work that you need to put in to get the results that you want. Slacking off doesn’t work for building muscle. And it sure ain’t gunna work for building that brain power either.
However, independent tests which include those evaluated by the military show that Ginseng can play a positive role for you against mental fatigue and can help you stay focused even under stress.
How Does Siberian Ginseng and Gingko Biloba Help Mental Clarity?
Ginseng is no stranger to Eastern Medicine. The use of Ginseng in older patients to improve mental clarity, provide a cleansing tonic, and improve functions of the immune system has been around for thousands of years.
Most recently, research has been done to see if there are any benefits of Ginseng in healthy individuals.
A 2005 study concluded that use of Panax Ginseng may improve performance and feelings of mental fatigue. In addition, further studies shows that a mixture of Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba looked even more promising.
Ginseng and Gingko Biloba are both found in Military Grade’s Multipurpose formula.
For those part involved in Navy Seals, special ops, and soldiers in combat or law enforcement in extreme conditions…take note. Ginseng has been found to fight infections, radiation damage, and increase tolerance to ice water (think about jumping in and/or training in the ocean).
How can a plant help you tolerate cold water temperatures? It’s believe that the dilation of blood vessels, increased blood flow under cold stress, decreased pain from ischemia, and protection from local tissue damage as a result of Ginseng supplementation was the reason soldiers were better able to handle cold water.
How Important Is the ASVAB Test?
That’s an interesting question. Some people will look at the minimum requirements for passing the test and think “no problem”. And, if you want to be tagged as “average” and go through your military career as “average” that will work just fine.
However, as you maneuver through the 4 areas of the test: Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge, consider this: your overall score may impact what assignments you’re considered for once Military Bootcamp Training is over.
Sure, you can out-muscle and out-maneuver your superiors once you get in and have a chance to excel during training. But unfortunately, once you’ve been tagged or labeled, it may be harder than you first think. Your scores get recorded and it’s that guy or gal behind the desk pushing paper that is going to evaluate you, initially anyways, based on the number that appears in your test score box.
Hey, that’s just that way it is! Don’t shoot the messenger. It’s been this way since the early 1900’s!
What did the Early Military Training Tests Look Like?
Now, let’s have a little fun…
Let’s look at a historical account of how soldiers were classified. This is the foundation for the current system. Sure, it’s changed a little…we have computers and stuff now…but still.
Here’s an early graph contained in an official Military Training document which taught supervisors how to evaluate the test scores and intelligence of recruits:
Seems clear enough…right?
Next, on a grading scale from A (being the best) to E (I guess they didn’t us F back then), here are the labels placed on recruits compared to their test scores.
Those that scored highest usually were targeted and trained to be commissioned officer, OTS Students and Sergeants; those that scored lowest on the test were labeled with terms such as “disciplinary cases”, “men of low military value” and “un-teachable men”.
Ouch! Now I know that some women believe that men are “un-teachable”…yet can still be “trained”, but that just hurts!
Back then, there were 3 tests given. Your level of literacy determined the test you were given:
- Alpha: you could read and write English
- Beta: You were illiterate or a foreigner
- Individual: If you couldn’t pass the first two, an Individual test was given where the questions were given through gestures and demonstrations.
Wow….can you think of a few good gestures to use for some test questions?
Ginseng, Mental Clarity and Focusing on your Tests
All kidding aside, the results on your ASVAB test used for getting into military bootcamp training and the additional mental intelligence and testing you use during bootcamp, when your physical toughness will also be tested, will benefit from nutritional fortification.
Don’t go in with an empty tank. By using dietary supplements that contain Siberian Ginseng and Gingko Biloba, you allow your body to develop a strong foundation. You need to stay healthy, and you need to maintain clarity and stamina even if your boots are muddy and you’re shivering from the cold.
In a battle zone, the enemy isn’t going to offer you a cup of coffee so you can get comfortable and stay alert, right? Your training needs to reflect what you must be prepared to face.
Most people go into the military with an idea of the assignment they would like to get. These assignments, especially the best ones, will not be handed to you on a silver platter. It’s up to you to take the steps before you even begin your military bootcamp training.
How? Studying, working out, eating good and wholesome nutritionally rich foods (i.e.…real food) and taking any dietary supplements that can help you get the job done.
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Resources for Military Bootcamp Training and ASVAB Test:
Kennedy, D. O., A. B. Scholey, and K. A. Wesnes. 2001. Differential, dose dependent changes
in cognitive performance following acute administration of a Ginkgo biloba/Panax ginseng
combination to healthy young volunteers. Nutr Neurosci 4(5):399–412.
Kennedy, D. O., A. B. Scholey, and K. A. Wesnes. 2002. Modulation of cognition and mood
following administration of single doses of Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and a ginkgo/ginseng
combination to healthy young adults. Physiol Behav 75(5):739–751.