Oct. 1 (UPI) — The Army released a new field manual Thursday that officially embraces midday naps to help improve performance.
The new guide focuses on individual wellness rather than the health of whole units, and it updates the branch’s health and fitness recommendations for the first time since 2012.
In addition to encouraging afternoon napping, the Army plans to shift its hourlong early-morning training sessions to fitness training regimens tailored to individuals.
“This will require physical training to occur throughout the duty day, not just during a one-hour period in the early morning,” said Megan Reed, a spokeswoman for the Center for Initial Military Training at Fort Eustis, Va., which spearheaded the service’s health reform efforts outlined in the new field manual.
The new manual also has chapters on setting goals, visualizing success and “spiritual readiness.”
“We’ve made leaps and strides, by not looking at soldiers as carbon copies