HITT Small Unit Leaders course trains Marines to be fit to fight

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Karis Mattingly
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Karis Mattingly

HITT Small Unit Leaders course trains Marines to be fit to fight

by Cpl. Karis Mattingly
Marine Corps Installations Pacific

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan -- U.S. Marines participated in a High Intensity Tactical Training Small Unit Leaders course, at Gunners’ Gym on Camp Foster, Nov. 16-20.

The program's purpose is to enhance operational fitness levels and optimize combat readiness by providing strength and conditioning training. The week-long course consists of learning seven foundational movements- hinge, push, pull, squat, lunge, rotation and core strength.

“I am just really happy to be here today,” said Amanda Fields, a fitness and HITT coordinator for health promotions with Marine Corps Community Services. “I love instructing, developing new coaches and seeing Marines possess a passion for fitness that maybe they didn’t know they had.”

Due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the program was modified to limit the number of participants to 10 people to help ensure guidelines are being met, explained Fields. In addition, sanitization of equipment and adequate social distancing is followed at all times. Continuing this program in the midst of COVID-19 is important because it allows staff to teach Marines how to run a unit physical training while following additional health guidelines.

In order to enroll into the course, Marines must be a corporal or above, have a first class Combat Fitness Test and Physical Fitness Test within 30 days of the course, and in a full duty status within the last six months.

“This course helps combat readiness and fitness because it focuses on workouts that can align with potential real life scenarios,” said Sgt. David Espinoza, a training noncommissioned officer with General Facilities. “HITT focuses on proper form and execution to reduce injury, ultimately keeping us in the fight.”

The program is taught by MCCS employees, with an overall goal of developing Marines into better leaders and coaches, smart programming, and focus on injury prevention and better tactical athletes.

“The HITT program helps us work on ourselves functionally and as a person with the help from great instructors that push us past what we originally think our limits are,” said Espinoza. “The course gives us the knowledge we need, to bring back to our Marines, and show them how to take care of themselves and do everything in their power to maintain combat readiness and combat effectiveness.”

For more information regarding health promotion, visit https://www.mccsokinawa.com/healthpromotion/ and email any of the health promotion staff.

Photo Caption:
U.S. Marines Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Phoeuk Sambo, a personnel office with Installation Personnel Administration Center, executes a proper barbell military press during the High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) Small Unit Leaders course, at Gunners’ Gym on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 19, 2020. HITT programs purpose is to allow Marines the opportunity to enhance operational fitness levels and optimize combat readiness by providing strength and conditioning training.

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Japan
Stripes Korea
Stripes Guam

Recommended Content

Around the Web