The Research

Primary Aim

Specifically we will be able to see if ‘grit’ can be maturated by adventure training at two levels ‘moderate’ and ‘severe’ by noting changes in a range of pre-developed psychometric tests that measure various aspects of this construct.

An adventure training sample will be selected by normal military RN/RM methods and standard practices. The research group of volunteers will be anonymously drawn from within this sample.

Baseline research data will be collected in the same participants during the initial expedition screening process using a variety of established metrics, then again at the end of Phase I (medium intensity adventurous training activity) and again at the end of Phase II (extreme arduous adventure training activity).

Any changes over time will be examined to assess if adventurous Training can be demonstrated to improve grit and if so, by how much. We would also seek to determine if these changes in character are enduring.

Other aspects of team dynamics will be externally rated by at least two SME trainers on 5 point Likert items including;  strength of character/resilience/courage/self-confidence/self-esteem/leadership/team social-interaction and leadership.

The “Null” hypothesis to be tested is that there will be no change in grit characteristics and team dynamics under conditions of increasing environmental danger.

Secondary Aim

This study will determine whether the early scores on ‘grit’ assessments can be used to predict later individual performance and SME ratings in team dynamics under conditions of increasing environmental danger