Dr J. Akila, T. E. Alu, E. A. Gunen, J. A. Gwani & C. E. Dikki
This study investigated the effect of Basic Military Training (BMT) on Agility of recruits at Depot Nigerian Army Zaria, Nigeria. An experimental approach with a 4x2x2 factorial design was used for the study. The participants were selected randomly into two groups from ten companies using Alfa-Juliet (A-J) consisting of 20 males and 20 females of trade and non-trade; from a total of 400 recruits for 12 weeks of Basic Military training. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics of mean, standard deviation and analysis of variance (ANOVA) at an alpha level of 0.05 to test the null hypothesis. Findings from the study revealed that Basic military training significantly improved agility of recruits at Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria (P = 0.001). Male and female recruits did not differ significantly in the effect of basic military training on their agility (P = 0.083). Recruits with trade and those without trade did not differ significantly on the effects of the basic military training on their agility (P = 0.937). The study recommends that basic military training should be encouraged and maintained for recruit and personnel of the Nigerian Army to improve their fitness variables and general performances.