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It is only of late years that the value of physical training has been recognized in the Army of the United States, although the country as a whole for the past fifty years has participated more or less in the modern revival of physical culture. Some of our schools adopted the German system of gymnastics, others the French system of calisthenics and others again the athletic sports of the English. The first gives muscular development, the second grace and suppleness, the third grit, energy and determination to win. All are needful to the proper development of the soldier. At most of our military posts foot-ball and base-ball are played when the weather is favorable, but such sports do good to but few besides the players, and at many posts where the winters are long it has been reported that the only exercise of the men has been shoveling snow and
PHYSICAL TRAINING IN THE ARMY.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(3):160–161. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430810044005