Benchmark assessment!!! Yes.. We would always usually began on the first and the thirteenth session of every month with a Chief's Original Bootcamp (COBC) Benchmark assessment. However, this month we scheduled it on other unknown days for various reason but it will be done. Without the Benchmark assessment of the first session, new recruits were placed into Ranger, Seal or Delta according to how they perform while working out at every session!! Yes.. The Reds are watching us!! Rumor has it, they all got eye behind their back... So much so that when we thought we are on a comfortable safe zone taking a breather, Wham!!! 10 Grunts for stalling... Gulp.. *swallow saliva.. spotted!

Whether you are at COBC in Malaysia or Australia or any other part of the world, you will be doing the same benchmark assessment!! The same form, the same circuit and the same distance. Why? because of various reason but primarily because wherever you are, when you have reach a certain fitness level, you would want to pace yourself against other better recruits within the COBC network worldwide. That is one of the primary characteristics of a Delta. Twice a year, this elite Delta will be given a special invitation to participate in the network's toughest challenge codename: Hell Week!! or Longest day etc. Some Deltas were even invited to try out for the Red Tee... Yes, we encourage and recommend potential Deltas to be in red tee for one main reason.. Instructors that was born from a recruit knew best the needs and wants of a recruit and is able to fulfill that better than someone from outside whom would have to first understand COBC military-inspired's firm, assertive and yet friendly nature as well as COBC recruit's culture and camaraderie.

This BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT is important for the instructor to gauge the recruits physical ability in strength, muscular endurance, stamina, agility and speed. With the Benchmark Assessment too, the instructors will also have a better insight in the recruits ability to go beyond their physical fatigue. This is important for instructors to get the best out of the recruit.

Once the assessment is concluded, recruits will be placed unto their respective rank, eg, Delta, Seals and Rangers according to their benchmark timing and workout form as well as technique. The benchmark timing is not the only factor used in categorizing recruits but the characteristics of competitiveness or KIASU-ness of the recruits too will determine their category. Recruits whom are less Kiasu.. requires more team-work effort and motivation. These factors are important to ensure the gains of every recruits are at the optimal.

There are 2 parts of the Benchmark assessment.

1) THE CIRCUIT TIMING: There are FOUR EXERCISES involved in the Benchmark Assessment.

i) Running 2 laps of 200 meter track.
ii) Pushups (10 repetition on toes & 15 on knees)
iii) Grunts (10 repetitions)
iv) Situps (15 repetition without assistance, 20 rep with feet assisted)

There will be no resting between workout and once the 3 sets of the circuit above is completed, the timing will recorded.

2) 1 MILE RUN (or 1.6km)

Recruits are required to run 8 laps of 200 meter track for the 1 mile run.

BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT is important and should not be missed. Recruits whom are not continuing their session in the following months must still perform the Benchmark Assessment upon completing their 12 session. This will show their level of fitness improvement.

When will the benchmark assessment be held for on every intake? Well, if there is one thing that we just cannot predict at COBC, then it must be what will be in store for us in the next session. HOOYAH!!