A PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF SUBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITION OF TRAINEES IN A MILITARY DOCTOR PROGRAMME. COMPARISON OF RESULTS WITH OBJECTIVELY MEASURED PHYSIOLOGICAL INDICATORS (BODY MASS INDEX AND BODY FAT PERCENTAGE) AND MENTAL STATES
ABSTRACT: The military environment demands specific requirements for the personality of the cadets. The curriculum of the trainees in the "Military Doctor" study program includes theoretical and practical classes at Nicola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Medical University "Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov" – Varna and Military Medical Academy – Sofia.
Working in extreme situations and also learning two different specialties – "Medical Support of the Armed Forces" and "Organisation and Management of Military Formations at Tactical Level" – is a test for the personal qualities of the cadets.
The profession of "Military Doctor" is a responsible one, combining devotion to the health and to the Homeland, therefore is important to assess the physical and mental condition of the trainees.
Keywords: cadets, military doctor, mental state, physical condition