I am headed back to Fort Sill for AIT next summer(split ops), and was wondering if anybody had any pointers; what the requirements are, exercises I should do to get in shape, stuff to study up on, etc. I am in decent shape but from what I've heard, as a female, I'm gonna have to really bust my ass if I wanna keep up.
Posted 10 mo ago
Squats will be useful, as well as pushups, learn good body mechanics, work on stretches and overall physical fitness. Artillery crews will often make things look easy, and just pick up around and go throw it in the feed tray. When the 8 inch Howitzer was the biggest gun out there, it was not uncommon to see a soldier carry a round on each soldier. It was a badge of honor. Those rounds weight between 185lbs to 205 lbs each. How many of them now walk bent over into Walmart now? Be smart, take care of your self. Some of the PT I used to see the Cannon crews do were with sections of telephone pole doing situps with them, carrying them, marching with them. Do they still do that? I don't know, but in 1982 they did, and when I went back to Sill in 1986 they were then. Not all Cannoneer's are Gorilla's nor do they need to be, a lot of them are just regular Joe's...and now Jane's, best of luck to you Redleg, make us proud!
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