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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.
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CW3 Kevin Storm
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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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Thank you, sir! I have been working on the push-ups since I got home(50 hand release is my max so far, but I think my form starts slipping around 40). I'll have to give the telephone pole workouts a shot, those sound like they would hurt(in a constructive way)!
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I forgot to mention, there is a lot of trash talk on the gun lines, get used to it. If you can do it from home, you may wish to enroll in the Correspondence course for 13B10, if you don't already have a drivers licensee get one, it will make life easier for you when you get to your active duty station. Have a family member show you how to check the oil, tranny fluid, and change a tire. I can't tell you how many troops I have met who have no clue how to do that. One other thing, and I wish every soldier were trained in this, learn fiscal management. Don't overdraft your checking/backing account. Avoid Credit like the plague. Pay cash when ever possible. You will save far more money that way. Make a budget and keep to it. When you get to your first active duty station stick with those correspondence courses, and any other education that becomes availible.
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SGT(P) Le'a    K Billingsley
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I was a 13 B 2/2 FA Salute Battery, 1987-1990. Squats,arm and leg exercises. AND LISTEN, do NOT Talk, LISTEN, then do.....the drill instructors will appreciate you more for that. ANY other question myself and others on here can answer.
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SGT(P) Le'a    K Billingsley
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Ab exercises will do wonders too.
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PVT Michael Sperber
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Kettlebell, and squats would be my suggestion. And definitely find some high end earplugs and buy several pair The ones from the army are crap, and I have developed some pretty bad tinnitus as a result. It's no joke.
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