Posted on Feb 1, 2014
SGT Cda 564, Assistant Team Sergeant
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The Army Standard for APFT is 180 (60 in each event) 
Airborne Units the standard is usually 210 (70 in each event). 


If you score a 181 in a regular unit or a 211 in an Airborne unit (or any unit who holds to higher standards) would that mean you would receive an excellence(exceeds standard) or would you still rate your NCO Success(meets standards) in physical fitness?


(for discussion sake, APFT is the determining factor and your NCO is squared away on military bearing )
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SSG Oliver Mathews
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 I can agree with what has been said, but i might add that (as an NCO
with a Perm Profile). The Physical Fitness block should not just be my
own PT. If i have soldiers and i am getting 90+ in each event and my
soldiers are only getting 70-80 in each event have i met the standards
or have i exceeded the standard?

That being said I do not believe that your personal score should be used as a bullet for an NCOER. My ability to get 90+ does not make me a better or worse NCO. Where the ability to create a PT program to reduce the number of personnel on the Overweight program, or a program that raises your entire teams/squad/platoons overall score, should be used to determine Excellence vs Meets the standards.

Again these are just my two cents.
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SSG Oliver Mathews
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So PT makes you able to lead? or being able to lead makes you do better at PT? 

Kinda lost. Just because a NCO can get a 270 plus doesnt mean he can lead his soldiers effectivly. 

Case: A unit is deployed and a soldier has an issue with being overweight. Soldiers' NCO goes to the Gym once or twice a day; maintains a 300 average, and posts pictures of himself shirtless everyday online cause he is "That sexy" 

Soldier hits a record weight of 300 plus... (his NCOs PT score) and the soldier is shunned for being lazy and fat. His NCO is sent to the promotion Board. Upon return from the deployment Soldier is kicked out of the Army. The NCO was promoted. 

Point. Who is at fault? The NCO who "Set the Example" or the soldier who failed to follow in the NCOs footsteps? 

Opinion: I think its the NCO who set the example but did not LEAD the soldier to the gym. Did not Motivate the solder to be better. But did set the example of what an NCO should be. 

What good is setting an example if you cant follow the basic principles of being an NCO Motivate soldiers to be better, Train them how to be better, and Mentor them so that when its their turn they do it right. That is what a good leader does. 

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SGT Mathews:

 

While at OCS, the cadre (including the BN CDR) put it right out there that: Running = Leadership = Running.  That is why required graduation events are: 3, 4, 5 mile timed runs, completing the BN run, and 5, 7, 10 mile ruck marches (25% - 30% of your body weight).

 

Do I agree with this?  No.  Not just because my knees didn't cooperate, but because being a PT-Stud does not make you a better (or even good) leader.  Should a leader always be out front and be performing better than his/her troops?  Absolutely.  BUT that should NOT be either the only qualification for leadership or eclipse other critical leadership traits/skills.

 

As for the original question, the NCOER is each NCO's "report card" and it describes not only leadership, but personal accomplishments.  So, yes, scoring 90+ in each APFT event should be considered an "Excellence."  In my current unit, the BN CSM has stated that a 270+ is an "Excellence" on the NCOER.  Your unit's mileage may vary.

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SSG Oliver Mathews
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 what if you are really really good at PT but have no Military Bearing at all?

C. Physical Fitness and Military Bearing. There is then a section within the  C that is dedicated to the APFT. Stating that the soldier exceeded the standards with one bullet doesn't mean that C is Excellence overall. I mean  what if you are really really good at PT but have no Military Bearing at all?

I am not saying what is right nor wrong, I am stating my opinion.  I am not stating that it should not be a contributing factor to an Excellence but if being a PT stud is the only reason to quantify the Excellence then maybe the focus of the command is slightly off.
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SSG Oliver Mathews
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CSM breeding, j understand where I think you are going with this... I respect that anyone with dedication can get a 300+ on their pt test hell I can get a 200 (no sit ups) if I work hard for a month. does it hurt? yup did it change the quality of leader that I am? nope... I just hurt more. ... i have been tryong to write more but icant CSM I'll finish this when I get off leave... responding on my phone is a pain in the 4th pocontact.
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Your question is if a score of one point over the bare minimum constitutes excellence. That leaves a 180-point spread (0-179) for Needs Improvement, a 120-point spread (181-300) for excellence, and a 1-point spread (180) for Success. This contradicts the spirit and intention of the rating. Would you also recommend a 1/1 senior rating for someone who just barely met the minimum job performance standard for a year? Remember, a strong Success is better than a weak Excellence, and a strong 2/1 or 2/2 is better than a weak 1/1. All that inflated ratings do is ruin the integrity of the promotion system and cast doubt on your judgement as a rater/supervisor.


I agree with the previous posters that a record APFT score of 270 is the accepted threshold for excellence. Additionally, if the NCO was on a permanent profile and scored at least a 90 in his or her graded events (as opposed to go/no-go events), I would argue that a rater could rate the NCO as excellent in that block.

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SGT Cda 564, Assistant Team Sergeant
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SFC Watkins,

I am not speaking of a real event, just posing a question. 
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SFC Uas Sme Acm Ra
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270 or above in my expercience every where i have been i order to recieve an excellence bullet.
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SFC Gary Fox
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That's been the norm everywhere I've been as well.
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