Posted on Dec 14, 2017
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This may be a common sense question, but I've been reading through FM 7-22 and I can't get a definitive answer. When you conduct MMD 1 or 2, you do so in the extended rectangular formation, covered. But should soldiers stay on line for the duration of each exercise, or are they executed at your own pace?
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PFC (Join to see), No. It is not explicitly stated one way or the other within the BCT POI or FM 7-22. However, the exercises contained within MMD1/2 are considered "individual tasks" which means they should be conducted at the Soldier's own pace. Often times within the IET environment, it's taught to be "online" in order to maintain control and allow DS's and AIT PSG's to observe for proper form. Those lessons are often carried back into line units as gospel when really it's just a method to control chaos for trainees.
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SGT Jim Ramge, MBA
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Haven’t marched in twenty years... That said, use your NCO leadership Soldier that’s what why it’s there! If you do not get the answer you are looking, move up the NCO chain until you do. At some point, a Sr. NCO will know the answer you seek - guarantee it!
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When I attended the Master Fitness Trainer Course in 2014, our instructors informed us that although it was not explicitly stated in the manual, all personnel conducting MMD 1-2 were to stay on line throughout execution.
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SFC,
This is definitely a great question for the MFT instructors. I took a class with the ones at Fort Jackson, and they stated the opposite, that everyone moves at their own pace, a similar guideline to what I received at DS school in 2014.
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