Posted on Aug 24, 2014
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With Big Army complaining about soldier being overweight command teams should allow soldiers to go to the gym and lift weights instead of sitting around the company doing nothing
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SPC Michael Head
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I worked in the S-6 shop and if we completed all of our tasks for the day the NCOIC would have us change into PTs and either take us on a run or to the gym as a section. Our section had higher PT scores and it brought us closer together.
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SGT 94 E Radio Comsec Repairer
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PV2 Elidrissi,

No, for several reasons. Maintaining accountability would be burdensome and some Soldiers might use that time to sham rather than work out. Also, some tasks pop up at the spur of the moment, and you guys might be needed at the company on short notice. Third, it doesn't reflect well on your leaders if their Soldiers are seen at the gym every day during duty hours. Besides, if the Soldiers are motivated enough, they don't need a gym. They can do bodyweight exercises right there at the company. Also, they can work out on their personal time, if company PT isn't doing it for them.

If you have that much free time during the duty day, then maybe you guys should work on your warrior tasks and battle drills, study for the board, knock out more correspondence courses, have D&C contests, and practice writing up developmental counselings.
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Almost forgot, I ask enough out of my Soldiers, I am not willing to ask for their free time.
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SGT Nickolas Ortiz
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SGM (Join to see) - seriously? A US Soldier does not have "free time". We got paid for the 24/7 we were in for... and your Soldiers, if they're lead correctly, would go to the gym after last formation on their own. You need to stop coddling your Troops. Give them time off during duty hours to go to the gym? SERIOUSLY? In Combat Arms, that would have never even been a thought, let alone a Staff NCO entertaining that idea. We hit the gym after formation and worked out two to three hours each day... there was a certain esprit de corps felt to hit the gym with your platoon and be combat ready. What happened to the Army?!?!?!
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SGM G3 Sergeant Major
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SGT Nickolas Ortiz first of all, calm down there fella. Second, I have led some if the most physically fit, highest trained, combat effective, and highest morale outfits (yes more than one) in the Department of Defense. I believe I have a pretty good edge on the competition. Soldiers want to be treated like Soldiers! They want to actually do Soldier things throughout the day, shoot guns, fast rope, jump from planes, clear room, do PT through an actual professional science based performance driven program. Your model of we get paid “24/7” is exactly right, we do, however, that mentality is why some good folks dont stay in and I spend more time re training other folks to reach that level for it to happen all over again. Have you ever wondered why folks hardly ever leave SOF? Its because we get treated like adults and hold ourselves to a higher standard. The point where you are very immature and fail to see the big picture is how going to the gym is “time off”. Going to the gym is physical readiness and also a portion on your NCOER where I as a leader will give you every available means to be successful. I really appreciate your dialogue but question your tact, you seem triggered. I have served almost my entire career in SOF and in the Combat Arms, my recipe works bud. Have a good one.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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I see nothing wrong with what you said. I say if time and mission allows and Soldiers want to workout during the day, more power to it, because I have had that privilege and was grateful for it.
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Yes, but only if the unit's objectives are complete for the day. Then, and only then should a highly qualified E6 take charge of those personnel and provide some sort of supervision while at said gym.
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Why an E6, thats kinda random? If you cane to me asking for an “E6”, I would ask you why... just dialogue
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Cpl Clinton Britt
Cpl Clinton Britt
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We used to have personal PT days. You would have Marines that ran....most would go to the gym and sweat. From my experience, the only people that go to the gym on off time are the one that live the lift life. Some things dont need micro-management
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SPC Seany Weaver
SPC Seany Weaver
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An E6, damn has the army gotten that bad. When I was in we would have Spec4 take the sections and squads out for PT.
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