In my own experience (Army only) I saw every leader "talk the talk" about PT (Physical Training) being the first thing on the calendar and the last item to come off the calendar - however reality was a different story. More often than not PT would vanish in the place of everything from inspections to urine testing. While this may have changed since I left service, I have always wondered what others thought as we see warfare evolve, does PT really matter enough to be first on the schedule and last off?
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Maybe not first on the schedule and last off, but it needs to be on the schedule. <div>What I see often in the AF is leaders that don't want issues. They give the squeaky wheel the grease, help out those that are struggling, and then once they are passing, stop caring about PT and refocus on the mission.</div><div><br></div><div>The problem with this approach is the mission should include PT if for no other reason than it will keep medical costs down, increase esprit de corps, and often actually increases productivity because it gives people added energy as a jump start to ones day.</div><div><br></div><div>Personally, I have never been in a leadership position, but I can say those commanders that made PT a priority and cared to come out and do it with their unit, really motivated me to be better in all aspects of my service.</div>
My complaint about PT wasn't that it wasn't done. It's that the schedule was too rigid. I could never figure out what is so goddamn important at 0900 in garrison that an Infantryman absolutely has to be in formation. I'd often ask, "Why don't we have an extended session of PT and just have formation at 0930 or 1000. We have nothing else on the schedule today." No one could answer that. PT wasn't the most important event of the day. Formations were. BTW I do know of one PLT SGT who stated at a promotion board that D&C was the most important aspect of PT; not conditioning, but D&C.<br>
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