Posted on May 5, 2015
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CSM Brigade Operations (S3) Sergeant Major
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Once again, FM 7-22 is doctrine not regulation. PRT is a guideline for leaders to follow for physical training. Personally, I am not a big fan of PRT, some of it is good, some of it not so good. PRT is the Army's physical fitness program so, you should be conducting it daily, you should be teaching your Soldiers and junior leaders how to instruct and execute PRT. You will be tested on your proficiency during NCOES.

With that being said, if PRT is all your unit is doing there is a command issue. Your unit's P.T. should increase the Soldiers proficiency, stamina, and strength to accomplish their wartime tasks. You should incorporate cross functional training, foot marches, battle focused training, and much more.

It's the one uninterrupted hour of the day that you have positive control of your Soldiers. Don't waste their time.
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CPT Bde Training Oic (S3)
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why, oh why could you not have been on hand to tell that to my CSM when I was told to cease and desist a circuit style PT program (that had PRT, actually the combat PT test, as its basis but didn't follow the "schedule"). My Soldiers loved it and it was showing great results. My CSM tried to tell me when my troops were leaving prior to 0730 that they had to stay for the full hour and if they were leaving early it obviously wasn't hard enough... Invited her to join for PT one day and she disappeared halfway through.
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SSG Steven Borders
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PRT is meant to sustain an individual that is already a PT stud and is meant to build up the ones that are not. As CSM (Join to see) put it which I agree with you one this one SGM. Some parts are good and some are not so good. It helps if the PRT is done correctly too. If not done correctly it will not work.

When it says at a light or moderate pace, then it should be preformed like that. I have seen SM's try to speed through it and you don't get the same results.

One thing I can tell you about PT at Stewart, we ran our asses off. Our company commander loved to run and I was the quidon bearer. Running 5 miles sometimes every Friday.
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Well put CSM (Join to see) too many leaders get stuck on just doing PRT and not getting out of the box and mixing it up.
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CSM (Join to see) Right on. AR 350-1 describes what physical readiness training is all about. The AR name has changed and FM 21-20 also went away but the premise is the same: PT sessions every morning are only part of a physical fitness program.
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SFC Stephen King
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I personally like them both. When I was in SLC, formerly ANCOC, we were taught PRT and I had the pleasure of teaching kettle bell pt, great session I incorporate it in my training to this day. I also have been a PLDC instructor who agreed with and followed FM 21-20 to the letter. In both scenario’s I found that I need additional training to be able to maintain and be mentally tough.

We all know physical training has a purpose and we have guidelines. Is there a set program for all to achieve a 300 on their APFT no?

Individuals who are training or conducting training will adhere to the prescribed regulation, FM 7-22, Army Physical Readiness Training. Having seen both each of these documents mentioned have personally assisted me in developing a training program to pursue my individual goal. “I lift heavy things and put them down.”
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I don't like PRT because most of my Soldiers don't get a good enough workout or stretching from it. My unit tries to push you to do whatever is on the PRT quick card and nothing else. Most of the time I go through some older stretches from FM 21-20 right after the PRT warm-up to help with stretching. I also try to incorporate some exercises from FM 21-20 in order to add some variety. But even then it seems like we waste more time on the PRT warm-up and cool down then on actual exercises.
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