Archive for January, 2012
Soldiers around the Army are taking a fresh approach to PT, following a formal overhaul earlier this year of the service’s physical fitness program.
Field Manual 21-20 has been replaced by Training Circular 3-22.20, known as Physical Readiness Training, which features techniques designed to improve conditioning and help prevent injuries. The new standardized model is based on lessons learned in eight years of war.
“It’s a big transition, due to the fact that the older Army – we were all about doing PT just to pass the (Army physical fitness) test, rather than to train as we would fight in combat,” said SSG Darius Andrus, a drill sergeant with A Company, 1st Battalion, 378th Infantry Regiment. “That’s the major change.”
He’s among 10 drill sergeants at Fort Benning who are part of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s PRT transformation committee. As the program takes shape, the group coordinates any modifications or improvements with the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School at Fort Jackson, S.C. (continue reading…)