About Physical Training
The test is part of the Army Physical Fitness School’s pilot program, launched at multiple installations, including Fort Jackson, S.C., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Stewart to establish the scoring systems for the new Army Physical Readiness Test and Army Combat Readiness Test.
This is the first major change to the current Army Physical Fitness Test in nearly 31 years.
“Our goal is to focus on preparing Soldiers to train using warrior tasks and battle drills,” said Frank Palkoska, director for the U.S. Army Physical Readiness Division. “You should train like you fight.” (continue reading…)
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Field Manual 21-20 has been replaced by Training Circular 3-22.20, known as Physical Readiness Training, which features techniques designed to improve conditioning and help prevent injuries.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…)
I feel as though we’re putting the cart ahead of the horse when I hear talk about whether a Soldier can pass the new PT test. The experts at the Physical Readiness Division will tell you that they are still in a data collection mode and only one-third of the way there — all of which means that the events of the test themselves are not yet set in stone.
Rather than worry about a test that is still in the works, Soldiers should be thinking about how much better the new test will be to measure overall fitness, now that physical training has become more relevant for them. Remember that we are developing a system of training that relates to performance, particularly as it relates to combat.
Think back a few years, when we first began an intensive review of our initial military training. We determined that we wanted to develop a physical training program geared to increase the fitness of new Soldiers so that they would be ready for a more rigorous PT routine once they reached the operational force. (continue reading…)