What do you remember about your physical training?

I was just reading in the Army Times about the Army's new physical training test being implemented soon. Seems the old Army P.T. test of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run aren't good enough anymore. The new one will consist of time on a rower, a run, and even a long jump, among other things, and will better prepare soldiers for combat and whatever 2012 can dish out at them.


I have written on least one time on this website about my trepidation over sit-ups while in training.  (See I Could Only Do Three Sit-Ups for a laugh at my expense.)  However, I do not doubt at all the crucial importance of physical training in the military.


On that note, it's your turn to share your physical training memories.  What were your P.T. tests like?  Were you good at this, bad at this?  Did your top physical condition ever save your life?  Do you remember any "smoke sessions" where the drill sergeants (or T.I.s or whatever your branch called them) made you torture yourselves with physical training?  You get the idea.  Comment below, or start your own discussion.


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Comment by Ricardo Jacques on April 13, 2012 at 10:19pm

Back then, the Obstacle Course was what we most worried about.

Besides our marksmanship.

After boot camp, we went to Infantry Training Regiments (ITR)

1953: "Infantry Training Regiments" are established at Camp Geiger, North Carolina and Camp Pendleton, California. Marines begin the "Combat Apprenticeship Program" receiving individual combat training under the instruction of World War II and Korean War veterans.

Where I not only had to carry my M1 beside a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).

Our training took place up the hill/mountain, name 'old smoky'.

It was a steep climb, now I think 'old smoky' is named the 'Grim Reaper'.

It's where the Marines on the West coast end their 'crucible' after 40 hours.

With very little sleep.

The Marines on the East coast finish their at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island.

Close to a model of Marine Corps Memorial at Arlington Virginia.

This recruit depot is were all the women train as part of the 4th Recruit Battalion.

They too have to pass the crucible'.

Comment by Ricardo Jacques on April 13, 2012 at 10:03pm

Can I possibly remember that far back?

To 1957/1958...I was all of seventeen plus.

I had taken part in several sports in my High School.

Track being one, so I had no problem with the running.

Football and wrestling kept me in shape.

The first Sunday, my recruit platoon went on a 3 mile run.

Two another recruits beside Ricardo, made the mistake.

Of not falling out, our Drill Instructor told us.

You will be falling out soon.

Back in those times, we didn't have a PT test as they do now.

In the Marine Corps.

Here's a web page on what the females have to pass on their PT Test


Minimum Fitness Requirments for Each PFT Event - Females
Age Flexed-Arm Hang Crunches 3-Mile Run
17-26 15 Seconds 50 31:00
27-39 15 Seconds 45 32:00
40-45 15 Seconds 45 33:00
46+ 15 Seconds 40 36:00
Marine Corps PFT Classification Scores - Male and Female
Class Age 17-26 Age 27-39 Age 40-45 Age 46+
1st 225 200 175 150
2nd 175 150 125 100
3rd 135 110 88 65

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