Military PFT Prep

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Ready for Boot Camp?

Prepare Yourself for Boot Camp

Prepare Yourself for Boot Camp Why show up at your boot camp or a service academy unprepared for the physical fitness test? You would be surprised, but many people are physically unprepared for life in the military when they arrive. Why make life your first time away from home any more stressful than it already is? If you show up fit and ab... more

Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Meals Before PFT

Beginning A Fitness Lifestyle Change

Hey Stew, I seem to react better to working out if I eat about two hours before training, not one. Would it be too long to eat and have a small cup of coffee three to four hours before the PFT? I would like to have a small cup of coffee, a banana, and a few baby carrots three to four hours prior to the PFT and water up one to two hours pr... more

How to Join Naval Special Operations

How to Join Naval Special Operations

Do you think you have what is takes to become a member of Naval Special Warfare or Special Operations? You have several choices now! As of October 2006, the Navy changed the way SEAL Teams, SEAL recruits, and all the branches of Naval Special Warfare/Operations do business. Now, SEAL enlisted personnel no longer have to select Source ratings (i.... more

TRADOC Revises Army Physical Fitness Test

Tradoc Revises Army Physical Fitness Test

This piece was written in November of 2011. The test is still being evaluated. Soldiers will be better prepared if they train how they would fight. This innovative physical readiness training philosophy, implemented by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, has driven the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School to revise not only how the Army c... more

Army's Big PT Test Changes

Army's Big Pt Test Changes

This potential policy change of the Army PFT standards article was written in 2011. After testing the ACRT / APRT on more than 10,000 soldiers, TRADOC decided not to implement proposed changes and are still researching the data.  The original Army Physical Fitness Test of pushups, situps, and 2 mile timed run is still being used by the entire Ar... more

Navy Training for Teens

Navy Training for Teens

Here is an email I receive often from young teenagers who know they want to serve their country, but are curious how to start preparing themselves for the military training - especially Navy SEAL and other Navy programs like aviation and of course learning seamanship. Mr. Smith, I am 15 years old and have wanted to be in the Navy since I was 10... more

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