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SMA: ‘PRT is not the problem; 6:30 to 9 is the problem’
By JONATHAN (JAY) KOESTER - NCO Journal
After an Army Times article detailed the seven-day workout plan for Sgt. Maj. of the
Army Daniel A. Dailey, he got a lot of comments telling him, “That’s not PRT.”
Dailey has also heard Soldiers using their dislike of Army Physical Readiness
Training as an excuse for not exercising. During a recent interview with the NCO
Journal, Dailey made it clear that he believes in PRT, but that PRT is just the
beginning of staying physically fit. Dailey said he does his workout routine in
addition to PRT to maintain his fitness for the things he has needed to do
throughout his career as an infantryman.
“I think PRT is actually very good, and it’s proved a success in our training
environment,” Dailey said. “We’ve reduced injuries, and we’ve increased physical
fitness scores coming out of basic training and AIT. What I need units to
understand is PRT is not the end. … We shouldn’t be blaming PRT for our failure to
have success in physical fitness. It’s a tool to use in achieving that success. …
PRT is not the problem; 6:30 to 9 [a.m.] is the problem. We’ve failed the sacred
hour. We need to get that back. It’s something that’s not going to take months; it’s
not going to take years. Leaders can change this tomorrow morning. All they have
to do is find a flag, wait for the music to go up, salute it and start getting after it.”
Dailey agrees with concerns that there should be stricter consequences for failing
the Army Physical Fitness Test, and he said there will be stricter consequences as
the Army continues to implement STEP (Select, Train, Educate, Promote).
“When we moved into Select, Train, Educate, Promote about two and a half years
ago, we made physical fitness a critical part of succeeding in your institutional
training experience,” Dailey said. “So if you go to your institutional training
experience now and fail the APFT, you will get a derogatory [DA Form] 1059, which
will remain in your records. Previously, that was not true.
You could fail your school, and then when you passed, that 1059 would come out.
It stays in there now. That’s critically important, because when we look for
promotion we need to see the whole Soldier concept. So now with STEP, you have
to go to your institutional training experience before you can get promoted.
It’s a gate. So we’ve said that noncommissioned officers need to be promoted
because they’re certified across all three leadership development domains, and
now that’s going to be true with STEP. So until you’ve completed your selection,
your training in your organization, your education through self-development, and
your institutional experience, then and only then will you be able to be promoted.
Physical fitness is a key and critical part of that.”
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