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NCO Found Guilty for Maltreatment of Subordinates

This morning I read an article in the Stars & Stripes that was very disturbing.  An NCO was found guilty of abusing a subordinate.  While I believe most of our leaders are out to do the right thing and grow the future leaders of our nation I also understand, there are individuals that act inappropriately.  These individuals can be divided into two categories.  Those that willfully mistreat their subordinates and abuse their authority and those that mirror the actions of their previous leadership.  Many times these techniques are not appropriate.  Corrective training is designed to correct and educate not punish and abuse the Soldier. As Leaders we are entrusted our Nation’s Most Precious Resource- The SONS & DAUGHTERS of this GREAT NATION! Ask yourself this question:  If I saw another leader treating my son, daughter, spouse, or loved one this way how would I feel?  Would the actions be appropriate? …Read More

Guest Post By SGM Thomas D. Clementson Leadership is an Investment.

ASKTOP.net Readers we will begin posting a series of Articles by leaders who have been there and done that.  Many of them have learned lessons the hard way and want to share their lessons learned with you so that you don’t have to learn from the “SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS!” So I would like to introduce you to our FIRST GUEST POST. It comes to us VIA- SGM Clementson. This article was previously posted on LINKEDIN.   I would encourage you to look SGM Clementson on LinkedIn and follow his post.  We hope to have him as an active contributor on ASKTOP.net Leadership is an Investment. We have some fantastic supervisors within our military’s enlisted ranks but the real mentors are far too few – and it is an area I lacked awareness and skill. This is not an argument on the difference between managers and leaders – this is …Read More

Push-up prep

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When performing push-ups in practice, ensure your arms go below the parallel position to prevent test day grading surprises.

Preventive maintenance day before PT test

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Check your running shoes the day prior to make sure the laces are good (If not, replace them.). On test day, firmly lace your shoes to where comfortable, but not too tight, and double knot tie the laces to prevent a shoe mishap when running.

Maximize periods of rest between APFT events

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Take full advantage of rest periods between PT test events to improve overall test score. Every bit helps. FM 7-22 states on page A-1, Section A.2 “Soldiers are allowed a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes rest between events.”    

PMCS your Running Shoes prior to the APFT

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Check your running shoes the day prior to make sure the laces are good (If not, replace them.). On test day, firmly lace your shoes to where comfortable, but not too tight, and double knot tie the laces to prevent a shoe mishap when running.

Can Physical Fitness Exercise be use as Corrective Training?

Yes it can be used as corrective training if the rules are followed In your example this is not  the proper application or execution of using Physical Training as Corrective Training. AR 600-20 and FM 7-22 contact information on using physical fitness as corrective training.  Keep in mind this is not designed to smoke the Soldier but to gain their attention.  Leaders that improperly use this as a method of punishment can be perceived as abusing their subordinates and or potentially cause injury to the Soldier.  Leaders at all levels have responsibility to educate leaders on the correct implementation of corrective training and not allow leaders to abuse this method of corrective action.  Extracts of the reg and TC follow? AR 600-20 paragraph 4-20a (2) under hazing authorizes the following: (2) When authorized by the chain of command and not unnecessarily cruel, abusive, oppressive, or harmful, the following activities do …Read More

Should I eat sweets before a PT Test?

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Do not eat a candy bar or other sugary foods before a PT test. They will rob you of needed energy by the time you get to your run portion of the test.

Preparing for the 2 Mile Run on APFT Test Day

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About 5 minutes prior to the run events, jog in place a minute to get the blood flowing and prepare your body for the test.

Can my Commadner force me to do Corrective PT, Extra PT because I did not make a 270 on my APFT but passed my APFT?

Can my Commander force Soldiers to do additional PT and force them to come in on weekends because they did not score a 270 or higher, even though they all have passing pt scores.. Read the Answer»

Push-up prep for PT test

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About 5-10 minutes prior to performing the push-up section of the test, knock out about 5-10 medium to slow paced push-ups to get the blood flowing and prepare your body for the test.

What physical activity should I do before a PT test?

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To get your maximum PT score, the week before the PT test, do light PT. Your body will be craving to fly on test day. If you can’t do that, than do light PT two days prior. At a minimum, the day prior to the PT test, don’t do muscle failure! The goal with your PT test is to max it. Resting the day prior I believe adds a good 5-7 points to your PT test and muscle failure the day before can be the difference between pass and fail for those that don’t have strong PT scores.

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