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Before I can establish a physical training regimen to help get my squad prepared for the upcoming deployment I need to look at the METL and see what I can expect as far as daily operations. I know that I will need to implement a lot of cardiorespiratory endurance training based on the terrain. Muscular strength will still be a factor, but I will adjust the ratio of the program so as to put more of a focus on running, ruck marching, and buddy carry type exercises. Some objectives I would create would be ability group runs that increase by time and speed weekly. Ruck marches at distances starting at 3 miles with a 30 lb ruck to 12 miles with a 60lb ruck. Buddies carry drills that consist of fireman carries, log drills and litter runs. While this is being conducted I will monitor each soldier and identify specific problems that need to be worked on and adjust the training schedule accordingly. As far as the soldiers that are overweight they would conduct physical training with the platoon as well as take part in special population PT the same day. This would be emplaced to help push those soldiers to get within standards in accordance with AR600-9 that much faster. The overweight soldiers need a special separate plan to get where they need to be, but taking away from physical training that is imperative to the mission is a problem. That is why we would initiate a special population program at a different time.

If I was a squad leader that inherits a squad that has overweight issues, I will first schedule an appointment for my squad to see a dietician. Once I have all the results and recommendations from the doctor, I will come up with the best course of action for my squad to make them lean mean fighting machines. I will monitor their diets and come up with a strenuous physical training plan that will prepare them for the harsh terrains in Afghanistan. I will assess their previous PT cards to see who the most physically fit soldiers within my squad are so I will know if I had to start off at beginner’s level or if we can go at full force. My PT plan will consist of PRT, Cross fit, and Ruck Marching. We will conduct PRT in the morning after accountability formation because PRT works a lot of different muscles you will need for the harsh terrains. Also, I will implement Cross fit in the afternoon because I believe Cross fit give you a full body workout that consist of a lot of pulling and climbing. Some attributes they will need to be efficient in during the deployment. The Ruck Marches will be conducted once a week in a area I will recon that will mimic the terrain features in our AO during the deployment. I will start off walking short distances with a 35 pound ruck and gradually go up every week until my whole squad is rucking up hills in full gear for at least 12 miles. The weekends are our recovery days and some days will have light workouts. This is to keep my guys fresh and not to burn them out. I will keep all my soldiers motivated to the upmost so we can be better together physically fit as one unit.

The first thing after finding out those members of my squad is overweight I would schedule an appointment for my squad to see a dietician. Once I have all the results and recommendations from the doctor, I will come up with the best course of action for my squad to meet the METL and see what I can expect as for our daily operations during deployment. I will monitor their diets and come up with the best physical training plan that will prepare them for the high altitude and terrain in Afghanistan. I know that I will mainly concentrate on cardio respiratory training while still implementing muscular strength due to the extra weight from gear or caring causality. My PT plan will consist of PRT and ruck marching at distances starting at 3 miles with a 30 lb ruck sacks to 12 miles with a 60lb ruck sack. When I increase my cardio I would incorporate more buddies carry drills that consist of fireman carries, log drills, litter runs, and swimming to help with the altitude difference. I would conduct the ruck marches once a week and swimming every other week, PRT is a good core work out but is not enough for those that are having trouble with weight or keeping up. Those Soldiers that are having trouble with those areas would also conduct special pop pt in the afternoon around 1500 where I would focus on the areas of trouble. After emplacing the special pop pt I would check each week to see if there has been any change for each individual so I can either keep their plan the same or make changes to help them. I would ensure that the Soldiers know that the special pop pt is not a corrective training but to prepare them for the fight to come and to ready for it. I would also ensure there are some light days of work so that my Soldiers would not get worn out or injured. Incorporating all of this will help them be better prepared for the future fight.…...

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