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Here’s another good reason to heed Jim Gourley’s advice about Army PT

A response to his comment was made on this blog. Best part: "I’ll tell you this, though. The Army end strength is going to go down very shortly. Fatboys are gonna be the low hanging fruit that gets picked when it comes time to separate people." Meanwhile, a young lieutenant writes from a faraway land that he ...

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A response to his comment was made on this blog. Best part: "I’ll tell you this, though. The Army end strength is going to go down very shortly. Fatboys are gonna be the low hanging fruit that gets picked when it comes time to separate people."

Meanwhile, a young lieutenant writes from a faraway land that he has been surprised at how unfit many soldiers are, even in the combat arms:

For the most part the Army is far more overrated as far as physical standards than what we were told during ROTC. I am considered a PT stud and def wasn’t that in ROTC. The Army needs to cut the fatties out anyways which make up about 1/4 of all soldiers. Some look like bloated pigs. Whenever I take command one of my first things I will do is go on a Company run at an average pace, nothing special . . . and tell the 1SG that all the people that fell out of the run at any point will be on special PT profile doing PT in the afternoons. This includes all leadership. The key is that no one will know that this will happen until after the run. They will get the point real quick.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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