This chapter introduces the elements and resources used in the Army Physical Readiness Training Program.
AR 350-1, ARMY TRAINING AND LEADER DEVELOPMENT
This regulation prescribes policy and procedure for the conduct of the Army Physical Fitness Training Program.
Who does AR 350-1 Apply to?
AR 350-1 applies to all Soldiers, functional branches, units, and operating agencies.
- Physical readiness is the ability to meet the physical demands of any combat or duty position, accomplish the mission, and continue to fight and win.
- Physical readiness training provides the physical component that contributes to tactical and technical competence, and forms the physical foundation for all training. Commanders and supervisors must establish PRT programs consistent with the requirements in AR 350-1, with their unit missions, and with this field manual (FM). Soldiers must meet the physical fitness standards set forth in AR 350-1 and in the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) provided in Appendix A.
- AR 350-1 specifies that physical fitness training is one of the Army's mandatory training requirements.
Why is PRT a mandatory training requirement?
Physical readiness training is a mandatory training requirement because it is—
- Considered by senior leaders to be essential to individual, unit, and force readiness.
- Required by law for all individuals and units.
FM 7-0, TRAINING FOR FULL SPECTRUM OPERATIONS
This FM provides the training and leader development methodology that forms the foundation for developing competent and confident Soldiers in the conduct of full spectrum operations. The tasks, conditions, and standards of PRT activities derive from the mission analysis of the physical demands of unit mission, core mission essential task list (C-METL) or directed mission essential task list (D-METL), and warrior tasks and battle drills (WTBDs). The Army PRT System is performance-based, incorporating physically demanding activities that prepare Soldiers and units to accomplish the physical requirements of WTBDs. As Soldiers’ physical performance levels increase, standards remain constant, but conditions become more demanding. To ensure the generation of superior combat power, the end state requires leaders to integrate the relative physical performance capabilities of every Soldier. Soldiers and leaders must execute the planned training, assess performance, and retrain until they meet Army Physical Fitness Training Program standards as specified in AR 350-1, Training and Leader Development. Conditions should replicate wartime conditions as nearly as possible.