- The Ability Group Run, AGR trains soldiers in groups of near-equal ability.
- Each ability group runs at a prescribed pace, intense enough to produce a training effect for that group and each soldier in it.
- Leaders should program these runs for specific lengths of time, not miles to be run.
- This training method provides a challenge for each ability group while controlling injuries.
Assessment and grouping:
- The PRT leader conducts a 1-mile run assessment to assign soldiers into ability groups.
- Based on each soldier’s 1-mile run assessment time, the PRT leader assigns the soldier to one of the groups shown in Table below.
Ability Group Run (AGR) Assignments
|Toughening Phase AGR Assignments||Sustaining Phase AGR Assignments|
|A Group 7:15 and faster||A Group 6:30 and faster|
|B Group 7:16 to 8:15||B Group 6:31 to 7:15|
|C Group 8:16 to 10:15||C Group: 7:16 to 8:00|
|D Group 10:16 and slower||D Group: 8:01 and slower|
Considerations for Assignment:
- Some soldiers may meet the cut-off times to qualify for an ability group but are unable to maintain the prescribed running pace listed in the PRT schedule.
- If they are unable to maintain their pace, they may drop to the slower group and progress later to the faster-running group.
- Ability group runs must be conducted for the duration and intensity specified in the training schedules in Chapter 5, Planning Considerations.
- Frequency of AGRs: one or two times per week.
- AGRs, speed running, and foot marching (greater than 5 km) should not be conducted on the same or consecutive days.
Adjusting to Ability Groups:
- Soldiers should move to faster groups when ready because they progress at different rates.
- Those struggling within a group should be placed in a slower-ability group.
- Supervision is crucial to prevent frequent shifts between groups.
Running Route Requirements:
- Routes should be well-lighted, free from hazards and traffic, and marked at ¼-mile intervals.
- Ability group leaders should ensure running is at the proper pace for their group by checking split times at each ¼-mile marker.
Note: The table below shows the appropriate ¼-mile split time based on the AGR pace
Table: Quarter-mile split times based on AGR pace
Pace vs. Split Time:
|Pace/Mile||1/4-Mile Split||Pace/Mile||1/4-Mile Split||Pace/Mile||1/4-Mile Split|
- For more details on endurance and mobility activities, including prescriptions of intensity, duration, and volume within the toughening and sustaining phases, refer to Table 10-2.
- Chapter 5, Planning Considerations, offers a comprehensive template for commanders and PRT leaders to integrate endurance and mobility activities into their PRT programs.