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Execution of Training

In Physical Readiness Training (PRT) execution, the crux of success lies in the art of adept leadership. It is the cornerstone upon which all PRT activities are built. 

  • A successful leader in PRT isn’t merely about giving commands; it’s about the essence of leadership – an amalgamation of command presence, a strong and distinct command voice, and structured instruction. 
  • The extended rectangular formation serves as the traditional structure where this leadership is most visibly displayed. 
  • This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the various commands, positions, cadences, and more in PRT.


  • Commands are the backbone of any PRT activity. They provide structure, dictate the pace, and ensure uniformity.

Platoon Reassembly

  • This command ensures that the platoon reassembles in an organized manner after a dispersal, ensuring readiness for the next order or exercise.


Different exercises necessitate different starting positions. Here are some pivotal ones:

  • Squat Position: A position where the individual is on their feet but bent at the knees, akin to sitting on an invisible chair.
  • Front Leaning Rest Position: This is the starting position for push-ups where an individual is prone but supported by their hands and feet.
  • Six-Point Stance: A stance where the body is supported on the hands, knees, and toes.
  • Straddle Stance: Standing with legs spread wide apart.
  • Forward Leaning Stance: Leaning forward, either supported or unsupported.
  • Prone Position: Lying face down, flat on the ground.
  • Supine Position: Lying face up, flat on the ground.


Cadence ensures uniformity in the execution of exercises, especially in activities that require rhythm, like running.


  • These are rhythmic vocal cues that the exercise leader uses to set the pace and timing.

Running Activities: 

  • Cadence plays a critical role in running activities, ensuring everyone maintains a uniform pace.

Recovery Drill: 

  • This is a post-exercise activity where cadence ensures that participants slow down their pace gradually, aiding effective recovery.

Mirror Effect: 

  • This refers to the synchronous movement of all participants, akin to reflections in a mirror, achieved through consistent cadence.


Physical readiness training is not just about physical endurance or strength; it’s about unity, rhythm, and discipline. 

  • The roles of commands, positions, and cadences are pivotal in achieving this harmony, making PRT a symphony of coordinated movements. 
  • This is only achievable through competent leadership that understands and respects the nuances of PRT.


George N.


Sunday 6th of August 2023

Thank you so much for posting this useful information. I do have one question. When it comes to taking an alternate event with the ACFT, who chooses what that event will be? For instance, I, as the commander, have the facility set up for the ACFT and only have a bike available for the alternate event. When soldiers begin the ACFT, one soldier states that he has been practicing for the row. Is it up to the commander or to the soldier to dictate which event will be taken? And, where can I find this in writing? Thank you in advance for your input.