Conditioning and CFOC confidence obstacle courses as prescribed in this chapter must comply with installation safety requirements. Considerable time and effort must be expended to teach Soldiers how to correctly negotiate conditioning and confidence obstacles. Soldiers are required to receive instruction for each obstacle negotiated, have each obstacle demonstrated to standard by a PRT leader or AI, and be allowed to practice obstacle negotiation prior to course negotiation. Soldiers will wear ACUs and boots. Conditioning obstacle courses may be run for time. Confidence obstacle courses incorporate complex obstacles that involve height and will not be run for time.
- Conditioning obstacle course. The CDOC has low obstacles that must be negotiated quickly. Running the course challenges the Soldier’s basic motor skills and physical condition. After Soldiers receive instruction and practice negotiation skills, they may run the course against time.
- Confidence obstacle course. The CFOC has higher and more difficult obstacles than the conditioning course. It gives Soldiers confidence in their mental and physical abilities and cultivates their spirit and daring. Soldiers are encouraged but not forced to negotiate each obstacle. Unlike conditioning courses, confidence courses are not run against time.
Physical readiness training leaders will ensure that AIs are positioned at each conditioning and confidence obstacle to ensure proper negotiation and Soldier safety. Physical readiness training leaders are required to perform risk management procedures as specified by their installation. One of the objectives of PRT is to develop Soldiers who are proficient in military physical skills (running, jumping, climbing, and carrying). Fast and skillful execution of these skills may mean the difference between the success and failure of combat missions.