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A PRT leader and AI are required to lead the PD.


The PRT leader must be familiar with the method of teaching these exercises, the commands, the formations, and the use of AIs as described in Chapter 7, Execution of Training. The calisthenic exercises that comprise the PD are always given in cadence. Soldiers begin and terminate each exercise at the starting position, then move to the position of attention. The goal is to complete the entire drill with only enough pauses between exercises for the PRT leader to indicate the next one by name. This continuous method of conducting the PD intensifies the workload and conserves time. Soldiers should memorize the exercises by name and movement.


Preparation loses much of its value unless performed exactly as prescribed. During preparation, the focus is always on quality of movement, not quantity of repetitions or speed of movement. A calisthenic cadence that is too fast will not allow Soldiers to achieve a full range of movement and may not adequately prepare them for the activities that follow. Assistant instructors will help to maintain the ranks at the appropriate pace and offer feedback on form.


Preparation is always performed in all phases of PRT. In the toughening phase, the PD consists of 5 repetitions of 10 exercises performed at a slow cadence, with the exception of the high jumper and the push-up, which are performed at a moderate cadence. In the sustaining phase, Soldiers progress from performing 5 repetitions to 10 repetitions of each exercise in the PD.


Preparation not only prepares the body for activities that follow; it also integrates the components of strength, endurance, and mobility.


The commands used to conduct preparation are described in Chapter 7, Execution of Training.

George N.