BASIC COMBAT TRAINING
The training program in BCT provides foundational fitness and fundamental motor skill development. New Soldiers report to BCT at various levels of physical readiness and ability. During the first weeks of training, the focus is on progressive training of the whole body. To minimize the risk of injury, Soldiers must perform exercises precisely. Also, their intensity must progress gradually. The toughening phase BCT training schedules in Chapter 5, Planning Considerations, when executed to standard, provide the proper training intensity and exercise volume and gradual progression appropriate to improving physical fitness and controlling injuries.
Commanders should evaluate each new Soldier who falls below the BCT standard and give special assistance to improve deficiencies. Supplemental training should not punish a new Soldier for the inability to perform well. Commanders and PRT leaders need to realize that it takes at least six to eight weeks to begin positive changes in physical fitness levels; therefore, some Soldiers may require additional time to make the improvements required to meet Army standards.