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Well, that was nasty.

I passed my PT test just fine. I got 80% on all events, because I didn’t want to knock myself out when my standards go down with the next test in October. I have a birthday between now and then, so I plan to get as high a score on that test as I can, so I can put in my promotion packet.

That afternoon at formation, First Sergeant tells us, “The following personnel need to report for PT at 0600 tomorrow,” and read off a list of names. He grossly mispronounced my (easy) last name. I wasn’t sure if I was called or not, but I didn’t want to be “not in place of duty at appointed time”, so I asked. See, I knew full well that I’d passed my PT test; I have the scores I need memorized. First Sergeant at first insisted no, I’d failed my run, then saw I hadn’t. He said I’d failed taping.

Now, the standard is that if you fail height/weight, you’re supposed to be counseled on it, develop a plan to lose weight, and proceed according to the Army Weight Control Program. Instead, I had to find out for myself that I failed the Army’s take on the BMI by a massive 1%. Normally, they would re-tape me because no unit wants a failed height/weight on their books. No one offered; I guess that would be too much extra work. /sarcasm

So after a brief meltdown in private and much bitching on Facebook, I decided on my own plan. I am not going to remedial PT on Saturday of next drill. No one has told me to, and I passed my PT test. If anyone brings it up, I’ll tell them that I allegedly failed by 1%, and that I need to be weighed/taped again. Since I’ve been working on losing weight anyway, I will pass it. I now have a more immediate motivator than just fitting into last year’s clothes. I've been wanting to log more gym time anyway, and if I stop drinking so much that should do the trick.

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azelmaroark
May. 21st, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
"Remedial" PT seems counterproductive to continuing your weight loss anyway, if you are already doing super special awesome at the regular-folks' PT.

This BMI shit is stupid. As long as they aren't losing money on extra fabric to fit you into the uniforms, IMO it should be "Can you do the fitness tests? Okay, good."
kishiriadgr
May. 21st, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Remedial PT is the same as "normal" PT. It's just held at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday morning of drill. It's meant to be a punishment; you have to sacrifice sleep and have the humiliation of everyone knowing you're there because you're a failure.

The BMI is bullshit. electorprince told me that in his active duty unit, they didn't even do height/weight if you passed your PT test. Every unit I've been in has done height/weight though, so maybe it's a Reserve thing.

Edited at 2012-05-21 04:39 pm (UTC)
zeonchar
May. 21st, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
They have always done it for me no matter where I have been (National Guard and Active Duty). Maybe it's a combat MOS thing?
wombat_socho
May. 22nd, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Things have changed, I guess. I got weighed and taped everywhere I went on active duty, in the Guard, and in the Reserves. Then again, I've always been a fatbody.
reginaterrae
May. 21st, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm kinda sorry you re-enlisted.... What shit.
valerius1979
May. 21st, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
I hate PT tests, I just about scraped a pass on mine a few weeks ago which was lucky as I am currently on physio/rehab sessions to fix a sprained ankle from a couple of months back!
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