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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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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.

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