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APFT Requirements for OER/NCOER and PME for Soldiers deployed in support of OIF, OEF and GWOT

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SUBJECT:
ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST
REQUIREMENTS FOR OER/NCOER AND PME FOR
SOLDIERS DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF OIF, OEF
AND GWOT

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A.
REFERENCE MESSAGE, HQDA, DACS-ZB, DTG
R281230Z FEB 03, SUBJECT: DEPLOYMENT
IMPACT ON THE ARMY PROFESSIONAL MILITARY
EDUCATION (PME) SYSTEM.

B. REFERENCE MESSAGE, HQDA, DAMO-ZA, DTG,
0310101525Z OCT 03, SUBJECT: POLICY
GUIDANCE FOR DEPLOYMENT/MOBILIZATION
IMPACTS ON THE ARMY’S PROFESSIONAL
MILITARY EDUCATION SYSTEM.

C. AR 350-1, ARMY TRAINING AND EDUCATION.

D. AR 623-105, OFFICER EVALUATION
REPORTING SYSTEM

E. AR 623-205, NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER
EVALUATION REPORTING SYSTEM

F. FM 7-0, TRAINING THE FORCE.

G. FM 21-20, PHYSICAL FITNESS TRAINING.

1.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO
PROVIDE GUIDANCE CONCERNING THE ARMY
PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING REQUIREMENT AS IT
RELATES TO EVALUATION REPORTS, PME AND
PHYSICAL TRAINING PROGRAMS, FOR SOLDIERS
DEPLOYED AND DEPLOYING IN
SUPPORT OF ONGOING COMBAT OPERATIONS AND
THE GWOT.

2. THE BEST PREPARATION FOR THE PHYSICAL
DEMANDS OF COMBAT IS A TOUGH, SUSTAINED
PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM BASED ON THE
UNIT’S MOST PHYSICALLY DEMANDING METL
TASKS. THERE IS NO MAGIC PROGRAM TO
PREPARE PHYSICALLY UNFIT SOLDIERS IN A FEW
DAYS. A HIGHLY INTENSE PROGRAM JUST PRIOR
TO DEPLOYMENT IS UNWISE, SETS THE STAGE
FOR INJURY, AND COULD LEAD TO AN EXHAUSTED
FORCE ARRIVING IN THEATER. UNITS SHOULD
FOLLOW THE PRINCIPLES OF EXERCISE OUTLINED
IN FM 21-20; ESPECIALLY PROGRESSION AND
RECOVERY WHEN DESIGNING EXERCISE PROGRAMS
FOR DEPLOYMENT. UNITS SHOULD USE THE
BACKWARD PLANNING PROCESS BASED ON THE
NUMBER OF DAYS THEY ANTICIPATE THAT THEY
WILL HAVE TO DO PT BEFORE DEPLOYMENT.

3. LISTED BELOW IS GUIDANCE AND SELECTED
PHYSICAL FITNESS CONSIDERATIONS FOR
PRE-DEPLOYMENT, DEPLOYMENT, AND
POST-DEPLOYMENT PHASES OF OIF, OEF AND
GWOT.

A.
OER/NCOER. DEPLOYED UNITS UNABLE TO
ADMINISTER THE ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST
DUE TO MISSION OR CONDITIONS SHOULD
ANNOTATE OFFICER EVALUATION REPORTS/NCO
EVALUATION REPORTS WITH THE FOLLOWING
STATEMENT: "SOLDIER WAS UNABLE TO TAKE THE
APFT DURING THIS PERIOD DUE TO DEPLOYMENT
FOR COMBAT OPERATIONS/CONTINGENCY
OPERATIONS." HOWEVER, THE LACK OF AN APFT
WITHIN LAST 12 MONTHS OF THRU DATES DOES
NOT PRECLUDE COMMENTS ON THE SOLDIER’S
PHYSICAL CONDITION.

B.
PME. THE APFT REQUIREMENT IS WAIVED FOR
SOLDIERS RETURNING FROM COMBAT OPERATIONS/GWOT
DEPLOYMENT, REPORTING DIRECTLY TO A PME
COURSE WITH 30 OR FEWER TRAINING DAYS.
SCHOOL COMMANDANTS WILL ENSURE SOLDIERS
RETURNING FROM COMBAT OPERATIONS/GWOT
DEPLOYMENT, REPORTING DIRECTLY TO A PME
COURSE FOR MORE THAN 30 TRAINING DAYS,
MEET THE APFT STANDARDS PRIOR TO
GRADUATION.

C.
PRE-DEPLOYMENT.

(1) IF TIME PERMITS, UNITS NOTIFIED FOR
DEPLOYMENT SHOULD
CONCENTRATE ON THE UNIT’S MOST PHYSICALLY
DEMANDING METL TASKS. PHYSICAL TRAINING
SHOULD INCORPORATE ACTIVITIES SUCH AS FOOT
MARCHING SHORT DISTANCES (3-5 MILES) UNDER
FIGHTING LOAD, LIFTING AND LOADING
EQUIPMENT, CONDITIONING FOR OBSTACLE
COURSE NEGOTIATION AND INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENT
TECHNIQUES. PHYSICAL TRAINING SHOULD BE
CONDUCTED 5 DAYS PER WEEK. REGARDLESS OF
UNIT TYPE, AEROBIC ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE
ALTERNATED WITH MUSCULAR STRENGTH AND
ENDURANCE EXERCISES IAW FM 21-20.

(2) UNITS SHOULD CONSIDER CONDUCTING PT
DURING HOT PERIODS OF THE DAY PRIOR TO
DEPLOYMENT TO FACILITATE ACCLIMATIZATION.
IT TAKES 8-14 DAYS TO ACCLIMATE TO A HOT,
HUMID CLIMATE. WHEN DOING PT IN HOT, HUMID
ENVIRONMENTS, TRAINERS MUST ADJUST THE
INTENSITY TO FIT THE TEMPERATURE AND
HUMIDITY AND APPLY LOGICAL PROGRESSION AND
ENSURE THAT SOLDIERS DRINK ENOUGH WATER
BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER PHYSICAL
TRAINING.
LEADERS MUST ENSURE THIS IS DONE
WITHOUT UNDUE RISK TO SOLDIERS.

D. DURING DEPLOYMENT.
UNITS SHOULD CONDUCT
PHYSICAL TRAINING AND TESTING, IF THE
MISSION AND CONDITIONS PERMIT
.

E. POST-DEPLOYMENT.
UNITS SHOULD RESUME
PHYSICAL TRAINING AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE
AFTER REDEPLOYMENT. LONG DEPLOYMENTS OFTEN
CONTRIBUTE TO A DECLINE IN UNIT FITNESS
LEVELS. THEREFORE, SOLDIERS SHOULD
RE-ENTER THE
PHYSICAL TRAINING PROGRAM AT A LOWER
INTENSITY AND RATIONALLY PROGRESS BACK TO
PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING INTESITIES OVER A
PERIOD OF 60 TO 90 DAYS. UPON RETURN FROM
DEPLOYMENT SOLDIERS WILL BE ADMINISTERED A
RECORD APFT NO EARLIER THAN 3 MONTHS FOR
AC AND 6 MONTHS FOR RC SOLDIERS.

4. UNITS HAVING QUESTIONS CONCERNING
PRE-DEPLOYMENT, DURING DEPLOYMENT AND
POST-DEPLOYMENT PHYSICAL TRAINING CAN
CONTACT THE US ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS
SCHOOL AT DSN 835-6330/6380.

5. POCS ARE CSM PARKER, DAMO-TRI, MR.
SCHEXNAYDER, DAMO-TRL, DSN 224-9812/9701,
MAJ JOHNSON, HRC, DSN 221-4140, AND SGM
WILEY, 221-8009.
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