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PHYSICAL READINESS TRAINING training, new soldiers can go to their units prepared to participate in appropriate advanced training, to improve fitness through their unit’s introductory program under a certified master fitness trainer. Develop additional Army publications that concisely discuss practical application of the principles in FM 7-22. The Army needs to develop subordinate publications that explain specific techniques for conducting training. Those publications should define for soldiers and commanders the functional movements, their progressions, and increasing levels of complexity that result in the ability to express power across broad time and modal domains. The publications should provide more precise sample programming for NCOs and officers responsible for planning PRT sessions and give guidance on the relationship and responsibilities of the master fitness trainer and the unit leadership. FM 7-22 ties progression and phasing of PRT to basic combat training in the ARFORGEN rotational Sgt. Kissta DiGregorio, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division Public Affairs Soldiers should be recommended by their commanders to attend master fitness trainer level I much as they are recommended for drill sergeant and recruiter school. Selected soldiers should have high general technical scores, display a predisposition and passion for physical fitness, and be open minded and willing to learn. Keep physical readiness training in its current format for basic combat training. The current PRT program is sufficient for basic combat training. Many soldiers enter the military with no background in physical training. The program provides a gentle, progressive stimulus that most new recruits can handle, and according to Knapik et al, it produces desired adaptation within the eight-week basic combat training period.18 It is appropriate for the time constraints of basic combat training, and in a repetitive environment such as basic, it is relatively simple for drill sergeants to administer. Upon completion of PRT at basic combat Sgt. 1st Class Montrell Kea and his teammates push a light medium tactical vehicle across the battalion motorpool as part of the leader physical training challenge at Fort Bragg, N.C., 27 March 2012. This training event brought the battalion’s senior noncommissioned officers and commissioned officers together to foster teamwork and camaraderie. MILITARY REVIEW  September-October 2014 21