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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, January 8 2013

Today's Focus:

Master Fitness Trainer Course

Senior Leaders are Saying

I found that most important lessons I learned in life go back to my high school football days and what my coaches taught me: how to deal with adversity, how to deal with winning, how to deal with losing, how to deal with frustration and how to suck it up and deal with pain.

- Gen. Robert W. Cone, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, addressed about 90 coaches of the nation's top high school football players at the Marriott Riverwalk, at Army's 2013 All American Bowl East-West championship game at San Antonio, Jan. 4

Football coaches, Soldiers breed winners

What They're Saying

Being Army Strong comes from personal motivation, being driven and doing what it takes to get the job done ... This is what the Army is all about -- dedication and working toward goals.

- Staff Sgt Cecilio Ponce, U.S. Army Forces Command

Soldiers teach Army Values to All-American Bowl participants

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

January 2013

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday

February

Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month


Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Today's Focus

Master Fitness Trainer Course

What is it?

The Master Fitness Trainer Course, or MFTC, provides the force with certified fitness advisers who have earned Army Skill Identifiers as Master Fitness Trainers. Master Fitness Trainers, or MFTs, serve as additional-duty special advisers to unit commanders -- company through division -- to facilitate physical training based on the doctrine in Field Manual 7-22, Army Physical Readiness Training, formerly Training Circular 3-22.20. The course is open to active and reserve-component Soldiers who are recommended by their battalion commanders or equivalent. First priority of acceptance will be given to staff sergeants, sergeants first class and second lieutenants through captains.

Students must meet Army height and weight standards in accordance with Army Regulation 600-9, The Army Weight Control Program (PDF), and pass the Army Physical Fitness Test with a total score of 240 points or higher with a minimum of 80 points in each event. A general technical score of 110 points or higher is recommended. Soldiers on temporary or permanent physical profiles are not eligible.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Physical Readiness Division at Fort Jackson, S.C., has conducted two 4-week pilot courses to validate course design, program of instruction and lesson plans. The third and final pilot class, starting Jan. 14, 2013, will train six mobile training teams that will travel to Army installations worldwide. The class will also train ten division representatives, who will be on hand to provide guidance and instruction to the MTTs.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

In April 2013, six MTTs will travel to Army installations worldwide. At the end of 2014, the active-component Army is expected to have approximately 4,500 MFTs. The Physical Readiness Division at Fort Jackson, S.C., will continue to offer a residence course, which eventually will be converted to two weeks of distributed learning and two weeks of residency. The reserve component will have accredited courses by the end of fiscal year 2015.

Why is this important to the Army?

As the foundation of the MFTC, FM 7-22, Army Physical Readiness Training (PDF) provides a balanced training program based on the concepts of physical fitness and readiness to propel the Army to a more agile and ready force. This program, facilitated by MFTs, is expected to generate cost savings and cost avoidance for the Army by increasing Soldier physical readiness, decreasing accession losses, reducing injury rates, standardizing unit training in accordance with Army training doctrine, and providing easier integration of new Soldiers into operational units.

Resources:

U.S. Army Physical Readiness Division
Master Fitness Trainer Course
Physical Readiness Training: Exercises and Drills on YouTube
Join U.S. Army Physical Readiness Division on Facebook
Documents:
Field Manual 7-22: Army Physical Readiness Training
FM 7-22 - EPUB (electronic publication) or MOBI (Mobipocket eBook file) at Soldier Support Institute Digital Library
AKO log-in required: U.S. Army Physical Readiness Training on Army Training Network

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