By Special to The MountaineerApril 9, 2010
FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Maj. Gen. James L. Terry, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander, signed a new installation policy memorandum on physical training March 23, which will take effect April 26.
The policy applies to all personnel - civilian and military - while on the installation and to all vehicle operators when encountering foot traffic along any roadway on Fort Drum.
The change is being made to update and improve the PT policy; to improve the flexibility and effectiveness of the PT program consistent with protecting and enhancing the safety and security of all members of the Fort Drum community.
Highlights of the PT policy are as follows:
* It designates the primary time for PT as 7 to 8 a.m. weekdays with an alternative time of 3 to 4 p.m.
* The maximum speed limit will be lowered to 35 mph postwide.
* It maximizes the number of roads open to PT / foot marches by making all roads co-use with the exception of Oneida / Ontario avenues (Gas Alley), Munns Corner Road and designated high-volume construction areas on the accompanying map.
* No barriers or road guards will be required on the roadways.
* Speed limit signs will be placed inside all the post gates that state "10 mph when passing pedestrians on the roadway." All lanes of traffic must slow to 10 mph regardless of which side of road the pedestrians are on or how many lanes are available on the road. There is an exception for roads with a break in pavement median.
* No group or organized PT will be allowed in housing areas. No organized PT off post will be allowed without general officer authorization.
* All personnel conducting PT will wear a reflective safety vest or reflector belt.
* Formations will run with traffic, remaining as far right on the roadway as possible. Formations are limited to three ranks abreast in columns.
* Individual runners and buddy teams will run against traffic on the left side of the road.
* Calisthenics, stretching and other PT preparatory activities are prohibited on the roads.