Oh, doc, don't even get me started here! Dammit, I'm already going, so rant on...
I met the height weight standards once in my military career, and that was at the end of Marine Basic, when I was 19. I was 5'7, 169 lbs with a limit of 175. Sure, I was lean, but also pretty scrawny. Since then, not one weigh in has gone by without me having to get taped. I don't believe neck to waist is an accurate indicator of bodyfat%. Depending on my command, some units had a blanket policy that if you were overweight, you are a fatbody, period.
I've never been a rabbit of a runner, but I can keep a steady pace and pass a PT test. However, get me running 4-8 days a week, often twice a day (because I am 'fat' and need the extra work), I develop shin splints and can't run very well, if at all. Now, I am not just fat, I am slow, lazy and a brokedick.
PT is a joke. I don't mind running so much, but when you run as a pack, you go at the slowest guys pace. So you got the slow guy dying, the fast guys barely breaking a sweat, and everybody is just doing a shuffle, pounding thier joints. On days we don't run, it is muscle failure. How many sets of pushups can you do to failure before it becomes counterproductive? The overhead clap, WTF? Is that a joke or a punishment, because it sure isn't a workout. I know my body and know what and how I need to stretch, so why am I on line, with an out of shape Sgt. stretching me for eight seconds at a time?
I've recently got an influence with my section's PT (about 10 whiskeys). We have been doing buddy lifts, litter carries and lifts, sled dragging and sandbag work, along with the traditional body weight excercises. Seems to work pretty well, if not strength training, it is GPP. The problem is we have to hide out and get out of sight, just to make sure the commander or Sgt. Major doesn't see us doing non regulation PT that wasn't scheduled and have the proper memorandum.
Oh, and if we want to go to the gym in the morning, it must be scheduled a month in advance, with memorandum signed by the 1st Sgt, Commander, and Sgt. Major, and then we are allowed to go once a month.