I find the formantion run a useless part of PT. You have hit the nail on the head. You have to circle around and pick up the slow folks.
Good move already having them fall into PT spacing. I hate all of the, LEFT FACE, COUNT OFF! EVEN NUMBERS ONE STEP UP! RIGHT FACE, well you know the rest of the spiel.
The uniform part, I am lucky enough to be in the Air Force so right now our brand new PT gear that we have is only mandatory when deployed. So we get to look like a bunch of individuals all we want at PT.
And I do think the mandatory PT is a waist of time. Im speeking for myself though. There are some fat asses that do need to have mandatory PT. So I understand why it is mandatory, but I damn sure dont agree with it. We are suppost to be grown men and women here right? If you cant get off your ass on your own time and do a 1 1/2 mile run, 60 push ups and 50 to 55 sit ups, I dont think you need to be in the military anyway.
Like you PT cuts into alot of my workout time. Sometimes the higher ups will let us just go to the gym and lift. But, that only happens every so often.