Ok- I gotta as this question being a total civvie- just when in times of war are soldiers called upon to run for miles and miles?
Is this kind of like football training where you run for miles and miles to prepare for an event where a more than 40-yard run is rare?[/quote]
Trust me, your not the only one thinking this.
the fact is, the military is heavily based on tradition, so are the training methods. so it doesn’t matter that there are superior ways to train, the military isn’t gonna change it anytime soon.
Also, military PT is designed for fat loss, because that is what benefits most people joining up. PT isn’t exactly focused on individual needs, individual is a 4 letter word in the military. and since PT is designed to train huge groups with little to no equipment, weight training isn’t looked into.
I can tell you that when I entered as a scrawny 145 lb absolute weakling, PT was easy as hell, but I sucked at combatives and was slow when performing fireman carries and whatnot. Now that I’m bigger, PT is tougher, but I throw people around like rag dolls in combatives and a 150lb guy on my back is pretty easy to run with.
So yes, it is a flawed standard, but we have to put up with it.
The other argument is that less muscle = lower metabolism = can go longer in the field without food or with less food.
Thank god I’m in the National Guard so I can train myself instead of doing group PT.