You’ll bump into this all the time once you graduate. Plus, unit PT is not always the quality training you will desire. The challenge becomes whether to include your own workout on top of PT, or just take over your unit PT program and make everyone train the way you want to.
And then, one day, you wake up as a staff officer and might have control over your workout time again!
higher ranking staff officer...
Ugh yes, I got to experience that at CTLT with the tankers at Carson, who don't like to run more than 3 miles at a time... My LT said she'd usually go to the gym after work, or stay at the gym for an extra hour after PT.
Do staff officers usually have regular unit PT, or is it every few days? Still not clear on how that all works.
Depends on the unit. I used to work out with my section because they needed the motivation, but I could also easily influence what we did. Unit PT is just so inefficient, though - but the older troops really need that warmup and cool down time.
If you have a section you're in charge of- watch over and manipulate their plan otherwise they'll likely shortchange pt. Sometimes you may be on staff and not have structured pt (division staff for me). Hilarious to see how many people don't do any in that chance. And people wonder why soldiers get fat after they leave the army....
With prt release runs/ intervals are encouraged... Not that the army has figured it out. Everyone can be in the same area for overwatch and get a good workout but not be limited by the weakest link too much. For release runs, I'd do the release then run back and motivate my shop. This would give me a pretty good workout actually.
+1 to everything Jordan said.
Jon upon returning from deployment after I'd been on my own for PT for a year: "Wow, I can really tell you're working out on your own..."
That said, food, stress, and sleep really matter. I trained on my own while deployed in Bosnia and Iraq, but both times I'd say that a lack of sleep, lack of calcium (can't drink boxed milk), and high levels of stress undermined my performance and recovery in the long term. You could probably say the focus of my workout program was more managing stress and getting time to think about analytical problems than anything else, actually...