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    Hello everyone,

    First of all, I'm pretty sad that the forum is starting over from scratch, and I hope that it can get back to the way it once was. It had a TON of useful information about anything and everything and it's a shame that it's all gone now.

    Anyway, I am going to the Basic Leader Course (BLC) in March, 2017. I am reaching out about any tips anyone might have to help with the PT test. I can get into shape to pass just fine. I'd like to be faster on the run though and I can't get under the 17-18 minute mark to save my life(I'm a 28 year old female). Any insight would be appreciated.

    Any other tips you have for things I will need to know in BLC would help too.


  • #2
    I'll be attending BLC in the spring, too. Little overdue (way overdue), but that's ok.

    And you're 100% right, it's a pity that the forum started over. There was a lot of good content here, and it's all gone now.

    For running, something that works for me is run 3 times a week.

    Day 1: 60/120
    Sprint 60s, walk 120s
    Day 2: 2 mile
    Run 2 miles, like it's a PT test, for time.
    Day 3: Long run
    I usually do 4-5 miles on the long day.


    • #3
      Thank you for the input. I'm going to work this into my plan. I know I've been needing to add more sprints in there. I usually like to run hills too and that seems to help a lot.

      Where are you going to BLC at?


      • #4
        I'll be at Ashland. I'm happy they're letting me go. I picked up my 5 two years ago, but haven't had the opportunity for BLC. I'm on T10 CONUS right now, and they had originally said no to PME, but I'm happy they changed their mind. It'll at least get the process started again.

        Where are you going?


        • #5
          hey, i ran cross country in middle school and my freshmen and sophmore year in high school. we did a lot of fartlek runs to get some leg speed. also, we routinely ran double the distance of our races. so for you, since the apft is 2 miles, try running 4. you will prolly have to run slower. but thats the point b/c you are building your endurance. then the fartlek runs help you build speed to. runners world has a lot of good info on this. you should be able to shave a minute off your time in 2 months if you do endurance and speed work.


          • #6

            That's good! It sucks to see so many E5s now that don't have BLC. It won't happen anymore obviously though, and I think it's a good thing they changed the way it works. I should get my 5 right after BLC, then I plan to put in a Warrant packet as soon as possible after that. I'll be at Camp Cook.


            Thank you! Fartlek runs are no joke! I've only done it a hand full of times but I will definitely look at working those runs in. I will also be doing a month of Camp Gladiator in January, on top of running. It will probably be 2 workouts a day for a couple days a week.


            • #7
              They're doing a good job of cycling the E5's through school to get them NCOES qualified for their position. I am happy to see that they changed the system to STEP - are they utilizing the CPL rank where you're at for your SPC's who have been selected for promotion but lack the NCOES requirement?

              I'll likely drop a warrant packet in the next bit, too.


              • #8
                They're utilizing at some units as far as I've seen. I'm not going to BLC due to EPS selection though so I don't know that I'm supposed to be wearing CPL. I found a unit that had a 5 slot and got transferred there with the intention of taking that slot, but someone got EPS selected into that slot at the same time so I won't get the slot. It's a bummer, but there are plenty of 25U and a few of my other MOS slots in the state so I don't think it will be that hard to find a slot once I'm done with BLC.

                The only thing I'm worried about with my WO packet is that it states on the website that you have to have ALC completed.


                • #9
                  Magouirk - do you have a NCOER requirement, too? I know they want 3 years rated time as an NCO for me to push forward.

                  Good to hear they've got open slots. Hope you get picked up soon.


                  • #10
                    I've been told you can get letters of recommendation for lack of NCOERs but I have to look into that as well.

                    Thanks, I hope I do too!