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  1. StateChamp145

    StateChamp145 Member

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    Hello!

    I am currently a Marine Option Midshipman and completed my first year of college. I know a lot of future NROTC Midshipmen lurk around here waiting for questions they have to be answered and I want to be a unadulterated source of information about any questions about all things college and NROTC. I know I wish I would have had someone to talk to tell me about things I couldn't (didn't want to) ask a recruiter or couldn't get a straight answer. I will answer any questions you have about my experience, the civilian college life, and NROTC. I look forward to helping. Ask away!
     
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    How physically challenging has it been. Maybe compare it to playing a Varsity Sport?
     
  3. StateChamp145

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    If you played any varsity sport you should be fine, depending on what sport you participated in. I was a wrestler and I worked out like mad by myself before I came to NROTC so the Navy workouts weren't hard. Sometimes though the Marine only workouts are killer such as a two mile run while holding an ammo can in each hand in boots and utes. A tip I could give would to do Sealfit which will make anything thrown your way look like a child made up the workout.

    Also, the better at PT you are makes your NROTC life a little easier such as not having to come in extra to workout and not getting sh*t from the AMOI for being out of shape.
     
  4. gettingmoregrayhair

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    another physical type question

    My daughter should have no trouble with the running. She ran cross country for three years in HS and played varsity soccer for four years. Run times are about three miles in 21-22 minutes.

    What can you tell us about upper body strength? How is that made part of the regular PT sessions?

    Thanks
     
  5. StateChamp145

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    Well, to be honest it depends if she is a Marine Option. Since you put her three mile time I will assume she is due to the fact that the USMC PFT has a thee mile run. If she does run a 21 minute thee mile then she is gold for the run portion. The females have the flexed arm hang which is much more difficult then it seems. The best advice I would give would be to try and get to at least four pullups because in our Marine only workouts the females have to get at least a couple pullups. As for is it made part of regular PT sessions, no. Most of it consists of a lot of running (which is good for her) and core.

    Speaking for the Navy side of things (PRT), pushups are a big deal. I know they are harder for women but I swear if she practices going all the way down when she does them, her life will be a lot easier as attention will stray away from her and to the MIDN that "cheat" on the PRT.

    A plan I have seen work for some females (and males) is go on a four mile medium paced run and every half mile do twenty GOOD pushups. It doesn't have to be all at once when you first start, but the goal should be do be able to do just that. And when that gets easy, start adding core/more pushups to the mix and you will be golden!
     
  6. cy12

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    I have a similar question about PT

    I am going to be a female navy option. I know I have some work to do on PT. I am in pretty good shape, because I've been swimming for 10yrs. However, I have very litttle experience in running. I've started running already, and I plan to run as much as possible before showing up for Indoc.

    I also have no problems with getting up early. I woke up at 5:00am 3 days a week for the past 5 years.

    Anyways, my question: how long/much do you normally run in a PT session? What about indoc? What mile pace do they run at?

    The adviser in the unit said "most people show up slow - 12, 13 minutes (1.5 mile), so you'd be great at an 11"

    This is based on the PRT, but I also want to know about training. My goal is to not show up and make a fool of my self at PT. I want to get into aviation, and want to give the best impression I can as soon as I can.

    To give perspective of where I'm at - My best practice PRT so far 13:30, 30 push-ups, 62 curl-ups. (Side-bar = If I could do the 500 yd swim I'd be a 5:30) I know I definately have some work to do, but I'm working out a bunch (5.5 hrs a day during the week) to improve it. Any advice would be helpful.

    Thanks
     
  7. d.mcknight

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    Just jumping in because I spent the last year as a female navy option. Not everyone is going to be a beast when it comes to PT. Personally, I could have been in much better shape going into ROTC.

    My run was fine because I went from living at 6500' elevation all the way down to sea level. Honestly though, my push ups sucked. I got called out for it during indoc, but everyone got called out for something. (There were only 34ish when we started and by the end we had 22ish....there was no way anyone was laying low.) There was a decent amount of running during our indoc. Probably more sprinting than long distance running though. Probably the furthest distance was 3-4 miles and it was as a group, so just try not to be last and DON'T FALL OUT OF THE RUN.

    Honestly, one of the biggest things they're looking for is effort. Don't give up. And take time out of your schedule to make sure you're working out outside of mandatory PT. In the time between when I showed up for indoc and our final PRT, I dropped 2 minutes on the run, increased pushups by 20 and increased situps by 30+ because I tried my hardest at PT and made sure to do my own on the side.
     

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