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Army Physical Training: Strengthen Your Body AND Your College Opportunities

Regular physical training is a basic part of military life.  Push-ups, sit-ups, and singing running cadences are part of a soldier's every-day routine.  But like so many other endeavors, what you get out of physical training depends on what you put into it.  If the extent of your physical exercise is showing up to PT in the morning and doing what you're told, you're missing an opportunity to improve not only your military success, but your quality of life.

Make Exercise a Part of Your Life

Most soldiers know that a key to being successful in physical training is working out on your own time.  Making exercise a part of your own schedule is part of making it a personal priority.  This can be as simple as running a mile before morning PT, or perhaps going hiking on the weekends.  Grabbing a buddy and going to a gym to lift weights is a great way to let off steam after a tough day.  Not only will your APFT scores improve, helping you with promotions, but better physical conditioning is a proven way to improve your ability to handle stress, so you'll feel better, too.

The Bare APFT Minimum is Not Enough

No one who expects to succeed aims for just the minimum standard.  The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) standards are meant to be a cut-off point, not a goal.  By setting your sights higher, and expecting to excel a bit more each time, you develop the attitude it takes to succeed not only at physical training, but at anything.

Taking Advantage of GIBill Benefits

Being a part of the army will not only help you focus on your physical fitness goals, it will also help you further your education in the subject of your interest.  According to GIBill.com, "the new Post-9/11 GI Bill offers a set of benefits to those who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001, including current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members."  Tuition, a housing allowance and money for books are among the many benefits you can take advantage of to further your education. The coolest part about this is you can actually attend online courses while you're serving duty.  You don't have to put your education on hold while you serve your country--you can do both simultaneously and be successful.

Exerise your body and your mind by exploring how the Army GI Bill can accelerate your educational opportunities.

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