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Course takes holistic approach to Soldier readiness

March 11, 2022 | By Bailey Hittle

To keep Soldiers physically fit and deployable, the U.S. Army has moved to a more holistic and preventative approach to overall Soldier health.

As part of that approach, the Consolidated Physical Readiness Training and Army Combat Fitness Test Certification Course assists Kansas Army National Guard leaders to safely implement new exercise guidelines and strategies, directly influencing their physical fitness and combat readiness.

In addition to physical readiness training and program design, course participants learn other aspects of holistic health and fitness, including sleep hygiene, nutrition, spiritual health, and mental readiness. Course graduates also obtain the knowledge, training and Memorandum for Record needed to serve as the unit fitness noncommissioned officer.

“I am thankful for the opportunity I had to attend this course,” said Capt. Randall Fish, commander of the 995th Support Maintenance Company. “The instructors were motivated and knowledgeable and presented information that wasn’t just about the ACFT (Army Combat Fitness Test) and how to administer it, but about how to make healthy choices in all aspects of your life.

“I highly recommend that not only commanders attend this course, but that they send as many of their Soldiers as they can.”

The course is held through the Collective Training Team at the Kansas Training Center. To get information on upcoming classes contact Staff Sgt. Janina Felka-Burns at 785.646.3243 or