Green Platoon Training Overview

160th SOAR(A) Green Platoon Train-up program

Green Platoon/Combat Skills, is a six-week assessment and training program that teaches basic soldiering skills, i.e. advanced first aid techniques, combatives, land navigation, and weapons training. However, throughout the six weeks you will be challenged with intense physical conditioning sessions.

As with any challenge you face within your military career, preparation is the key to success. This train-up program will help you to prepare.

Here are some of the challenges you will face:

APFT Improvement

Push-up and sit-up improvement- Find the maximum number of repetitions, that you are able to perform in one minute for push-ups and sit-ups.

Do this once a week. Once you find your max, subtract ten.

Three times a week perform that number of repetitions for three sets with one-minute rest in between sets.

Example: your max set is 40 push-ups/sit-ups. Subtract ten. You would do three sets of 30 with a minute rest in-between sets for a total of 90 repetitions. After a week, find your max again for one minute. This is your new starting point.

2-mile run improvement- Interval training- Start with a known quarter mile distance (most Posts and schools have a quarter mile track) with a w/stop watch.

Divide the time you want to run one mile in by four. This will be your target work/fast lap pace.

The interval will be one work/fast lap to one slow lap.

Example: your target is a six-minute mile, this divided by four would be 1 ½ minutes.

Your work/fast lap pace would be 1 ½ minutes. Therefore, the workout would be one work/fast quarter-mile lap with one slow recovery lap.

Do this for a total of four work/fast quarter-mile laps and four rest laps. On the slow lap, it’s alright to walk but try to do a slow jog. Once you can consistently stay at your target lap pace decrease the distance on your rest lap.

Continue this over a period of time until your running at least one mile at you’re target pace.

The APFT is a crucial event for success at Green Platoon.

Do a diagnostic APFT and do these workouts for a month then do another APFT. You will see an improvement.

4-6 mile runs

Most of the distance runs in Green Platoon are performed at the Army standard pace of nine-minute miles.

If you are not used to running distance it is best to increase your mileage by only 10% per week.

Example: start with a two-mile run, then the following week you would run 2.20 miles. Try to work up to at least 4-5 miles. By gradually increasing the distance, you will lessen the chance of over-use injuries.

Rope climb/pull-ups

Bottom-line. If you know that you are on assignment to the 160th, the time to prepare is now. If you do this, or any training, for a month or so you will have no problem completing the physical demands of Green Platoon. Good luck. Green Platoon General Information