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    On 5 July 1950, U.S. troops, who were unprepared
    for the physical demands of war, were sent to battle. The
    early days of the Korean war were nothing short of
    disastrous, as U.S. soldiers were routed by a poorly
    equipped, but well-trained, North Korean People’s Army.
    As American soldiers withdrew, they left behind
    wounded comrades and valuable equipment their
    training had not adequately prepared them to carry
    heavy loads.
    The costly lessons learned by Task Force Smith in
    Korea are as important today as ever. If we fail to
    prepare our soldiers for their physically demanding
    wartime tasks, we are guilty of paying lip service to the
    principle of “Train as you fight.” Our physical training
    programs must do more for our soldiers than just get
    them ready for the semiannual Army Physical Fitness
    Test (APFT’).
    FM 21 -20 is directed at leaders who plan and
    conduct physical fitness training. It provides guidelines
    for developing programs which will improve and maintain physical fitness levels for all Army personnel.
    These programs will help leaders prepare their soldiers to meet the physical demands of war. This manual can
    also be used as a source book by all soldiers. FM 21-20 was written to conform to the principles outlined in
    FM 25-100, Training the Force.
    The benefits to be derived from a good physical fitness program are many. It can reduce the number of
    soldiers on profile and sick call, invigorate training, and enhance productivity and mental alertness. A good
    physical fitness program also promotes team cohesion and combat survivability. It will improve soldiers’
    combat readiness.
    The proponent of this publication is HQ TRADOC. Send comments and recommendations on DA Form
    2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to Headquarters, US Army Infantry
    Center, US Army Physical Fitness School (ATZB-PF), Fort Benning, GA31905-5000.
    Unless this publication states otherwise, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men.
    This manual is over 240 pages in length.
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