Tag Archives: PRT

Get Healthy Like A Man: Fitness Test Failure

 By Paul Ross, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs Two more sit-ups. Two more sit-ups were all that stood between me and losing the respect of my co-workers. Two more sit-ups were all that stood between me and having to hear my wife ask, “Seriously?” as she failed to hold back her laughter. Two more sit-ups were …

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Dr. Boone and the Creation of the Medicine Ball Cabinet

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery The president’s cabinet is convening this morning, but you will not find them in any boardroom or oval office. This is 1929 and the president is on the south lawn of the White House im­mersed in a new morning ritual that the press has dubbed “Hoover Ball.” Starched shirts …

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Teddy Roosevelt and the Navy’s PRT

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Today’s U.S. Navy espouses a “culture of fitness,” and “physical readiness,” but this was not always so.  In the early 1900s, many including the president himself, Theodore Roosevelt, were appalled by the lack of physical conditioning in the Navy. In his autobiography, Roosevelt wrote, “Many of the older officers …

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Fall 2012 edition of “The Grog”

By André B. Sobocinski, historian and publications manager, Office of Medical History, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It is with great pleasure that we present to you the fall 2012 edition of THE GROG. In our attempt to meet our standards of variety, we offer you original articles on: Mr. Roosevelt and the Origin of the PRT, Corpsmen of …

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