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  • #127591

    Looks like the Army is updating it’s 30-year old test of fitness and stamina, per this CNN story:

    Here are the 5 tests:

    1 – 60-yard shuttle run

    It’s similar to “suicides” that sports teams use, but it’s harder to cut corners. A soldier runs five yards, picks up a wooden block and runs back, puts the block on the starting line, repeats that over a 10-yard, then 15-yard distance. In total the soldier runs 60 yards.

    2 – Standing long jump

    It’s the same thing you did in gym class. The Army will use it to test lower body strength. For troops required to carry packs often weighing as much as 75 pounds, strong legs are crucial.

    3 – One minute of ‘rowers’

    These replace sit-ups. Your arms start out flat on the floor straight above your head. You keep your knees bent and feet together, flat on the ground. Then you sit up, bringing your arms next to your knees parallel to the ground.

    4 – One minute of pushups

    This new test requires the soldier to keep his or her hands planted in one place aligned with the shoulders. And once the timing starts, you can’t move your hands or stop to rest as you could in the old test. One soldier who was part of Thursday’s demonstration did 29 in a row before collapsing just before her minute was up.

    5 – 1.5-mile run

    The Army reduced the run from two miles because while most of the dozens of soldiers watching the demonstration had been in combat, none had said he or she ever had to run even a mile on the battlefield. And 1.5 miles is ideal for measuring a soldier’s cardiovascular health and stamina, according to Army fitness experts.

    How would you fare?

  • #127615

    Andrew Ian Derksen
  • #127613

    Jon P. Bird

    Back in the day, I remember doing the Army PT test in combat boots and fatigues!

    Go, Army!

  • #127611

    Peter Sperry

    Frankly, they should go back to that standard for both PT and the fitness test. I remeber the switch over from boots to sneakers. During the initial briefing one of our NCOs asked whether we would be able to ask the enemy for time out to change shoes in the real world. Given everything else coming out of military reserch, why haven’t they yet developed boots that can work as crosstraining running shoes (albeit heavy ones)?

  • #127609

    Fascinating idea, Peter…let’s see if we can find someone who knows if something like that’s in development…

  • #127607

    Carol Davison

    GO ARMY! for adapting its PT test to current mission requirements. As a performance leader I am thrilled to see responsive government. If we can respond to the Taliban we can respond to U.S. citizens and our military members. Considering the number of boots the the DOD purchases I am apalled that military doctors don’t demand them for their troops.

    By the way, the reason they use tennis shoes is because so many people were injured by working out in boots. Yes we go to war in boots, but there is no reason to break out soliders on the way there.

  • #127605

    Peter Sperry

    Marine Corps Fitness test = Platoon performs shuttle runs and pushups wearing full combat gear at noon in August. The last person to collapse with heat exhaustion passes the test.

    Army fitness test = Described above

    Navy fitness test = Prepare powerpoint presentation on fitness for officers. Printout and post slides on bullitan board for enlisted personnel.

    Air Force fitness test = Issue RFP on multi year contract to identify fitness.

    Retired military fitness test = lift remote, change channels, lower remote, repeat until fit.

  • #127603

    Carol Davison

    Too funny. You forgot to incorporate 12 oz biceps curls with a beer can.

  • #127601

    Lorne W. Neff

    Anybody whose been in the Army knows the problems never been the test, its the regular physical fitness training to prepare for the test. Most units do rote standardized training with the same exercises day after day, week after week, even though they were taught better. The Army manual lays out the basic ingredients for training, including rest/recovery and variety. However, that takes time and actual real planning. They may take the time to plan it, but very few practice it. What winds up happening is repeat and infrequent training that leads to muscle fatigue and injury. Seen it too many times. But they’ll they’ll you that doesn’t happen. Now when they address the height and weight standards that haven’t been changed since before WWII, then they will be getting somewhere.

  • #127599

    Pattie Buel

    Bring back memories of Run, Dodge and Jump for any old timers?

  • #127597

    Peter Sperry

    Is that the one where you ran forward, dodged between the two wooden barriers, jumped the pit, dodged the barriers on the other side, ran to the end, turned and repeated the process??? They dropped that right after I finished basic training. General Washington didn’t see thevalue in it. We used tod do that, a 2 mile run, monkey bars, sit ups and pushups; in combat boots. The monkey bars were always the worst for those of us who sweat heavily since getting a grip became impossible farily quickly.

  • #127595

    Should we update the Presidential Physical Fitness test as well – try to match it?

    Does that even still exist?

  • #127593

    Jon P. Bird

    One mile, no sweat, two miles, better yet. I recall doing the APRT in five countries under varying conditions. Soldiers need to train for the situations they face, so as the Army’s mission changes, so should the fitness tests.

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