FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The Army is changing up its physical fitness test after three decades in an effort to better replicate battlefield needs while also being gender and age neutral.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that the current test featuring sit-ups, pushups and a 2-mile run will be phased out by late 2020.
The Army instead will introduce a combat fitness test. It will require soldiers to repeatedly lift heaving objects to simulate picking up ammunition boxes or a wounded soldier. Troops will toss a 10-pound ball backward as far as possible to replicate the explosive power that might be needed to move rapidly over obstacles.
Officials with Army Training and Doctrine Command say the new test is designed to improve soldier physical readiness, reduce injuries and better inform commanders of unit readiness.
Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com