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You Won't Pass the Army's New Fitness Test
« on: May 13, 2019, 12:42:57 PM »
May 11, 2019

You Won't Pass the Army's New Fitness Test

Tough. Really tough.
by Task and Purpose

By October 2020, all soldiers will be required to take and pass the Army’s new gender- and age-neutral Combat Fitness Test, which has more events and less time for rest than the service’s current PT test, officials said on Monday.

(This article by Jeff Schogol originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)

The Army has not yet decided what the standards will be that soldiers have to meet on each of the test’s six events, or whether soldiers will take alternative tests if they fail any or all of the events, said Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/you-wont-pass-armys-new-fitness-test-57077
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Re: You Won't Pass the Army's New Fitness Test
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 02:41:36 PM »
That's hilarious.  The title of the article is:

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You Won't Pass the Army's New Fitness Test

And they claim that it is:

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Tough. Really tough.

But then they admit

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The Army has not yet decided what the standards will be that soldiers have to meet on each of the test’s six events, or whether soldiers will take alternative tests if they fail any or all of the events....

So, count me skeptical about how "tough" this test will actually be.  Especially considering:

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By October 2020, all soldiers will be required to take and pass the Army’s new gender- and age-neutral Combat Fitness Test

Maybe it'll be tough for 45 year old broads.  Maybe not quite so tough for 21 year old young men.
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Re: You Won't Pass the Army's New Fitness Test
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 03:01:48 PM »
Braun and athleticism will never substitute for brains and common sense on the battlefield. One needs a bit of it all.
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Re: You Won't Pass the Army's New Fitness Test
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 03:27:50 PM »
Braun and athleticism will never substitute for brains and common sense on the battlefield. One needs a bit of it all.

Well, it's certainly nice to have brawn in addition to brains.   But that really doesn't have anything to do with how tough the fitness test -- with standards that have yet to be determined -- is going to be.

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Re: You Won't Pass the Army's New Fitness Test
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 06:55:22 PM »
Braun and athleticism will never substitute for brains and common sense on the battlefield. One needs a bit of it all.
Brawn and brains do not have to be mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, that is a common myth perpetrated to the extent that the pursuit of both is too seldom undertaken.
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Re: You Won't Pass the Army's New Fitness Test
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2019, 06:41:05 AM »
I'm pushing 72 and just getting out of bed can be a struggle at times.  So I guess I fail the test. :silly:
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