Army not changing physical fitness test - for now

Army not changing physical fitness test - for now

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- The Army is keeping its physical fitness test the same way it has for more than three decades -- for now.

 

Before making any changes, the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia says it needs to further study a new test intended to better measure a soldier's baseline physical readiness to perform in combat. About 10,000 soldiers participated in a pilot program with the new test in the past year.

The new test scraps sit-ups, and adds a 60-yard shuttle run and a standing long jump. It also cuts the time allowed for push-ups and reduces the length of a run from 2 miles to 1.5 miles.

The Army has not set a date for determining whether to implement the new test.

AP-WF-08-31-12 0935GMT

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