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No more sit-ups: Army revises PT test to reflect battlefield challenges

Posted July 17, 2018 5:56 p.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2018 6:08 p.m. EDT

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 current test featuring sit-ups, pushups and a 2-mile run will be phased out by late 2020.

"What the Army has done has adapted to what's being done in the industry as a whole as far as combat readiness and physical training, be it in the gym or be it outside," said D'Allem Pretlow of DSDQ Fitness.

The new test will require soldiers to repeatedly lift heavy 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.

"When it's all said and done, it's about our soldiers being ready, and the only way for our soldiers to be ready is to change their training – not on the battlefield but before they get to the battlefield when the time comes," Pretlow said.

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The same test will be given to all soldiers, regardless of gender or age, and all tasks must be completed in 50 minutes.

"I find women can do just as much as men can do," Pretlow said. "Obviously, it's scaled, but you'll be quite surprised how many more women are coming in for that kind of training."

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.