History[ edit ] The physical fitness assessments for the U. Army were first developed in at the United States Military Academy. Over the years, the athletics for soldiers have been revised repeatedly. According to a US Army abstract, the calisthenics and events of "push-ups, sit-ups, and a 2-mile run was introduced in
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Army began to field-test a new Army Combat Fitness Test. If approved, it will replace a regimen that has been used since when running shoes were just being introduced and soldiers did their workouts in boots. A New Approach The program, which entered its test phase in October , has been brought up to date with changes in physical fitness training methods. The Combat Fitness Test test is designed to be a predictor of performance in combat.
Many of the exercises mimic the skills and strength needed to perform critical tasks under fire, such as carrying a wounded soldier off the field. The revamped version is expected to be fully implemented by October , possibly with changes based on feedback from the soldiers involved in the test phase.
The only component that remains the same is the last exercise: a two-mile run. The New Tasks The new test consists of six tasks of "events," rather than the three in the previous test. The standards may vary, however, depending on the occupational specialty or unit of the test subject. Currently, the Army is considering classifying the physical demands of its various occupations as "heavy," "significant," or "moderate.
At least during the test phase, the minimum requirement for a soldier in a "heavy" demand category would involve a pound deadlift, an 8. But a soldier whose job is considered only moderately physically challenging would have to lift only pounds, demonstrate a 4.
United States Army Physical Fitness Test