Army Not Changing Physical Fitness Test – for Now
NORFOLK, Va. (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.