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    The Army Could Soon Have An Extra Physical Fitness Test For Combat Troops

    The Army is good at wasting time and money over relatively trivial matters. When this debate made my radar, about 8 years ago I said keep the current (now old) PT test for non-combat troops, and use the enhanced test for combat troops. Easy, cheap fix.

    Now they want to create a new test for combat troops. And they took out one of the more effective events from the new test- the hanging knee tuck. Like this, except raise your knees all the way to your face.



    They took it out because female soldiers consistently failed that event. I have incorporated it into my routine and fine it to be a superior core workout.


    The Army Could Soon Have An Extra Physical Fitness Test For Combat Troops





    The Army has been working to change the old physical fitness test for more than a decade. And after development, testing, and finally implementation, Congress is throwing the service a curve.

    Voting in a closed-door session, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday ordered the Army to change the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) to create a requirement for a supplemental test for troops in combat arms jobs in addition to the ACFT’s baseline standards.
    “Servicemembers in military occupational specialties requiring close enemy combat must meet rigorous physical fitness requirements to ensure operational mission success,” the committee wrote.
    After a Decade, The ACFT standards Are Still Being Debated:

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    A physical fitness test for combat troops should consist of combat related activities... a ruck run, low and high crawling, Doing a Ranger Roll to pick up a wounded buddy, then carrying him X amount of distance, an obstacle course like the "Darby Queen" or the old "Green Hell" in Panama. Events like that.
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    PT tests should be MOS specific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    PT tests should be MOS specific.
    When I was at the 82nd, infantry types had to get 80% on PT tests, as a minimum. Or they got reassigned to the XVIII Corps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    When I was at the 82nd, infantry types had to get 80% on PT tests, as a minimum. Or they got reassigned to the XVIII Corps.
    When I was in the Army we had no percentage oriented grading scale. 300 was the max score. I don't remember the minimum score to pass. Anything under a 290 was considered mediocre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    When I was in the Army we had no percentage oriented grading scale. 300 was the max score. I don't remember the minimum score to pass. Anything under a 290 was considered mediocre.
    I believe 60% was fail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    I believe 60% was fail.
    Again, there was no grading by percentage. I think a passing score was something like 180.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    Again, there was no grading by percentage. I think a passing score was something like 180.
    OK, that is where I got 60 from.

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