WASHINGTON – The Army will finally unveil the long-awaited new physical fitness test Tuesday at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Stars and Stripes will be there. With tennis shoes on.
Soldiers will finally find out how the Army plans to modify the test to better simulate battlefield conditions. The current test, which includes pushups, sit-ups and a two-mile run, has not changed since 1980, according to the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.
In addition to giving you the straight story about what soldiers will be expected to do from now on, yours truly will try some of the new exercises, to the amusement of countless drill sergeants.
To participate in the event, I had to sign an agreement that reads in part:
“Participation in the events related to the new Army Physical and Combat Readiness Test includes, but is not limited to, the risk of death or serious or other injury such as cuts, scrapes and bruises, broken bones, twisted ankles, sprains, pulled or strained muscles, knee and other joint injury, heart attack and stress-related injury resulting from: the risks/hazards of running and physical exertion over a prolonged period, exposure to heat and cold, dehydration, colliding with other runners, falling and tripping, or the conduct of other participants, including their negligence or willful misconduct.”
If any of that happens, we’ll have picture and video.