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Airman 1st Class James Thurman, 35th Security Forces Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan:

“I say ‘yeah,’ because if we all get deployed to the same place, we should all be in the same shape.”

Sgt. 1st Class Cary Davis, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, South Korea:

“No, I don’t think all services’ physical demands are the same. For the most part, someone in the Air Force or Navy doesn’t have the same requirements as someone in the Army or the Marine Corps who has to move long distances. Army and the Marine Corps are basically infantry-centered services.”

Pfc. Timothy Reese, F Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, South Korea:

“No. Each service has its own needs. The Air Force doesn’t have ground movement, so they don’t need the same PT as the Army who does have ground movement.”

Senior Chief Petty Officer Mary Mather, Sasebo Naval Base, Japan:

“No, I don’t think so because each service has a different tasking. The Marines and Army have it a little tougher out in the field. I think they have a tougher job than sailors and need to be more physically fit.”

Tech. Sgt. Scott Morris, 8th Security Forces Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea:

“In my opinion, there’s not that big of a difference between the Army and the Air Force.” he said. What matters is whether servicemembers are capable of performing their duties, and whether they project a physically fit, clean-cut military image, he said.

Chief Petty Officer Brian C. Coughlin, Naval Air Facility Misawa, Flight Support:

“I believe there should be one set standard for the military. All different branches are serving together in Iraq. If you’re going to do a fitness test in Iraq, why not make it the same? It also shows younger kids in high school, they know what the PRT standards are even before they go to the recruiter.”

Lance Cpl. Allen Robare, Personnel Support Detachment 18, Okinawa:

“Yes … but I don’t think they could cut it.”

Lance Cpl. Rachel Campbell, Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, Okinawa:

“No. Because if they wanted to have a harder PFT, they would have joined the Marine Corps.”

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