Rumors About the New Army PT Test

March 16, 2014

On December 27th, 2013 the Army Times interviewed General Ray Odierono, the Chief of Staff of the Army. When asked about the new PT test, GEN Odierno stated that he’d rejected the proposed replacement, which consisted of a minute of “rowers,” a minute of push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run, and requested that the Training and Doctrine Command come up with something different. What could that look like?

GEN Odierno specified he’d like to see one general PT test that everyone in the Army is required to pass and then have functional PT test for specific MOSs. He cited the example of artillery Soldiers needing to repeatedly lift 95 pound artillery shells and testing them on upper body strength, but for infantrymen, the test might focus more on endurance.

This is in line with other comments made regarding the creation of gender neutral PT standards as the Army seeks to intergrate females into combat arms MOSs, which were previously closed to them. It’s highly likely that we’ll see the creation of a new general Army Physical Readiness Test, which will be similar to the current APFT, and then a “combat arms PT test.” The combat arms PT test would likely be taken with Soldiers wearing ACUs, or whatever field uniform the Army is wearing at the time, and could incorporate things like obstacles, ammo can lifts, and ruck marches.

The combat arms test would likely be gender neutral, with no separate score tables for males and females. There’ve also been discussions that the Army may move away from a points system to a pass/fail system for this test.

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