Armed Forces News

Soldiers would become fit more quickly and be less susceptible to injury, if planners’ goals for the new Army Combat Fitness Test are right. The service unveiled the new test July 10, which will begin field tests among some 40,000 soldiers in October. During the test, soldiers will have to perform a dead lift, leg tucks, a standing power throw, hand-release push-ups, a sprint-drag-carry run, and a two-mile run.
Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, commander of the Army’s Center for Initial Military Training, told the Association of the U.S. Army that the text should save the service $4 billion a year in reduced injuries and accidents. Under the plan, the Army Combat Fitness Test would replace the Army Physical Fitness Test by 2020.