Army Tries Out New PT Test

Army Tries Out New PT Test

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The Army is rolling out a new physical fitness test to replace one that's been used for nearly 40 years.

The Army Times reports that officials unveiled the gender- and age-neutral test this week. 

It's called the Army Combat Fitness Test and it will replace the current Army Physical Fitness Test by late 2020.

Running, sit-ups, and push-ups will be replaced by activities designed to more accurately predict how a soldier will perform in battle.

Officials say the new PT test will predict a soldier's combat readiness with 80 percent accuracy, compared with 40 percent for the current one.

It's designed to test endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility and balance and simulates typical combat-related activities, such as moving under fire, loading heavy weaponry, and dragging casualties to safety.

Sixty battalions across every type of Army unit will test the new regimen for two years starting in October.

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