Army's New Fitness Tests Add Taste of Battlefield

Spc. Apostle Spencer, a heavy track mechanic with Battery C, 3-82 FA, lifts weights at the unit gym, while Sgt. Tim Baca spots him. They work out together two hours each day, five to six times a week. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Bryan Kinkade, 1st Cav

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - Sit-ups don't make a soldier, the Army has decided. So its 30-year-old fitness requirements are getting a
battlefield-inspired makeover.

Soon every soldier will have to run on a balance beam with two
30-pound canisters of ammunition, drag a sled weighted with 180
pounds of sandbags and vault over obstacles while aiming a rifle.

Those were just some of the tests the Army unveiled Tuesday as
it moves toward making its physical training look more like combat.

Right now soldiers have to complete sit-ups, push-ups and a
two-mile run twice a year within times that vary by age and gender.

Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, the general in charge of the
Army's initial military training, said he has been working to
change that test for years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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