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Is the Army changing its PT test and what does it mean to me?

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Before answering that question, focus on today and your need to do well on the current APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) test. That is your first priority. If you are not scoring at least a 270 or above, that should be your focus now. Secondly, the Army has talked about changing its PT test since the 1990’s and the only thing done so far is to lower the test standards for each of the age categories so that it is much easier to pass the PT test today than it was 20 years ago. Change comes slow. The last suggested change, the APRT (Army Physical Readiness Test) was killed in 2012 by the Army Chief of Staff. There is now talk about a core standard that everyone has to do, the current APFT would make sense for that, and then there would be additional exercises for certain MOS’s at certain duty locations. This core standard and MOS specific test is rumored to come about in 2015.

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Lee Kind is former Army Transportation Officer with 8 years of service spending most of his time in the 82nd Airborne Division. Lee is passionate about sharing wisdom on physical fitness (scoring 370+ on PT tests) and practical leadership to help Soldiers excel in all they do and set the example for others to follow. Lee is the author of "MAX Out the Army, Marine, and Air Force Physical Fitness and Combat Fitness Tests” Volume I and II. www.forallleaders.com

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