The new Army PT test is right around the corner, and every soldier with Internet access seems absolutely pumped.
That’s the gist of the 600 comment thread in the r/Army community on Reddit that blew up when the service dropped news of the new combat fitness test. No longer are ruminations of the troops confined to smoke pits or on-base pita pits; now, we get to hear the real feelings of real warfighters behind the beloved barricade of Internet anonymity.
To that end, decided to highlight the three best insights into new Army PT test from the nameless hordes of U.S. service members if only to really celebrate the evolution of bitching about stupid command changes in the information age.
Ah yes, the good ol' Army backward medicine ball toss
The first comment that we loved highlights the potential for this new-fangled test to absolutely bite every seasoned NCO in the ass, as they haven’t thrown a medicine ball backward over their heads once during their three tours in Afghanistan.
Bizarrely, the CFT kept the run portion intact, despite the fact that a two-mile run in gym shorts and go-fasts is completely antithetical the new test’s stated goal of actually reflecting the conditions of combat. Of course, the wars of the future may come down to a timed two-mile run in shorts — after you medicine ball the enemy bunker without looking that is.
The third and final comment leaves us with some words of wisdom: Follow the money.
Whatever stupid CrossFit wholesaler that is about to make bank off some silly deadlift equipment may have pulled the strings behind this momentous shift in fitness testing. Either that or maybe some general is just really, really into CrossFit. Nothing like doing some deadlifts in the box’ to really show who is the alpha in the group.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
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Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
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