Photograph by Benedict Evans
See if you are strong enough to pass the Army’s new combat test
Since the Carter administration, the Army has tested fitness with two minutes of pushups and situps and a 2-mile run. “That test measured endurance but failed to assess strength, power, speed, and agility, all of which are also critical on the battlefield,” says Michael McGurk, director of research and analysis directorate at the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training. His team spent years redesigning a new combat test. It’s 81 percent predictive of how a soldier will perform field tasks and also a great test of functional fitness. 1st Sgt Diamond Ott, 37, with the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, is helping build stronger, more durable men and women. Take his fitness advice and see if you have what it takes to ace the new combat test!
1st Sgt, Diamond Ott
About my name: My mom was a big fan of Neil Diamond.
Home is American Samoa, born and raised. My first sport was soccer.
When I joined the Army, we ran a lot and did the basics: pushups, situps, drills. The new fitness test …read more