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Recruits for the United States Army are being advised to come well prepared for the grueling fitness test set to become mandatory in October 2020.
Chief of Staff General Mark Milley spoke bluntly about the fitness expectations at the Association of the United States Army's annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
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'If you can't get in shape in 24 months, then maybe you should hit the road,' Milley said, according to Task and Purpose. 'Maybe you should consider an alternative to this.'
The new 50-minute test includes: a strength dead lift, throwing a medicine ball overhead, a set of push ups that require hands to come off the ground, a 250-meter 'spring, drag, carry' event and a two-mile run.
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Along with the new test layout, each event will will graded using a 'moderate,' 'signifcant,' or 'heavy' physical exertion grade.
Milley explained that the aims of the intense expectations is to greatly reduce the number of casualties on the battlefield.
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'We don't want to lose thousands of soldiers,' Milley asserted. 'This fitness test is hard and no one should be under any illusions about it. But where we really don't want to lose soldiers is on the battlefield. We don't want young men and women killed in action because they weren't fit.'
Milley cited the Koren War and how many...
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