RICHMOND, Va. - Approximately 27 Reserve Soldiers from across the 80th Training Command participated in a health and fitness training event for individuals with body weight and Army Physical Fitness Test challenges at the command headquarters here, March 4-6, 2016.

The purpose of the initiative is to teach participants how to live healthy lifestyles, and to pass the APFT by implementing and complying with the Army's height and weight requirements.

"This feeds into readiness, as does everything we do," said Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Darlington the 80th TC senior noncommissioned officer, who addressed the Soldiers on day one of the event and also participated in exercise drills. "They've shown the motivation, they want to be here, so the commander and I are hopeful that they're going to do great things."

Some of the Soldiers participating in the event haven't taken the APFT and fulfilled the height and weight requirements within 12 months or more, while others have failed the APFT and or the height and weight requirements multiple times. Soldiers pending separation from service, on medical hold status, have temporary or permanent medical restrictions, pending transfer to the Individual Ready Reserve within 12 months are not eligible.