Army fields new fitness tests to gather data

By Sgt. Michael J. MacLeodAugust 18, 2011

A noncommissioned officer with the Army's Physical Readiness Division calls time while administering the new Army Physical Readiness Test to paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Testers are gathering data from a pool of 20,000 soldiers Army-wide to establish what norms look like and to determine what the standards should be.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
1 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A noncommissioned officer with the Army's Physical Readiness Division calls time while administering the new Army Physical Readiness Test to paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Testers are gathering data from a pool of 20,000 soldiers Army-wide to establish what norms look like and to determine what the standards should be. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)) VIEW ORIGINAL
A soldier resets blocks used for the shuttle-run event  of the Army's new Physical Readiness Test, Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The shuttle event tests a soldier's speed and agility.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
2 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A soldier resets blocks used for the shuttle-run event of the Army's new Physical Readiness Test, Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The shuttle event tests a soldier's speed and agility. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team completes the long jump for the new Army Physical Readiness Test Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The Army's Physical Readiness Division is visiting major installations to gather data on two new fitness tests, the APRT and the Army Combat Readiness Test.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
3 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team completes the long jump for the new Army Physical Readiness Test Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army's Physical Readiness Division is visiting major installations to gather data on two new fitness tests, the APRT and the Army Combat Readiness Test. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A grader for the new Army Physical Readiness Test ensures that a paratrooper completes the new 60-second pushup event correctly Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Unlike the 2-minute pushup event in the current Army Physical Fitness Test, soldiers can no longer pause, choose their own hand position or "sag in the middle."  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
4 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A grader for the new Army Physical Readiness Test ensures that a paratrooper completes the new 60-second pushup event correctly Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Unlike the 2-minute pushup event in the current Army Physical Fitness Test, soldiers can no longer pause, choose their own hand position or "sag in the middle." (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Sgt. Delarick Williams, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, completes seated rows for the new Army Physical Readiness Test Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Rows are replacing the sit-up as a test of abdominal and core-muscle strength and endurance.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
5 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Sgt. Delarick Williams, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, completes seated rows for the new Army Physical Readiness Test Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Rows are replacing the sit-up as a test of abdominal and core-muscle strength and endurance. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team begin a 1.5-mile run for the new Army Physical Readiness Test Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Developers of the new test shortened the run from two miles to better test overall speed.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
6 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team begin a 1.5-mile run for the new Army Physical Readiness Test Aug. 10, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Developers of the new test shortened the run from two miles to better test overall speed. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Bethany Moser, a combat medic and noncommissioned officer in charge of the Advanced Trauma Life Support team for the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, completes a 400-meter run, the first part of a nonstop obstacle course that makes up the new Army Combat Readiness Test, Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Moser's overall time was 4 minutes, 45 seconds, the fastest time for a female in the Army to date.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
7 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Bethany Moser, a combat medic and noncommissioned officer in charge of the Advanced Trauma Life Support team for the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, completes a 400-meter run, the first part of a nonstop obstacle course that makes up the new Army Combat Readiness Test, Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Moser's overall time was 4 minutes, 45 seconds, the fastest time for a female in the Army to date. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team low crawls for the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The low crawl is just one part of a multi-faceted test that engages a soldier's strength, endurance, agility and balance.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
8 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team low crawls for the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The low crawl is just one part of a multi-faceted test that engages a soldier's strength, endurance, agility and balance. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team negotiates an obstacle during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The test is being administered to several thousand soldiers across the Army to determine what the new standards should be.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
9 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team negotiates an obstacle during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The test is being administered to several thousand soldiers across the Army to determine what the new standards should be. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A grader runs alongside paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team as he negotiates obstacles for the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The test is part of an Army-wide effort by the Army's Physical Readiness Division to gather data on the ACRT and its complement, the Army Physical Readiness Test.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
10 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A grader runs alongside paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team as he negotiates obstacles for the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The test is part of an Army-wide effort by the Army's Physical Readiness Division to gather data on the ACRT and its complement, the Army Physical Readiness Test. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team pulls a rescue stretcher loaded with 180 pounds during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  He must also navigate around several cones before moving onto the next part of the test.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
11 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team pulls a rescue stretcher loaded with 180 pounds during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. He must also navigate around several cones before moving onto the next part of the test. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team carries two weighted ammunition cans while negotiating three balance beams during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The test is being administered to several thousand soldiers across the Army to determine what the new standards should be.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
12 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team carries two weighted ammunition cans while negotiating three balance beams during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The test is being administered to several thousand soldiers across the Army to determine what the new standards should be. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team runs with two weighted ammunition cans during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The cans are carried during short sprints near the end of the test.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
13 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team runs with two weighted ammunition cans during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The cans are carried during short sprints near the end of the test. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
 Staff Sgt. Harry Dixon, a squad leader with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, moves through an obstacle with his weapon at the high ready during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The ACRT seeks to test soldiers in common battlefield tasks to assess their physical readiness.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
14 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Harry Dixon, a squad leader with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, moves through an obstacle with his weapon at the high ready during the new Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The ACRT seeks to test soldiers in common battlefield tasks to assess their physical readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pfc. Anthony Makar, an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, is interviewed by Capt. Tony Soika, a training officer with the Army's Physical Readiness Division, Aug. 17,  2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Makar has just shattered the record for the Army Combat Readiness Test with a time of 3:17, which is 19 seconds faster than the fastest time to date.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
15 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Anthony Makar, an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, is interviewed by Capt. Tony Soika, a training officer with the Army's Physical Readiness Division, Aug. 17, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Makar has just shattered the record for the Army Combat Readiness Test with a time of 3:17, which is 19 seconds faster than the fastest time to date. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL