- Overhauling Military Fitness Standards, Implementing New Programs
by Emily Attwood November 2016
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- Pike YMCA Pairs with VA to Serve Vets
by Courtney Cameron November 2016
In 2018, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will partner with the Richard Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center to open a new location in Pike Township near the downtown VA to enhance outpatient services. It will be the first YMCA in the country to offer customized space and services for veterans.
- Marine Vet Sues YMCA, Claims Org Pushed Him Out
by Louis Casiano Jr. November 2016
A Marine veteran and personal fitness trainer who developed a military-style obstacle course for the Newport-Mesa Family YMCA alleges in a lawsuit filed last month that the organization pushed him out of their partnership, failed to share profits and fired him after he suffered a back injury.
- Military May Relax Fitness Standards for Recruits
by Stuart Goldman November 2016
Fitness standards are among several requirements for recruits entering the military that may become more relaxed, allowing a greater chance for admission.
- Non-Regulation Tracks Blamed for Air Force Fitness Failures
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
In a press release on Thursday, the Air Force announced that all running and walking courses used by the service for physical testing must be measured and recertified by Oct. 31 of this year.
Physical testing for airmen requires them to complete a timed 1.5-mile run, or 2-kilometer walk if exempt. Upon evaluation of several Air Force testing courses, local inspectors found that upwards of 60 airmen have failed the fitness assessment in the last decade who may have met the required time if the course they were running had been the correct regulation length.
- West Point Lifts Ban on Boxing for Female Cadets
by Dan Lamothe September 2016
Cadets get ready for coed boxing class at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Beginning this fall, officials shifted from banning female students from the course to requiring it for all 1,000 students in the Class of 2020. Female cadets heard about the decision to mandate boxing as they were preparing to arrive on campus this summer. "At first I was kind of upset, but now I'm getting into it," DeAdre Harvey said.
- NFL to Return $723K to Taxpayers for Military Tributes
by Stuart Goldman May 2016
National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake that the NFL will return more than $723,000 back to taxpayers that funded sponsored military events with the league, which McCain and Flake had called “paid patriotism.”
- First Female Army Ranger School Graduates Set Standard
by Stuart Goldman December 2015
In August, two soldiers made history by becoming the first women to graduate from the Army's Ranger School. The soldiers, 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest, graduated along with 94 men after 19 women and 381 men total attended the first Ranger School course in April. A third woman was still attempting to complete the 62-day course in late September. Editors note: Maj. Lisa Jaster, successfully completed the Army Ranger School and graduated in October after this article was originally published.
- Accidental Deaths Prompt New Navy Safety Rules
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
On April 24th, two Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh and 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis were found at the bottom of a combat training pool after attempting a breath-holding exercise. Both men perished. Marihugh and Lewis were conducting an off-hours workout at the pool by themselves.
- Congress Calls for Ban on 'Pay for Patriotism' Promotions
by Jason Scott October 2015
From 2011 to 2014, the NFL collected a reported $5.4 million in taxpayer money for mid-game salutes to the military. Calling the promotions “pay for patriotism” and “marketing gimmicks,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has convinced Congress to ban this kind of activity at major sporting events.