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    by Jim Michaels January 2018

    The Army's problem of finding physically fit recruits at a time of rising obesity in the USA is especially acute in the South, where the service traditionally draws a high percentage of soldiers, a study reported Wednesday.

  • Central Missouri Proves Need for ROTC Athletic Trainers

    by Courtney Cameron November 2017

    The U.S. Army has high standards for fitness — and no one knows that better than the individuals tasked with treating soldiers' injuries. Rachel Brown is an instructor/ROTC athletic trainer at the University of Central Missouri, where a flourishing ROTC program prepares a battalion of roughly 125 cadets annually. Her ultimate goal: to ensure that every cadet passes a monthly regimented Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) without incurring a debilitating or chronic injury.

  • Army Announces New Combat Readiness Fitness Test

    by Courtney Cameron November 2017

    After an evaluation of the military’s approach to physical fitness spanning nearly 20 years, the Army has announced a new combat skill-centered fitness test will be introduced in 2020.

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    by Andy Berg November 2017

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  • Private College Combines Phys Ed, Patriotism

    by Courtney Cameron October 2017

    In the current, volatile sports environment of protest and debate, a private college in Missouri has no qualms about publicizing its stance on recent issues.

  • Army Implements First Combat-Specific Fitness Test

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Over the past 10 years, the Army has been working to develop a more effective model of the traditional Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).

  • Commander Proposes Rec Facility on Former Prison Site

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    The prison commander at the Guantanamo Bay naval base has filed notice with a federal court of plans to demolish the former detention site Camp Iguana and reclaim the area for recreational use.

  • Air Force Major Dies After Fitness Test

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    An Air Force Major died Saturday after losing consciousness during his fitness test.

    Maj. Elgin "Rick" Ross, 47, became unresponsive during his fitness test Friday at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. He died early Saturday at University of Colorado Hospital.

    The reason for Ross’ death is under investigation.

    Airmen are required to complete a physical fitness test twice a year. The test consists of three components that measure body composition, aerobic fitness and muscular fitness. According to the Air Force’s website, body composition is evaluated by abdominal circumference measurements, while the aerobic component includes a 1.5-mile run. Muscular fitness is evaluated by the number of push-ups and sit-ups completed within one minute.

    The Air Force Times reported that Ross was head of the Air Force’s Total Force Service Center in Denver where he provided customer service to Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and retired airmen.

    Brig. Gen. Ellen Moore, Air Reserve Personnel Center commander, expressed her sympathies in a statement. "We are heartbroken over the loss of our teammate and friend," Moore said. "ARPC is coming together in this sad time, and we are ensuring that Rick's wife and children are taken care of now and in the future."

  • Hiring Freeze Forces Military Fitness Center Closures

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    On Saturday, Fort Bragg temporarily closed the doors of the Blackjack, Funk and Hosking physical fitness centers (PFCs). The closings are a result of the federal hiring freeze that went into effect in January, shortly after the change in administration.

  • Overhauling Military Fitness Standards, Implementing New Programs

    by Emily Attwood November 2016

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