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    "Though I know little about combat, I don't think it prominently features pushups."

    And that should be the alpha and omega of your input.

    Here is the bottom line - NO test will cover all situations that come up in combat.  NONE.  

    What we have with the Army PT test is an imperfect beats but one that has served us well for a long time.  

    Pushups - Upper body
    Situps - Abdominal
    2 Mile Run - Cardiovascular

    I have taken hundreds of PT tests and administered hundreds more.  I have never seen a truly "in shape" person  - male or female - fail a PT test.  Never.  And I can count on one had the number of times I have seen someone who I looked at and said "no way they pass" actually get a passing score.  Its a good test.  Not a perfect one, but a good one.

    But combat is not a PT test.  Passing a PT test is not an entry into combat.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:48:46 PM PST

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