Command Sgt. Maj. John Calpena put to rest rumors that a new PT test was being enacted within the next few months. Calpena from the Training and Doctrine Command spoke during the NCO Forum at AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition 2011 Tuesday, Oct. 11.
“There is no new PT Test,” he said.
Calpena explained that there would be a briefing in January followed by a decision in April on whether there will be a new test. In October 2012, he said, a new PT test may be a possibility.
One possible change, he said, may be the re-introduction of the two-mile run. The Army’s focus is to have a test based on science and is relevant to physical necessities of combat.
Before 2011, the PT test consisted of pushups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. The test now involves a 60-yard shuttle run, rowers, a long-jump, pushups and a 1.5-mile run.
Sgt. Maj.of the Army Raymond Chandler III, who charged those present to include the new PRT aspects to their training.
“Actually apply PRT in your formation rather than just giving lip service to it,” he said. “You can stay where you are or you can continue to move forward.”