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      Army swaps sit-ups for combat run in new PT tests

      The Army is revamping its yearly fitness tests for the first time in 30 years to better toughen soldiers for battle, adding exercises like running an obstacle course in full combat gear and dragging a body's weight. / FILE
      FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- The Army is revamping its yearly fitness tests for the first time in 30 years to better toughen soldiers for battle, adding exercises like running an obstacle course in full combat gear and dragging a body's weight.

      Officials at Fort Jackson, a major Army training base, said Tuesday the new tests would replace one focused on push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. It follows other Army efforts to overhaul training, improve diets and help older soldiers keep fit.

      Related Stories Army opening new school for drill sergeants Michelle Obama tackles childhood, military fitness at Ft. Jackson The head of Army initial training, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, told reporters the test had to be revamped because exercises like sit-ups don't translate into survival on a battlefield.

      The program is being tested at eight installations starting this month and after review could be implemented Army-wide in the next fiscal year.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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