Full Mettle Racket

Following a three-year review, the Army has scrapped plans to use the same physical fitness test for all soldiers, choosing instead to have some reduced standards to allow women and older soldiers to pass, the service announced Wednesday.

“This test is an essential part of maintaining the readiness of the Army as we transform into the Army of 2030,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said in a statement announcing the changes. “The revisions to the Army Combat Fitness Test are based on data and analysis, including an independent assessment required by Congress. We will continue to assess our implementation of the test to ensure it is fair and achieves our goal of strengthening the Army’s fitness culture…”

About 44 percent of women failed the test from October 2020 to April 2021, compared to about 7 percent of men, Military.com found at the time.

Bear in mind two things: even the 44 per cent figure is doctored (women were already being given a literally easy run) and, second, this ‘test’ was itself a relaxation of an older test. Using traditional criteria, zero women come close to passing. Zero.

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6 Responses to Full Mettle Racket

  1. jupes says:

    Way back in the ’80s when joint training was introduced into the Australian Army, we were told that standards would not be lowered and there would be no double standards.

    Ha ha ha ha.

  2. rosie says:

    I wonder who’ll get sent to any wars that come up.

  3. Old School Conservative says:

    Yet another example of double speak.
    some reduced standards = strengthening the Army’s fitness culture

    Once society believes this little lie, we will be moved to the next level of lies.
    OK I know I know; it’s already happening.

  4. Lee says:

    And what standards will apply to transgenders?


    I would hate to rely on a fellow female soldier attempting to drag – never mind carry – wounded me back to a first aid station.

    I recall the U.S. Marines running tests, trying out woman on man hand-to-hand combat, several years ago.
    Not one female marine was successful.

  5. Eyrie says:

    rosie, in the US Military a number just ge tpregnant when a deployment is coming up.

  6. rosie says:

    And that’s just the army males.

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