Another “Test” Getting Redefined

Carrying fiduciary status might be tough – but so is running down a balance beam with two 30-pound canisters of ammunition.  

The proposed redefinition of what makes a financial professional carry fiduciary status is not the only out-dated government program to be (potentially) overhauled in Washington these days.   

The Army unveiled a new physical training regimen this week, the Associated Press is reporting.  Replacing the traditional routine of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run, soldiers will now have to run on a balance beam carrying two 30-pound canisters of ammunition, drag a sled weighted with 180 pounds of sandbags and vault over obstacles while carrying a rifle.

The updated physical tests are supposed to more-closely mirror the challenges of the battle field, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the general in charge of the Army’s initial military training, told the AP.  He said he has been working to change the old exercise for years and that the current test “does not adequately measure components of strength, endurance, or mobility,” or predict how well a soldier would do under fire.

Hertling said trials of the new program are starting this month at eight bases and the plan could be adopted Army-wide after reviews later this year.

The tests will be given to all soldiers and officers, including Army Reserves and National Guard, even recalled soldiers who are now over 60, the AP reported. Specific gender and age standards are still being worked out.