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British Army Fitness Test Becomes Gender and Age Neutral

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September 23, 2018: In a new scientific overhaul of basic training, the British Army revealed yesterday that combat training will become “gender and age neutral” - because the enemy does not care what sex or how old a soldier is.

For the last three years, the military has worked with scientists from the University of Chichester to produce new “representative military tasks” that will replace a regime that has been used for the last 20 years. In a move designed to recreate the challenges of the modern day battlefield, soldiers in the infantry and armored units will be required to complete six specially designed physical tests. Instead of the old focus on aerobic fitness, with grueling press-ups and sit-ups, the new tests demand a greater mix of stamina, muscular endurance and strength.

Read more: Press-ups and sit-ups dropped from new gender neutral Army training (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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