Modernising the US Navy’s Physical Readiness Test (PRT): Introducing the General Fitness Test (GFT) & Operational Fitness Test (OFT)

Research Paper Title

Modernizing the Navy’s Physical Readiness Test: Introducing the Navy General Fitness Test and Navy Operational Fitness Test.

Abstract

The lessons learned from recent combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown operational commanders that the military fitness tests currently used by the different services are inadequate in terms of assessing the physical fitness required for combat.

Currently, only the US Marine Corps employs a combat specific fitness test; although the US Army and Air Force have recognised the need and rationale for one as well.

Unfortunately, the US Navy continues to lag behind the other services in terms of modernizing its physical fitness training and testing programmes.

The purpose of this article is four-fold:

  1. Justify the need for service-specific combat fitness tests;
  2. Discuss past and current examples service-specific combat fitness tests;
  3. Introduce a revised general fitness test intended to replace the current Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT); and
  4. Propose an operational fitness test that could be adopted and employed by the US Navy.

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Reference

Peterson, D.D. (2015) Modernizing the Navy’s Physical Readiness Test: Introducing the Navy General Fitness Test and Navy Operational Fitness Test. Available from World Wide Web: http://thesportjournal.org/article/modernizing-the-navys-physical-readiness-test-introducing-the-navy-general-fitness-test-and-navy-operational-fitness-test/. [Accessed: 18 March, 2017].

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