(WASHINGTON) -- If you're thinking about joining the Army but you're worried about sit-ups, push-ups and running two miles, the military isn't going to put much emphasis on these exercises anymore. That's the good news.
The bad news is that the Army has something more grueling in mind for new recruits.
The Pentagon plans to retool the yearly physical fitness tests with more practical exercises geared to really getting soldiers in fighting shape. Among other things, troops will be required to run an obstacle course while dressed in full combat armor, and while dragging a body's equivalent weight of 180 pounds.
The new Army Physical and Combat Readiness Test is being introduced at eight installations and if all goes well, will be rolled out Army-wide on Oct. 1.
Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the commander of Army initial training, says that sit-ups and other old-fashioned workouts don't prepare soldiers for survival on the battlefield.
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