|By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pre-war height, weight and physical fitness standards
are coming back for Soldiers entering professional military education
courses on or after Nov. 1.
Sgt. Nicholas Johnson, U.S. Forces Korea Soldier of the Year,
finishes the pushup portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test
during the 2011 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition,
at Fort Lee, Va.
(U.S. Army photo)
The short explanation is: if you’re heavier than you should be, or
you can’t meet the Army’s physical fitness standards, you’re not going
to get into the professional military education, or PME, course you’re
scheduled to attend.
The standards had been waived because the Army needed as many Soldiers
as possible trained for the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts — but that is
no longer the case.
“In 2007, when the Army was fighting two simultaneous conflicts, we
instituted a physical fitness waiver for institutional training
courses,” said Brig. Gen. Todd McCaffrey, director of Army training.
“This ensured Soldiers attending these courses received the required
education and relevant operational and combat skills training,
regardless of temporary fitness issues or post-deployment recovery and
reset cycles. We accepted this risk, rather than send an untrained or
unschooled Soldier back to their units.”
Now, McCaffrey said, the Army can afford to have Soldiers who meet both
the training and fitness standards.
According to a message sent to all Army activities, PME courses affected
include the Senior Service College, the Sergeants Major Academy, the
Joint Special Operation Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, the Captains
Career Course, intermediate level education, the Warrant Officer Advance
Course, the Warrant Officer Staff Course, the Warrant Officer Senior
Staff Course, the Advanced Leaders Course, the Senior Leaders Course,
and the Warrior Leader Course.
The policy change applies equally to courses taught in-residence and by
mobile training teams.
Soldiers who are identified to attend these courses and schools will get
an initial Army physical fitness test, height and weight screening.
Those who don’t pass the initial test will be allowed one retest.
Soldiers who don’t meet requirements after the second test will be
removed from the course. Their service school academic evaluation report
will also be annotated “failed to achieve course standards.”
“Re-establishing the Army physical fitness test and height/weight
standards into our professional military education programs reinforces
the efforts the Army’s senior leaders have been emphasizing on standards
based training and education,” said McCaffrey.
More information regarding the policy change can be found at: