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SSgt Robert Marx
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Ensuring physical preparedness before a soldier transfers to a different specialty makes great sense.
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LTC Stephen F.
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Thanks for letting us know SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL. To me in makes sense that any soldier who wants to change his/her MOS [enlisted] or branch transfer [officer] to a combat arms mos/branch should successfully complete an Occupational Physical Assessment Test as well as an required medical screening before being considered for the transfer.
When I was a young enlisted man in the 1970's the term REMF was used to refer to those who never went to the "field" even when deployed. :-)
I find it interesting that the USMA, West Point colors of Black, Gold and Gray are being used to define required the Occupational Physical Assessment Test fitness levels: moderate (gold), significant (gray) and heavy (black).
https://www.armytimes.com/articles/army-rolls-out-new-fitness-test-for-soldiers-who-want-to-switch-moss
PAT SCORING
The minimum passing scores for each category are as follows:
Heavy (black) category
Standing long jump: 160 centimeters
Seated power throw: 450 centimeters
Strength deadlift: 160 pounds
Interval run: 43 shuttles
Significant (gray) category
Standing long jump: 140 centimeters
Seated power throw: 400 centimeters
Strength deadlift: 140 pounds
Interval run: 40 shuttles
Moderate (gold) category
Standing long jump: 120 centimeters
Seated power throw: 350 centimeters
Strength deadlift: 120 pounds
Interval run: 36 shuttles
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PVT James Strait
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No doubt, you don't have to be able to run a four minute mile to sit in a suffocating trailer and fly a drone...but...if you do so as an employee of the military you're more than a mere pilot. You're a soldier.

Even in today's high-tech world it's important for every soldier to remember that at their most basic skill level...they're trigger pullers. Regardless, being a soldier is a prideful occupation. Soldiers should be proud of their abilities, mental and physical. Soldiers, regardless of MOS should be in shape. If a soldier doesn't want to do what it takes to stay in good condition, then he/she should look for work in the civilian sector.

Not all soldiers are special operators, but the public should have a hard time telling between an SF type, and a clerk.
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