Pregnant women and those not completing all 3 APFT events (2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of sit ups, and a 2-mile run) were excluded from the study.
Height and weight, used to calculate body mass index (BMI), and APFT event scores were collected from a subject-coded, APFT scorecard (DA Form 705) without personal identification information.
Independent t test evaluated differences between groups for descriptive demographic and APFT results.
Significantly more BOLC students had resided for a minimum of 9 days in the San Antonio area prior to the APFT compared to CCC students (89% vs 16%; P<.001), but a higher percentage of BOLC students relocated from a cool geographical location (50%) than CCC students (41%).
Additionally, older participants were associated with a higher BMI (r=0.283; P<.001), lower APFT score (r=-0.236, P<.02), and exceeding weight (r=0.231; P=.002) and body fat (r=0.248; P=.001) standards according to the Army Body Composition program.
An informal decision is based solely upon a paper review of the case, including the Soldier's service medical record, the MEB report, any narrative summaries, available civilian and veterans affairs medical records, and any relevant service performance data (evaluation reports, commander's letters, APFT scorecards).
Soldiers with medical conditions that do not prevent them from reasonably performing military duties, including primary military occupational specialty duties, basic soldiering skills, passing an APFT, and deploying will be found fit and retained in the Army.
There is currently no required training for Soldiers upon entry into the military that would expose them to information regarding recommended techniques that can be used during the APFT. There are several reasons why a Soldier fails to earn a passing score on the APFT, such as fatigue, injury, inconsistent training regimen, poor nutrition, etc.
From January 2015 through March 2016, 34 Army Medical Command officers who were enrolled in BOLC at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, participated in an APFT performance improvement training program.
The APFT was administered by BOLC cadre as a part of their normal BOLC schedule.
A typical one-week PRT training regimen is presented in Table 1, however, the specifics of the training regimen often varied based on the company leadership during the time of APFT failure.
The officers were also required to attend an APFT performance assessment evaluation conducted by local Army physical therapists (PTs).