From the Archives: Why Does the Army Want Me Weak?

Training for Combat While Preparing for the Army Physical Fitness Test

by MAJ Ryan Long | August 18, 2018

"Is a 111 pound soldier really an effective member of an infantry squad?  Can that soldier carry the average soldier when wounded on the battlefield?...My strong-but-fat Soldiers were great contributors in combat, and often they were the best performers both mounted and dismounted.  They were more durable and more versatile.  Our problems were with the skinny-fats and the sparrows; they couldn’t keep up on dismounted patrols under load, couldn’t kick in a door, couldn’t evacuate anybody over 140 lbs, and couldn’t intimidate an insurgent."

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