Army plans new tests at recruiting offices this year

A departure ceremony for the Soldiers of F Co, 1-126th MEDEVAC took place at the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown, Rhode Island on June 4, 2014. The unit will mobilize to Fort Hood for training prior to departing for Kuwait, and will serve as a MEDEVAC asset in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo: Brian Yocono/WPRI 12)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.

Prospective soldiers will be asked to run, jump, lift a weight and throw a heavy ball.

It’s all intended to help the Army figure out if the recruit can handle a job with high physical demands or should be directed to a more sedentary assignment.

The new tests come as the Pentagon is opening all combat posts to women — a process that involves setting physical standards for every job that both men and women will have to meet.

As part of the effort, the Army will increase the number of female recruiters to better target women.

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