From Modern Warfare to The Real Army!

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Question: I have a 17 year old son who plays a lot of HALO, Modern Warfare and Call of Duty online. He used to play a good bit of paintball as well but in the last few months has done nothing but online games. The physical part of actually having to sweat and run was too much for him. He talks of going into the military but has no idea how the physical training affects reality in the games he plays on the computer. What are the basic requirements for entering the Army and Air Force?
Answer: The recruiters at the U.S. Army Recruitment Center were kind enough to provide me with they consider the bare minimum “get-out-of-basic-training” requirements currently in place. For 18 to 21 year old males to get out of basic training recruits have to be able to perform 42 push-ups, within 2 minutes, 53 sit-ups within 2 minutes and complete a 2 mile run in 15 minutes and 53 seconds. Keep in mind that there is no real rest during the actual exercise time period. The “resting” position for the push-ups is the arms extended, start position of the push-up referred to as the front leaning rest position. The rest position for the sit-up is fingers touching behind your head with your chin at your knees in top position not lying down. The better you score on these tests provide you with points towards promotion after you reach the rank of Specialist or E-4 for enlisted personnel. This PT test is completed in the final 10 days prior to graduation from Basic Training. Now during basic training you will be provided ample opportunity to better yourself physically and mentally in order to maximize that score and the other tests that are required like marksmanship, grenade throwing, first-aid, calling in grid coordinates, though now they may depend solely on GPS. I hope not. The physical testing is simply not the only requirement though, with the current generation, it often is one of the most imposing.
The Air Force is a little different and more stringent with the weight and conditioning of it’s recruits going into service. Recruits follow the same guidelines and requirements as the active duty personnel. If you are overweight you will be given a 3-point body fat check which you have to pass just to get into basic. For males, to graduate basic, recruits have to be able to complete a 1.5 mile run in 11:57 or better. For push-ups they have to perform 45 in 1 minute and do 50 sit-ups in a minute.
One way for your “wannabe” soldier to get in better shape is to return to the paintball course and begin some basic training on his own by doing push-ups and sit-ups at home and beginning a walk/run system. If he lacks the discipline to do this on his own then enlist the services of a trainer or you could even go to daryllaws.com to see the latest workout system offered at Body Unlimited. Grant Troxler, a recent graduate from UNC-W with a BS in Exercise Science and certified as a trainer through ACE is hosting a military style training class open to all ages. Spots are limited to check it out for beginning times and dates. In the mean time, get your toy soldier off the couch and active.
God bless and keep training.
Daryl

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