Russian Defense Ministry officers to take sports tests MOSCOW. Feb 4 (Interfax-AVN) - All military officers serving at Russia's Defense Ministry and General Staff, "from generals to lieutenants," have been ordered to take tests in 1-kilometer and 100- meter running, 100-meter swimming and handgun shooting, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. Female officers have somewhat lower targets than men, the spokesman told Interfax-AVN. Under rules approved in 2001, male officers aged between 45 and 50, most of whom are colonels or generals, will fail the 1-kilometer running test if they take more than 5 minutes 40 seconds (4 minutes is considered "excellent" and 5 minutes "good"). In swimming tests for male officers of this age group, a 100-meter distance must be covered in a maximum of 3 minutes 45 seconds, with 2 minutes 55 seconds considered "excellent" and 3 minutes 10 seconds "good." "I can't remember any such physical training tests ever being arranged for generals and officers of the central departments of the Defense Ministry and General Staff," a senior officer told Interfax-AVN. The tests are to finish before the end of February.