Colonel relieved of command for failing PT - Military News | News From Afghanistan, Iraq And Around The World - Military Times I recently heard about a Brit officer appointed to a Staff job in an operational US HQ but due to the fact that he was rotund and unfit (ie "fat bastard") the US Army rejected his appointment. The linked article indicates that US Forces do appear to take physical fitness standards rather more seriously than we do. Given its a core requirement of being in the military there are significant numbers out there that need a bit more "stick" and a bit less "carrot..cake". I've never quite understood why we have a "tick" box on the OJAR/SJAR regarding fitness without actually providing objective data eg the PFT result. Our fitness assessments are abritarily applied and frankly tests can be bypassed with ease: particularly when away from RD. Using the AR mechanism seems straightforward to me?!