The PFA is dead. Long live the PFA!

#1
It is now being briefed out to units that at some point this year (briefings differ from August 2018 to December 2018 ) the "old PFA" of 1.5 mile run, best effort press ups and sit ups in 2 minutes will be replaced.

The replacement will be a series of functional tests (possibly 6 or 7).

Current ideas for some of them include:

- 2km best effort run in boots
- deadlift a % of bodyweight
- casualty lift/carry of 120kg dummy
- pull ups or some form of lifting test

The criteria will differ between either cap badge, role, or combat vs non-combat depending on which briefing team you get at the moment (details still being ironed out).

This follows on from Project THOR to remove a lot of steady state running from Army PT and increase strength and conditioning training.
The US Army have rolled theirs out already - The Good and the Bad of the Army’s New Physical Fitness Test - Modern War Institute
and it looks like we will be singing from roughly the same song sheet.

Does this signal a true move from the old PFA that was used as a test to a new PFA which is more of a genuine assessment of a soldier's fitness?
Will it work where we have rolling currencies as due to equipment a lot less people will be able to do this PFA at the same time compared to the old days of "everyone in the Company will do a PFA on Wednesday at 0800hrs"?
Is it proof of wanting a better understanding of our soldier's fitness levels so we can invest in them and train them as individuals rather than mass circuits?
Will it mean a more combat effective force or even more people on the biff ducking PFAs/PT?
 
#3
Casualty lift/carry of a 120kg dummy? That’s got gender neutrality written all over it...
Not that hard, Theresa May has been carrying him for a year or so

 
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#4
Will this be another set of fitness tests where a blind eye is turned when females cannot pass them?
 
#5
It is now being briefed out to units that at some point this year (briefings differ from August 2018 to December 2018 ) the "old PFA" of 1.5 mile run, best effort press ups and sit ups in 2 minutes will be replaced.

The replacement will be a series of functional tests (possibly 6 or 7).

Current ideas for some of them include:

- 2km best effort run in boots
- deadlift a % of bodyweight
- casualty lift/carry of 120kg dummy
- pull ups or some form of lifting test

The criteria will differ between either cap badge, role, or combat vs non-combat depending on which briefing team you get at the moment (details still being ironed out).

This follows on from Project THOR to remove a lot of steady state running from Army PT and increase strength and conditioning training.
The US Army have rolled theirs out already - The Good and the Bad of the Army’s New Physical Fitness Test - Modern War Institute
and it looks like we will be singing from roughly the same song sheet.

Does this signal a true move from the old PFA that was used as a test to a new PFA which is more of a genuine assessment of a soldier's fitness?
Will it work where we have rolling currencies as due to equipment a lot less people will be able to do this PFA at the same time compared to the old days of "everyone in the Company will do a PFA on Wednesday at 0800hrs"?
Is it proof of wanting a better understanding of our soldier's fitness levels so we can invest in them and train them as individuals rather than mass circuits?
Will it mean a more combat effective force or even more people on the biff ducking PFAs/PT?
Nearly 23 years I've served and right at the end of my time they make the tests easier. Where the **** were this modern progressive lot when I was a tom who had been drinking until 3 in morning only to find the SSM calling a "surprise" BFT/BPFA/PFT/PFA a few hours later?

How coincidental that the army wants more females in the teeth arms at the same time "modernising" their fitness test
 
#6
Will this be another set of fitness tests where a blind eye is turned when females cannot pass them?
It's unconfirmed if these are going to be "tests" or "assessments"

When PFT become PFA the idea was to change it from a test with a pass/fail to an assessment where it gave a rough indication of a soldier's fitness so that PTI's could guide them on what to do in order to improve in areas they were weak.

That didn't work... partly because just changing the name and not the tests meant that it was still treated as a test.

With this new system it might be a "true" PFA, in that it's an assessment of a soldier's fitness, with PTI's then able to give training plans and goals to hit within a timeframe (All that SMART stuff for goal setting).

The AFT still looks to remain as the "test" and minimum standard that every soldier should be able to achieve.
 
#7
How coincidental that the army wants more females in the teeth arms at the same time "modernising" their fitness test
It'll be interesting to see if the "expected standard to work towards" in each exercise is the same for males and females like the AFT is, and split more along role or combat/non-combat lines.
 
#8
Will this be another set of fitness tests where a blind eye is turned when females cannot pass them?
Apparently they lift "proportionally" more anyway so it's all good.

I've always felt training for strength should be better emphasised particularly in improving robustness, the problem is instructing barbell exercises properly, lack of equipment to facilitate pl/ coy level exercise and tailoring the initial training to suit individual ability.

You can get *young* non-over weight people "running/ aerobic fit" in 2-3 weeks should the need arise.

Loved getting thrashed on trainer runs for months during PDT to sit in the back of a Mastiff for days on end. Quality.
 
#9
Yeah part of THOR is a move away from constant aerobic fitness and instead to a 3 phase (ish) system

Stage 1 - Training Phase 1/2. Work on core strength, movement patterns and robustness including weighted tabs, obstacle courses

Stage 2 - At field army. Focus on strength and conditioning. Increasing both reduces injury likelihood as well as keeping soldier's strong and fit for business. Move "steady state runs" to more like once a month than once a week.

Stage 3 - Pre-Deployment training. Focus moves to aerobic fitness with weight and OFT's to get people ready for operations. Should have a firm base of strength and conditioning training from Field Army stage to work off.

(caveat that every briefing seems to bring something new to THOR....)
 
#11
With this new system it might be a "true" PFA, in that it's an assessment of a soldier's fitness, with PTI's then able to give training plans and goals to hit within a timeframe (All that SMART stuff for goal setting).
RSMs have chinned off the Army Sgt majors direction that soldiers can be trusted to decide if they want their sleeves up or down, what do you think their orders are going to be if they believe their soldiers are unfit.
 
#13
The AFT still looks to remain as the "test" and minimum standard that every soldier should be able to achieve.

Duty rumour at our place is that the AFT is being shitcanned as well it and the PFT are being replaced by one test.

Ive also been told that its role specific, so for a supplier the ability to roll out of bed in the morning with probably be the benchmark.
 
#15
RSMs have chinned off the Army Sgt majors direction that soldiers can be trusted to decide if they want their sleeves up or down, what do you think their orders are going to be if they believe their soldiers are unfit.
Agreed, the difference is the policy, such as not being able to discharge a soldier solely for repeatedly failing a PFA.
 
#16
Agreed, the difference is the policy, such as not being able to discharge a soldier solely for repeatedly failing a PFA.
According to @CAARPS you could never discharge them for solely failing PFAs.
 
#18
Our unit have been told the PFA run is to be replaced by a session on a Watt bike. Press ups/sit ups and the TAB will stay the same as far as I'm aware.
 
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