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Published: Monday, Oct. 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

How long has the military been using the tape. When I was in, if you passed the fitness test, push ups sit ups pull ups and the 3 mile run you was good to go. What has changed, besides a lot more people are chubby now than then.

Eagle Mountain, UT

They have been using the tape test for "over weight" service members for at least 20 years. I feel for these guys. I always worried about failing the tape test and retired from the military before that ever happened. I made it but it was not easy and I remember some guys getting liposuction back in the early 90's. They are right that fitness does not always correlate with body mass. I was always right up at the top in allowable body mass but I could score better on the PT test than most of the skinny guys. I was a Triathlete and worked out every day. Still there was always the body fat thing hanging over me and my career.

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