Do you know that an athlete like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, would likely not be able to serve in the United States military? It’s true.
This is because of the outdated tape test used to test the fitness of athletes. It’s an archaic body composition exercise that has always favored the appearance of an athlete over their ability.
It’s a fossil of a process that measures the size of one’s neck against their waist (for males) or hips (for females). You take a tape measure and then after a clumsy combination of equations come up with a conclusion.
No matter how strong you are. No matter how fast you can run. If you don’t pass that test, you can’t serve.
It’s the main reason why I can’t serve today. Nevermind the fact that I’m middle aged and can still past the 18 year old fitness requirements. And it’s keeping many other able bodied Americans from serving their country.
Luckily, the military is finally addressing this outdated standard (story HERE). Trials are underway.
Thank goodness. I personally conducted these tests and watched soldiers fly through their physical standards only to watch their careers setback by a roll of measuring tape.
For the best military in the history of the world, it’s a remarkably primitive measure.
We should encourage a change here. Keep in mind. An outdated test hurts families. These are mothers and fathers facing unfair standards that determines their career trajectory and income. We’re talking about less prosperous families from our bravest population potentially suffering.
Because of a roll of measuring tape. We’re better than that.
Let’s study on an alternative and act swiftly to improve this crime of an evaluation.