If your goal is improved fitness, comparison is not a recommended activity to dwell on because the goal is continuity of progress. You should only be comparing your current performance with your past performance.
Despite this, you have to admit--discovering trivia about history and ancient armies are fun discussions and thought exercises. We’re always curious about the answer to these questions and that’s the reason why time travel is a popular theme in science fiction and fantasy. We want to know.
If a group of individuals were recognized for their fighting prowess, there’s undeniably good reason for that. Back then, in the context of fighting and warfare, not being effective doesn’t mean a low score in your worldwide ranking. Not doing well as a fighting force meant you and your army won’t be around for very long to pass on your training method to the next generation. Failure would mean your death and the death of everyone important to you.
We came across some awesome information of World War II G.I’s Fitness Requirements. And just like the good folks at Art of Manliness, we are also as intrigued about WWII, particularly the level of fitness of our soldiers back then.
Back in World War II, the United States Government wanted a higher chance of survivability for the troops they’ll be deploying to Europe and the Pacific so they developed a rigorous physical program for their recruits.
The recruit, in order to be qualified as fit for combat, needed to pass a fitness test that had high standards. If you watched the TV series Band of Brothers, you saw how rigorous the training of the Toccoa Paratroopers were. They had to conquer the Currahee Mountin (which is 3 miles up and 3 miles down) almost everyday, among other fitness requirements.
If you would like to see for yourself how you would fare if you joined the United States Military back in World War 2 and test your mettle, here’s your chance. We included the test in this article for you.
Here are the rules.
- You’ll need to do the five exercise and a partner will judge your movements and tally your score based on your performance.
- Your score will be based on the number of reps on the first four movements and your time for activities that involve running.
- Your execution of the movements need to be flawless, following strict form and sloppy movements do not count as repetitions.
Here are more specific instructions.
- Pull-ups - As many repetitions as possible. Strict. Chin above the bar. No kipping or jerking movement. Unbroken.
- Squat Jumps - As many rounds as possible. Strict. Ass to grass. End with an erect position. Unbroken.
- Push-ups - As many rounds as possible. Chest to the ground and arms straight at the end of each rep. Unbroken.
- Sit-ups - As many repetitions as possible for two minutes.
300 Meter Run. Run 300 meters for time.If an outdoor running track is not available or weather conditions.
5a. Indoor Shuttle Run. 300 meter total distance for time.
5b. Squat Thrusts. As many repetition as possible in a sixty minute time frame if there is no space to do the running activities.
Scoring: Pull Ups/Squat Jumps/Push-ups/Sit-ups/300 Yard Run Indoor Shuttle Run /30-Second Squat Thrusts
1. Excellent 20 75 54 79 44 41 41
2. Good 12 49 37 61 47.5 44 35
3. Fair 9 38 30 51 50.5 46 30
4. Poor 6 30 25 41 53 48 26
So...Did you qualify to join the Army? How did you do? How comfortable were you doing the strict non-kipping pull ups?
Let us know in the comments below.