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The Ever Changing Standard - All Change is Not Good

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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One of the characteristics of our Army that makes us a force to be reckoned with, is our ability to set and enforce a standard. We are the forerunners on many initiatives and other countries look to us as an example of the way to go. One standard we set early on is the physical standards our Soldiers must meet. As early as the recruitment stage we screen potential applicants on their mental capabilities, we also focus on their physical person. In this aspect, we look at their height and weight and make assessments on their physical capabilities to ensure they can meet and exceed the standards of the Army Physical Fitness Test and the weight control standards. The established standards are used for many reasons. One of which is to assess whether or not our Soldiers are eligible for such incentives as promotions and attendance at leadership schools. Recently, the Department of the Army instituted the changes in the standards of fitness and how they are applied. The change in the standard was well over due, but the change in application is having a negative effect on our service as a whole. It is degrading the power and authority of our NCO Corps.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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