London, Great Britain— In an unanticipated—and highly refreshing—move, the British army is going to change its fitness tests to reflect the rigors of combat.
The new tests will ditch gender and age considerations to ensure the all personnel designated for close combat duties will be up to the task.
“I don’t care if you are a man or a woman, I don’t care what you do, and the enemy doesn’t either,” said Field Army Sergeant Major Gavin Paton, the highest ranked enlisted man in the British Army.
The new tests will be implemented in 2019. They were developed by the Army in cooperation with a team of researchers from the University of Chichester over a period of three years. The developers considered real-life scenarios from Afghanistan and Iraq.