A few years ago, we wrote a piece about preparing our candidates for Selection and, in regards to the Physical Fitness test, training for the Upper Body Round Robin (UBRR) rather than the old, outdated 3-Event Physical Fitness test.
The Army is finally ditching the antiquated 3-Event PT Test, for the new 6-Event Combat Fitness Test. In October of 2020, the Army troops will have this as a test barometer to measure their combat fitness. While it is a definite step in the right direction, it isn’t as good of a combat fitness barometer for the UBRR, especially for Special Operations troops.
Somebody once wrote ( I believe it was Jim Morris), that the difference between a normal man and a warrior is that a normal man looks at everything as either a blessing or a curse, while the warrior looks at everything like a challenge. And as Special Operations troops, that is one of the things that attracted us to SOF in the first place.
So how did the UBRR ever come to be? Several years ago, a group of Delta operators headed up by Ed Bugarin decided to test themselves physically and came up with a test that would take some of the already most fit special operators in the world and give them a challenge. They took certain things each of them did well and weaved them into a round-robin type of workout that eventually became the UBRR.