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Occupational Physical Assessment Test

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Road to OPAT just beginning

By Brian Lepley
USAREC Public Affairs
Feb. 11, 2016

The Army's newest measure in the Soldier 2020 program, the total Army effort to enhance force readiness and warfighting capability, is being piloted now and will go into effect later this year.

The Occupational Physical Assessment Test is designed to help determine whether or not an applicant has the physical aptitude to perform the demanding tasks of certain military occupations. The intent of the OPAT is to produce better Future Soldiers, reduce the number of trainees not completing basic training, and reinforce to the Army and the public the high quality of its Soldiers.

"The OPAT will help us more effectively match all Soldiers to occupations in which they can meet standards by the end of training," said TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport. "This is about a standards-based Army in which any recruit able to meet the standards of a job will be allowed to perform that job."


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