By Fonda Bock
USAREC Public Affairs
Evaluation of the Occupational Physical Assessment Test begins April 4 at 166 sites across U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
Test results are for data collection purposes only and will have no effect on an individual's job choice until the OPAT is fully implemented at all 1,336 sites no later than June 1.
OPAT is designed to help determine whether or not an applicant has the physical aptitude to perform the demanding tasks of certain military occupations.
The test consists of four exercises: a standing long jump, an interval, aerobic run; a dead lift, and a seated power throw of a medicine ball. These exercises will measure Future Soldiers' upper and lower body strength and muscular and cardio endurance.
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.
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