USAREC Public Affairs
Feb. 22, 2016
More than 100 recruiters and center leaders from every battalion learned how to teach others to give the Occupational Physical Assessment Test during the OPAT Train the Trainer course on Fort Knox, Kentucky, last week.
Designed to assess the upper and lower body strength and muscular and cardio endurance of Future Soldiers, the OPAT consists of four exercises: a standing long jump, an interval, aerobic run; a dead lift, and a seated power throw of a medicine ball.
The test will determine whether or not an applicant has the physical aptitude to perform the demanding tasks of all military occupations.
"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 during ALTC. "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."
After achieving a level five on the interval, aerobic run, Sgt. 1st Class James Henderson, Columbus Battalion, said the test is a little harder than it looks.
"I've been in the Army 18 years, and it's not only difficult aerobically, but I feel fatigue in my legs, they're more tired than when I do a two-mile run," Henderson said.
All recruiters will learn how to administer the test by April 1 when the OPAT pilot is scheduled to begin at 60 centers.