Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers training on a firing range while wearing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky. Members of the U.S. special operations forces say that allowing women to serve in Navy SEAL, Army Delta or other commando units could hurt their effectiveness, lower the standards and drive men away from the jobs. The troops told a Rand Corp. survey that they believe women don't have the physical strength or mental toughness to do the grueling jobs. And their message to political leaders is that when they are fighting in the shadows or bleeding on the battlefield, women have no place on their teams. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.

Prospective soldiers will be asked to run, jump, lift a weight and throw a heavy ball.

It’s all intended to help the Army figure out if the recruit can handle a job with high physical demands or should be directed to a more sedentary assignment.

The new tests come as the Pentagon is opening all combat posts to women – a process that involves setting physical standards for every job that both men and women will have to meet.

As part of the effort, the Army will increase the number of female recruiters to better target women.

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