Reservists from across Yorkshire are gearing up for new tests designed to check they are fit enough for the role they do.
A new physical employment standards were introduced in 2019 and the region’s army reservists will begin taking the tests this month.
“The tests have been developed by sports specialists from Chichester University and can be adapted to specific roles,” said Warrant Officer Glenn Bloomer, a reservist who is the Royal Army Physical Training instructor for 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment.
“For example, army vets or medics have different physical job requirements than an infantry soldier.
“Our troops have been training for months and we plan to begin the roll-out of formal testing in the next week or so.
Bespoke fitness support
“The role of my team is to provide bespoke fitness support for all our reserves so that they can identify any areas they need to work on and to develop a training regime that produces the results they need.”
Under the new test, reserves and regulars need to meet the same fitness standard for the role.
The test for reserves from 4 YORKS covers six tasks: