Navy will require new running test ahead of boot camp

NORTH CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: United States Navy recruits run 1.5 miles during a physical fitness assessment at Great Lakes Recruit Training Command September 20, 2007 in North Chicago, Illinois. The Navy graduates over 40,000 recruits from the facility each year. The base, which opened in 1911, was the first U.S. Navy boot camp and is the only one remaining. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NORTH CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: United States Navy recruits run 1.5 miles during a physical fitness assessment at Great Lakes Recruit Training Command September 20, 2007 in North Chicago, Illinois. The Navy graduates over 40,000 recruits from the facility each year. The base, which opened in 1911, was the first U.S. Navy boot camp and is the only one remaining. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy will soon require a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) running test for recruits to pass before they start boot camp.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported Sunday that men will have to complete the run in a little more than 16 minutes. Women will have a little more than 18 minutes.

As many as 70 percent of recruits fail to pass their first physical readiness test during the first week of boot camp. Navy officials say that takes time away from focusing on other critical learning during the eight-week training.

The initial run standard for men equates to a pace of about 10:47 minutes a mile. David Swain, a professor of exercise science who specializes in military fitness at Old Dominion University, called that “barely jogging.”

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com