The numbers will come as a blow to the army chief, General Sir Patrick Sanders, who has told troops they must be ready to face Russia on the battlefield and must be in good condition
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Hundreds of army commanders have failed fitness tests, the Defense Department has admitted.
Figures show that over the past four years, nearly 300 senior officers have failed the biennial soldier conditioning review.
More than 2,500 senior employees have also evaded their annual physical exam, we can reveal.
None of the 14 lieutenant generals or 43 major generals took part in the Army’s annual proficiency test last year. Fewer than five of the 153 brigadiers took it and only 10 of 539 colonels completed it.
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There are 1,733 lieutenant colonels in the army, but only 100 of them made it.
All Soldiers, regardless of rank, should complete at least one fitness test per year. But the revelation that nearly 300 have failed will come as a blow to Army Chief General Sir Patrick Sanders.
He just delivered a rallying cry to the troops, telling them they must be ready to face Russia on the battlefield.
All servicewomen and men up to the age of 55 are expected to complete a series of physical tests depending on their function – and be fit enough to be deployed for short-term military operations.
Those who fail the Soldier Conditioning Check are usually placed on a PT with corrective measures and given another chance to pass the exam.
Repeated failures can result in demotion and even dismissal.
Ex-Army Sergeant and Military Cross winner Trevor Coult, 47, said: “Officers are meant to lead from the front. You shouldn’t get away with not completing an exam – no excuses. I would not want to follow an unfit officer into battle.”
A military source added, “Senior officers are very busy and it’s easy to say, ‘I can’t do this assessment, I have too much work to do.’ If they fail, they are likely to be very unfit and overweight. These are basic tests.”
The MoD revealed this year that more than 60,000 recruits are overweight.
About 1,200 have high blood pressure, 203 have type 2 diabetes and hundreds have been on diet pills.
The Army said: “These numbers do not reflect a true picture due to a pause in physical testing during the pandemic and a change in how we assess fitness. We continue to prioritize health and wellness and support anyone who needs additional physical training.”
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