Army Introduces New Fitness Protocol For Officers Due To Falling Standards
New Delhi: The Indian Army has brought in a new fitness policy due to the “declining physical standards among officers”.
This policy not only imposes punitive action for overweight personnel with “no improvement within 30 days” but also introduces additional tests to the existing ones, requiring the maintenance of an Army Physical Fitness Assessment card (APAC) for each individual.
The recent change designates a Brigadier rank officer as the presiding officer, replacing the previous structure where a Commanding officer handled quarterly tests, and each personnel maintained an APAC card, The Indian Express reported. A letter sent to all commands outlined that this new policy aims for uniformity in the testing process, addressing issues like officers being physically unfit or obese during courses, foreign postings, and the rise of lifestyle diseases, TIE reported quoting sources.