Boots on the Ground: Purpose and Efficacy of United States Army Occupational Physical Assessment Test

by Russell Nowels, MS and Anthony M. Soika, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
TSAC Report April 2017
Vol 45, Issue 1

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A comprehensive but realistic battery of tests can reveal those who are sufficiently fit and athletic to immediately assimilate into training with the least possible likelihood of failure or injury. The Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) was designed to identify those individuals and screen out those who require further physical development.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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Russ Nowels is an active duty United States Army Lieutenant Colonel serving as the Brigade S3 for the Army's 1st Space Brigade at Peterson Air Force B...

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Captain Tony Soika has a unique background in both the military and strength and conditioning settings. He is currently in his second tour as a compan...

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