Philippine military cuts 'life-threatening' two-mile run tests
Published on Jun 25, 2014 8:48 PM
MANILA (AFP) - Most armies pride themselves on pushing soldiers to their physical limits in preparation for combat.
But in the Philippines, senior officers have decided a two-mile run could be "life-threatening" to troops, and have shortened a fitness test to compensate.
The timed run forms a key part of the twice-yearly fitness examination for all soldiers, but from next month the apparently deadly distance will be reduced to a safer two kilometres, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Zagala said.
The change was instituted as three officers have collapsed and died doing the fitness tests since 2010, according to a military commissioned health study that recommended the shorter runs, according to Lt-Col Zagala.
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