LAW pilot program expands APFT, tests warrior’s endurance

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Benjamin Price, a competitor from B Troop, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, performs a pull-up as part of his Lightning Athlete Warrior Assessment, June 20. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Benjamin Price, a competitor from B Troop, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, performs a pull-up as part of his Lightning Athlete Warrior Assessment, June 20. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

Soldiers of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, held Lightning Athlete Warrior assessments during June as part of the recent LAW pilot program being conducted by the brigade.

The LAW program builds upon the standard Army Physical Fitness Test by adding five new events and extending the run to five miles. The goal of the program is to develop a more comprehensive and functional fitness program.

“LAW is all about functional fitness,” said Capt. Dan Stinnett, officer in charge, LAW program. “You don’t do a lot of sit-ups in your daily duties. You do lift things above your head or push heavy objects onto trucks. Every exercise in the LAW program has real-world application.”

The LAW assessment gives the brigade an opportunity to test Soldiers’ muscular endurance with the standard APFT and their entire range of physical capabilities, said Staff Sgt. William Johnson, noncommissioned officer in charge, LAW program.

The LAW assessment tests the Soldiers’ ability to perform the APFT in addition to five other events and an extended run.

“The assessment is broken down into two days,” said Johnson. “During the first day, the Soldiers conduct a standard APFT with an extended five-mile run. After that, they head to the gym to perform the bench press, military press, dead lift and pull-ups. The second day is a six-mile kit march in the standard brigade combat uniform.”

The assessment is currently focused on a small portion of the brigade before the standards are finalized and implemented on the larger scale.

“Currently, we are taking about 25 percent of each battalion for the assessment,” said Johnson. “This is just the initial assessment so that we can make adjustments to the grading scale, if needed, and see how the Soldiers are adapting.”

“The LAW program is the brigade standard,” said Stinnett. “The battalions have been told the standards. So far, we’ve not had a battalion drop below about 85 percent pass rate on the assessment.”

The LAW program is being taught to leaders within the battalions to ensure proper execution.

“The brigade has been hosting the LAW Academy to train leaders from the battalion in the proper form and techniques used in the program,” said Johnson. “This helps to ensure that the exercises are being conducted properly to ensure Soldier safety and potential.”

“The LAW program has been very successful so far in improving the overall fitness and capability level of the Soldiers in the brigade that have participated,” said Stinnett.

The program will continue to help Soldiers reach their maximum potential in the future and ensure they are prepared for the tough physical tasks that accompany contingency missions in the Pacific.

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