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    Debate on Army Fitness Test Takes New Turn with Chief Nominee Testimony

    Debate on Army Fitness Test Takes New Turn with Chief Nominee Testimony

    The nominee for chief of staff told lawmakers Wednesday that he wants tougher and gender-neutral physical fitness standards, as the service and Congress remain locked in a years-long tug of war over how to measure athletic ability.

    Gen. Randy George, an infantry officer, testified on fitness standards as part of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was tapped by President Joe Biden to replace retiring Gen. James McConville.

    But his promotion could be delayed due to an Alabama Republican senator's ongoing hold on confirmations of officers — including service chiefs — in the chamber. George's office declined a request for an interview ahead of his confirmation hearing.

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    “When I first came in — I know by the time I was a lieutenant — the standards were a lot different, a lot higher, and that's what we need to do,” George said when asked about gender-neutral fitness standards during his Senate confirmation hearing.

    “We would like to take the time to make sure we're doing this appropriately and have [standards] set the right way,” he added, agreeing with a question from Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that measurements of fitness, at least for combat arms troops, should be gender neutral. Cotton is sponsoring legislation that would shift the Army's fitness standards.

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