Souderwan, your comments on PT standards are pretty much spot on. In my experience physical fitness is not seen as something that will make it easier to do your job, but rather an indicator of the inherent quality of the person. Someone who excels on the Army PFT is "high speed," while someone who fails it is a lazy dirtbag, even if they're equally good at their jobs. I don't want to end the sex-based grading scale, because there are huge numbers of excellent female soldiers who cannot hope to pass male PT standards. Lowering the male standards would also be bad. Your idea about a separate PT test might work. The army already has a "combat APFT" AFAIK, that's used in some units.