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8th Regiment, CLC OPAT

Occupational Physical Assessment Test                                                                                                                                                             July 11th, 2016

FORT KNOX, KY. With the Cadet Leaders Course in full swing, it is no shock that by now the summer holds few surprises for those working and training here at Fort Knox.

8th Regiment Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) Cadets file off the bus at Otto Gym for the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) at Fort Knox, Ky on July 11th. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

8th Regiment Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) Cadets file off the bus at Otto Gym for the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) at Fort Knox, Ky on July 11th. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

Yet, for each incoming regiment of cadets, there are always hurdles to overcome. Such was the case for the eighth regiment of CLC Cadets, all of whom were up long before sunrise for the Occupational Physical Assessment Test. The OPAT is designed to test a cadet’s upper

Cdt. Lily Walked, University of Michigan, Cadet Leaders Course (CLC), 8th Regiment, measures her arm strength with the medicine ball throw at the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) at Fort Knox, Ky, on July 11th. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

Cdt. Lily Walked, University of Michigan, Cadet Leaders Course (CLC), 8th Regiment, measures her arm strength with the medicine ball throw at the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) at Fort Knox, Ky, on July 11th. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

and lower body strength as well as aerobic fitness, and has a long- standing reputation for pushing the trainees far beyond that of a normal Physical Fitness Test.

 

The test contains four main components: the standing long jump, the power throw, the dead lift series and the timed shuttle run. With dead lifts maxing at two hundred and twenty pounds, and shuttle runs timing an average of twenty two minutes at top speed, it is no surprise that this test is not taken lightly among cadre nor cadets.

 

Cdt. Christian Lima, Northeastern University, says that while ROTC has prepared him for this, it is still no easy feat. “The shuttle run will be my biggest challenge today. We practice these back home, but pacing is my weakness.”

 

As Cadets recognize their weak points they are able to adapt and push to improve their own PT scores, and make the most of their CLC experiences before they return to their universities as MSIV cadets and leaders of their battalions.

Cdt. Alexander Push, Cadet Leaders Course (CLC), 8th Regiment, takes part in the timed shuttle run portion of the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) at Fort Knox, Ky, on July 11th. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

Cdt. Alexander Push, Cadet Leaders Course (CLC), 8th Regiment, takes part in the timed shuttle run portion of the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) at Fort Knox, Ky, on July 11th. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

 

Benjamin McKnight III, Morgan State University, states that the OPAT is an eye opener as to what the remainder of summer training will have in store. “There’s not a lot of sleep, everything is very fast paced,” says McKnight of the life here at Fort Knox. “The OPAT is a culmination of the physical abilities we’re supposed to have as future Army officers, it pushes us so that we can know where we stand early on.”

 

The OPAT test is not the only test of strength the eighth regiment will face early on, as they were scheduled to move out to the repel tower, another staple in physical fitness, later that same day.

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