News: ‘No Slack’ for the men and women changing the future of the Army
Story by Sgt. Richard Wrigley
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team “Spartans,” 3rd Infantry Division, conducted the train-up for the Physical Demands Study here in the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment “Battle Boars” Motor Pool, through ought last week and continuing into this week.
The 2nd ABCT is conducting the Physical Demands Study in conjunction with U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.
The purpose of the PDS is to gather the necessary data required to develop "gender neutral physical standards." These validated standards will shape future recruiting and accessions of both males and females into the evaluated Military Occupational Specialties.
The four MOSs that the Spartans are helping the Army evaluate are the 11B - Infantryman, 11C - Indirect Fire Infantryman, 19K - Armor Crewman, and the 19D - Cavalry Scout.
The study’s participants consist a company size element of all-volunteer soldiers, half of them male and the other half female.
Since starting the Study last week, all the volunteers have been split up into four different platoons in respect to the four different MOSs being evaluated. These platoons have been meeting every day training and learning the skills that they will need to know in order to perform the exercises they will do while completing the actual evaluation.
Running this enterprise is none other than our Company D "Dragons," 1-30th IN BN. The Company motto “No Slack,” has become infectious, and the rally cry the four platoons have come together around.