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jacksparrow said:Wow....Newmet, you gave a good insight into what to expect at st jean and I like the picture you painted of the test, it really put things into perspective. One thing am still not clear on though, if we are not going to be tested on the 2.4km run, why is it everywhere that you have to finish in a certain time according to your age? I don't know the whole answer to this; however, you will be running more than 2.4 kms when you start on platoon, you normally will start at a low amount of kms, with lots of stops for sit ups, push ups, etc and move to a longer run with less stops by the end of BMQ, that's how our instructors did it anyway. Also, the speed in which you are able to run the 2.4 km is calculated into how far you "should" be able to run in the express test. For instance, when I got to BMQ, I was running the 2.4 km in around 15 minutes, I was only able to get to 3.5 on the shuttle run. Now that I can run my 2.4 km in around 11 minutes, I can get over 6 on the shuttle run. I am not sure where the calculation can be found, I know I saw it on basic though.
Someone else mentioned the 20m shuttle run above, what does that entail and how is it tested, individually or as a group? Am confused
20m shuttle run, or the beep test. This test is a 20m run (obviously) each way, you run 20m, wait for the beep and then run back the 20 m again, wait for the beep, etc. You are going back and forth in a set amount of time. For the lower levels you run 7-8 stretches of the 20 meters and you have 1 minute for each level. So, for example on level 2, you have approximately 7.5 seconds to run from one end to the other. Then you turn around and do it again. Past level 4 the beeps get faster and there are more stretches to do for each level, sorry I can't remeber it all, I tend to block bad memories On test day, your whole platoon will go to the gym and get ready for the test, your heart rate and blood pressure will be tested and you will be divided into 3-4 groups. The PSP staff will run with each group for the first stage of the test, make sure you run with them, they have the right pace so you don't burn out too fast. You complete your express test and then you move onto hand grip, push ups and then sit ups. PSP are evil in St. Jean, your push ups have to be perfect, thumbs under your shoulder and arms down to 90 degrees to the ground when you go down. If you fail the run you end up on RFT, or possible released from the military, if you fail 2 strength components of the test, same things. For instance, if you pass the run but fail on the push ups (a lot of people do) and the hand grip you go to RFT or released. If; however, you just fail the push ups and pass everything else, you continue on course and everyone is retested in week 10, you don't pass what you failed at week 10, retest on grad week, if you fail, RFT.
PS: by the look of things right now, I think am going to be able to do the 50m, 20m, 3m jump and somersault swim, but my treading is still letting me down. For the swim test, you roll into the pool and tread water for 2 minutes, swim the half length of the pool and pull yourself out onto the bridge, then you jump from the board (sorry I don't know the height, I kept my eyes closed), swim the half length of the pool again and get out. All done, so practice your treading water. Keep in mind, you do the test in your combats and you can tie of your pant legs and top to keep air inside to help you float.
Best of luck and feel free to ask me any questions you have, I certainly don't have all the answers but I am willing to share what I know. Take care.