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Thousands of soldiers fail or miss annual fitness test

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Thousands of Dutch soldiers are not fit enough to pass their annual fitness test, or fail to take it through injury or illness, the AD reports on Wednesday.

Last year, 3,300 soldiers failed to pass and a further 15,500 did not take the test because they were either sick or injured, the AD says. The Dutch army has some 43,000 soldiers.

The fitness tests were introduced in 2009. Soldiers who do not pass cannot be stationed abroad.


A spokesman for military trade union AFMP told the paper the figures are worrying. ‘We all have an interest in ensuring our people remain in good physical condition,’ he said.

Armed forces chief Tom Middendorp said the tests did not mean all 19,000 soldiers who failed or did not take the test are not fit enough to do their jobs. ‘No-one should have their doubts about that,’ he said.

The commander himself did not take the fitness check last year because of a long-term injury, the paper said. Only 30 of the armed forces' 82 senior officers passed last year.

The AD says the test should be simple for all soldiers to pass. It consists of 20 press-ups, 25 sit-ups and a 2,250 metre run.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Dear Mr. Middendorp, I have very serious doubts considering the statistics for both soldiers and senior officers in the article above. What alternate universe are you living in inside your head sir? Please read the stats in the article above again, and repeat that exercise until you are able to see the truth. I am wondering, as I hope many other taxpayers are also, where my tax money is going and for what purpose when I see an operation being run so poorly and see an article such as this.

By B | 13 February 2013 9:53 AM

What a joke.

By Jason | 13 February 2013 10:03 AM

If our military can't pass a simple fitness test what does it say about other fitness qualifications, such as psychological, general military training, technical and weapons use, etc?

By Quince | 13 February 2013 10:19 AM

20 push ups, 25 sit ups & 1 2,250m run?
I could do that well into my 40s & I was never in the army.

By Donaugh | 13 February 2013 10:26 AM

moral of the story - if you dont want to be stationed abroad, start eating donuts. LOTS of donuts.

By jau | 13 February 2013 11:34 AM

Same goes for every other armed forces in NATO.

The fighting units are in great shape, who cares if some fobbit can't finish a coopertest in under 12 minutes or do 20 push ups in 2 minutes.

By Henk D. | 13 February 2013 3:57 PM

I'm 65. I do 65 pushups, 48 crunches, warmup on the treadmill before weight training workouts 4 days/week and go to body balance classes 2/wk. It is a question of Dutch military leadership! Don't blame the soldiers!

By roland | 13 February 2013 5:15 PM

Wow, that doesn't seem to be a hard fitness test.

By Golf Fitness | 14 February 2013 3:42 PM

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