Well the Army is finally getting away from the old APFT.
What started out as a commanders tool to judge the physical readiness of his unit became a substitute for leadership, professionalism, and advancement potential. When you have three easy to grade events that allow you to stratify soldiers it can do nothing but turn into the key to promotions. The old thinking went "Well if you can run you can lead" or something like that. Evidently leading your company on a company run where you caused people to fall out is evidence of leadership. If you don't follow, don't worry, I've been in the Army for a while and I still don't get it.
Until you go to combat and the overweight kid with bad knees pulls the PT stud from a burning tank. When your high speed staff sergeant falls apart and fails to do his job during a medevac. Ever see a medal for heroism stopped cold because the kid couldn't pass the PT test? It isn't something you want to experience.
We learned the hard way that people get promoted into ranks during peacetime without being able to fulfill the duties of that rank in wartime. Believe me my biggest fear isn't getting killed, it is screwing up my job so that my boys get killed.
So I am "cautiously optimistic" that the new PT test will not get bastardized into a promotion tool. Combat is a "pass/fail" event, and the PT test should reflect that.