few years ago, I had an opportunity to develop a training program for a large joint-military unit (Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force). Fortunately, the only requirement of the commanding officer was that I use functional fitness training concepts to prepare his troops for deployment.
Unfortunately, it was difficult to
establish initial fitness baselines because each branch had it’s own
individual physical training test. So, in order to simplify the process,
I developed a test using minimal equipment that provides a set of
objective data points.