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Space Force drops fitness tests, members will wear trackers

Space Force has announced that its members will no longer need to take an annual physical fitness exam, NPR reported Tuesday.

Instead of the scrutiny required by other military arms, the branch will require its soldiers – called Guardians – to wear wearable trackers.

Smart rings or bracelets are meant to focus on wellness rather than fitness and to track exercise and sleep.

“This program will not only promote physical fitness; it will combine physical fitness with sound education on diet, sleep hygiene and other physiological factors to also promote social, mental and spiritual health,” wrote Patricia Mulcahy, Deputy Chief of Space Operations for the Force. space for staff, in a memo reviewed by NPR.

The change to the new branch of the military will not take full effect until 2023. For now, Force members must still be able to do one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups, and one timed. 1.5 mile run.

Space Force officials believe it will also encourage members to take care of their bodies throughout the year, not just in preparation for the exam.

Major General Shawn Bratton said the trackers would encourage Guardians to exercise frequently.
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SPC.  Wyatt Ryan dons a U.S. Space Force uniform during a ceremony for U.S. Air Force Airmen transitioning to U.S. Space Force Guardian designations Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. .
The Guardians’ smart rings or bracelets are meant to focus on wellness rather than just fitness and to track exercise and sleep.
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Prototype of guard duty outfit.
Space Force uniforms have been compared to costumes from Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.
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“I have an increased responsibility, not just once a year to take a physical fitness test, for example, but maybe to exercise 90 minutes a week,” Maj. Gen. Shawn Bratton said. commander of Space Training and Readiness Command, to NPR. “

Space Force did not immediately return a request for comment from The Post.

The military branch was founded in December 2019 by former President Trump and currently has 8,400 members.

The unveiling of his official Guardians uniform has been derided online after being compared to costumes from Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.