Currently, Candadian Forces members must pass a yearly EXPRES test, which was developed in the mid ’80s. It includes a shuttle run, sit ups, push ups and a grip test — all useful for fitness, but not exactly field activities.
The four components in the new FORCE test are: repeated 20-kilogram sandbag lifts, a shuttle run carrying a 20-kilogram sandbag, 20-metre sprints and dragging a 20-kilogram sandbag 20 metres without stopping. The new test will also have one goal for everyone. The older test has different standards, based on age and sex.
The new test rolled out in April 2013 and will became mandatory for all service members as of April 2014.
Here are some CF members to demonstrate how it’s done: