In the day and age of technology, we see apps for literally everything that you can imagine. Now the National Guard has launched an app to help soldiers track their fitness as it pertains to their APFT. Is this really what we have come to? Meet the demographic I guess. They have released the app under the name “Guard Fit”.
The goal behind the app is to raise the percentage of soldiers who passed their APFT. Accord to military.com as of July 2017, 88 percent of soldiers passed their APFT. I know we always look for 100 or nothing but considering drill is one weekend a month and the only things keeping sol-diers “fit” is whatever ounce of devotion they have to be a soldier is pretty remarkable.
The app tracks all APFT exercises, push-ups, sit-ups and the 2-mile run. Allowing you to track your growth or downfall because let’s be honest there is always a downfall. You can’t always be great, maybe for your age group but you will not always be the top. Guard Fit will create a training program for you whether daily or weekly and allows you to set how intense you want things to get.
What is an app without a social presence? Everything really does have some sort of social tie. We can thank Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat for that I guess. True to the nature of releasing an app Guard Fit allows you to compete against your battles. Nothing like competing to have the best APFT score. As if that didn’t already happen. I guess the Army felt like it needed a platform on which to support the competition.
Let’s be honest though nothing will make that 22 percent pass. Well, that is a lie, a portion of the 22 percent will pass because they are the few that just missed it by a point or so because they were borderline, to begin with, a had a bad day. The remainder of them, however, are the ones that are just fat bodies. Always struggling and always barely making the cut. One year from now I guess we will see if the app has made the impact the Army is hoping for. Although unless everyone in the Guard signs up for the app we won’t really know whether or not it was the app that really did it.
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