5th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) Alpha Company Cadets completed the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) at Fort Knox, Ky. July 25. The OPAT test is a pre-test for the Military Occupational Skill (MOS)/Area of Concentration (AOC) test. The OPAT is gender-neutral and consists of four events: the standing long jump, the seated power-ball throw, the hex bar deadlift and the aerobic interval round.
For the standing long jump event, Cadets see how far they can leap and stay in position for up to 300 cm. For the seated power-ball event, Cadets must keep their backs against a wall and throw a 4.4 lbs. ball to test upper-arm strength. For the hex bar deadlift, Cadets lift weights that go up 10 lbs. from 120-220 lbs, which tests their muscle endurance. Finally, Cadets end the OPAT with what is known as the toughest portion of the OPAT test—the aerobic interval round, which is a timed endurance 20m run.
While the OPAT can be tough for some, many Cadets had no problems completing the testing.
“Everyone’s breezing through!” 2nd Lt. Paul Kim, OPAT cadre, said.
Cdt. Pierre Frantz, 18, from the Marion Military Institute, said he was excited about the long jump event.
“I’ve done it before at my university and my highest score was 273 cm. I want to score 300 cm sooner or later!” Frantz said.
Maj. Camille Smith, the OPAT Officer in Charge (OIC), she supports the fact that the OPAT is gender-neutral.
“I love it! It’s important to have a test that’s gender-neutral. When women were first allowed to join the military, everyone freaked out. Personally, if a woman wants a job and can properly do the job, she should be able to do it without gender discrimination.” said Smith.