Army Revamps Basic Training Exercises

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The Army is revamping its basic training regimen in an effort to better prepare soldiers for the pace of combat.

The changes are the first in 30 years and include cutting five mile runs and bayonet drills from routines.

"We don't run five miles in combat, but you run across the street every day," said Frank Palkoska, head of the Army's Fitness School at Fort Jackson. "I'm not training long-distance runners. I'm training warriors."

Soldiers will now focus on shorter sprints, stretching and more strength-building exercises. Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan made the suggestions.

"They have to understand hand-to-hand combat, to use something other than their weapon, a piece of wood, a knife, anything they can pick up," said 1st Sgt. Michael Todd, a veteran of seven deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Drill sergeants say they also need to toughen up recruits who are more used to video games than fist fights.

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