News

  • OPAT testing still in developmental stages, making progress

    Class of 2017 Cadet Bryan Panaccione performs a repetition of the strength deadlift. The test progressively increases in difficulty until the cadet completes the test or is unable to continue.     Photo by 2nd Lt. Kevin Baek/USMA PAO

    The Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) testing took place from Aug. 17-24 at the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center. The test includes a strength deadlift, a seated medicine ball throw, a standing long jump and a beep test.

    Capt. Nicolas Ouimet, an instructor in the Department of Physical Education, says the testing is still in its developmental stages.

    “It’s still in a diagnostic phase, but it’s an assessment that’s come down through TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command) to assess the capabilities of individual Soldiers, essentially during the initial entry phase,” Ouimet explained. “For West Point cadets, since they’re still considered in the entry phase of physical periodization, they will take it as well to determine, potentially, which branch they will have the physical capabilities of going into.”

    Although the OPAT will not be the one deciding factor to determine branching, Ouimet suggests that it is helpful to determine other facets of fitness. Read More



Sports

  • Three Cadets compete at World University Orienteering Championships

    Class of 2018 Cadets William Whitaker, George Grindley and Class of 2019 Cadet Samuel Jones traveled to Miskolc, Hungary to compete for Team USA at the World University Orienteering Championships from July 30-Aug. 4.    Courtesy Photo

    Class of 2018 Cadets William Whitaker, George Grindley and Class of 2019 Cadet Samuel Jones traveled to Miskolc, Hungary to compete for Team USA at the World University Orienteering Championships from July 30-Aug. 4. Orienteering is a challenging sport which involves using a map and compass to race across terrain.

    Over 250 athletes from over 30 countries competed in the five-day competition, which included a sprint course, a long course, a sprint relay, a middle-distance course and a middle-distance relay. One of the courses was even held on different terraces of a castle in Miskolc.

    Although Team USA didn’t place high, Grindley said that their experience in Hungary and interaction with Hungarian people was well worth the trip.

    “One day when we were not scheduled to race, we took a train from the university in Miskolc to Budapest where we toured the city for the day. Read More



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