Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the FBI are destined to lose in court.
FitForce Blog, July 17, 2014
The (admittedly modified) words of George Santayana seem particularly apropos as we consider further the implications of Bauer v Holder, Department of Justice (Case No. 1:13-cv-93). A central issue in Bauer is the physical fitness test and standards (PFT) required of National Academy Trainees (NAT's) which resulted from two studies conducted by an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist employed by the FBI. In its defense of the test, the FBI offered that the National Academy Training Program (NATP) is designed to ensure a NAT has attained the necessary proficiencies to perform the duties of a special agent and that participation in the physical training program is important to ensure safety and effectiveness in training and on the job (paraphrased). Successful completion of the PFT therefore is considered a "key component" of the Physical Training Program.