Army drops bayonets, busts abs in training revamp

Basic training solders, private Joel Yuhas, back, and private David Glisson, front, battle each other, during pugil stick training, which is intended to hone warrior skills, at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick) (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)

March 16, 2010 7:07:08 AM PDT
At 5 a.m. on the Army's largest training base, soldiers grunt through the kinds of stretches, body twists and bent-leg raises that might be seen in an "ab blaster" class at a suburban gym.