Finally, the 1.5 mile run, I think, will end up being far preferred. Those who are strong runners and were delivering good times in the 2 mile run should do even better in the 1.5 mile run. They can burn the energy they have a little faster and harder and cut down their mile time somewhat. Those who have a harder time with the run know that they only have to run 75% of what they used to and it's an easier mental challenge to overcome to push through it at a better pace.
I think the greatest strength overall, though, is the variety of motion and activity this new test encompasses. While I still feel an obstacle-course type of PT test might be a better option, I think the Army is moving in the right direction. What do you think?