“Focus on your personal physical fitness today. Be able to pass the current Army PT test now. We'll work our way through the ACFT as we go. We'll get better and we'll get stronger and at the end of the day, we'll be able to execute the test to standard, just the way we do the current PT test."

LTG Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command

Army senior leaders have approved a new strenuous fitness test designed to better prepare Soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries, and lead to ample cost savings across the service.

The six-event readiness assessment, called the Army Combat Fitness Test, is intended to replace the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, which has been around since 1980.

Beginning October 2020, all Soldiers will be required to take the new gender- and age-neutral test. Before that, field testing set to begin this October will allow the Army to refine the test, with initial plans for up to 40,000 Soldiers from all three components to see it.

General officers and senior leaders from across the U.S. Army Reserve participated in a round robin of physical fitness events from the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) during a "GO Forum" hosted at Fort Bragg by the U.S. Army Reserve Headquarters, March 1, 2019. By October 2020, all Army Soldiers in active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard will be required to take the ACFT, the new gender-neutral and age-neutral readiness assessment. The ACFT will replace the current Army Physical Fitness test (APFT) that has bee in use since 1980. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)
Army senior leaders have approved a modification of the ACFT that included three aerobic test events for selected Soldiers with permanent profiles that prevent full participation in the 6-event test. #ACFT #ArmyFit For more information, visit https://www.army.mil/acft/. About U.S. Army: The Army Mission – our purpose – remains constant: To deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars by providing ready, prompt and sustained land dominance by Army forces across the full spectrum of conflict as part of the joint force. Connect with U.S. Army online: Web: https://www.army.mil Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USarmy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/USArmy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usarmy/ Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter
Lt. Gen. Charles D Luckey is addressing the ACFT and clearing up some of the questions he has received from the field. Download the Double Eagle App to access resources for the ACFT: https://go.usa.gov/xVtgR
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and U.S. Army Reserve senior leadership gathered on Fort Bragg, N.C., recently to practice the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
LTG Charles D Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and Command Sgt. Major Ted Copeland, Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, met with certified ACFT instructors from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, in Austin, Texas, as U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers received an in-depth look at how the Army Combat Fitness Test will be executed.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, sends his message to the field about the Army Combat Fitness Test, the newest way the Army will evaluate the physical fitness and endurance of its Soldiers.
CSM Ted Copeland, Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, and his Senior Enlisted Council take the new Army Combat Fitness Test. The ACFT is slated to become the Physical Fitness test of record for the entire U.S Army by late 2020.
This exercise reinforces correct jumping and landing skills. Requires good balance and coordination and develops explosive strength to move off the ground. Here is the breakdown of the movement, which is conducted at a moderate cadence. #ACFT #ArmyFit
This exercise requires advanced levels of movements skill and aerobic endurance. Here is break down of this exercise as it would be conducted in a formation at sloow cadence. #ACFT #ArmyFit
This exercise strengthens the trunk and hip muscle coordination while promoting control of trunk rotation. It is an advanced body weight exercise that prepares for more vigorous training, testing and combat tasks. Here is the breakdown of the movement, which is conducted at a moderate cadence. #ACFT #ArmyFit
This exercise improves balance, coordination and strength of core muscles in the posterior chain. Here is a breakdown of the movement, which is performed for a count 60 seconds. #ACFT #ArmyFit
The Shuttle Sprint is the third exercise in Military Movement Drill 1. This exercise prepares the Soldier for more vigorous anaerobic endurance, leg speed and agility activities. Here is a breakdown of the exercise as it would be conducted by an individual Soldier. #ArmyFit
The Incline Bench is a free-weight exercise performed throughout a Soldier’s career to improve upper body muscular strength and endurance. This lift requires trunk and shoulder stability and strength. It can be used to improve training and testing performance that supports a wide range of combat and occupational physical tasks. There are a wide range of modifications in position and equipment for the Incline Bench. Here is a breakdown of the exercise as it would be conducted by an individual Soldier using three types of free weights – straight bar or barbell, kettle bells and dumbbells. #ArmyFit
The sumo dead lift is a free weight exercise performed throughout the Soldier's career to improve lower body muscular strength and endurance. It is a modification of the deadlift that further challenges a Soldier's coordination, balance and hip mobility. Here's a breakdown of the exercise as it would be conducted by an individual Soldier using three types of weights: straight bar, kettle bells and dumb bells. #ACFT #ArmyFit
This exercise strengthens the Soldier's triceps and shoulder muscles endurance. This improves the Soldier's skill in moving heavier weight overhead to build muscular power and strength. Here is a breakdown of the exercise as it would be conducted for one minute. #ArmyFit #ACFT
This exercise strengthens the muscles of the upper back, the shoulder girdle and the biceps. Hevier weight also challenge the muscles in the lower back, gluteal region and hamstrings. Here is a breakdown of the exercise as it would be conducted for one minute. #ArmyFit #ACFT
This exercise strengthens the chest, shoulder and triceps' muscles. It develops the Soldier's ability to push during more vigorous combatives, testing and combat tasks. Here is a breakdown of the exercise as it would be conducted for one minute. #ArmyFit #ACFT
Here is a breakdown of the exercise as it would be conducted for one minute. #ArmyFit #ACFT
The Straight Leg Dead Lift is a free-weight exercise performed throughout a Soldier’s career to improve lower body muscular strength and endurance. It is a modification of the deadlift that further challenges the muscles in the lower back, hips and legs. Here is a breakdown of the exercise as it would be conducted by an individual Soldier using a straight bar and dumbbells. #ArmyFit
This exercise develops total body strength, endurance and mobility. Releasing the hands from the ground in addition to moving the arms to the "T" position emphasizes full push and reach motions. Here is the breakdown of the movement as it would be conducted in a formation at a moderate cadence. #ACFT #ArmyFit
This exercise develops explosive strength in the legs. Here is the breakdown of the exercise conducted at formation at a slow cadence. #ACFT #ArmyFit
The bent-leg raise is the first exercise for "Four for the CORE." This exercise improves awareness for spinal control while moving the legs. The hand position under the back and not the pelvis places heavy emphasis on the strength of the core muscles of the abdomen, not the hip flexor muscles. Here's the breakdown of the movements performed for a count of 60 seconds. #ACFT #ArmyFit The core of the body consists of the abdomen, the pelvis and lower or lumbar spine. The muscles that originate in the core provides stability and motion for the limbs and trunk. Regular performance of "Four for the Core" provides a foundation of good stability for all physical readiness exercises. Returning to the position of attention between exercises provides a moment to reset posture and check the improvements these exercises provide from moving to and from the ground.
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Army Reserve Support Command Soldiers prepping for Army Combat Fitness Test
Maj. Kyle Krebs, a G3 Operations briefing officer, sends a medicine ball flying during the standing power throw, one of six events on the Army Combat Fitness Test. The First Army United States Army Reserve Support Command is holding a diagnostic ACFT during its quarterly battle assemblies on Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., to prepare its Soldiers for when the ACFT becomes the Army's test of record in October. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
Feb. 13, 2020 - Medicine balls thud to the concrete floor while grunts of determination reverberate from the walls. Soldiers gathered in this unheated gym on a winter morning have no trouble keeping warm, owing to their incessant activity. An Army Combat Fitness Test is underway in "The Trench," First Army's unofficial gym adjacent to its headquarters building.

Fit to fight: 81st Readiness Division first to receive ACFT fielding in Army Reserve
Army Combat Fitness Test equipment fielding arrives to the New Equipment Fielding Facility on Fort Jackson, S.C., allowing Army Reserve units within the 81st Readiness Division's footprint to start the training process to be ready for the new physical fitness test Feb. 4. Army Reserve units throughout the southeast region started accepting ACFT fielding equipment beginning Jan. 15.
Feb. 7, 2020 - Multiple locations across the 81st Readiness Division’s footprint received the initial fielding of the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) equipment beginning Jan. 15 and continuing throughout February.

ACFT app rolls out to help Soldiers get fit, protect their data
U.S. Army Reserve Command noncommissioned officers and officers conducted an Army Combat Fitness Test familiarization at the FORSCOM/USARC headquarters, March 15, 2019 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Army senior leaders approved the new six-event fitness test to better prepare Soldiers for combat tasks and reduce injuries across the three Army components beginning in October 2020. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Timothy L. Hale/U.S. Army Reserve Command)
Jan. 30, 2020 - The Army recently updated its physical readiness training -- or PRT -- mobile app to give Soldiers a leg up on the new Army Combat Fitness Test, as it continues to safeguard users' personal information on the go.

Army health experts offer tips to prevent ACFT injuries
U.S. Army Reserve Command noncommissioned officers and officers conducted an Army Combat Fitness Test familiarization at the FORSCOM/USARC headquarters, March 15, 2019 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Army senior leaders approved the new six-event fitness test to better prepare Soldiers for combat tasks and reduce injuries across the three Army components beginning in October 2020. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Timothy L. Hale/U.S. Army Reserve Command)
Jan. 29, 2020 - Over the past year, a selected set of Army units have been piloting the new six-test Army Combat Fitness Test as the first phase of replacing the three-test Army Physical Fitness Test.
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Have questions about the ACFT? View the ACFT Town Hall held Sept. 27 hosted by SMA Michael Grinston, CSM Timothy Guden (TRADOC), and CSM Edward Mitchell (Center for Initial Military Training). EDITOR's NOTE:  Actual town hall starts about 1:30 mins in after music introduction.