“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.
Any comments or recommendations for improvement should be prepared using DA Form 2028 and sent to Director, Research and Analysis, United States Army Center for Initial Military Training, ATTN: ATMT-RA, 210 Dillon Circle, Fort Eustis, Virginia 23604-5701, or submit an electronic DA Form 2028 by email to: email@example.com.
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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.