army combat fitness test
Army Combat Fitness Test debuts with major changes to scoring April 1
The Army is moving forward with its long-awaited Army Combat Fitness Test this year, but the service has officially dropped the test’s attempt to set a gender
The shifts come following an independent review of the test by RAND that Congress ordered in the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill.
The ACFT has adopted age- and gender-normed scoring tables, similar to those on the old Army Physical Fitness Test.
The Army, backtracking, now says the test is a “general physical fitness assessment” not intended to predict success on the service’s Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.
The leg tuck is no longer an event — the plank, with a newly lowered standard, is the only core event.
A 2.5-mile walk has been added as an alternate aerobic event for troops whose medical profiles prevent them from running.
In a Monday media roundtable, Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston acknowledged that there was a “conversation” about whether the ACFT’s name was still a good fit.
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