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"More Physically Demanding by design"
Unlike the old Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) will assess more components of your physical fitness:
Power, Agility, Speed, Coordination
How will you change your training in order to succeed on the new, more challenging Army Combat Fitness Test?
When will the Army require me to take the ACFT?
Continue diagnostic testing for all Soldiers
Regular Army and Active Guard Reserve start taking the ACFT for record - 01 OCT 2022
Reserve Component Soldiers start taking the ACFT for record.
This website is specifically designed with small unit Army leaders in mind. From initial "field testing" to implementing a comprehensive unit physical fitness training plan, armycombatfitnesstest.com has all the tools and resources you'll need to understand and train for the Army's new physical fitness test.
Step 1 - Get familiar with ACFT Events, ACFT Standards, and ACFT Scoring
The Army Combat Fitness Test is a 6 event test with a 600 point maximum. Unlike early trial runs, the approved ACFT has age and gender categories for scoring.
What are the 6 events of the ACFT?
Soldiers will complete the following events in order, generally in less than 70 minutes:
What are the minimum requirements per MOS (ACFT Standards by MOS)?
According to the most recent ACFT guidance (23 March 2022), there are no specific minimum scores for any MOS identifier. Instead, there is a minimum score per age and gender. Use our calculator to confirm your minimum scores in each of the 6 events.
Can you pass the new US Army Combat Fitness Test?
Of course! We're here to help you learn and apply the principles of effective physical training. With a well-planned progression of the right training methods, anyone can develop the capacity necessary to succeed in each ACFT event.
How difficult is it to pass the new test?
It depends! How fit are you? We can measure physical fitness in a variety of different ways. Elite marathon runners have great aerobic fitness; elite power-lifters have great muscular strength. But if we measured their fitness using the ACFT, neither category of "athletes" would perform very well. This is because the ACFT measures a more comprehensive type of fitness that accounts for aerobic endurance, anaerobic endurance, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. This test punishes the specialist and rewards Soldiers that have strength and stamina.
Step 2 - Learn and Incorporate the Principles of Training
Exercising and training are not synonymous. Globo-gyms across the world are littered with unfit exercisers. So is the Army. Just getting out there and pounding the pavement enough to run 2 miles in 13 minutes does not mean you've executed the type of training required to perform well on the ACFT (nor does it represent comprehensive physical fitness). Real training is progressive in nature. Real training requires real efforts to recover. Real training results in the types of enhanced performance that recreational exercisers will never experience. Learn and incorporate the following principles in order to start real training:
Step 3 - Train Smarter, Not Harder
If you know where to look, high-quality training resources are readily available. In fact, many resources are available for free on the internet. The challenge is sifting through all the noise in order to find the good stuff. That's the goal of Better Everyday - the Blog and official home of Training For 600. We'll always keep you up-to-date with the Army's latest ACFT news and guidance, the most effective training techniques, and we'll keep you in touch with the larger Army fitness community.
Frequently Asked ACFT Questions
Does ACFT equipment have a NSN? Yes. NSN 7830-01-675-1851 NIIN 01675185. Find it here on GSA.
How much does 1 lane of ACFT equipment cost? About $2,524.00
How many sets of ACFT equipment does my battalion need? The U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training recommends 16
What equipment do I need for 1 full lane of ACFT equipment?
1 Hexagonal Barbell
Bumper Plates: 4 x 10lb, 2 x 15lb, 2 x 25lb, 2 x 35lb, 8 x 45lb
2 x Barbell Collars
1 x Nylon Sled + Strap
1 x 10lb Rubber Medicine Ball
2 x 40lb Kettlebells
1 x Measuring Tape
How long will it take to administer the ACFT? Even during a mass-test, the goal is for a single Soldier to complete the test in under 70 minutes. With the recommended 16 lanes for a battalion and a company of graders, an entire battalion can complete the test in about 4 hours.
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