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Beating the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

What gets measured, gets managed. Best described as a business management proverb, this idea applies to far more than maximizing profit from the production of widgets. In fact, the Army hopes that by measuring combat-focused fitness tasks, individual Soldiers and unit commanders will better manage Soldier fitness. This is the thought process behind the Army’s new six event Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT).

"What gets measured, gets managed." - Peter Drucker

We’ve measured Soldier fitness using the three event APFT since 1980. Accordingly, since 1980 we’ve managed our Soldier’s aerobic fitness and upper-body muscular endurance -- the two primary components of fitness measured by the APFT. As a result of both extensive scientific exploration and practical experience in combat over the past 17 years, we know Soldiers also need to manage other components of fitness like muscular strength, power, anaerobic endurance, agility, and coordination.

Enter the ACFT. Supported by both science and practice, the ACFT measures each of the aforementioned components of fitness and more.

ACFT Events, Army Combat Fitness Test Events
3-Repetition Maximum Deadlift, Standing Power Throw, Hand-Release Push-Up, Sprint-Drag-Carry, Leg Tuck, 2-Mile Run

Using the results from this test, individual Soldiers and unit commanders can prioritize their physical training efforts to get after the areas in most need of improvement based on mission demands. What does this look like? Results from the ACFT can be graphed for an individual or using unit averages as follows:

Army Combat Fitness Test Scores, ACFT Scores, ACFT Training