New Fitness Test Measures Combat Readiness, Army Secretary Says

The Army is changing from the 40-year-old Army Physical Fitness Test to the Army Combat Fitness Test after studies illustrated the new test shows greater relevance of what soldiers demand in combat, Army Secretary Mark T. Esper said.
On July 9, the U.S. Army announced a new physical fitness test -- the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT. The test is designed to replace the APFT with a gender- and age-neutral assessment that will more closely align with the physical demands Soldiers will face in combat. Field tests for the ACFT will begin in October 2018, and by October 2020, all Regular Army, Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers will be required to take the test.


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