Armed Forces News

1st Lt. Kelly Brown from Apache Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division conduct a 5-mile run as part of the Bronco Fitness Challenge at F-Quad, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii on Mar. 22, 2021. (Army photo by 1st Lt. Angelo Mejia)

Army corporals and specialists now have the option of taking the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) while the service undergoes the transition to the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). The change will enable some 5,500 E-4s who do not have fitness test results on file in their records to do so, thus making them eligible for promotion to sergeant (E-5). Specialists and corporals who fail the APFT will not face adverse administrative action. Those who decline to take the APFT will not face disciplinary action, but neither will they be eligible for promotion to E-5. Deployed soldiers and those who are pregnant or in post-partum status with no test results on their records can get a temporary minimum passing APFT score of 60 points per event and will be considered eligible for promotion.