Armed Forces News

Tryouts of the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) began for all soldiers Oct. 1, replacing the Army Physical Fitness Test that had been in use since 1980. The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) reported that service-wide implementation of the ACFT after conducing tests on some selected units for the past year. At first, soldiers will be required to take two ACFTs — the results of which would not be attached to their permanent records — roughly six months apart. The ACFT will become the official test of record throughout the Army by next October, AUSA reported. The test includes six activities — a standing power throw, hand-release pushup, sprint-drag-and-carry, leg tuck, and a two-mile run. Army leaders believe the ACFT will better replicate the physical demands soldiers would face in combat situations, AUSA reported.