The Army’s senior-most enlisted leader believes that soldiers still will be able to take – and be required to pass – the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). Most soldiers will have completed the test by June, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston said May 22. He drew the conclusion after getting assurances from Army Materiel Command that installations would have the necessary equipment in place by then. In the meantime, Grinston said, soldiers should continue to follow the service’s physical training (PT) regimen from their homes.
Requirements for both the ACFT and the outgoing Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the tests resume, several precautionary measures will take effect. Soldiers will have to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from one another during the two-mile run, for example. Also, persons who use gym equipment must wipe it clean with sanitizer after they finish.