All soldiers are required to pass the new Army Combat Fitness Test, which replaced the Army Physical Fitness Test in October 2020. You must meet ACFT requirements regardless of age or gender as part of your military training. The minimum requirements will instead vary by job or unit.
The test has six events that assess your ability to perform physical tasks you may encounter in combat conditions:
- Strength deadlift: You must perform a three-repetition deadlift with the weight increased with each repetition. The weight range of the deadlift is 120 to 420 pounds. The deadlifts replicate picking up ammunition boxes, a wounded soldier, supplies or heavy equipment.
- Standing power throw: You will need to toss a 10-pound ball backward as far as possible to test the muscular explosive power that you may need to lift yourself or a fellow soldier over an obstacle or to move rapidly across uneven terrain.
- Hand-release pushups: You will have two minutes to do as many hand-release pushups as possible. Depending on your job, there may be a minimum number you are required to complete. These are similar to traditional pushups, but at the down position, you lift your hands and arms from the ground and then reset to do another pushup.
- Sprint/drag/carry: You must run five times up and down a 25-meter lane, sprinting, dragging a sled weighing 90 pounds and then carrying two 40-pound kettlebell weights. This can simulate pulling a soldier out of harm’s way, moving quickly to take cover or carrying ammunition to a fighting position or vehicle.
- Leg tuck: Similar to a pullup, you must lift your legs up and down to touch your knees/thighs to your elbows between one and five times. This exercise strengthens the core muscles.
- Two-mile run: This is a timed run to build endurance and cardiovascular strength.
You must complete all of these events in under 50 minutes.
Scoring the ACFT test
Scoring for the ACFT may change depending on your occupational specialty. If you are in a more physically demanding job, you may see tougher minimums. Check with your unit for the requirements you must meet.
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