Service Member Doing Pushups

The New Army Combat Fitness Test

Starting October 2020, all soldiers will be required to pass the new Army Combat Fitness Test, which will replace the Army Physical Fitness Test. You will be expected to 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Standing power throw: You will need to toss a 10-pound ball backward as far as possible to test the muscular explosive power that may be needed to lift yourself or a fellow soldier over an obstacle or to move rapidly across uneven terrain.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Leg tuck: Similar to a pull-up, 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.
  6. Two-mile run: This is a timed run to build endurance and cardiovascular strength.

All of these events must be completed in under 50 minutes.

Scoring the ACFT test

Scoring for the ACFT is still being finalized, and its minimum scores may change depending on your occupational specialty. If you are in a more physically demanding job, you may see tougher minimums.

Look below for a snapshot of changes coming to the new Army Combat Fitness Test. Need help or inspiration to get ready for your next test? Contact Military OneSource’s Health and Wellness Coaching online or call 800-342-9647 and a Military OneSource consultant will register you and schedule your first session with a health and wellness coach.

Comparing the Old and New Army Fitness Tests

  Current Army Physical Fitness Test New Army Combat Fitness Test (October 2020)
Number of Events 3 6
Events Pushups, sit-ups, two-mile run Strength deadlift, standing power throw, hand-release, pushup, sprint/drag/carry, leg truck, two-mile run
Standards Based on age and gender Based on job and unit
Maximum time to complete 2 hours 50 minutes
Minimum score to pass 180 (60 on each test) Based on physical requirements of job