US Army launches new physical fitness test

FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) – For the first time since 1980, the US Army Physical Fitness Test will be getting a huge update.

The Army Combat Fitness Test will replace the old Army Physical Fitness Test, which focused on the number of sit-ups, push-ups and how fast a soldier could run two miles.

The Army readjusted the standards of the approved ACFT to account for age and gender.

This was based on data collection by Rand using up to 630,000 ACFT scores.

“For the military, it’s more than push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run,” said CPT Linda Aughburns.

Troops from the 1st Cavalry Division Support Brigade began performing diagnostic tests every two weeks.

The army combat fitness test has become a great way for the army to change its culture and ensure that the soldiers are in good physical shape.

“This will help me tailor my training programs for my unit to prepare them for their mission, which is to fight and win our nation’s wars,” said CPT Christopher Buys.

Aughburns says being able to lead from the front means she needs to be physically fit.

“Me being a leader and me being the example, I have to set that standard. So for that, I have to be fit. To be able to do that. I have to be successful,” says Aughburns.

Beginning in October, active duty soldiers will begin performing the test case.

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