Army launches website to help soldiers prepare for new combat fitness test

By CAITLIN M. KENNEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 30, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Army launched a new website Friday that provides detailed demonstrations and resources on the new combat fitness test as the service prepares to train soldiers for its use within the next two years.

The new Army Combat Fitness Test, which will become the service’s physical test of record no later than October 2020, has six events: the three-repetition maximum deadlift, the standing power throw, hand-release push-ups, the sprint-drag-carry, the leg tuck and a 2-mile run. Each event is geared to military tasks that soldiers could encounter during their service, such as the deadlift event relating to moving an injured soldier.

The Army spent six years developing the new test to align fitness standards to the physical skills soldiers need in combat better than its four-decade-old predecessor.

“The goal of the ACFT microsite is to provide an official source of information for anyone that is interested in the new ACFT,” said Stephanie Slater, a spokesperson for the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training at Fort Eustis, Va.

“We hope to answer questions regarding the rollout, exercises, requirements, equipment, procedures, etc., and as information is released, it will also be added to the website,” she said. “In addition, a [Frequently Asked Questions] section will be available on the microsite by early next week.”

The website, army.mil/acft, breaks down each of the six events, including what parts of the body that the event involves, demonstrations of how the event is tested, and videos of ways to train for that event.

The videos and diagrams on the site offer soldiers a step-by-step guide for how to move properly through each of the events. The website is mobile friendly, so the online resource is available wherever soldiers train.

The website is intended as a supplemental resource to official documentation created for the test, which can be found at the bottom of the page, according to Slater.

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