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ARMY COMBAT FITNESS TEST (ACFT)

As military operations become more complex, it’s vital that every Soldier is physically and mentally prepared to succeed. Designed with the latest exercise science and physical training insights, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) helps you achieve peak physical fitness and mental endurance under pressure.

If you are an Active duty or Active Guard Reserve Soldier, you will take the ACFT twice a year. As an Army Reserve or Army National Guard Soldier, you will take it once a year.

ACFT SCORING

The latest version of the ACFT, ACFT 3.0, is comprised of six fitness components to assess everything from muscular strength and power to flexibility and coordination. The Army is currently studying new performance categories to identify specified percentiles by gender that can account for the recognized physiological differences between men and women. While not final, each Soldier’s total ACFT score may fall into one of five proposed performance tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Green.

All Soldiers are challenged to meet the baseline physical standard of 360 total points (or an overall minimum total score of 60 in each of the six events).

EVENT ONE: 3 REPETITION MAXIMUM DEADLIFT (MDL)

The Repetition Maximum Deadlift event represents movements required to safely and effectively lift heavy loads from the ground, jump, bound, and tolerate landing. It requires well-conditioned back and leg muscles and helps Soldiers to avoid upper and lower back injuries caused by moving a heavy load long distances.

FITNESS COMPONENTS

Muscular strength, balance, and flexibility

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Deadlift the maximum weight you can three times

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL USE

60-pound hex bar and plates

POSSIBLE SCORES

60 points for lifting 140 pounds and up to 100 points for lifting 340 pounds

EVENT TWO: STANDING POWER THROW (SPT)

The Standing Power Throw event represents tasks requiring quick explosive movements to maneuver equipment and personnel.

FITNESS COMPONENTS

Explosive power, balance, and flexibility

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Throw a 10-pound medicine ball backward and overhead for distance

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL USE

10-pound medicine ball

POSSIBLE SCORES

60 points for throwing 4.5 meters and up to 100 points for throwing 12.5 meters

EVENT THREE: HAND RELEASE PUSH-UP – ARM EXTENSION (HRP)

The Hand Release Push-Up – Arm Extension is an upper body endurance test that represents repetitive and sustained pushing used in combat tasks

FITNESS COMPONENT

Muscular endurance

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Complete as many Hand-Release Push-Ups as possible in two minutes

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL USE

Kettlebells

POSSIBLE SCORES

60 points for 10 repetitions and up to 100 points for 60 repetitions

EVENT FOUR: SPRINT-DRAG-CARRY (SDC)

The Sprint-Drag-Carry is a test of strength, endurance and anaerobic capacity, which are needed to accomplish high intensity combat tasks that last from a few seconds to several minutes.

FITNESS COMPONENT

Agility, anaerobic endurance, muscular endurance, and muscular strength

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Conduct these five 50-meter shuttles as fast as possible: sprint, drag, lateral, carry, and sprint

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL USE

Two 40-pound kettlebells and a 90-pound sled

POSSIBLE SCORES

60 points for 3:00 minutes and up to 100 points for 1:33 minutes

EVENT FIVE: LEG TUCK (LTK) OR PLANK (PLK)

The LTK assesses the strength of the Soldiers grip, arm, shoulder and trunk muscles. These muscles assist Soldiers in load carriage and in avoiding injuries to the back.


The PLK is an alternate assessment that may be used. The plank helps build core strength that promotes back health and helps reduce injuries.

FITNESS COMPONENT

Muscular strength and endurance

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Leg Tuck (LTK): Complete as many leg tucks as possible; maintain a relative vertical posture while moving the hips and knees up and down without excessive swinging.

Plank (PLK): Maintain a proper plank position for as long as possible.

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL USE

Leg Tuck (LTK): Climbing Bar

Plank (PLK): Level surface

POSSIBLE SCORES

Leg Tuck (LTK): 60 points for one rep and 100 points for 20 reps

Plank (PLK): 60 points for 2:09 and 100 points for 4:20 minutes

EVENT SIX: TWO-MILE RUN (2MR)

The Two-Mile Run measures aerobic endurance, which is required for conducting continuous operations and ground movements on foot. Higher aerobic endurance allows the body to recover quickly in preparation for executing other physically demanding tasks that may arise during a ground movement, such as reacting quickly to enemy contact.

FITNESS COMPONENT

Aerobic endurance

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Run two miles for time on a measured, generally flat course

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL USE

Two mile run route on level field, track, or running surface

POSSIBLE SCORES

60 points for 21:00 minutes and 100 points for 13:30 minutes

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ALTERNATE TEST

TRAINING RESOURCES

We understand a physical test may be challenging but we’re committed to helping you succeed. Here are some helpful resources that will help you train for the ACFT:


PHYSICAL READINESS TRAINING APP: