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Army Leaders Introduce ACFT 3.0

Washington Report

The Army has once again revamped its Army Combat Fitness Test.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston announced the changes this week. The biggest was removing the requirement that soldiers perform at least one leg tuck as part of the new physical fitness test.

ACFT 3.0, as Grinston referred to the most recent changes, is set to go take effect April 1. The test, which replaced the Army Physical Fitness Test in October 2020, has been under review amid allegations that it was biased against certain groups of service members, including women.

COVID-19 has also had an impact on the ability of soldiers, especially those in the National Guard and Army Reserve, to train for the test.

The allegations and the ongoing pandemic mean ACFT scores will not count against soldiers until March 2022.

The latest changes were meant to improve upon the test, which Grinston said was “a far better test than the APFT.”

“The Army will continue to refine the ACFT as necessary and appropriate,” he said. “These adjustments will make the ACFT the most effective test for the Army and our soldiers.”

In lieu of the leg tuck, one of six events originally introduced as part of the ACFT, soldiers will now how the option of performing a plank exercise.

Grinston challenged soldiers to continue to train for the leg tuck, but encouraged them to choose the event best for them.

Officials are also creating a new tiered system in response to score differences between men and women when being used to assess for promotions and job selections.

The minimum passing score is 60 points for each event, for a total of 360. The maximum is 100 points per event, for a total of 600.

Grinston said only 25% of the Army has taken the test and cautioned against making final policy decisions based on the limited data set.

“While we expect to be ready for full implementation around March 2022, we will only make policy changes when sufficient data exists for Army leaders to make fully informed decisions,” he said. “Until full implementation, any diagnostic score recorded into DTMS will not be linked to your name in any Army personnel system and no administrative actions will be taken for or against you on the basis of your performance on the ACFT during this ongoing transition period.”