Army Combat Fitness Test gets updated, again


Soldiers do the sprint-drag-carry portion of the Army Combat Fitness Test on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, on Fort Bragg.

Changes to events and scoring were made to the Army’s official fitness test that started this month, according to Army news releases.  

Army officials originally planned for the Army Combat Fitness Test to replace the Army Physical Fitness Test by October 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about whether certain new events created a disadvantage for female soldiers caused the delay.

The Army Physical Fitness Test, which was in place since 1980, had three assessments — sit-ups, push-ups and running. 

Fitness experts at the Center of Initial Military Training Command partnered with academic experts, professional sports organizations and others to develop the new test, Brig. Gen. John Kline said, commander of the center, said during a March 23 town hall meeting.  

The new test was designed to measure 10 components of physical fitness that include muscular strength, aerobic capacity, flexibility, power, agility, balance, reaction time, coordination and speed, Kline said.  


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