On Thursday, October 1, the Army rolled out the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). It replaces the hated 40-year old 3-event Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).
Out are the old pushups, sit-ups, and two-mile run that both the troops and the officers hated since it was not a true indicator of combat fitness. From now on, soldiers will begin testing using the new standards.
One of the changes that have been implemented is that there no longer is a grading scale based on age. Soldiers 18-FOGs will have the exact same standards regardless of age or gender.
To achieve a perfect score of 600 on the new test a soldier would have to complete the new test in 50 minutes. The exercises and prescribed rest periods as follows: