The Army’s current Physical Fitness (PT) standard is having its last rounds. Come 2020, the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) test will take effect. And now the Army has revealed the long-awaited standards for the combat-oriented test.

To ace the ACFT, which is tailored for every Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), Soldiers must:

  • Perform a 340 lbs trap bar (or hex bar) deadlift
  • Throw a medicine ball at least 12.5 meters away
  • Perform 60 hand-release push-ups
  • Perform 20 leg tucks while hanging from a pull-up bar
  • Complete the sprint-drag-carry event in 1:33 or less
  • Run two miles in less than 13:30

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston, the most senior enlisted Soldier, said that “Physical fitness is fundamental to sustained Army readiness. We must have highly trained, disciplined and physically fit Soldiers capable of winning on any battlefield. The ACFT, specifically linked to common warfighting tasks, will help us assess and improve the individual readiness of the force.”

To establish the new ACFT standards, the Army consulted sports science data. Over 17,000 Soldiers from 64 battalions from across the Army (both in terms of MOS and component, i.e., Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard) participated in the designing process.