TRADOC revises Army Physical Fitness Test

For the first time in over 30 years, the Army is changing the way it conducts its physical fitness test:

The proposed tests, the Army Physical Readiness Test, or APRT, and the Army Combat Readiness Test, known as the ACRT, align with Army Physical Readiness Training outlined in Training Circular 3-22.20, which was implemented Army-wide last August providing exercises, drills and activities appropriate for various levels of physical fitness.

The APRT, designed to replace the current APFT, expands from three to five events, eliminates sit-ups, increases the pace of push-ups, and replaces the long-distance run with shorter-faster runs. The five events include: 60-yard shuttle run, one-minute rower (exercise outlined in TC 3.22-20), standing long-jump, one-minute push-up, 1.5 mile run.

These events will more accurately test a Soldiers anaerobic and aerobic endurance while reducing the risk of injuries. The current test also only provides a “snapshot” assessment of upper and lower-body muscular endurance and fails to identify anaerobic capacity, said Hertling.

via TRADOC revises Army Physical Fitness Test.

One of the challenges the Army has faced is that is has long known the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) didn’t really give a good indication of the ability of soldiers to do their job in combat. It only gave an indication of their general fitness. But it is hard to devise tests that didn’t require any equipment or other testing facilities.  I’m a little dubious as to the value of shortening the run to 1.5 miles, but on the other hand, I really hate running…

It will be interesting to see how unit PT changes in response to this. In my day, units routinely did about 20-30 minutes of calisthenics, followed by a 3 to 5 mile run in formation. This was fine, but did little to prepare troops for the APFT.

I’m also interested to the the Army Combat Readiness Test. Will that be used solely as a tool for commanders to focus training, or will it also have an impact on promotions and service? Will everyone have to take it?  If you are doing an event with a casualty drag, how do you determine who gets to drag the 100# female, and who has to drag the 250# guy built like a linebacker?

13 thoughts on “TRADOC revises Army Physical Fitness Test”

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  2. What about people with permanent profiles? Jumping, really? I am female, short, and 40 years old. I don’t see myself jumping very far. Faster push ups? Hm. Sounds interesting. I don’t know if it’s for me but that’s okay. I don’t need to stay in.

  3. I think that they are headed in the right direction but doing it wrong. No longer will units be able to administer PT tests as needed when you will have to schedule a pt field complete with hurdles to do it. I say keep the existing test, maybe modifying the events to keep it simple enough that no equipment is needed.

    You can use this new test as a readiness guide for a unit to determine their readiness level for deployment by averaging scores across the unit. As for the casualty drag…I bet some company gets rich making 200 pound dummies for $10K a pop to use for these tests…

    1. if it is what a soldier is- why do females and males have different standards? are you telling me a female can carry out a mission with less, or a male needs more?

  4. The new standards are retarded. It honestly only makes the test easier for the batch of fat, lazy, undisciplined soldiers. They should keep the test the way it is, because it shows which soldiers can prepare for a standardized physical test. All the new program is, is an officers OER bullet.

    1. @vergil — You are a moron. Just thought I’d put that out there in case anyone hasn’t told you that lately.

      What the US Army NEEDS to do is get rid of the patently inaccurate TAPE TEST to determine body fat. If they’re going to use something as flawed and completely wrong as that to determine one’s body fat percentage (which isn’t even important anyway), they should just get rid of it altogether or not use body fat percentage to block able-bodied soldiers that can pass their APFT and/or APRT FROM PROMOTIONS. As it is now, the tape test discriminates horribly against soldiers on the shorter end of the scale…proportionately, taller soldier can be fatter and pass. Shorter soldiers have to look like a God damn toothpick in order to pass. It’s a fucking joke and the Army knows it. The reason they keep it in place is to discriminate against female soldiers and soldiers of different races/ethnicity due to differences in their body types which are a result of GENETICS and NOT their “body fat percentage”.

      What they’re basing this stupid ass test on is the BMI — Body Mass Index. This arbitrary measurement was fabricated decades ago and has been proven to be a complete fantasy as far as determining someone’s body fat percentage and/or physical readiness. It is bad enough they still use this as a ploy to discriminate, but it is deplorable that they HAVE NOT GOTTEN RID OF IT ALREADY. If they don’t do it soon, I will put a bug in the ear of the ACLU to bring suit against them for willful, grossly-negligent prejudicial discrimination.

      The ONLY thing that should even be considered for promotions is whether or not a soldier passes the physical fitness test flavor of the month…whatever they’re going to have. If they pass it, great. If not, flag. No extra points for 300+…none of that crap. I’m sick of seeing assholes that are as dumb as a bag of fucking bricks that cannot do their fucking MOS getting promoted because they can score well on a PT test.

      ALL that should matter is if a soldier can pass the APFT/APRT. THAT’S IT.

    2. I read your comment. I dont think your tough. I dont think your more of a soldier. but I think the new test is stupid, and whoever came up with this, is surrounded by yes-men.As a Ranger, I max my pt test and have excellent Body fat%- i can’t jump 79 inches. because i fall short 15 inches. do you really think the people who came up with it have to adhere to hit? plz.

    3. In a service that consistently and actively works to recruit “females and different races/ethnicities” why would they implement and continue to use a tape test standard specifically designed to actively discriminate against said populace. Oh, they wouldn’t. That is a black helicopter conspiracy theory. What they did is implement a simple system that could be taught and used simply, quickly, without special equipment, during a time when there were not so many fat bodies. Sure, tape test sucks, but it is not a secret mechanism to institutionally discriminate. Sure, the byproducts of it might do so, but it is not intentional, as these comments would imply. As for calling the ACLU- “waahh.” That is a sham-shield wearing order of thinking. What’s next; “they make me work more than 40 hours a week” or “I have to deploy!” “Help me ACLU!” How about proposing a cheap, simple, solution that works in the company headquarters on a mass scale instead of just pointing out the flaws in the current system?
      As for “all they have to do is pass the APFT” I personally disagree. Maintaining a military appearance is also important, and in a time when the military can be picky, no sense keeping around all the future type 2 diabetes cases and heart attacks waiting to happen because they can barely achieve 60/60/60 on an APFT. I want healthy soldiers, not bare-minimum-achieving duds who can’t put down the food. Let the commander make a decision on a case by case basis, not abandon all standards.

  5. @GO SPAM YOURSELF- excellent. your dead on. If soldiers wrote the aclu- do you think they would listen?

  6. Many soldiers cannot even pass the current APFT. If they want to weed people out all they have to do is enforce the current standard. If they want to make people more ready to deploy they might want to consider mental fitness rather than physical since that is where most of the problems seem to lie. I don’t hear about anyone not being able to kick in doors on the news.

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