New Army Combat Fitness Test holds pilot program in Winterville

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The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) is enhancing the physical fitness standard in the U.S. Army. 

Designed to better prepare soldiers for combat, the test is comprised of six events: A three repetition maximum deadlift, a standing power throw, a hand release push-up, the sprint-drag-carry, leg tucks, and a two-mile run.

The tasks mimic tasks a soldier would do in combat such as moving ammo cans or tossing sandbags.

The test is meant to prepare soldiers to be able to perform under pressure and serve as a predictor of combat readiness.

Readiness is crucial for soldiers in the Army.

“At any point in time these folks are asked to leave their communities, leave their jobs, leave their families and go out and deploy to all sort of places across the world and engage in all sorts of military and soldier operations,” said Marshall McCloud, an Officer in Charge of the launch of the pilot program. “This is going to make sure that they are prepared and ready to do that.” 

The ACFT is gender and age neutral. 

“Winterville is a great location to conduct the pilot because it provides some challenges that many other reserve units will face when implementing the testing,” said to Michael Mascari, Director of Public Affairs for the 81st Readiness Division. “This includes conditions, building community relations to find a location to conduct the test, and moving all of the equipment necessary to perform the tests.”

This is the only location for the pilot in the Army reserves in the southeast region of the United States.

The ACFT will replace the Army Physical Fitness Test by October 2020.

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