The new Army PT Test (Army Combat Fitness Test)

The new Army PT Test (Army Combat Fitness Test)

If you are in the Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard… Or you plan on joining. You will be participating in the new PT start starting at the end of this Fiscal Year (most likely).

Here are the events that you need to train for.

1) 3 Repetition Maximum Deadlift

The 3 Repetition Maximum Deadlift (MDL) event represents movements required to safely and effectively lift heavy loads from the ground, jump, bound and tolerate landing. It requires well-conditioned back and leg muscles and helps Soldiers to avoid upper and lower back injuries caused by moving long distances under heavy load.

Army’s suggested training exercises for the 3 Rep Deadlift:

  • Sumo deadlift

  • Alternate Staggard Squat Jump

  • Forward lunge

2) Standing Power Throw:

The Standing Power Throw (SPT) event represents tasks requiring quick explosive movements to maneuver equipment and personnel.

Army’s suggested training exercises for this event:

  • Power Jump

  • Overhead push-press

3) Hand Release Push-up

This is an upper body endurance test that represents repetitive and sustained pushing used in combat tasks.

Army’s suggested exercises to train for this event.

  • 8 count T Push up

  • Incline Bench Press

  • Supine chest press

4) Sprint-Drag-Carry

The Sprint-Drag-Carry (SDC) is a test of strength, endurance, and anaerobic capacity, which are needed to accomplish high intensity combat tasks that last from a few seconds to several minutes.

Army suggested training exercises:

  • Straight leg deadlift

  • Bent over row

  • 300M shuttle runs

5) Leg Tuck

The Leg Tuck (LTK) assesses the strength of the Soldiers grip, arm, shoulder and trunk muscles. These muscles assist Soldiers in load carriage and in avoiding injuries to the back.

Army’s suggested training exercises for this event:

  • Bent leg raise

  • Leg tuck and twist

  • Alternating grip pull up

6) 2 mile run for time

The run event measures aerobic endurance, which is required for conducting continuous operations and ground movements on foot. Higher aerobic endurance allows the body to recover quickly in preparation for executing other physically demanding tasks that may arise during a ground movement, such as reacting quickly to enemy contact.

Army’s recommended exercises to train for this event:

  • Run

  • Run more

Events are subject to change, as this event is still in it’s trial period.

Recommended items to train for the ACFT:

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