All You Need to Know About the New ACFT Standards

The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) is the new physical fitness test for the United States Army, replacing the old Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). The ACFT is designed to measure the physical readiness and performance of soldiers across a broad range of combat-related tasks. The ACFT consists of six events: the 3-repetition maximum deadlift (MDL), the standing power throw (SPT), the hand-release push-up (HRP), the sprint-drag-carry (SDC), the plank (PLK), and the 2-mile run (2MR).

ACFT Standards

Army ACFT Scoring Standards

The ACFT is scored on a scale of 0 to 100 points for each event, with a total maximum score of 600 points. The minimum passing score for each event is 60 points, and the minimum passing score for the overall test is 360 points. The scoring standards for each event are based on the physical demands of the soldier’s military occupational specialty (MOS) or unit. The Army has categorized the MOSs and units into three levels of physical demand: heavy, significant, and moderate. The heavy level requires the highest level of physical fitness, while the moderate level requires the lowest level of physical fitness. The scoring standards for each level of physical demand are shown in the table below.

3-Repetition Maximum Deadlift (MDL)180-340 lbs160-340 lbs140-340 lbs
Standing Power Throw (SPT)8.5-12.6 m7.5-12.6 m6-12.6 m
Hand-Release Push-Up (HRPU)30-5720-5710-57
Sprint-Drag-Carry (SDC)1:40-2:101:48-2:181:55-2:28
Plank Hold (PLK)2:09-3:401:59-3:401:30-3:40
2-Mile Run (2MR)15:30-18:0016:30-19:0018:00-22:00
Total Score420-600390-600360-600

The ACFT was implemented on April 1, 2022, after a period of field testing and evaluation. The ACFT has undergone several changes since its initial version, based on feedback from soldiers, data analysis, and an independent study by RAND Corporation. The most recent version of the ACFT, known as ACFT 4.0, features some significant differences from the previous versions, such as:

  • The use of an age and gender performance-normed scoring scale, which adjusts the scoring standards based on the age group and gender of the soldier. This means that the maximum and minimum scores for each event vary depending on the age and gender of the soldier. The performance-normed scoring scale was developed using data from nearly 630,000 ACFT scores, historic performance rates from the APFT, and scoring scales from other branches of the U.S. military.
  • The elimination of the leg tuck (LTK) event, which was replaced by the plank (PLK) as the sole core-strength event. The plank requires the soldier to hold a prone position with the elbows and toes on the ground, keeping the body in a straight line. The plank was chosen as a more reliable and valid measure of core strength than the leg tuck, which involved hanging from a pull-up bar and bringing the knees to the elbows.
  • The addition of the 2.5-mile walk as an alternate aerobic event, which can be taken by soldiers who are unable to complete the 2-mile run due to a temporary or permanent profile. The 2.5-mile walk requires the soldier to walk as fast as possible on a flat surface, wearing the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) and boots. The 2.5-mile walk is scored based on the time taken to complete the distance.

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Maximum Deadlift (lbs.)

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Standing Power Throw (m)

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Hand-Release Push-Ups (reps)

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Sprint Drag Carry (m:s)

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Plank (m:s)

m s points

2 Mile Run (m:s)

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