Greetings Iron Men of Metz! This is my first opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year! I hope that you had plenty of time to spend surrounding yourself with friends and family and had ample opportunity to rest and rejuvenate. But now we must get back to what we do best—training!
…the ACFT is a six-event test that was introduced as a more wholistic and realistic way of assessing the Army Reserve’s physical fitness and ability to execute tasks in combat. The new test—comprised of dead lifts, power throws, hand release push-ups, sprint-drag-carry, leg tuck, and two-mile run—ensures physical stamina and endurance.
Hopefully by now you have heard about the new Army Combat Fitness Test which replaces the Army Physical Fitness Test that was introduced in 1980. For decades, the Army has used the three-event test to measure Soldiers’ physical fitness and endurance. However, the ACFT is a six-event test that was introduced as a more wholistic and realistic way of assessing the Army Reserve’s physical fitness and ability to execute tasks in combat. The new test—comprised of dead lifts, power throws, hand release push-ups, sprint-drag-carry, leg tuck, and two-mile run—ensures physical stamina and endurance.
There has been a lot of angst around the new test, but your units are tasked with introducing you to the new events over the next year so that you will be more than capable to succeed when the time comes to perform your first record ACFT.
Many of your units have sent individuals to be trained as NCOICs and OICs of the new ACFT. These individuals are also available to help you work on the techniques and build the needed core fitness strength to perform within the ACFT standards.
This test will not be like the previous fitness assessment—where many Soldiers were capable of meeting the minimum standard while not participating in a routine fitness regimen. You will need to challenge your body and properly train your core and gain technique in order to reduce the likelihood of injury and adapt to the new assessment. I recommend you become familiar with each of the events and create a training plan sooner rather than later. As you start taking diagnostic tests with your units, don’t be discouraged at your current capability, but rather note your baseline endurance and strength level and challenge yourself to gradually improve.
We’ve got a built-in accountability system—our Battle Buddies. Check in with each other and find out how people are preparing and reinforcing their physical fitness routines. My battle buddy, our very own Division CSM Robert Potts, has been motivating me every day. In fact, he is one of the top ACFT scoring Command Sergeants Major in the Army Reserve! Additionally, Soldiers throughout the division have been capturing the attention of the United States Army Reserve Command for their ACFT performance. Seek advice for better techniques and train smart. Be confident and your performance will improve!
Iron Man 6