The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) was launched a little over half a year ago, replacing the previous Physical Fitness test. The ACFT was made of six events: 3 repetition maximum deadlift (MDL), standing power throw (SPT), hand release push-up – arm extension (HRP), spring-drag-carry (SDC), leg tuck (LTK) and 2-mile run (2MR). A two-minute plan is an allowed alternative to leg tucks. The tests were designed to test flexibility, agility, endurance and strength. However, recent data shows that 44% of women failed the ACFT in comparison to 7% of men since October 1, 2021.
The ACFT remains in the testing phase, and scores will not be counted on record for promotion or career progression until March of 2022. The data demonstrating that almost half of women are failing shows that there may be a need to amend the testing for women.
The data from the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) collected the 106,000 test results from the ACFT, breaking down the failure rate of each event by gender.
Failure Rate for Men:
- 3 repetition maximum deadlift: Less than 1%
- Standing power throw: Less than 1%
- Hand release push-up – arm extension: Less than 1%
- Spring-drag-carry: Less than 1%
- Leg tuck: 2%
- Two-mile run: 5%
Failure Rate for Women:
- 3 repetition maximum deadlift: 6%
- Standing power throw: 15%
- Hand release push-up – arm extension: 2%
- Spring-drag-carry: 12%
- Leg tuck: 22%
- Two-mile run: 22%
In comparison to last year, the pass rate is up 12%. Among enlisted women, the failure rate is at 53% and among female officers, the failure rate is 23%.
The passing score for the ACFT is 360 with a maximum score of 600. Per the data, only 66 female soldiers scored 500 points or higher in comparison to their male counterparts with 31,978 who had the same score. Data is added weekly to the FORSCOM database which will assist in shaping the program.
While this data is new, it appears that the data will continue to be analyzed to determine steps forward. While it does show a high failure rate, it is a lower rate than the previous year and this is movement in the positive direction.
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