New Army PT Test Unveiled: Details, Maps of New Physical Tests
The US Army unveiled its new PT test on Tuesday, February 28, 2011
The traditional Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), which hasn't been changed since 1980, included pushups, sit-ups and a two-mile run.
The new army PT test is designed to more closely replicate battlefield conditions.
The new army PT test will actually consists of two entire new tests: the Army Physical Readiness Training (APRT) and the Army Combat Readiness Test (ACRT).
The physical readiness test, which may be given twice a year, will consist of a 60-yard shuttle run, one minute rower, standing long jump, one minute pushups, and a 1.5 mile run.
The combat readiness consists of a 400-meter run with weapon and individual movements that include vaulting, hurdling, crawling, and movement while aiming a weapon. There is also a casualty drag of a 180-pound weighted sled, a back-and-forth sprint over a balance beam carrying 30-pound canisters of ammunition, and a sprint through a field of cones.
When will the new Army PT test start?
The military is already starting a pilot program.
Following the establishment of standards and a thorough review, likely lasting through the summer, the tests can then be approved for Army-wide execution. Implementing the new tests is the final step in the Soldier Athlete initiative to better prepare Soldiers for strenuous training and the challenges of full-spectrum operations.
Here is a map of the combat readiness test route