After pilot testing a revised Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) with five events, the U.S. Army has determined to maintain the 3-event APFT for the near future. The maintained three events are: push-ups, sit-ups and the 2-mile run. In a report from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Stephanie Slater states “TRADOC has determined that baseline Soldier physical readiness would be most effectively measured if linked to Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, known as WTBD — tasks and drills determined over the last decade of war to be critical while conducting unified land operations…TRADOC will initiate a comprehensive study of Soldier fitness requirements to determine the best method to measure baseline Soldier physical readiness. The objective of the study is to select and recommend test events that have a functional connection to WTBD, and accurately measure baseline fitness against valid performance standards. The study is expected to begin in October 2012 and will include fitness experts from across the Army.” If you want a structured program to prepare for the APFT, contact me (Tom Delaney) at You can plan to prepare for the current APFT by reviewing TC 3-22.20, available for download HERE. You can read the full article from TRADOC HERE.

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