Note: This timeline is a work in progress and takes into account all the open source material that is currently available on the Army.mil website and my understanding of how these fitness test changes work
Below is the 15 year time line and evolution of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) replacment program
In 2006, nearly 10 years ago, the army first announcement that the desire to moving from their APFT to a functional Combat Fitness Test.
Nearly eleven years after their first announcement the Army made a second announcement and decided that they are in fact moving forward with a “combat” focused physical fitness test.
The First Pilot Program at Joint BaseLewis-McCord Washington where National Guard and 75 Ranger Regiment troops attempted the test
A document containing the proposed ACRT Fitness Standards was leaked and posted on ArmyTimes.com
FUTURE PROPOSED TIMELINE
October 2018 – October 2019
The Army will run a second pilot program to refine the test and testing standards across 60 battalions. This will be a year long field test to refine the testing process and verify the standards.
Once the field test is complete the ACFT standards are expected to be finalized.
FM 7-22 will be updated with the new ACFT and the training plans for prepairing for the test.
According to Lt. Col. Feltwell, Once the army completes the initial operational cability the Army Combat Readiness Test could be fully implemented and the program of record in 2020 time frame.