Army Combat Fitness Test Timeline

Note: This timeline is a work in progress and takes into account all the open source material that is currently available on the 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.

August 2017

The First Pilot Program at Joint BaseLewis-McCord Washington where National Guard and 75 Ranger Regiment troops attempted the test

July 2018

A document containing the proposed ACRT Fitness Standards was leaked and posted on



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.

October 2019

Once the field test is complete the ACFT standards are expected to be finalized.

Winter 2019

FM 7-22 will be updated with the new ACFT and the training plans for prepairing for the test.

October 2020

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.


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