Is Running-Based Fitness Test Coming to Air Force?
by Paul Steinbach March 2019
The U.S. Air Force may soon rely on running as the primary means of assessing the fitness of airmen and airwomen, according to a report in Runner's World.
Air Force Academy Takes Steps to Address Hazing
by Paul Steinbach January 2019
A pair of recent hazing incidents have led the Air Force Academy's athletic department to employ an ombudsman to handle complaints, as well as institute a new system for cadets to anonymously report concerns.
U.S. Army Recruiters Offer Free Fitness Program
by Courtney Cameron January 2019
The U.S. Army Recruitment Office in Lufkin, Texas, is offering a free-to-the-public weekly fitness program out of its recruitment center in Lufkin Mall. For those looking to get fit in the new year, the boot-camp-style fitness program is a great opportunity to participate in exercises modeled after basic training.
Sixty Battalions Begin Field Testing for the New ACFT
by Courtney Cameron January 2019
Field testing for the newly developed Army Combat Fitness Test is underway, with roughly 60 battalions chosen from across the active, Reserve and National Guard forces participating.
Military Debuts Army Combat Fitness Test
by Courtney Cameron November 2018
October 2018 marked the official beginning of the one-year field test period for the new Army Combat Fitness Test. The military will move into a preparatory phase in October 2019 and expects to see full implementation — including soldier evaluations — by 2021.
November Digital Focus on Military Fitness
by AB Editors November 2018
During the month of November, AB is saluting some of the best military fitness content from our archives. We created this presentation to help college athletics professionals get in the game. Click and scroll below:
Female Marines Train at Historically All-Male Base
by Courtney Cameron August 2018
Last week, the Marine Corps marked 100 years of women in service, and celebrated the occasion (unofficially) with a series of groundbreaking events staged over the past 12 months. The Orange County Register provided a rundown of the year’s notable firsts:
Army to Abandon Age-Specific Fitness Standards
by Paul Steinbach July 2018
The U.S. Army has announced that it will no longer judge the fitness levels of personnel differently based on age, but rather on varying job demands.
A new Army Combat Fitness Test will replace the current Army Physical Fitness Test effective October 2020. Whereas the APFT does not require older soldiers to perform as well as their younger counterparts, the ACFT will introduce a scoring scale based on standards a solider will need to survive in combat.
"The bottom line is combat does not discriminate, bullets coming at you don't discriminate, the enemy coming at you does not discriminate ... by height, by gender, by age, and, quite frankly, by what uniform you are wearing," Maj. Gen. Malcom Frost told military.com. "If you are a battalion O-5 or a brigade O-6 commander or command sergeant major that has been selected for the privilege to command or serve in a nominative position in a battalion or brigade in the United States Army, you must lead soldiers in combat and as such you must pass the Army Combat Fitness Test for whatever standard is designated."
Six physical events will make up the ACFT. Beginning this October, the Army will select 60 battalions across the active Army, National Guard and Reserve to participate in one-year field test of the new ACFT to establish how the test will be scored, make adjustments to events as needed and consider the policies required for implementation, according to Frost, who added that the ACFT will be based on several studies that have looked at the 113 warrior tasks and battle drills — common tasks every soldier needs to be able to perform to survive on the battlefield — as well as soldier feedback from the past 15 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
An example of a task a soldier must be able to complete in combat is the evacuation of a casualty from a combat vehicle. Said Army Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, "That person inside that vehicle doesn't care whether you are a woman, a man, 50, 60, 18 or 24 — he or she needs to come out if it's on fire."
Military Considers Fitness Waivers for Skilled Recruits
by Courtney Cameron March 2018
With the number of eligible military recruits in decline, congress has opened itself to the possibility of increasing the available number of fitness waivers for new enlisters, particularly for candidates with proven skills in other high-demand areas.
Central Missouri Proves Need for ROTC Athletic Trainers
by Courtney Cameron November 2017
The U.S. Army has high standards for fitness — and no one knows that better than the individuals tasked with treating soldiers' injuries. Rachel Brown is an instructor/ROTC athletic trainer at the University of Central Missouri, where a flourishing ROTC program prepares a battalion of roughly 125 cadets annually. Her ultimate goal: to ensure that every cadet passes a monthly regimented Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) without incurring a debilitating or chronic injury.