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NEWS | Aug. 24, 2022

MEDCoE hosts Army Combat Fitness Test discussion panel

By Jose Rodriguez U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Clark Charpentier, U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence Command Sergeant Major, hosted a panel to discuss the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, in Blesse Auditorium at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Aug. 11.

On the panel were Lt. Col. Kayla Ramotar, Holistic, Health and Fitness subject matter expert; Staff Sgt. Kiara Wheeler, Master Fitness Trainer; 1st Sgt. Greg Rios, Company A, 264th Medical Battalion; and Sgt. 1st Class Ray Cheers, Senior Drill Sergeant, 32dd Medical Brigade.

The panel addressed questions from the in-person audience and online attendees watching on Facebook live over a variety of AFCT topics.

Starting April 1, 2022, the U.S. Army began implementing the ACFT as the Army’s general physical fitness test for personnel actions. The Army will incorporate the ACFT into personnel policies in a time-phased, deliberate manner to ensure all Soldiers can train and adjust to the new event and scoring scales before scores are used for personnel actions.

Soldiers began taking diagnostic tests with the revised ACFT in April 2022. Record scores for the Regular Army commence in October 2022, giving active duty Soldiers six months to train for the revised test. Record scores for the National Guard and Army Reserve commence in April 2023, giving Reserve Component Soldiers a year to train for the revised test.