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APRT And ACRT | New PT Tests Will Be More Combat Related And More Interesting


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Here’s a closer look at the newest revisions of the Army’s physical fitness programs. Recently the old-school PT program was replaced with The Army Physical Readiness Training. TC 3-22.20 is the guidance document and is available for instant download HERE.

Overview of New PT Tests:

The new APRT has five events:

* 60-yard shuttle run measures lower body muscular strength and anaerobic power, assessing speed, agility and coordination
* One-minute rower (variation of a sit-up) measures total body muscular endurance and assesses total body coordination
* Standing long jump measures lower body muscular strength and assesses lower body power
* One-minute push-up measures upper body muscular endurance and assesses trunk stability
* 1.5-mile run measures lower body muscular endurance and aerobic capacity and assesses speed stability

The new ACRT has five events:

* 400-meter run assesses upper body muscular endurance and anaerobic power, coordination, speed and stability
* Individual movement techniques assess upper and lower body muscular endurance, agility, balance, coordination, speed and stability
* Ammo-can shuttle sprint assesses total body muscular strength and endurance, agility, coordination, speed, stability and power
* Casualty drag assesses total body muscular strength and endurance, agility, coordination, speed, stability and power
* Agility sprint assesses lower body anaerobic power, speed and power

Will these changes lead to more non-combat training injuries, or will it actually improve the readiness of our combat troops?

If implemented properly with NCO’s truly buying in to the program and following good Composite Risk Management, I think this new program will be a huge improvement in helping soldiers perform in combat. Honestly, it’s about time the Army started to catch up with the rest of the fitness world. Like athletes who train for their sport, soldiers need to train for theirs too.



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