FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Students at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE) Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA) took the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) this week as part of the “ACFT week”.
For the past two years, the NCOA has administered diagnostic ACFTs to its students in an effort to collect test data, which has been reported to the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
On October 1, 2022, the Army directed that all professional military education schools must require a passing ACFT score as either an entry requirement or a graduation requirement. The USIACoE’s NCOA now requires all students to pass an ACFT before they are allowed to graduate. This week, the NCOA held ACFT records for the first cohorts of the Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course of FY23.
According to NCOA 1st Sgt. Cherese Brumer, students show more effort and focus when taking the ACFT than when it was not necessary to graduate. The last two course cycles had a failure rate of about 10%, but by the middle of the ACFT week of this cycle, everyone who had taken the test had passed.
“It’s usually loud,” Brumer said, pointing to the students taking the test. “You can tell everyone has this intense focus to make sure they succeed.”
The ACFT is generally considered by many soldiers to be more of a social experiment than the Army’s previous registration test, the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). During the APFT, soldiers queuing for the tests were often told to stand with their backs to the soldiers taking the test and to be quiet in line so the soldiers could hear their grader. In contrast, it is not uncommon for soldiers to watch each other complete ACFT events and cheer and cheer each other on.
Despite the added pressure of having to pass the test, the atmosphere during ACFT week was still very positive.
“I feel like there’s a little less banter and flippancy,” said NCOA cadre staff sergeant. Kevin Doss. “But I feel like they still appreciate it.”
sergeant. Victoria Conner, a student at 35F Advanced Leader Course, said she preferred the ACFT to the APFT.
“My overall opinion is that’s fair,” Conner said.
As a petite woman, she didn’t think it would ever be possible for her to achieve a maximum score under the old proposed gender and age neutral standards, but Conner thinks the age and gender ranges current ones make it fairer for everyone. of age and sex.
Conner’s only criticism of the test concerned the controversial plank event. “I wish the leg tuck was still an option,” she said.
Despite struggling with the seated APFT event after pregnancy, Conner said she was able to do leg tucks and felt motivated to improve her score.
“The plank – I max it out easily,” she said. “I seek to progress, not to remain stagnant on one thing.”
Under the old APFT standard, it was common for physically fit soldiers to achieve the maximum score of 300. Due to the greater variety of modalities tested by the ACFT, fewer soldiers achieved the maximum score of 600 at the new test.
sergeant. Martinez Munos, who came from Germany to attend the 35G Advanced Leader Course, said that he used to easily max out the APFT but had not yet maxed out the ACFT. When asked if it affected his confidence before the test, he said no because he knew he could pass.
“It’s easy,” Munos said.
|Date posted:||17.11.2022 12:36|
|Location:||FORT HUACHUCA, Arizona, USA|
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