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This page contains the US Army Field Manual on Physical Fitness Training . Injuries, Chapter Army Physical Fitness Test. Appendix. Appendix A. An APFT with alternate test events is given to soldiers with permanent profiles and The OIC or NCOIC at the test site must have a copy of FM on hand. FM PHYSICAL FITNESS TRAINING CHAPTER 14 – ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST *This publication supersedes FM , 28 August

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Tape Test Standards Mobile Products All Products. Mobile Products Frequently Asked Questions. The APFT is a three-event physical performance test used to assess muscular endurance and cardiorespiratory CR fitness. It is a simple way to measure a soldier’s ability to effectively move his body by using his major muscle groups and CR system.

Performance on the APFT is strongly linked to the soldier’s fitness level and his ability to do fitness-related tasks. An APFT with alternate test events is given to soldiers with permanent profiles and with temporary profiles greater than three months’ duration.

While the APFT testing is an important tool in determining the physical readiness of individual soldiers and units, it should not be the sole basis for the unit’s physical fitness training.

Commanders at every level must ensure that fitness training is designed to develop physical abilities in a balanced way, not just to help soldiers do well on the APFT. Commanders should use their unit’s APFT results to evaluate its physical fitness level. APFT results may indicate a need to modify the fitness programs to attain higher fitness levels.

However, mission-essential tasks, not the APFT, should drive physical training. Methods of Evaluation Commanders are responsible for ensuring that their soldiers are physically fit AR There are several ways they can assess fitness including the following:.

Identifies soldiers with a risk of coronary heart disease.

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Provides guidelines for safe, regular CR exercise. Gives advice and help in controlling heart-disease risk factors. Uses treadmill testing only for high-risk soldiers who need it. All soldiers, both active and reserve component, must take the APFT for record regardless of age unless prohibited by a medical profile.

For soldiers who reached age 40 on or after 1 Januarythere is no requirement for clearance in the cardiovascular screening program before taking a record APFT.

Soldiers who reached age 40 before 1 January must be cleared through the cardiovascular screening program before taking a record APFT. Prior to their CVSP evaluation, however, they may still take part in physical training to include diagnostic APFTs unless profiled or contraindications to exercise exist.

All soldiers must undergo periodic physical examinations in accordance with AR and NGR aoft These include screening for cardiovascular risk factors.


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When applied to a command, APFT results show a unit’s overall level of physical fitness. However, they are not all-inclusive, overall measures of physical-combat readiness.

To assess this, other physical capabilities must be measured. The APFT does, however, give a commander a sound measurement of the general fitness level of his unit. Service schools, agencies, and units may set performance goals which are above the minimum APFT standards in accordance with their missions AR Individual soldiers are also encouraged to set for themselves a series of ffm higher APFT performance goals.

They should always strive to improve themselves physically and never be content with meeting minimum standards. Competition on the Paft among soldiers or units can also be used to motivate them to improve their fitness levels.

Testing is not a substitute for a regular, balanced exercise program. Diagnostic testing is important in monitoring training progress but, when done too often, may decrease motivation and waste training time. The test period is defined as the period of time which elapses from starting to finishing the three events. It must not take more than two hours.

Soldiers must do all three events in the same test period. Test Administration The APFT must be administered properly and to standard in order to accurately evaluate a soldier’s physical fitness and to be fair to all soldiers.

Test results are used for personnel actions.

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Individual soldiers are not authorized to administer the APFT to themselves for the purpose of satisfying a unit’s diagnostic or record APFT requirement. The supervisor of each event must have the event instructions and standards.

Scorers should have a clipboard and an ink pen to record the results on the soldiers’ scorecards. Two stopwatches are needed. They must be able to measure time in both minutes and seconds. Runners must wear numbers or some other form of identification for the 2-mile run. The numbers may be stenciled or pinned onto pullover vests or sleeveless, mesh pullovers or attached to the runners themselves.

Soldiers should wear clothing that is appropriate for PT such as shorts, T-shirts, socks, and running shoes not tennis shoes. They should not wear basketball shoes or other types of court shoes. BDUs may be worn but may be a hindrance on some events.

Anything that gives a soldier an unfair advantage is not permitted during the APFT.

Wearing devices such as weight belts or elastic bandages may or may not provide an advantage. However, for standardization, such additional equipment is not authorized unless prescribed by medical personnel. The only exception is gloves. They may be worn in cold weather when approved by the local commander. The soldier fills in his name, social security number, grade, age, and sex.

The unit will complete the height and weight data. Scorers record the raw score for each event and initial the results. If a soldier fails an event or finds it difficult to perform, the scorer should write down the reasons and other pertinent information in the comment block.


After the entire APFT has been completed, the event scorer will convert raw scores to point scores using the scoring standards on the back of the scorecards.

Proper supervision ensures uniformity in the following: Training of supervisors and scorers. Preparing the test aft controlling performance factors. Preparations for administering an accurate APFT include the following: Selecting and training supervisors and scorers. Briefing and orienting administrators and participants.

Securing a location for the events. Commanders must strictly control those factors which influence test performance.

They must ensure that events, scoring, clothing, and equipment are uniform. Commanders should plan testing which permits each soldier to perform to his maximal level. They should also ensure the following: Soldiers are not tested when fatigued or ill.

Soldiers do not have tiring duties just apfh taking the APFT. Weather and environmental conditions do not inhibit performance.

Safety is the first consideration. Duties of Test Personnel Testers must be totally familiar with the instructions for each event and trained to administer the tests. Correctly supervising testees and laying out the test area are essential duties. The group administering the test must include the following: Event supervisor, scorers, and a demonstrator for each event. Support personnel safety, control, and medical, as appropriate.

There should be no less than one scorer for each 15 soldiers tested. Twelve to 15 scorers are required when a company-sized unit is tested. Procures all necessary equipment and supplies.

Arranges and lays out the test apct. Trains the event supervisors, scorers, and demonstrators. Training video tape No.

Ensures the test is properly administered and the events are explained, demonstrated, and scored according to the test standards in this chapter. Reports the results after the test. Administer the test events. Ensure that necessary equipment is on hand. Read the test instructions, and have the events demonstrated. Supervise the scoring of events, and ensure that they are done correctly.

Rule on questions and scoring discrepancies for their event. Supervise the performance of testees. Enforce the test standards xpft this chapter. Count the number of correctly per-performed repetitions aloud. Record the correct, raw score on each soldier’s scorecard, and initial the scorecard block. Scorers must be thoroughly trained to maintain uniform scoring standards. They do not participate in the test. The goal of the APFT is to get an accurate evaluation of the soldiers’ fitness levels.