Saturday, May 15, 2021

Nearly Half of Female Soldiers Still Failing New Army Fitness Test, While Males Pass Easily; Fitness Test Tanks 44% of Female Soldiers; Failure Rate for Men at 7%

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Nearly Half of Female Soldiers Still Failing New Army Fitness Test, While Males Pass Easily:
More than seven months after the official launch of the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, nearly half of female soldiers are still falling short, with enlisted women struggling the most, has learned. The data again raises questions about whether the Army's attempt to create a fitter force is creating more barriers to success for women.
Internal Army figures from April show 44% of women failed the ACFT, compared to 7% of men since Oct. 1. "Female soldiers continue to lag male soldier scores in all events," according to a United States Army Forces Command briefing obtained by
FORSCOM data includes the results of 106,000 ACFTs taken in the first half of fiscal 2021. This amounts to 27% of women and 36% of men in the force who also have scores logged into the Army's database, meaning the data could potentially be incomplete. FORSCOM tracks 3,400 new fitness tests per week on average.
The Army remains in a beta phase for the ACFT. Until March 2022, scores on the test will not affect soldiers' careers; officials have said they may implement additional changes before then, including gender-specific standards. --->READ MORE HERE
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Army's combat fitness test tanks 44% of female soldiers; failure rate for men at 7%:
The U.S. Army’s new fitness test is proving to be a grind for female soldiers.
Data obtained by shows 44% of women failing the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) during the first half of the fiscal year.
Roughly 7% of male soldiers have failed the test 600-point test (360 required to pass), which includes events such as the deadlift, standing power throw, hand-release push-ups, sprint-drag-carry, leg tucks and the two-mile run.
“The ACFT — as part of the Army’s overall physical readiness program — continues to evolve, reduce injuries and empower Soldiers to perform basic Soldier tasks,” a FORSCOM spokesman told “The ACFT is in a transitional period. Data already shows that the ACFT is a better measure of a Soldier’s ability to successfully complete combat-related warrior tasks and battle drills.” --->READ MORE HERE
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