By Sgt. Jeremiah T. MeaneyJanuary 14, 2019
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The Army unveiled the Army Combat Fitness Test and it is currently being field tested at military installations and units.
The 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Military Intelligence Brigade field tests the Army Combat Fitness Test. The training led by the Army Combat Fitness Test mobile training team from Fort Jackson, S.C. trained level-three certified Soldiers in order to train Soldiers of the unit on the proper form, technique, scoring and evaluation of the six-event Army Combat Fitness Test.
Beginning October 2020, all Soldiers will be required to take the new gender- and age-neutral test. As of now, field testing allows the Army to refine the test, with initial plans for up to 40,000 Soldiers from all three components to see it.
"Now the current test I would argue there are many folks that find it easy to do the maximum standard." said Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, commander of the Army's Center of Initial Military Training. "In the new test, the Army Combat Fitness Test, it is gender and age neutral. It is harder to do but it's not undo-able and it's a better test of fitness for what we do, our occupation, which is Soldiers on the battlefield in combat," said Frost.
The 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, and Expeditionary Force conducts multidiscipline intelligence operations in support of echelons corps and below, providing down ward reinforcing capabilities to the Division, Brigade Combat Teams and other formations. The Brigade and Battalion Headquarters are designed to receive, integrate, employ and sustain intelligence enterprise capabilities in support of Corps, Division and Joint Task Force Commanders.