FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, NY, received and inventoried their new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) kits on Mar. 12, 2020, at the Fort Drum Force Integration Facility.
The ACFT is the U.S. Army's new physical fitness test that will better connect fitness with combat readiness for all Soldiers. This kit will allow units the opportunity to incorporate this new equipment into their existing physical readiness training programs.
"We are getting these kits so that our units can start training up for the new ACFT and so they can ultimately start conducting their own tests in the future," said Warrant officer Nicholas Ayers, a Property Account Technician for the 10th MDSB.
These new kits consist of:
Nylon sleds with pull straps
10 lb Medicine ball
The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) distributes these kits world-wide to ensure the successful implementation of the test.
"We go to all locations throughout the Army and facilitate the Force Modernization to make sure the equipment is serviceable and there is no issue with the distribution," said Sgt. 1st. Class George Madison, the TACOM Field and Materiel Representative from the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan.
The ACFT is designed to replace the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) with a gender- and age-neutral assessment that will more closely align with the physical demands Soldiers will face in combat. Field tests for the ACFT have already begun, and by October 2020, all Regular Army, Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers will be required to take the test for record.
Staff Sgt. Dylan Damiano, a unit supply specialist from the 110th Composite Truck Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, "We don't currently have any of this equipment at the company, so this will be really beneficial for me and my Soldiers to help train up for the ACFT."
The 10th MDSB received 53 ACFT kits which will be distributed across the formation down to the company level.