APG to Get More ACFT Equipment
By Jon Bleiweis, APG NewsJune 5, 2020
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The COVID-19 pandemic and HPCON Charlie will not stop APG Soldiers from achieving physical fitness readiness in preparation for the Army Combat Fitness Test, as the installation is set to receive 26 Sorinex ACFT kits next week.The kits, which include about 800 pounds of weights, will be given to tenant units on the installation and give the units the organic ability to administer the test.“The team continues to provide critical capabilities and support during COVID-19 operations to ensure all Soldiers across APG can meet their fitness requirements,” said Col. Timothy Druell, APG garrison commander. “I am excited that we now have greater capability to perform fitness outside and not be gym-constrained. Fielding of the ACFT equipment is just another step forward to ensure the readiness of all our formations.”“What this does is it gives the unit more of a capability to train and get ready for the test,” added Capt. Matthew McDuffie, commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company at the APG garrison.The APG North (Aberdeen) fitness center received upgrades earlier this year, when $350,000 of functional fitness equipment was installed in its gymnasium.The gym reopened May 15 for APG service members, with restrictions in place.The ACFT has been administered since Oct. 1, 2019, for all Soldiers entering initial military training. Soldiers at APG had been required to take two not-for-record ACFTs before October 2020, when the ACFT was scheduled to be the Army’s fitness test of record, however, as of now, ACFT diagnostic testing requirements are suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Soldiers are encouraged to continue training for the ACFT, in the interim.Timing for the administration of the ACFT remains on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McDuffie said.