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Date: November 13, 2019.
Doing the Minimum on the Army’s New PT Test Score Chart
With the army switching to the Army Combat Fitness Test [ACFT], you may be curious as to what are the minimum standards? Even though we be aware, the minimum standards are not where you’re trying to shoot for but sometimes people just want to know what they definitely have to do better than and that’s what we’re going to talk about in this video.
What’s up my friends? Welcome to another video. In this one we are going to be talking about the minimum standards for the new Army Combat Fitness Test or the ACFT. Now before we kind of get into this, I always hear people saying that the minimum standard is not what you want to do. I know that. Everybody knows that in the army. People know that you shouldn’t just try to do whatever the passing score is and then just stop.
Don’t just try for Minimum on the New PT Test Score Chart
You’re trying to push yourself. You’re trying to do the most possible, trying to score the highest. So, these are the minimum standards so you at least know maybe before you join the army of what you need to do better than, whatever you want to kind of use this as the baseline but this is the baseline to give you an idea of what the minimum standards of at least passing the test is going to be for possibly your situation of trying to take the ACFT.
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Army’s 3 Tiers to the PT Test
Now there are three different tiers on the ACFT. It’s much different than the APFT – the Army Physical Fitness Test, where you had based on your gender, based on your age and all that kind of stuff. This one’s a little bit different. They have these three tiers and what tier you fall into just kind of depends.
Now I haven’t still seen really anything kind of concrete explanation as far as how they’re kind of doing it. Originally, they were testing it based on the unit you’re in. Then they’re going to test it based on your MOS [Army Enlisted Military Occupational Specialties] and then it kind of all seems like a hybrid.
Where sometimes it goes based on your MOS and sometimes it goes based on the unit you’re in. So, it’s really kind of confusing but I’ll try my best based on the knowledge that I have to try to give you an idea what tier you might have fall in.
There was this chart that I did find online. I don’t know how update this chart is but it does kind of give a little bit of understanding as to who is in what category for the minimum standards.
Gold, Gray and Black Levels on the New Army Score Chart
So, those three standards are your moderate, significant and heavy; also, sometimes referred to as Gold, Gray or Black. People in that Gold category or that moderate category might be your dental specialist, your ammunition specialist, some air traffic controllers, fire control repairers – individuals in those kinds of MOSs.
Then it goes up to Grey or your significant MOSs. Those things like rocket system crewman, military police, combat medics, petroleum supply specialist and other MOSs similar to that. And you have your highest one which is the Black or the heavy. These are infantry, these are Rangers, these are combat engineers, your motor transportation operators.
That’s right, that’s 80 mike, I would have been held to this higher standard of the Black one. Then you also have your Calvary Scouts, your cannon artillery individuals and other MOSs similar to those ones.
MOS Physical Demands
So that chart kind of makes it sound like it’s more MOS kind of specific. So, if that’s what they go off of then that’s what it might be. But I’ve also seen some explanations that Kind of can put some individuals even if you’re maybe in that Gold standard, depending on the unit you’re in you could still be held to the higher standard because of the unit you’re in. So, it’s still really confusing, I think.
But ideally, if you just shoot for above that Black standard or the heavy standard then you should be good. But let me give you a little bit of a baseline for each of these levels and what the minimum requirements are to at least pass at that level.
So, I’m going to be explaining it based on the exercise. So, I’ll start off with the first exercise of the 6 events you have to do and what the standards are for both the Gold, Gray and Black and then move on to the next exercise for each category as well.
Now, before we get into the standards I have heard some people saying that they’ve changed the standards and everything like that. I can really only go off of what the army kind of provides and the most official one as of 1 October 2019 is this scorecard that I’m going to go off of here for what the requirements are. If it’s changed after 1 October of 2019 then it may be a little bit different. But this is the one that the official US Army website actually shows as the current standard.
All Events on the New Army PT Test Score Chart
Three Rep Max Deadlift
So, we’re starting off with that three-repetition deadlift where you’re going to have to lift this weight three times consecutively. In order for it to count you’re going to do it twice. Whichever of those two attempts is the best one is the one that actually counts for record. So, let’s talk about the minimum to pass that event.
For your moderate or Gold standard that is going to be 140 pounds; significant or Gray that is going to be 180 pounds and for your Black or heavy category, that is going to be 200 pounds if you want to pass that event.
Standing Power Throw Standards
Next, you move to that power throw which is your two attempts of throwing this 10-pound medicine ball behind your back the farthest you can possibly throw it. For your moderate or Gold that is going to be 4.5 meters; for your significant or Gray that is going to be 6.5 meters and for your heavy or Black that is going to be 8 meters to pass.
Hand Release Push Up
The next event we have is the hand release push up. I know they’ve moved it to like that T-style push up but they still call it the hand release push up regardless if they’re doing the simple like hand lifting one or the T-1 which the T-1 is the one they’ve moved to but they still call it the hand release push-up. They don’t call it the T-push up at least not according to the scorecards anyways.
So, for the moderate or Gold standard you’re going to have to at least do 10; for the Gray or significant to pass you’re going to have to at least do 20 and for the Black or heavy standard you’re going to have to at least do 30.
Sprint Drag Carry
Next you have the sprint drag carrier which involves multiple things: running, dragging a sled with some weights and some kettle bells. But let’s talk about the standards for that one to pass. So, if you’re a moderate or Gold standard you’re going to have to do that event in at least 3 minutes; for your Gray or significant you’re going to have to do that at least 2 minutes and 30 seconds and then for your Black or heavy category at least 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
Next, you have the controversial leg tuck event where you have to hold on to a bar and bring your thighs up to your knees and do as many as you possibly can. The minimum standard for the Gold or the moderate level is going to be 1 leg tuck; the minimum for your significant or Gray is going to be 3 leg tucks and if you fall in the heavy category or the Black category you have to at a minimum do 5 leg tucks.
2 Mile Run
The sixth and final event is your 2-mile run. For your moderate or Gold standard you’re going to at least have do 21 minutes; for your significant or Gray you’re going to at least do 19 minutes and for your heavy or Black you’re going to have to run the 2 miles in at least 18 minutes.
Chris Recaps the New Army PT Test Score Chart
So those are the very minimum standards for each of the three tiers just to pass the test. Again, I’m stressing it to you because you may still hear about in the comments of the minimum is not what you’re shooting for, we get it. We know the minimum is not what you’re shooting for, you’re trying to do your best you possibly can.
Ideally, you’re trying to get 100 points in each event. Some of those may be really hard to get 100 points in that event gut ideally, it’s what you’re trying to strive for. You’re not trying to just oh, I only have to do you know 18 minutes for my 2-mile run so I’m just gonna shoot for that. No, you’re trying to go as fast as you can. So, that’s just a baseline of what is considered passing and you should try to strive to move past that but this just gives you that baseline.
Better Get Ready!
So hopefully that’s somewhat helpful for those of you that maybe you’re getting ready to go off to basic training, maybe someone who’s currently in the army wand was looking to take the ACFT soon and just wasn’t aware of what the kind of standards are and kind of trying to evaluate where you might be and what you need to strive to go beyond or whatever.
But this is just kind of to help those individuals out because I’ve seen some people curious about what are the minimum standards? What are the standards for the different categories? And all that kind of stuff in the comments section. So hopefully this kind of helps those individuals out.
Comments for Chris
Down the comments section, do you have an event that you’re kind of worried about? That you feel like they you’re gonna have to do a lot more preparation to be able to meet those standards to go beyond those standards and do well on the ACFT? I’d Love to hear about it down in the comment section whether you’re currently in the Army, a veteran and maybe it’s just kind of looking back at this and thinking what if I had to take this ACFT? Or individuals that are looking to join the army here soon.
For me, I was always really crappy at pushups. I feel like that hand release push-up would be fairly difficult for me trying to do that because I just wasn’t very good at push-ups in general anyways. The other events, I wouldn’t be necessarily too worried about. I think I’d be okay with kind of working on it. But it just comes out of practice and kind of training for the type of event to get better.
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So, since the push-ups I guess would be my weakness and you trying to strive for 100% or 100 points that’s 60 hand release push-ups so, let me get started on that. I’m working on it, I guess at least. Thanks for watching. I’m Christopher Chaos, see you next time, see you.
How to Perform Exercises on New Army PT Test Score Chart
1) The 3 Repetition Maximum Deadlift
Soldiers move to the lane with a hex bar loaded with the soldiers target weight for the three repetition maximum deadlift event. A grader takes a soldier scoring card DA Form 705.
On the command of “get set” the soldier steps into the bar and assumes the straddle stance with ankle centered inside the hex bar and aligned with the midpoint of the hex bar handles the soldier will bend at the knees and hips reaching down to grasp the center of the handles. Arms should be straight, back flat, head in line with the spine or neck. Slightly extended and feet flat on the floor.
Any preparatory movements are performed at this point to include; setting shoulder, hand, and foot positions. While firmly gripping the bar and while keeping the spine straight the soldier will straighten the knees hips and trunk lifting the weight until reaching an upright stance.
After a short pause in the upright position, the soldier lowers the weight under control until it rests on the ground. This movement is repeated two more times to complete the event. If the soldier fails to lift three times successfully, he or she will move to a lighter weight for one more attempt.
2) The Standing Power Throw
Start the exercise in the straddle stance holding a weighted ball in both hands. Face away from the direction of the throw. The grader checks that both of the soldier’s feet remain behind the start line throughout the event.
The grader checks that the lane is clear and the score is ready. The soldier performs several preparation movements prior to throwing the ball.
These movements may include flexing the knees and hips, while lowering the ball towards the ground before moving it overhead. While firmly gripping the ball, forcefully extend the legs and trunk and arms before throwing the ball backwards over the head.
The soldier’s feet may leave the ground but they cannot cross the start line the start line. The zero point on the tape measure is positioned and from there the throw is measured. After one practice throw, the soldier repeats the throw two more times. The longest throw counts for record.
3) HAND-RELEASE PUSH-UP
A starting position for the hand release push up is the prone position with hands flat on the ground beneath the shoulders. Feet will be together or up to boot width apart. The head will be off the ground, arms may be away from the trunk.
On the command “go” the first movement performed is a push up from the ground and to the front leaning rest position. This movement ends when both elbows are fully extended, The legs and the trunk must leave the ground at the same time as one unit The legs, trunk and head must remain in a straight line throughout the exercise.
The second movement is a return to the starting position. The third movement is the hand release. Without moving the head, body or legs. The soldier will lift both hands from the ground at the same time a clear gap between the palms and the ground must be visible to the grader.
So that the grader knows that the soldier has released his or her hands from the ground, The fourth movement occurs as the hands returned to the ground under the shoulders. This fourth movement completes one repetition of the hand release push-up.
4) The Sprint-Drag-Carry
On the command of “go” the soldier moves quickly from the prone starting position to sprint down to the turnaround line. At the turnaround line the soldier must touch at, or beyond the line with a hand before sprinting back to the start line to complete the first lap.
The second lap is a backward drag of a 90 pound sled. At the start line the soldier grasps the sled strap handles and moves backwards quickly down to the turnaround line at the turnaround line the whole sled must cross the line before the soldier is allowed to move back to the start line.
The third lap is the lateral. The same exercise performed in military movement drill one. The soldier will move to the left, going out on the lap, and to the right when coming back. The soldier must remain slightly crouched with the hands positioned palms out in front of the chest. The soldier’s feet must not cross, and must remain parallel to each other and perpendicular to the direction of travel.
The Sprint-Drag-Carry Cont…
The soldier can move quickly. Bounding from the ground but must maintain hand and feet positions at the turnaround line. The soldier must touch the line with the left hand before performing the lateral to the right to return to the start line. The fourth lap is a loaded carry with a 40 pound kettlebell in each hand. The soldier moves quickly down the lane before touching the turnaround line with either the left or right foot. The soldier returns to the start line with the kettlebells; Placing, not dropping them on the ground to complete the fourth lap. The fifth and final lap is a sprint. Touching with either hand at the turnaround line before sprinting back to complete the 250 meter event. Soldiers times are taken as they cross the line.
5) The Leg Tuck
The starting position for the Leg Tuck is the straight arm hang. Using the alternating grip with the body perpendicular to the bar, feet are off the ground and uncrossed so that the soldier is prepared to land safely on the ground if he or she drops from the bar. The soldier must return under control to the start position in order for the repetition to count the soldier’s body should remain perpendicular to the bar throughout the motion.
Body movement or swinging should be controlled to a minimum. To replicate actual rope, wall or run controlled movement improves strength skill and safety. If the soldier drops from the bar without pausing in the starting position (the straight arm hang) that final attempt will not count. Soldiers will complete the mandated rest period before they begin the two-mile run
6) The 2 Mile Run Event
The 2 Mile run event will be conducted in the same fashion as all Army 2 Mile Run events.
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