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 Deployment and Military Women's Fitness

Last Updated: March 30, 2022
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​Army Fitness and Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)

What does military fitness mean? The Army measures fitness in two ways to meet Department of Defense Fitness and Body Composition requirements (DoDI 1308.03)​.External Link

  1. You must meet Army standards for Body Composition​External Link​ based on height-for-weight or Body Fat standards.  (NOTE: The recent DoD policy update means there may be some allowances to slightly exceeding body composition standards if a service member scores exceptionally high on the fitness test – Army policy on this is pending.)
  2. You must pass the Army’s physical fitness test – the newest test is the Army Combat Fitness Test.

What is the ACFT?External Link A final revision of the 6-event ACFT was posted 23 March 2022​External Link – of its six events, the plank now replaces the leg tuck, and it has gender- and age-adjusted standards. A 2.5-mile walk may be used as alternate to the run. The ACFT includes 6 events (dead lift, standing power throw, hand-release push up, sprint-drag-carry, plank, and 2-mile run), and officially replaces the 40-year old Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), a 3-event test (push up, sit up, 2-mile run), as of Oct 2022. Going from the 3-test APFT to the ACFT has been a big change for some during the last 3 years of its development​External Link – however, basic tactics for preventing injuries associated with the ACFTExternal Link​ are the same.​

How can I safely train when pregnant or after pregnancy? The Army's Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) program provides female Soldiers a standardized exercise regimen to safely maintain fitness and includes alternatives to ACFT training until it is safe to return to routine Soldier physical training.

How can I avoid injury when training for the new ACFT?External Link​ ALL Soldiers should very gradually learn proper forms of the new tests before increasing weights, speeds, or repetitions. Read this article and train safely!

​Article: Why fitness matters - reviewing history of Army fitness testingExternal Link 


Deployment Health

Are you ready? In addition to Army fitness requirements, Soldiers need to be injury free and mentally healthy. The annual Health of the Force (HoF) Reports provides statistics on health conditions that hinder readiness.

How do I maintain hygiene in the field? Promoting Women's Health in Austere Environments.

What were your exposures? Periodic Environments and Occupational Monitoring Summaries (POEMS) summarize conditions at various deployment sites. If you have concerns about possible exposures to chemical warfare agents or burn pits, see this site for information and registries.


Injury Prevention for Military Women

How can you avoid injury? Women may be more prone to certain injuries such as stress fractures - low weight, poor nutrition, and poor fitness can increase risk. Read here for tips to reduce your risk.