Army suspends requirement of passing new fitness test for initial entrance training graduation
WASHINGTON — New soldiers and recruits will not have to pass a fitness test to graduate from the Army’s enlisted, officer or warrant officer initial entrance training programs for at least one year, service officials said Tuesday.
The Army’s Center for Initial Military Training temporarily axed the requirement that soldiers and recruits pass the new Army Combat Fitness Test to complete initial training programs, said Megan Reed, a spokeswoman for the Fort Eustis, Va.- based CIMT. Suspension of the fitness test requirement — long a standard prerequisite for completing such training — will remain in place at least through Sept. 30, the end of the 2021 fiscal year.
In late 2019, the Army began requiring trainees pass the six-event ACFT to graduate from initial entrance training courses. But the service allowed them to pass