Vermont National Guard Solders’ introduction to the new Army Combat Fitness Test 3.0 required Staff Sgt. Yolande Allen to attend the Master Fitness Trainer School, read numerous regulations, and “memorize Field Manual 7-22, Holistic Health and Fitness,” Allen said . In addition to the duties of the VTARNG ACFT coordinator, Allen is a member of the 40th Army Band.
Allen said VTARNG soldiers had been notified of the ACFT 3.0 walkthroughs via email and an ACFT / Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) newsletter that was sent to the individual commandos and attached to the unit drilling newsletters.
“The newsletters have articles about H2F, mobility exercises, exercises in support of the events in ACFT 3.0, and soldier shout-outs,” said Allen.
As part of the conversion of the VTARNG to the new ACFT 3.0, weekly introductory tours are taking place at Camp Johnson in Colchester, VT. “Usually between five and eight soldiers show up every week,” Allen said.
The next adaptation of ACTF, version 3.0, has four main goals: improving the operational readiness of soldiers and units, transforming the army’s fitness culture, reducing avoidable injuries and wear and tear, and improving mental strength and endurance.
To achieve these goals, ACTF 3.0 includes six disciplines: maximum three-rep deadlift, standing power throw, hand push-ups, sprint-drag-carry, leg tuck or plank, and a two-mile run.
According to Allen, additional ACTF 3.0 classification classes are required to meet the new assessment process.
“Right now we don’t have enough soldiers trained in administration and grading. I want to have at least five soldiers from each unit as Level II trainers by the time we need to have ACFT 3.0 on record to have more grader training courses. ”
Allen also plans to begin weekly ACFT 3.0 Level I grader courses in conjunction with the introductory courses. “I would also like to start with group training courses.”
Trainers need to familiarize themselves with a new grading system that uses gender-specific performance categories to rate ACFT performance proportionally.
Armed with credentials for the ACFT 3.0 grader classes, Allen believes Soldiers are up to the challenge.
“You don’t have to pass the ACFT to grade other participants in the test; you have to attend the course and be familiar with the exercises.”
Everyone admits that not everything went smoothly, it was difficult to find an optimal time for training courses.
“One obstacle we face is soldiers who feel unprepared or who have never passed the exam.”
Another requires considerable preparation to get a passed score. “It’s not like the Army Physical Fitness Test, where you can just take it with you anywhere and anytime, that’s one obstacle, another is the lack of a place for the AFCT in winter.
Allen said these issues will be resolved before the test is recorded. Allen noted a concern and said M-Day soldiers may not receive notification of induction courses.
“There is not enough writing in their military email that they may not know that courses are available.
Everyone already recognizes the benefits of introductory courses: “The soldiers really enjoy the complete solutions, they feel empowered when they pass the events, and know what to work on when they don’t.
Allen holds ACFT walkthroughs in the pull-up bar area of the Camp Johnson training course on Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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|Place:||COLCHESTER, VT, USA|
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