Combat Fitness Test

A Combat Fitness Test was the name given to a test of fitness administered by the British Army (is now known as Annual Fitness Test AFT) and the United States Marine Corps.

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United Kingdom

In the British Army, the Annual Fitness Test is designed to assess soldiers' lower and upper body strength and endurance. The test involves a fast paced march at 15 minutes per mile (brisk walking pace), in full combat gear including the SA80 personal weapon, across rough terrain and roads. The distance covered and the exact weight of the equipment carried depends upon the type of unit, but is usually 6 or 8 miles and 15kg to 25kg dependent on service or arm.

Typically, British Army Infantry units will carry the most weight (25kg). Combat Support Arms (Royal Engineers, Royal Corps of Signals, Intelligence Corps and Royal Artillery) carry a lower amount of weight (20kg). Combat Service Support Arms such as the Army Medical Services, Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Adjutant General's Corps carry the lowest (15kg). Female soldiers carry the same weight as their male counterparts, determined by their cap badge.

United States

In the Marine Corps, the Combat Fitness Test has three events:[1]

  • an 880-yard "Movement to Contact" run in boots and utility pants
  • two minutes of lifting a 30-pound ammo can over the head, earning points for the number done in the time limit
  • the “Maneuver Under Fire” drill is part obstacle course, part conditioning, and part combat test:
    • 25-yard crawl
    • hauling a simulated casualty using two different carries: drag and fireman's carry over 75 yards zigzaging through cones
    • sprint while carrying two 30-pound ammo cans over 75 yards through the same cones
    • throwing a dummy hand grenade into a marked circle 22.5 yards away
    • 3 pushups and a sprint with the ammo cans to the finish line.

This test was implemented in mid-2008 by Commandant of the Marine Corps James T. Conway as a more combat oriented version of, but supplement to, the Physical Fitness Test.

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