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The running track off Patton Road is getting some upgrades.

The Directorate of Public Works will begin the demo work and reconstruction of the facility July 19.

The upgrades are needed to give Soldiers the tools they need to pass the new Army Combat Fitness Test.

“The Army has always valued physical fitness,” Garrison’s Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Jimenez said. “It’s an important part of the Army’s readiness strategy, and it’s vital that we provide our uniformed service members with the resources they need to meet the new standards set by the Army.”

According to the Army, the ACFT 3.0 consists of six events: 3-repetition maximum deadlift, standing power throw, hand-release push-ups, sprint-drag-carry, leg tuck or plank and a 2-mile run.

The upgrades to the Patton Road track include the resurfacing of the track, the addition of lanes for the sprint-drag-carry, and the addition of designated exercise spaces which will make it easier to use some of the equipment that’s located at the site.

The new fitness standards went into effect in April and Soldiers began training for the new test in October 2019.

The Army recently funded $78 million for base equipment for the ACFT and distributed Armywide at no cost to the local posts.

Two changes in the new ACFT are the inclusion of the plank as an alternative to the leg tuck and the establishment of an evaluation system with performance categories that may be used to proportionally tier ACFT performance according to gender.

Soldiers performance on the test will fall into one of five proposed performance categories: platinum, for those who score in the 1% of their gender group; gold, for those who score in the top 10%; silver, for those who score in the top 25%; bronze for those who are in the top 50%; and green, for Soldiers who meet the minimum requirements, which is 60 points on each event for a total score of at least 360.

For more information about the test visit www.army.mil/acft or download the ACFT PRT App, which is available for Android and IOS devices.

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