Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F)
Like any professional team, the U.S. Army is always seeking new ways to better itself, or increase it’s readiness, in order to maintain an advantage over our competition. The individual Soldier is the most important component of maintaining this edge. In 2020, the U.S. Army published the Holistic Health and Fitness System which revolutionized how it looks at individual and unit readiness and provides a framework for leaders to increase their abilities.
Physical readiness is a cornerstone of Soldier readiness, and by extension, Army readiness. As one of the five domains of the Army Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) System, physical readiness is the ability to meet the physical demands of any duty or combat role.
In 2020, the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) was replaced with the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). The scoring of this test is based solely on your occupation (or job) within the military and unlike the APFT, no longer accounts for gender or age. Below are references to the new health and fitness Field Manual and its two Army Techniques Publications as well as the references for determining your desired occupation’s Physical Demands Category.
*Cadets are required to pass the ACFT at a moderate difficulty prior to completion of BOLC A (commissioning source), but must achieve the standard for their branch by the completion of BOLC B (branch specific training).