For a PT test to count as a record PT test the Commander must specify beforehand if the test is for record. It does not matter if you are in a deployed or garrison environment. The reference for this information is AR 350-1, page:12, para: 1-24e(2) which states:
Commanders may administer the APFT as often as they wish; however, they must specify beforehand when the results are for record. The AA and Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) Soldiers will take the APFT at least twice each calendar year. A minimum of 4 months will separate record tests if only two record tests are given. The intent is for the Active Army and the AGR Soldiers to take a record APFT every 6 months. Mission requirements often prevent the even spacing of record tests. Therefore, commanders are encouraged to test Soldiers for record as close to the record test window as possible.
If you are in a combat environment ALARACT 163-2003 clearly states for Soldiers deployed and unable to take an APFT the following statement will be placed on the evaluation report. ” Soldier was unable to take the APFT during this period due to deployment for combat operations/contingency operations. However the lack of an APFT within the last 12 months of the thru date does not preculde comments on the Soldier’s physical condition.