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Can my Commander give us an APFT test every quarter?

Our commander is giving our unit a PT Test every quarter. Is this acceptable?

Technically yes, this is within regulation. While I would consider administering the test quarterly to be a little excessive, the regulation gives each commander the ability to administer the APFT as often as he or she wishes to do so. If only two tests are taken a year, they must be separated by at least four months. This requirement does not apply when the test is administered four times a year.

AR 350-1:

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.

posted on 05/16/2012 under Q&A
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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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  • SFC T

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    CSM great info

    Can you shed any light on when a command uses this to harass a particular Soldier especially after the Soldier has passed their APFT and the unit is preventing the Soldier from transferring out to another unit

  • manny mayweather

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    Good piece – I was enlightened by the information – Does anyone know where I can get a sample DA 638 document to edit ?

    • Mark Gerecht

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      Manny,
      Check the Army Publishing Directorate Website under forms. Our you can check out AWARD QUICK. It is a program that helps you write awards. There is also a book called the writer that can help with the process. You can find these products on our sister site: Mentormilitary.com

  • Part-Time-Commander

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    I don’t see the value in doing this many “record” APFTs in one training year. Giving a diagnostic APFT might be a wiser decision. But each commander has the authority to do make their own judgement call.

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