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Can a Commander give an unannounced FOR RECORD APFT test?

My Commander is giving unannounced FOR RECORD APFT tests. We just took a FOR RECORD APFT test 2 months ago and he just gave us another one today. He is not announcing the test or giving us any time to prepare. We just show up to PT formation and guess what...today we are taking a For RECORD APFT Test. This cant be legal. Top can a Commander just arbitrarily decide to give a FOR RECORD APFT test with no notice?

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NOTE: We have received several questions concerning unannounced FOR RECORD APFTs.  This response was posted in a previous Q&A but was buried deep in a chain of responses.  It was important enough that I thought we should give the response its own Q&A for clarity.
If the Commander requires more than two APFT test a year there is no separation requirement.  The purpose of the 4 month separation clause is to prevent Soldiers from taking advantage of the system and lets say a Soldier takes 2 Record APFTs in 3 months then the Soldier does not have to take a PT for at least another 10 months.  Basically the separation clause is designed to ensure that Soldiers remain physically fit during the entire year.

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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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