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Can I Be Flagged For Failing An APFT While Deployed?

Situation a soldier takes a for record PT test and passed, then while deployed takes another for record PT test and fails (he was sick). There were only 40 days between both tests. Can this Soldier be flagged?

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Short Answer

Based on the information you provided the Soldier cannot be flagged nor could they be tested for the 2nd for record test.

Discussion

There must be at least four months separation between for record APFT. AR 350-1 states:

G-9m(2) Commanders may administer the APFT as often as they wish; however, they must specify beforehand when the results are for record. AA and AGR Soldiers will take the APFT twice each calendar year. A minimum of 4 months will separate record tests. Soldiers that require make-up testing or re-testing for an APFT failure are exempt from the 4-month rule. 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. Soldiers requiring make-up testing will be scheduled in accordance with the unit Standard Operating Procedures. Soldiers requiring re-testing for an APFT failure will be scheduled as prescribed in paragraph G–9.m.(6) of this regulation.

Based on the information in AR 350-1 the Soldier should not be flagged.  The best method for resolving this issue is to put together a timeline of the facts and support them with the reference above.  Then consider making an appointment with the CDR/1SG on open door policy and in a professional and unemotional manner present your argument and your recommended solution.

Again based on the information you provided I see no reason for the Soldier to be flagged and believe this is an easy issue to resolve.

 

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