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I Just Returned From Deployment- How Long Do I Have to Prepare For The APFT?

My unit returned from deployment in December. We were administered an APFT test in February. I was flagged in June. Is there something I can do to have this flag removed.

Company Command: The Bottom Line - Army Leadership Guide

AR 350-1 specific states:

Appendix G-9g.Physical readiness testing gives Soldiers an incentive to stay in good physical condition and allows commanders a means of assessing the physical readiness levels of their units. Accordingly, all AA and RC Soldiers must be able to pass the APFT at any time, except upon return from deployment. Following redeployment, Soldiers will be administered a record APFT no earlier than three months for AA and 6 months for RC Soldiers


Based on the information provided it appears you may have been tested prematurely.

With regard to your comment about the flag action you should have been flagged immediately after failing the APFT. However it is possible to flag an individual later due to administrative oversight.

I would encourage you to put together the facts of your case and approach you command in a calm, factual and professional manner. If you were tested during the non testing period your command should invalidate the test and remove the flag as an erroneous flag any opportunities that you may have missed based on the imposition of the flag should be corrected as if the flag was never implemented.




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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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