It’s great being here at VMI. We train the Cadre, so we want to kind of see if our training held firm. It looks like
it is. It’s good for VMI because they’re kind of leading the way across
all the universities in regards to cadet command because I don’t think
any other school was chosen as a field test battalion, so VMI leads the way. What we’re doing is the first iteration for cadets for the ACFT. There’s a rough draft of what the Army Combat Fitness Test is right now and we’re validating that throughout the Army between now and October 1st of 2019. We’re the only ROTC unit in the nation to be a part of the test. It’s an Army-wide test for determining the future for the ACFT. Up till now what we’ve done is we’ve validated our MS 4’s, which are our 1st classmen,
and they’re going to be our graders. The Army cadre members, all we’re doing is we’ve set up the fields and given the equipment, but turned it over to the MS 4’s who actually grade the tests for the cadets. Overall, I definitely do like the new tests. It’s something different. APFT was kind of short. You just got push-ups, sit-ups, and the two-mile run. Here we see a lot more different exercises that we can test. It definitely smoked me a bit. It was something new, something to adapt to. The ACFT is six events. The first is the three-rep max for the deadlift. The second event is the backwards ball
toss. It’s a 10-pound ball. You can squat down to get more power. You can even jump in the air, as long as you do not cross the white line.
If you touch or cross the white line, that throw will not count. The third event is the hand-release push-up. The fourth event is the sprint-
drag-carry. The fifth event is the knee tuck, and the sixth event is the two-mile run, and they’ll have about 70 minutes to complete this entire test. It allowed us to really show off our athleticism as cadets, rather than simply testing the
two-mile, the push-ups, and the sit-ups. Having the ball toss today and
different variations of sprints and pulls, and then finishing off with the
two-mile allowed us to display what we as future officers need to have in the field. Things I did like about it was the circuit—definitely something different. I feel like it really did work my upper body a lot more, I know, and the new hand release push-ups, I had to really focus on form . I lost a couple reps there, but I’m learning the form as I go. But, overall, I’m excited for the new direction, and I can’t wait to start leading a platoon as an officer.