The SAFT (Soldier-Athlete Fitness Assessment) – MTI’s Replacement for the APFT

By Rob Shaul, Founder

 

Last week we outlined our concerns with the proposed Army Combat Readiness Test and proposed our own replacement for the APFT – which we’re calling the Soldier-Athlete Fitness Assessment or SAFT!

After receiving feedback, we tweaked our proposed APFT replacement – and made two changes:

  1. Replaced the loaded pull ups with bodyweight pull ups after receiving several comments that weighted pull ups would be too hard for many soldiers.
  2. Replaced the 6 mile Ruck Run for time with a 3-mile Ruck Run for time to address concerns about the duration of the assessment. Also – dropped the requirement to carry a rifle

 

The benefits of SAFT

Limited Equipment
All that is needed is

  • Pull up bar
  • Issued body armor
  • 40-pound ruck

Fitness Attributes Assessed

  • Upper body strength and strength endurance (Pull Ups and Hand Release Push Ups)
  • Core Strength (Pull Up Bar Heel Tap)
  • Anaerobic power, speed and agility (MTI Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Assessment)
  • Mission-Direct strength and cardiorespiratory endurance (3-mile Ruck for Time)

Easy to Administer and Score
Time limits for the Hand Release Push Ups and Pull Up Bar Heel Taps will move things along. The MTI Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Assessment takes 11 minutes to administer. The 3-mile Ruck at the end will be the longest event – but most athletes should finish within 45 minutes (15 min/miles). Several units, courses, and selections include a 12-mile Ruck Assessment – so a 3-mile assessment is not unreasonable as part of the SAFT.

 

Events

Fitness Attribute

Event

Upper Body Pull Strength

Max Reps Bodyweight Pull Ups Pull Ups in 2 Minutes

Strict Pull Ups – no kipping – full elbow lockout to bottom of chin touching pull up bar. No time limit. Athlete can “rest” in the down position – hanging from the pull up bar. Both hands must remain on the bar at all times.

Upper Body Press Strength

Max Rep Hand Release Push Ups in 60 Seconds 

Hands up to elbows locked out. Body must come up stiff (no midsection sag) – Athlete can “rest” in the down position (laying on the ground)

Core Strength

Max Rep Pull Up Bar Heel Tap in 60 Seconds

No swinging backward in the bottom position. Each rep begins with the athlete hanging still from the pull up bar with his elbows at full lockout and legs hanging straight. Athlete can rest in the down position hanging from the pull up bar.

Mission-Direct Work Capacity

MTI Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Fitness Assessment

Mission-Direct Endurance

3-Mile Ruck Run for Time at 40# Ruck.

Many schools and selections (Ranger, Airborne, SFAS, Expert Infantryman Badge, etc.) use a 10 or 12 mile ruck as part of their initial “gate” assessment or another scored event. For this reason I’ve always wondered why a ruck event was not part of the APFT. The 3-Mile event here will address this. Three miles is shorter than the commonly assessed 10 or 12 miles, and is long enough to separate performances.

 

Protocol

Warm Up:

4 Rounds

1) Max Rep Bodyweight Pull Ups in 2 Minutes

2) Max Rep Hand Release Push Ups in 60 Seconds

3) Max Rep Pull Up Bar Heel Tap in 60 Seconds

4) MTI Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Fitness Assessment (All Athletes Run This together – Entire Event Takes 11 Minutes)

Rest 15 Minutes Before Starting Ruck Run

5) 3 Mile Ruck Run for Time @ 40# ruck (All Athletes Run This together)

 

 Scoring

– 50 Points Total (see chart below)

General Score    Total Points
Poor                     0-20
Good                    21-35
Excellent              36-50

Points

Pull Up Reps

Hand Release Push Up Reps

Pull Up Bar Heel Tap Reps

Work Capacity Assessment Reps

3-Mile Ruck Finish Time

1

0-3

23-25

5

46

45:00 +

2

4-5

26-28

6

47

43:00-44:59

3

6-7

29-31

7

48

41:00-42:59

4

8-9

32-34

8

49

39:00-40:59

5

10-11

35-37

9

50

37:00-38:59

6

12-13

38-40

10

51

35:00-36:59

7

14-15

41-43

11

52

33:00-34:59

8

16-17

44-46

12

53

31:00-32:59

9

18-19

47-49

13

54

29:00-30:59

10

20+

50+

14+

55+

<27:00-28:59

 

Questions, Comments, Feedback? Email rob@mtntactical.com

 


Original Article: 7 Major Problems With the Proposed Army Combat Readiness Test