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1st TSC takes charge to prepare units deployed to Camp Arifjan for the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)

By Spc. Dakota Vanidestine | 1st Theater Sustainment Command | October 21, 2019

CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT --

As incoming Soldiers at basic combat training and advanced individual training conduct the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), existing Soldiers throughout the Army are preparing for the new test.

One Master Fitness Trainer (MFT) from the 1st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) has taken charge of making sure units at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait are equipped with the leadership and knowledge they need to successfully perform and administer the ACFT.

Sergeant 1st Class John Santos, 1st TSC, has trained more than 225 Soldiers to administer and grade the ACFT since June 2019.

“The goal of this program is to expand the force and get as many people across Arifjan trained for this event as possible” Santos said. “I’m trying to bridge the gap between Soldiers in the field and incoming Soldiers so that we don’t look like we don’t know anything."

One of those 225 Soldiers that Santos trained to help multiple the force was Staff Sgt. Eileen Crandall, 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC), who earned her Master Fitness Trainer certificate at Fort Dix, N.J. in June 2019.

“When we got here, I was the only person from the 103rd who was ACFT certified” Crandall said. “Santos being here and setting up this program has been extremely beneficial, especially helping train my only other MFT for the whole 103rd.”

Crandall, along with the rest of the 103rd ESC, deployed to the Camp Arifjan in September 2019 to form the 1st TSC operational command post.

Sergeant Julie Lautner, 103rd ESC, also a MFT, was trained by Santos in August 2019. Santos, Crandall, and Lautner combined have trained 13 Soldiers from the 103rd ESC to administer and grade the ACFT in the future.

“Starting fiscal year ’20, we have to make sure that two diagnostic tests are conducted before fiscal year ’21. That means we will have to take at least one ACFT diagnostic for the whole 103rd while we are boots on ground here in Kuwait – over 200 Soldiers.” Crandall said.

The ACFT consists of six events: a 3-repetition maximum deadlift, standing power throw, head release push-up, sprint-drag-carry, leg tuck, and a two mile run – all scored on a 100 point scale. These events are aimed at creating functional Soldiers, while reducing injuries throughout the Army.

“With the APFT, Solders can do minimal training and wake up in the morning and pass the test. This is not an event you can do that anymore. This is one where you have to constantly work at it and constantly improve and constantly build – not only to be able to perform it to the standard, but safely as well” Crandall said.