What is the Army APFT Regulation? To answer your question, there are several regulations that address the ins and outs of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). We will cover these regulations, forms and field manuals in more detail below.
FM 21-20 This is the Bible, when it comes to the Army’s Physical Fitness Test. This Field Manual covers all types of topics such as leader responsibilities concerning physical fitness, nutrition, injuries, cardio endurance, muscle training, flexibility, body composition, circuit training, obstacle courses, developing a unit fitness program, environmental considerations and so much more. Chapter 14 provides the instructions and rules for the Army Physical Fitness Test. When units administer the APFT, a designated representative is required to read the instructions verbatim out of this field manual.
AR 600-9 This Army Regulation covers the height and weight standards for soldiers. It shows the acceptable weights for soldiers based off age, gender and height. In addition, it provides guidance on how to measure body fat. It also covers the Army Weight Control Program.
AR 600-8-2 This Army Regulation covers the suspension of favorable actions (FLAGS) and tells commanders what they are supposed to do when a soldier fails the APFT.
DA Form 705 This form is the scorecard used for recording the results of the APFT. Each soldier has their own DA Form 705. The person administering the APFT records the information on the scorecard, calculates the score, and signs the form, hence making it official.
DA Form 550 This form is used to determine body fat and record the results. When a soldier exceeds the allowed weight, based upon their age, height and gender, they get a “tape test” to determine if their body fat is within the standards. That information is recorded on this card and placed in the soldier’s personnel file.
Once again, FM 21-20 is the official APFT Army Regulation, but there are other supporting regulations, manuals and forms. As a small unit leader, it would be in your best interest to educate yourself on these forms, manuals and regulations so you know the “right way” to administer the APFT in your unit. In addition, FM 21-20 can provide multiple helpful insights on how to improve your APFT Score and improve the overall physical fitness in your unit.
On a side note, if you are a small unit leader and know of a few other helpful forms and regulations concerning the APFT, I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment to share any helpful regulations that you know about. If you have any questions I may be able to help with, you can ask them below too. Thanks.