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Tuition Assistance Coming Sooner for Soldiers

Soldiers will no longer have to wait one year after completing their Advanced Individual Training to receive tuition assistance.

Soon, tuition assistance will be available immediately for Soldiers of all components after AIT. This assumes they meet existing eligibility requirements and have no flags like disciplinary problems or failure of the Army Physical Fitness Test, according to Pamela Raymer, chief, Army Continuing Education System, Human Resources Command.
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New Army Combat Fitness Test

The Army has approved a new physical fitness test - the Army Combat Fitness test (ACFT) - to directly connect fitness with combat readiness for all Soldiers. The test will improve Soldier physical readiness, change the Army fitness culture, reduce preventable injuries and unplanned attrition, better inform Commanders of unit readiness, and enhance mental toughness and stamina.  The test is designed to replace the current test of record with a gender- and age-neutral assessment based on the physical demands of combat.  Field Tests begin in October 2018 with 60 designated battalions of different types in all three Army components - Regular Army, Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve.  The ACFT will be implemented across the Army in October 2019 and will become the Army's fitness test of record no later than October 2020.  The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) will remain in effect during the transition period.



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