The Basic Physical Fitness Test (BFT) and Combat Physical Fitness Test (CFT) are fundamental tests that every serving member of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) must undergo annually. They serve as a cornerstone to check both the combat fitness and readiness of GAF officers and men. In addition, the tests better relate physical fitness to combat readiness, agility and endurance of officers and soldiers in uniform. These tests are not new to officers and soldiers, although they can be difficult; they are mandatory and conducted in accordance with Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS) training guidelines. The BFT is an individual event with timing, while the CFT is a collective event.
In this regard, The Gambia Armed Forces Training School (GAFTS) on Tuesday 1st March and Friday 4th March 2022 respectively conducted the aforementioned assessments to verify the combat readiness and readiness of its troops as part of the fulfillment of CDS training guidelines. Both tests were led by the GAFTS Commander, Major Abdoulie Bah and coordinated by the Physical Preparation Instructors. The British Army Liaison Officer to the GAF, Captain Robbie, also took part in the exercise.
These tests are not only compulsory but prerequisite for all men in uniform, as they show the preparation of the officer and soldier to best assume all military activities. As a training institution, GAFTS recorded 100% success in both events.