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U.S. Armed Forces Physical Fitness Evaluations

Updated on August 1, 2016
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Kevin retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2014 after 32 years of service.

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" Nations have passed away and left no trace, and history gives the naked cause of it; one simple reason in all cases; they fell because their people were not fit." Rudyard Kipling

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U.S. Air Force Physical Fitness Test

General: In addition to aerobic and muscular fitness components, the Air Force includes a body composition component in their physical fitness test (PFT). The events are a 1.5 mile run, abdominal circumference measurement, push-ups and sit-ups. The greatest emphasis is placed on aerobic fitness (60%).

Testing: All events must be completed within 3 hours. Push-ups and sit-ups have a one minute time limit.

The Air Force places heavy emphasis on aerobic conditioning in assessing fitness.
The Air Force places heavy emphasis on aerobic conditioning in assessing fitness. | Source
Event
Minimum
Maximum
 
Male/Female
Male/Female
1.5 mile run
13:36/16:22
9:12/10:23
Push-ups
33/18
67/47
Sit-ups
42/38
58/54
Abdominal circumference measurement is a port of the Air Force PFT.
Abdominal circumference measurement is a port of the Air Force PFT. | Source

U.S. Army Physical Fitness Test

General: The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) consist of three equally-weighted events designed to measure soldiers’ cardiovascular and muscular endurance. The events are a 2-mile run, push-ups and sit-ups.

Testing: All events must be completed within 2 hours with a maximum rest period of 20 minutes between events. The events must be completed in the following order; push-ups, sit-ups, 2-mile run. Push-ups and sit-ups have a two minute time limit.

Cadets performing push-ups under close supervision.
Cadets performing push-ups under close supervision. | Source
Event
Minimum
Maximum
 
Male/Female
Male/Female
2 mile run
16:36/19:42
13:00/15:36
Push-ups
35/13
77/50
Sit-ups
47/47
82/82
The Physical Fitness Badge is awarded to soldiers who score 270 points or more on the APFT.
The Physical Fitness Badge is awarded to soldiers who score 270 points or more on the APFT. | Source

U.S. Coast Guard

General: Currently, the Coast Guard does not have a force-wide standardized physical fitness evaluation. They do have minimum physical fitness basic training graduation requirements which are designed to measure cardiovascular and muscular endurance, and the ability to swim. In addition to the swim requirements, the basic physical fitness events include a 1.5 mile run, push-ups and sit-ups.

Testing: The ability to swim is measured by an untimed 100 meter swim and being able to tread water for five minutes. Push-ups and sit-ups have a one minute time limit.

Swimming is a Coast Guard basic training graduation requirement.
Swimming is a Coast Guard basic training graduation requirement. | Source
Event
Male
Female
1.5 mile run
12:51
15:26
Push-ups
29
15
Sit-ups
38
32
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnel are required to conduct 3 hours of physical training weekly. The service does not have a standardized physical fitness assessment.
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnel are required to conduct 3 hours of physical training weekly. The service does not have a standardized physical fitness assessment. | Source

U.S. Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test

General: The U.S. Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (USMC PFT) is designed to test Marines’ total body strength and stamina as well as cardiovascular endurance. Testing is currently underway to transition female Marines from the flexed-arm hang to pull-ups. Marines also undergo a Combat Fitness Test (CFT) and Combat Water Survival (CWS) qualifications which are evaluated separately from the PFT.

Testing: The USMC PFT is conducted in a single session not to exceed 2 hours. Events can be conducted in any sequence. Pull-ups are untimed and the flexed-arm hang is scored by the amount of time (seconds) the Marine can hang with arms flexed. There is a 2 minute time limit for crunches.

At a distance of 3 miles, the USMC has the longest endurance testing event among the U.S. Armed Forces.
At a distance of 3 miles, the USMC has the longest endurance testing event among the U.S. Armed Forces. | Source
Event
Minimum
Maximum
 
Male/Female
Male/Female
3 mile run
28:00/31:00
18:00/21:00
Pull-ups/Flexed-arm hang
3/15 sec
20/70 sec
Crunches
50/50
100/100
The Marine Corps is transitioning female Marines from the flexed-arm hang to pull-ups to test upper body strength.
The Marine Corps is transitioning female Marines from the flexed-arm hang to pull-ups to test upper body strength. | Source

U.S. Navy Physical Readiness Test

General: The Navy's Physical Readiness Test (PRT) contains 3 components designed to assess sailors’ muscular strength, muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance.

Testing: All events will be completed in a single session with no more than 15 minutes between each event. The sequence of events is curl-ups, push-up and 1.5 mile run.

The Navy PRT includes a 1.5 mile run.
The Navy PRT includes a 1.5 mile run. | Source
Event
Minimum
Maximum
 
Male/Female
Male/Female
1.5 mile run
12:30/15:00
8:15/9:29
Push-ups
42/19
92/51
Curl-ups
50/50
109/109
Sailors conducting curl-ups, a portion of the Navy PRT.
Sailors conducting curl-ups, a portion of the Navy PRT. | Source

After reading the military service's standard physical fitness evaluations, which do you think is the most difficult?

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Conclusion

Each individual military service formats their physical fitness evaluations based on their beliefs on what events and standards best assess their members ability to accomplish its goals and missions.

If you're looking to join the armed forces, it's time for long term goal setting. I recommend shooting for the stars, developing your skills to the best of your abilities, and aim to "max out" your service's physical fitness assessment.

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