Friday, April 6, 2018

A to Z Challenge - F is for Fitness (Physical Training)

The Army's Basic Training Physical Fitness Test is a three-event performance test used to assess endurance. It measures physical strengths, abilities, and cardio-respiratory fitness.

The following chart shows examples of the minimum requirements for the Army Basic Training PFT:

17-21 male -- 35
17-21 female -- 13
22-26 male -- 31
22-26 female --11
17-21 male -- 47
17-21 female -- 47
22-26 male --43
22-26 female --43
2 mile run maximum
17-21 male -- 16:36
17-21 female -- 19:42
22-26 male -- 17:30
22-26 female -- 20:36

Your score is determined by how may push-ups you can complete in two minutes. Resting is permitted, but only in the up position. 

Curl-ups [sit ups]
Your score is based on how many curl-ups you can do correctly in two minutes. Resting is permitted.

2-Mile Run
Event consists of running 2 miles as quickly as possible. Any combination of running or walking is allowed to complete event.

For Navy SEALS: To qualify, a prospective candidate must meet the minimum requirements. It is recommended that you strive for the optimum fitness standards to better your chances.

Navy SEAL PST Standards
500 yard swim

maximum -- 12:30
desired -- 8:00
minimum -- 50
desired -- 80-100
minimum -- 50
desired -- 80-100
minimum -- 10
desired -- 15-20
1.5 mile timed run
maximum -- 10:30
desired -- 9-10 min

For Army Rangers:  The most important pre-training exercise to do prior to Ranger school is walking fast in your boots with 50 pounds of weight on your back. You will do this everyday you are at Ranger School. Running at least 5 miles, 3-4 times a week and swimming in uniform 2-3 times a week is recommended as well. Pack on 5-10 pounds of body weight prior to going so you have a little to lose when you are consuming fewer calories a day.

Army Ranger PFT Standards

minimum -- 49
desired -- 80
minimum -- 59
desired -- 80
minimum -- 6
desired -- 12
2 mile run
maximum -- 15:12
desired -- below 13:00
5 mile run
maximum -- 40:00
desired -- 35:00
16 mile hike w/65lb pack
maximum -- 5 hours 20 minutes
desired -- 4-5 hours
15 meter swim with gear
pass/fail [this probably means you either finish or you drown]

For more information

What's next for G?
G is for the GI Bill.  Who is eligible?  What does it cover?  How much does it cover?  Come back tomorrow and find out!


  1. Even in my youth, I think I would have struggled with the fitness tests. Still can't do a push up, or hold the plank in pose yoga. Weekends In Maine

    1. When I was in high school, I could do 3 push ups and maybe 1 pull up. Now, none. And you don't want to know how long it would take me to run 2 miles [measured in hours lol]

  2. Wow, those are some steep requirements! I cannot run at all, so I've always wondered what it is like to be able to. I can do sit ups though :D and partial push ups, but I can't do them properly because my ankle condition means I have to do them from the knee. Pull ups I completely fail at :).
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    1. I agree those are pretty steep requirements. It makes sense that those in the military need to meet them tho. Thanks for stopping by!