Army Physical Fitness Program

Army Basic Training

The Army physical fitness program has two factors: the weigh-in and the physical fitness test, or PFT. The APFT is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. It is a simple way to measure your physical strengths, abilities, and cardio-respiratory fitness. The intent of the APFT is to provide a baseline assessment regardless of your Military Occupational Specialty. The APFT is to be taken at least twice a calendar year and you must be able to meet the minimum standards to be eligible for promotion, transfer, and to attend Army schools.

The three PFT events are two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a timed 2-mile run. Your results from each event are assigned a score. To pass you must Score 180 points or higher with at least 60 points in each event. Your age, gender and the amount of repetitions or time elapsed for each event determines your score. Unlike other military endurance tests the APFT is normally performed in normal workout gear and running shoes.

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

Age Group Gender Push-Ups Sit-Ups 2-Mile Run
17 - 21 Male 42 53 15:54
Female 19 53 18:54
22 - 26 Male 40 50 16:36
Female 17 50 19:36

This table reflects the Army's bare minimum PFT requirements, these scores are considered below average and may reflect poorly on your record. If you want to maximize your score on the Army PFT you will need to commit to a regular workout routine. To maximize your score on the Army PFT you will need to commit to a regular work out routine.

Many of my favorite PT programs to train for the Army PFT can be found in the following links:

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