Coast Guard Fitness Requirements

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A Coastie goes through her exercise routine.
Lt. Sonha Gomez, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Houma, La., exercises at the gym, Oct. 3, 2012. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets/U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters)

Today, with the threat of terrorist attacks on American soil, the Coast Guard stands as our first line of defense against any maritime threat.

The Coast Guard performs thousands of life-saving missions every year and seizes tons of illegal drugs and contraband. The men and women of the Coast Guard are our homeland defense force.

To perform these dangerous missions requires a high level of fitness from the average Coast Guard member. Physical fitness requirements in the Coast Guard are directly linked to "on-the-job" requirements. Coast Guard men and women, who are rescue swimmers, small boat crew members, etc., must comply with the specific physical standards set forth by their position, but here are the general standards for the PFT and the 12 minute swim.

MALE

PUSH-UPS

SIT-UPS

<30

29 

38

30-39

24

35

40-49

18

29

FEMALE

   

<30

23

32

30-39

19

25

40-49

13

20

For more information on the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer course and physical fitness challenges, read the "Helicopter Rescue Swimmers" article. 

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This article should help you reach the Coast Guard's fitness standards before joining. It always is recommended never to strive for the minimum physical standards when seeking a profession that requires a fit body to perhaps save your life or the lives of your comrades. If you are seeking to get back into shape and want to be as fit as one of the above military members, check with your doctor before starting any fitness program.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Visit his Fitness eBook store if you're looking to start a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle. Send your fitness questions to stew@stewsmith.com.

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