ARE YOU MILITARY FIT? TAKE THESE MILITARY FITNESS TESTS TO FIND OUT!
Army Fitness RequirementsWant to be a lean, green, fighting machine too? Get ready to be all you can be with the army physical fitness test requirements — which are used from basic training and throughout a Soldier’s career.
Army Combat Fitness TestThe Army Combat Fitness Test is the Army’s current physical fitness test, replacing the Army Physical Fitness Test. The ACFT features six components which represent everything from muscular strength and power to flexibility and coordination. Soldiers earn points for meeting and exceeding each task’s minimum requirements. The components are:
1. 3-Repetition Maximum DeadliftDeadlift the maximum weight you can three times.
2. Standing Power ThrowThrow a 10-pound medicine ball backward and overhead as far as possible.
3. Hand Release Push-Up – Arm ExtensionComplete as many hand-release push-ups as possible in 2 minutes.
4. Sprint-Drag-CarryConduct these five 50-meter shuttles as fast as possible: sprint, drag, lateral, carry and sprint.
5. Leg TuckComplete as many leg tucks as possible; maintain a relatively vertical posture while moving the hips and knees up and down without excessive swinging.
6. 2-Mile RunRun 2 miles for time on a measured, generally flat outdoor course. Learn more information about the equipment used in the tests, how the tests are scored, and watch video videos of how each task is performed here. Still wondering “What’s Your Warrior?” The Army’s website has helpful tips for building your strength while avoiding injuries. Download the Army’s Physical Training (PT) guide for conditioning and movement drills, stretching techniques and information about nutrition.
Air Force Fitness RequirementsFeeling like going off into the wild, blue yonder? Then you’ll need to plant your feet firmly on the ground for exercises designed to create a physically fit Airman. These exercises — which build cardio, core and upper body strength — are great building stamina for everyday life. If you can master these Air Force physical fitness requirements, you’ll definitely be ready to fly, fight, win.
Air Force’ Basic Training Physical Fitness TestThe minimum standards for the Air Force’ Basic Training Physical Fitness Test are as follows:
1. Sit-ups (In 1 Minute)
Men’s Sit-ups Minimum by Age
Women’s Sit-ups Minimum by Age
2. Push-ups (In 1 Minute)
Men’s Push-ups Minimum by Age
Women’s Push-ups Minimum by Age
3. Timed 1.5-mile Run
Men’s Run Time by Age
Women’s Run Time Age
60+:22:28 Meeting the physically demanding fitness tests is just one of the ways that Airmen prepare to slip the surly bonds of earth. Find out more about what it takes to pass muster at the Air Force’s Basic Military Training Overview page online.
Coast Guard Fitness RequirementsGetting fit like the U.S. Coast Guard also means getting wet — and not just with sweat. In its service protecting domestic and international waters, the Coast Guard responds to tens of thousands of cases annually and rescues thousands of lives. So to train like a Coastie, you’ll need physical fitness both on land and water.
Minimum Coast Guard Physical Fitness RequirementsThe minimum Coast Guard physical fitness requirements are as follows:
1. Push-ups (In 1 Minute)
2. Sit-ups (In 1 Minute)
3. 1.5-Mile Run (In minutes)
4. Complete Swim CircuitJump off a 1.5-meter platform into a pool, swim 100 meters unassisted. The Coast Guard offers examples of why each exercise is crucial and tips for how to train for each category online.
Marine Fitness RequirementsLooking for a demanding workout that will kick you in the boot camp? Look no farther than the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test. This branch’s requirements are intentionally demanding to find out who has the stamina and determination to continue when others quit. If you want to run with the Devil Dogs, you’ll need to be in peak condition.
Minimum Marines’ Physical Fitness RequirementsThe Marines’ physical fitness requirements vary slightly by age, earning points after a minimum is met. The minimum standards are as follows:
1. Pull-ups or Push-ups
Men’s Pull-ups Minimum by Age
Women’s Pull-ups Minimum by Age
Men’s Push-ups Minimum by Age
Women’s Push-up Minimum by Age
2. Timed Crunches or Plank
Men’s Crunch Minimum by Age
Women’s Crunch Minimum by Age
3. PlankingAs of Jan. 1, 2020, Marines have been able to replace crunches with the plank pose. Practice getting a five-minute plank post to max the test.
4. Timed 3-mile Run
Men:3-mile run in 28 minutes or less.
Women:3-mile run in 31 minutes or less.
Marine Corps Combat Fitness TestAdditionally, the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test measures functional fitness and simulates the demands of battle in full combat utility uniforms. The CFT includes:
1. Movement to ContactAn 880-yard sprint that mimics the stresses of running under pressure in battle.
2. Ammunition LiftLift a 30-pound ammunition can overhead until elbows lock out. The goal is to lift the can as many times as possible in a set amount of time.
3. Maneuver Under FireA 300-yard course that combines a variety of battle-related challenges, including crawls, ammunition resupply, grenade throwing, agility running, and the dragging and carrying of another Marine. Find detailed descriptions of the Marines’ requirements and how to best train for them online at the branch’s official website.
Navy Fitness RequirementsWater, water, everywhere, and not a lot of room to run for miles when you’re underway — especially on a submarine. And yet, Sailors must maintain physical excellent fitness to ensure the fleet stays mission-ready. Fresh for 2021, the Navy Physical Readiness Test is undergoing several changes designed to improve the physical performance of Sailors while reducing their risk of injury. Instead of “curl-ups,” similar to sit-ups, Sailors will perform a forearm plank. In addition, a 2-kilometer row has been added as an optional cardio event.
Navy Physical Readiness TestCurrently, the Navy has suspended the new PRT in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When the risk of spreading the virus has abated, the event sequence for the Navy PRT will be as follows:
- Forearm plank
- Cardio-respiratory fitness (swim, 1.5-mile run, Concept 2 Rower or stationary bike)
- An event usually consists of swimming 500 yards or 450 meters in the fastest time possible. The swim test is only authorized in a standard 25 or 50 yard/meter swimming pool.
Space Force Fitness RequirementsAt this time, Guardians in the Space Force follow the physical fitness policies of the U.S. Air Force. Eventually, the U.S. Space Force will develop its own physical fitness assessment. Whatever that test ends up asking, we’re sure the Guardians will rock it.
Military Wight and Body Composition RequirementsIn addition to the fitness requirements cited above, the branches of the U.S. military have standards for weight and body composition. We encourage you to start 2021 by tracking your fitness gains first and worry about weight later — if then. Getting your body moving more, at any level, is more important to feeling physically and mentally fitter this year. However, if you want to check out the standards to see where your routine could take you with healthy workouts and nutrition, you can check out the body composition standards for the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy online. The Coast Guard's Body Composition Program currently measures abdominal circumference, rather than weight. COVID-19 continues to affect some of the branches’ fitness tests, as active-duty roles and responsibilities have changed to keep military members and their families healthier. Not all requirements are being tested currently, and some exercises could be revamped when regular testing resumes. Remember, these are the general fitness standards our armed forces usually meet to be in top physical condition. Knowing how far to push yourself and resisting over-training will help you avoid injury and build fitness safely.
Fitness and Workout MusicNeed some more motivation to get moving? Music has been proven to distract your body — in a good way — from some of the fatigue during workouts. We even made it easier to plug-in and pump (CLAP) you up by re-creating this playlist on Spotify. Since boredom can sometimes set in at the gym, we’re always looking for new workout tunes. Let us know some of your favorite motivational music, and we’ll keep adding to our playlist.
- ‘Till I Collapse — Eminem, Nate Dogg
- Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger — Daft Punk
- Danger Zone — Kenny Loggins
- Army of Me — Bjork
- Seven Nation Army — The White Stripes
- Survivor — Destiny’s Child
- Eye of the Tiger — Survivor
- Titanium — David Guetta, Sia
- Gonna Make You Sweat — C&C Music Factory
- X Gon’ Give It to Ya — DMX
- MIC Drop — BTS, Steve Aoki
- Level Up — Ciara
- Thunderstruck — AC/DC
- Believer — Imagine Dragons
- Gonna Fly Now — Bill Conti
ConclusionAre you planning to make a healthy body and mental tenacity a priority in 2021? We salute you and wish you success for the long haul of living fitter. Leave a comment if these military fitness tests requirements have inspired you and share your own workout motivations and transformations with us too!
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