Explaining the Army Physical Fitness Test

Explaining the Army Physical Fitness Test

soldiers the United States Army have to do a physical fitness test that requires them to do as many pushups as they can in two minutes as many sit-ups as they can in two minutes and run two miles as fast as they can but if you want to know a lot more detail involved with the army physical fitness test stick around because I'm going to explain it here for you what's up I'm Christopher chaos US Army veteran and in this video I'm gonna break it down how the army physical fitness test works so the army physical fitness test or a PFT or PT test is required that soldiers must do one every six months or less the physical fitness test is broke down into three events the pushup the setup and the two-mile run now each event is scored based on a percentage so a certain amount of push-ups and a certain amount of sit-ups equals a percentage based on if you're male or female and what age category you fall under soldiers must at a minimum get 60% in each category so in soldiers have to do a physical fitness test there will be multiple graders which are usually noncommissioned officers and then the soldiers have you're broken down into multiple groups for each grader the first event is the pushup first soldier on line will step up to the grader they will get down onto all fours there will be a timekeeper somewheres that'll be given the commands for when to start and also keepin track of time the timekeeper will give the command of get ready at this time the soldier should be down on all fours the timekeeper then gives the command of get set at this time the soldiers will assume at the front leaning rest position friendly in a rest position is basically your arms locked out your feet kicked out so your body is not touching the ground the limb hanging that is touches the ground is your hands and your feet and your back is straight when the timekeeper gives the command of go or begin the soldiers then have two minutes to do as many pushups as they can so for a push-up to count the soldier must have their arms fully locked out which is the up position and then move to the down position which will then require their elbows to be parallel with their shoulder blades as well as their back straight no bowing in the middle or arching in the back once the soldiers come back to the locked-out position with their back straight and their arms locked out that is one now after doing multiple push ups they are allowed to rest in some way the authorized rest position is either arching your back straight up or sagging in the middle as long as your torso does not touch the ground you are allowed to bend your knees a little bit in the rest position but it cannot exceed a 45 degree angle the soldier can get disqualified from the push of event if one of the hands come off the ground one of the feet come off the ground or their body touches the ground so for a male between the ages of 17 and 21 they must do at least 42 push-ups in those two minutes to pass that event if they want to max that event then they would need to do 71 push-ups a female between the age of 17 and 21 is required to do it at a minimum of 19 push-ups and if she would like to max out in that event she will have to do 42 push-ups now you may be asking why would someone do more than the minimum that they need to do to pass well in some cases soldiers need to do the max or try to get as close to the max of the can to earn the most possible points that they can for promotion also some soldiers are trying to you know compete with their friends compete within the unit to get higher PT scores because sometimes commanders will give incentives now as that soldier gets older the minimum in order to reach a 60% in that event does decrease for example a male between the ages of 52 and 56 only has to do 20 push-ups in order to reach that 60% and a female between the ages of 52 and 56 only has to do 9 to reach the 60% mark but as the soldier gets older to get a hundred percent in that event the max actually goes up for a while and then later as they get older then it starts to kind of come back down again for example a male between the age of 17 and 21 to get a hundred percent needs to do 71 push-ups whereas when they reach the age of 27 they now have to do 77 push-ups to max and then it starts to drop once they reach the age of 37 so when the two minutes has a for the push-up event soldier will stop the grater write down how many pushups they successfully completed correctly and they will go to the back of the line now once all the soldiers have completed the push-up event they'll then move on to the situps now typically the soldier that last completed the push-ups will stay in place and hold the feet of the next soldier that is going to begin the sit of event now just like the push of the event it will start off with the timekeeper saying on your marks get set begin at the commando on your marks – soldier be laying on their back with their legs at a 45 degree angle and a soldier holding their feet while their fingers are interlocked behind their head and their shoulder blades flat on the ground they'll then begin get set and then begin or go now once they are given the command to go the soldier will have two minutes to do as many sit-ups as that soldier could possibly do for a sit-up to count the soldier must start off with their shoulder blades touching the ground and hands interlocked behind their head they will then come to the up position which would be the spine at an upward position and your elbows past your knees and then when the soldier goes back to the start position with their shoulder blades touching the ground that will count as one now the resting position for the set up is usually either in the up position or in the down position and a soldier can get disqualified from this event if their butt comes off the ground if their hands come from behind their head or their hands become under interlocked and they break free from behind their head once the two minutes has expired the greater will then write down how many sit-ups that soldier completed correctly and a soldier usually stay in place and hold the feet of the next soldier that is coming up to do the set up event now for the standards first set ups is actually the same for both men and women in the army for a soldier between the ages of 17 and 21 they must do 53 correct situps to get at least 60% and past that event if you want to max then they will need to do 78 situps in under two minutes now the next event once everybody has completed this sit-up event is the two-mile run usually located somewhere nearby is where they would conduct the two-mile run either on a track or on the road if the two-mile run is going to be conducted on our track they will tell the soldiers how many laps it will take to reach two miles typically the greater that graded the soldier during the instead of event will also be the one to kind of keep track as to how many laps that sort of dip usually may be they might have a number on their chest or the graters is responsible for remembering what that soldier looks like saying keep track of how many laps they've done if the two-mile run is gonna be done on a road then usually the road should be fairly level ish it shouldn't have too many hills if they do they shouldn't be steep hills or any large Hills most of the time it's a straightaway but there are some cases where it's not a full straightaway is how a two-mile work on a road is the soldier would run out to a one-mile mark which is usually indicated by another soldier standing there to let the soldiers know when they have reached the one-mile mark and then tell them to turn around and head back to the start line now for the two-mile run all the soldiers that we're doing the push-ups in the sit-ups will all gather up together and get on a start line and they will give the same type of command on your marks get set go once they say go soldiers will take off and the timekeeper usually won't start the clock until the back of the group has crossed the start line so the soldiers that kind of got to the front of the line man you get a couple seconds shaved off their time soldiers then run out to the one-mile mark or do as many laps as they can and then once they get back they'll be given a time for men between the ages of 17 and 21 they must complete the two-mile run in less than 15 minutes and 54 seconds and if they would like to max it they'll have to do it in under 13 minutes for a female soldier between the ages of 17 and 21 they must complete the two-mile run in less than 18 minutes and 54 seconds and to max it they must do it in less than fifteen minutes and 56 seconds now the soldier is running the two miles they are allowed to walk to jog to run whatever the case might be obviously it's gonna affect your time based on if you're walking or even if you stop walking the only way a soldier can get disqualified from a two-mile run is that they leave the course or they get some kind of help or aid in running being carried or something like that from another person now what's the physical portion of the test is completed meaning they are done with the push-ups down low the situps and everybody is done with the run typically afterwards follows a way a tape soldiers will be required to be weighed after the physical fitness test and if they exceed the limits of their weight based on their sex their age and their height then they will then need to be taped where they will measure the circumference around your neck and around your stomach to see if you meet the tape requirements so for a female between the age of 17 and 21 with a height of 5 feet 9 inches cannot weigh more than 179 pounds if they weigh more than hundred 79 pounds then it comes down to a different kind of equation where they have to measure her neck and her waist to determine if she's under those requirements though and if so then she passes but if she is overweight plus the neck and the waist measurements do not meet the standards then she's considered overweight now for a male between the age of 17 and 21 who is 6 foot tall cannot weigh more than 190 pounds now if they weigh more than hundred 90 pounds the same kind of process applies where they have to get then get their neck measured and their waist measured now it is possible for a soldier to pass all the events in the physical fitness test but not pass weight and if a soldier doesn't pass weight still pretty much doesn't count as passing the KPFT really I mean sure they pass the APFT portion of it but if they didn't make weight then you still have some consequences because of that and a lot of times you still kind of get treated as the same as someone who failed a PFT because usually people who fail a PFT or don't make weight tape will often have to do what's called remedial PT which means you have to do pt twice a day in the morning and after work so there you go that is how the army physical fitness test works hopefully you found this educational interesting a however you may look at it if you liked it make sure to show this video some love and hit that thumbs up if you're not subscribed to this channel you're interested more military stuff or some of the other content that I create on this channel like some camera tutorials video tutorials stuff and anything else that's I can throw in there make sure you subscribe to the channel I'm Christopher chaos thanks for watching and I will see you next time see ya


  1. Soldiers in basic training and such have a little lower APFT standards but this explains how it works for soldiers outside of initial training.

  2. Do I have to wear my Army issued eyeglasses while doing the APFT? I'm just afraid that it might bounce around on my nose or fog up.

  3. Wow that's so cool. For my age group I have to do 20 push ups, 28 sit ups and 24:24 2 mile run for the minimum? At 53 yrs old I wonder how long I would need to train?

  4. I’m a woman and I wish they would be fair and do the same amount no matter the gender, stuff like that pisses me off.

  5. The present P.T. test is for bean counters proposed by bean counters, Ammo boxes do not come in sizes matched to gender/body scale, wounded squad/crew mates do not come in convenient sizes. The Army needs MOS field specific P.T. tests/ "tape" requirements. But that has a check mark in the "too hard" box from DA.

  6. its harder to do the run first and push ups sit ups last , because run takes more out of you, how new zealand does it

  7. Here in new zealand your basic training training last for 16 weeks and by the end of it your are expected (not necessarily need) to be able to do 80 press ups, 65 curl ups ( which are similar to sit ups but you dont come right up to your knees, sort of half way with your arms by your side, so your core is fully tensed throughout) and be able to run 2.4 km in 8mins, which I think is around a mile and a half or just under, we use metric system.

  8. honestly, kind of unfair towards male recruits isn't it, don't get me wrong, i have no problem with females in the army, <hat i have problems with is the hypocrecy that is evident all around the western world,

    they keep saying women are as strong (or even stronger than men), but schools and the army even (aparantly) make the criteria lower for females,

    my point is that it should be eather one or the other, but don't act as if women are physically equal to men, (or better for instance if their points are higher (due to lower criteria)) when the man in question is stil faster and stronger, just not in light of the set standards,

    anyway just wanted to rant a bit on this,
    very wel explained though

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