APFT - Army Physical Fitness Test Information and Standards (2023)

The Pushup

“The push-up event measures the endurance of the chest, shoulder, and triceps muscles. On the command “get set,” assume the front-leaning rest position by placing your hands where they are comfortable for you. Your feet may be together or up to 12inches apart. When viewed from the side, your body should form a generally straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. On the command “go,” begin the push-up by bending your elbows and lowering your entire body as a single unit until your upper arms are at least parallel to the ground. Then, return to the starting position by raising your entire body until your arms are fully extended. Your body must remain rigid in a generally straight line and move as a unit while performing each repetition. At the end of each repetition, the scorer will state the number of repetitions you have completed correctly. If you fail to keep your body generally straight, to lower your whole body until your upper arms are at least parallel to the ground, or to extend your arms completely, that repetition will not count, and the scorer will repeat the number of the last correctly performed repetition. If you fail to perform the first ten push-ups correctly, the scorer will tell you to go to your knees and will explain to you what your mistakes are. You will then be sent to the end of the line to be retested. After the first 10 push-ups have been performed and counted, however, no restarts are allowed. The test will continue, and any incorrectly performed push-ups will not be counted. An altered, front-leaning rest position is the only authorized rest position. That is, you may sag in the middle or flex your back. When flexing your back, you may bend your knees, but not to such an extent that you are supporting most of your body weight with your legs. If this occurs, your performance will be terminated. You must return to, and pause in, the correct starting position before continuing. If you rest on the ground or raise either hand or foot from the ground, your performance will be terminated. You may reposition your hands and/or feet during the event as long as they remain in contact with the ground at all times. Correct performance is important. You will have two minutes in which to do as many push-ups as you can.”

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The Situp

“The sit-up event measures the endurance of the abdominal and hip-flexor muscles. On the command “get set,” assume the starting position by lying on your back with your knees bent at a 45- degree angle. Your feet may be together or up to 12inches apart. Another person will hold your ankles with the hands only. No other method of bracing or holding the feet is authorized. The heel is the only part of your foot that must stay in contact with the ground. Your fingers must be interlocked behind your head and the backs of your hands must touch the ground. Your arms and elbows need not touch the ground. On the command “go,” begin raising your upper body forward to, or beyond, the vertical position. The vertical position means that the base of your neck is above the base of your spine. After you have reached or surpassed the vertical position, lower your body until the bottom of your shoulder blades touch the ground. Your head, hands, arms, or elbows do not have to touch the ground. At the end of each repetition, the scorer will state the number of sit-ups you have correctly completed. A repetition will not count if you fail to reach the vertical position, fail to keep your fingers interlocked behind your head, arch or bow your back and raise your buttocks off the ground to raise your upper body, or let your knees exceed a 90-degree angle. If a repetition does not count, the scorer will repeat the number of your last correctly performed sit-up. The up position is the only authorized rest position. If you stop and rest in the down (starting) position, the event will be terminated. As long as you make a continuous physical effort to sit up, the event will not be terminated. You may not use your hands or any other means to pull or push yourself up to the up (resting) position or to hold yourself in the rest position. If you do so, your performance in the event will be terminated. Correct performance is important. You will have two minutes to perform as many sit-ups as you can.”

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Two-Mile Run

“The two-mile run is used to assess your aerobic fitness and your leg muscles” endurance. You must complete the run without any physical help. At the start, all soldiers will line up behind the starting line. On the command “go,” the clock will start. You will begin running at your own pace. You are being tested on your ability to complete the 2-mile course in the shortest time possible. Although walking is authorized, it is strongly discouraged. If you are physically helped in any way (for example, pulled, pushed, picked up, and/or carried) or leave the designated running course for any reason, you will be disqualified. (it is legal to pace a soldier during the 2-mile run. As long as there is no physical contact with the paced soldier and it does not physically hinder other soldiers taking the test, the practice of running ahead of, alongside of, or behind the tested soldier, while serving as a pacer, is permitted. Cheering or calling out the elapsed time is also permitted.) The number on your chest is for identification. You must make sure it is visible at all times. Turn in your number when you finish the run. Then, go to the area designated for the cool-down and stretch.”

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APFT Scoring

Scoring on the APFT is based on gender, age category, number of repetitions performed of the push-up and sit-up, and run time. Army APFT Standards are found on our website, or in the Army Training Circular 3-22.20 and Department of the Army Form 705, Army Physical Fitness Test Scorecard. The score for each APFT event ranges from 0 to 100 points; a minimum score of 60 in each event is required to pass the test. The soldier’s overall score is the sum of the points from the three APFT events. If a soldier passes all three APFT events, the total may range from 180 to 300. APFT standards may be more rigorous for some special purpose units, such as for special operations soldiers which are usually required to score 70 points or better in each event.

Soldiers who score 270 or above on the APFT, with a minimum score of 90 in each APFT event, are awarded the“Physical Fitness Badge”, which can be worn on the physical training uniform.The APFT score also converts to promotion points which are used to in part to determine the eligibility of soldiers for promotion to a higher rank.

The scoring algorithm also includes an extended scale, by which soldiers can earn more than 100 points in an APFT event by performing better than the 100-point standard. In order for a soldier to earn a score of over 300, he or she must obtain 100 points in each APFT event, meaning that a soldier can not begin to use the extended scale for any one APFT event until 100 points are reached in all three events. Scores above maximum may only be used locally in an unofficial capacity; official record scores may never exceed 300 points. Beyond the 100-point level, each additional push-up is one additional point, each additional sit-up is one additional point, and each six-second reduction in the run time is one additional point.

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For soldiers who have a medical or physical condition which prevents them from being able to successfully participate in the two mile run, alternate aerobic events are authorized. Scoring for alternate aerobic events is either GO or NO-GO (pass or fail) and is based on the gender and age of the individual. For the purposes of promotion, a soldier’s score on an alternate event equals the average of their push-up and sit-up scores.

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Failing the APFT

Failure to pass two or more consecutive record APFTs can lead to separation from the Army, although this is not always the case. Soldiers who have failed an APFT are often put into a “remedial program” first, which includes additional physical training. An APFT failure also results in the soldier being “flagged” which make them ineligible for promotion and attendance to military training and/or schools. However, a soldier cannot be denied an award or decoration due to an APFT failure.

FAQs

What does the Army Apft consist of? ›

The APFT is a three-event test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. Scoring ranges from 0 – 100 points in each event, with a minimum requirement of 60 points in each to pass the test. All soldiers in Active Duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserves are required to take the APFT.

What is passing score for APFT? ›

What are the APFT standards? The maximum APFT score is 100 points per discipline, which gives a total of 300 points. To pass the test, it is required to get at least 60 points (60%) in each category. This means that the minimum total score is 180 points.

What's the perfect Army PFT score? ›

The Army PT Test (APFT) score is rated by gender and age. A 300 is the best possible score one can achieve, but all you need is a passing score. The APFT standards require Soldiers to achieve at least 60 points per event in order to pass.

How many APFT are required per year? ›

The AA and Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) Soldiers will take the APFT at least twice each calendar year. A minimum of 4 months will separate record tests if only two record tests are given. The intent is for the Active Army and the AGR Soldiers to take a record APFT every 6 months.

What is a good 2-mile run time for the Army? ›

Age (17-21) -- Minimum (18:54 minutes), maximum (15:36 minutes) Age (22-26) -- Minimum (19:36 minutes), maximum (15:36 minutes) Age (27-31) -- Minimum (20:30 minutes), maximum (15:48 minutes)

How long is APFT good for? ›

How long is an APFT good for? APFT scores are valid for 12 months. Every promotable Soldier must maintain a valid APFT otherwise they will be automatically dropped from the Promotion Standing List and lose their promotable status. IAW AR 350-1 Soldiers should take the APFT two times every calendar year at a minimum.

How many APFT can you fail? ›

Failure to pass two or more consecutive record APFTs can lead to separation from the Army, although this is not always the case. Soldiers who have failed an APFT are often put into a “remedial program” first, which includes additional physical training.

At what age can you stop taking the army Apft? ›

SOLDIERS AGE 60 AND OLDER HAVE THE OPTION OF NOT TAKING THE APFT; HOWEVER, THEY MUST MAINTAIN A PERSONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM APPROVED BY A PHYSICIAN AND REMAIN WITHIN ARMY HEIGHT AND WEIGHT STANDARDS.

What happens if I fail my PT test? ›

Now the Bad News…

There are major consequences to failing PT Tests. If you fail a test, you will be required to take “Balanced Eating, Workout Effectively, Live Long Program (BE WELL)” training online. This training is just what it sounds like – remedial training to help you get on the right path again.

How fast do you have to run 1.5 miles in the Army? ›

1.5 mile run: Females need to complete a 1.5 mile run in 12m45s and males need to complete the run in 10m30s.

How many pushups can a soldier do? ›

For recruits ages 22 to 26, men have to manage 40 push-ups and 50 sit-ups, as well as a 16-minute, 36-second two-mile run. Women must do 17 push-ups, 50 sit-ups and a two-mile run in less than 19 minutes and 36 seconds.

How many promotion points is APFT? ›

Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)

The APFT affords soldiers the opportunity to earn up to 180-points for SGT E-5 and 145-points for SSG E-6. These points represent about 18% and 23% of the total 800 available respectively.

Can you get flagged for failing APFT? ›

Soldiers flagged for APFT failure who are permanently changing station (PCS) or have expiring terms of service (ETS) are not authorized to be recommended for or receive awards while they are flagged.

Does the Army still use APFT? ›

All soldiers are required to pass the new ACFT, which replaced the Army Physical Fitness Test in October 2020.

Do you take the APFT before basic? ›

You are required to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) before you graduate from BCT and during AIT. After AIT, you'll take the APFT once a year, and the results will become part of your records. At your commander's discretion, APFTs may be administered at any time in order to gauge your fitness level.

What is the fastest way to raise your APFT score? ›

10 Ways to MAX Your APFT Run Score
  1. Set a goal. The faster you run, the better you score. ...
  2. Build endurance. ...
  3. Vary the pace. ...
  4. Perfect your running form. ...
  5. Cross-train. ...
  6. Stretch before and after each workout. ...
  7. Pick the right shoes. ...
  8. Hydrate frequently.
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How can I run a mile without stopping? ›

How to Run a Mile Without Stopping | Track Progression! - YouTube

Is a 5 minute mile good? ›

A noncompetitive, relatively in-shape runner usually completes one mile in about 9 to 10 minutes, on average. If you're new to running, you might run one mile in closer to 12 to 15 minutes as you build up endurance. Elite marathon runners average a mile in around 4 to 5 minutes.

Who can grade APFT? ›

The First Sergeant and/or Operations Section are the only authorized administrators of a record APFT. No one in a Soldiers chain of command (immediate supervisor, rater, senior rater) will administer/grade a record APFT or weigh-in.

Is PT failure an honorable discharge? ›

Dean, I know of at least 3 people who have been discharged for PT failures. Generally, you will get an honorable discharge. dean9908 wrote: Generally, you will get an honorable discharge.

Can you run an APFT on a treadmill? ›

The run shall be conducted on a track or outdoor course where he or she deems the surface to be flat and solid. The exercise may also be performed on a treadmill.

How much do you have to deadlift in the army? ›

The minimum lift is 170 pounds, and max points require a 400-pound deadlift three times. 4.

Is the APFT still worth promotion points? ›

c. USAR (less AGR) Soldiers will continue to use their last record Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) to award promotion points through 31 March 2024.

Is the Army fitness test hard? ›

The new tests are designed to be a better reflection of the type of tasks that you will use in the Army. They are not harder, and the training that you've done towards the old tests will also help you through the new ones.

What kind of discharge do you get for failing the Army PT test? ›

"If in the Army AR 635-200, Chapter 13 Unsatisfactory Performance would be the authority to seprate. However, level of discharge would differ with situations. Entry Level Discharge or General would be the "norm" for a Entry level Soldier. But Honorable would occur if you fail after you pass your entry level status."

Can you PCS If you fail a PT test? ›

You will not be permitted to PCS in a non-current PT status. PCSing in a FA failure status will likely result in a Referral Training Report.

At what age can you stop taking the Army APFT? ›

SOLDIERS AGE 60 AND OLDER HAVE THE OPTION OF NOT TAKING THE APFT; HOWEVER, THEY MUST MAINTAIN A PERSONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM APPROVED BY A PHYSICIAN AND REMAIN WITHIN ARMY HEIGHT AND WEIGHT STANDARDS.

Is the Army APFT still active? ›

All soldiers are required to pass the new ACFT, which replaced the Army Physical Fitness Test in October 2020. Active-duty soldiers will begin ACFT record testing under the new structure in October 2022 while National Guard and reserve members will begin in October 2023.

What happens if you fail PT test Army? ›

Soldiers who have failed an APFT are often put into a "remedial program" first, which includes additional physical training. An APFT failure also results in the soldier being "flagged" which make them ineligible for promotion and attendance to military training and/or schools.

How many promotion points is APFT? ›

Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)

The APFT affords soldiers the opportunity to earn up to 180-points for SGT E-5 and 145-points for SSG E-6. These points represent about 18% and 23% of the total 800 available respectively.

Can you run an APFT on a treadmill? ›

The run shall be conducted on a track or outdoor course where he or she deems the surface to be flat and solid. The exercise may also be performed on a treadmill.

Is Failing a PT test an honorable discharge? ›

Dean, I know of at least 3 people who have been discharged for PT failures. Generally, you will get an honorable discharge.

Can you get flagged for failing APFT? ›

Soldiers flagged for APFT failure who are permanently changing station (PCS) or have expiring terms of service (ETS) are not authorized to be recommended for or receive awards while they are flagged.

What is the new Army APFT? ›

The six elements of the new fitness test are to complete three deadlift repetitions of a heavy weight; to throw a 10-pound medicine ball backwards and overhead; pushups; a series of 50-meter laps of a sprint, dragging a 90-pound weight, moving sideways and then carrying two 40-pound weights; the “plank,” or holding the ...

Do you take the APFT before basic? ›

You are required to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) before you graduate from BCT and during AIT. After AIT, you'll take the APFT once a year, and the results will become part of your records. At your commander's discretion, APFTs may be administered at any time in order to gauge your fitness level.

What happens if you fail ACFT 2022? ›

Soldiers flagged for failing to pass the ACFT will be ineligible for promotion effective Oct. 1, 2022 for Regular Army and Active Guard Reserve and April 1, 2023 for Reserve Component Soldiers.

How many APFT can you fail? ›

Failure to pass two or more consecutive record APFTs can lead to separation from the Army, although this is not always the case. Soldiers who have failed an APFT are often put into a “remedial program” first, which includes additional physical training.

What should I eat before a PT test? ›

Have a meal that contains a good portion of carbohydrates (salads, pasta products, rice and beans, etc.). This will provide the body with needed energy for the test. In the morning have a very light breakfast, such as a half or whole banana, some toast, and juice.

Is the Army fitness test hard? ›

The new tests are designed to be a better reflection of the type of tasks that you will use in the Army. They are not harder, and the training that you've done towards the old tests will also help you through the new ones.

How many points make a sergeant? ›

The minimum promotion point score for attaining recommended list status for promotion to SGT is 350. The minimum score for attaining recommended list status for promotion to SSG is 450. The service remaining requirement is six months for promotion to SGT and 12 months for promotion to SSG.

Can you take an APFT for promotion points 2022? ›

a. RA and USAR (AGR) Soldiers will continue to use the last record APFT to establish physical fitness promotion points through 31 March 2023, and USAR (less AGR) Soldiers continue through 31 March 2024.

How many promotion points is an Arcom? ›

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