To graduate from Army Basic Training, you must pass the Physical Fitness test (PFT) with a minimum score of 50 points in each of three events: sit-ups, push-ups and running. These tests are used to evaluate your physical strength, stamina and cardiovascular fitness. A special Physical Fitness Badge is awarded to those individuals who score 270 or higher on their PFT. Remedial training is available for those unable to pass their initial PFT.
Requirements vary by age and gender and each result is assigned a number score. The Army PFT challenges you to complete as many push-ups within a 2 minute period as you can. The minimum push-ups score is 35 for a 17-year old male, while a female of the same age is only required to perform 13 push-ups, due to physiological differences. After a brief rest, you are asked to complete as many sit-ups as you can in 2 minutes. Both male and female 17-year olds are required to perform at least 47 sit-ups. Finally, you will perform a timed 2 mile run. The 17-year old male is required to complete this 2 mile run in 16:36 minutes or less, while the female runner must finish within 19:42.
Preparing for the Army Basic Training PFT requires a consistent commitment of time and effort. Making time each day to perform these skills will make passing the Army PFT that much easier. Regular exercise is good for everyone. As a member of the United States Army, it is an investment in your career.
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