The Physical Fitness TestPhysical Fitness TestPFT - an exam composed of three events in the following order: push-ups, crunches, and a 1.5-mile run. The test is used to ensure cadets maintain an acceptable level of fitness. (PFTPFTPhysical Fitness Test ) is taken every fall and spring term while a cadet is enrolled in Air Force ROTC. CadetsCadetsMembers of the student population of AFROTC in the General Military Course (GMCGMCGeneral Military Course - an ROTC course offered to freshmen and sophomores designed to improve communication skills and provide instruction about the Profession of Arms. ) not on scholarship must attempt the test but do not have to pass. Scholarship cadets and cadets in the POCPOCProfessional Officer Course - ROTC course for juniors and seniors. , however, must pass the test each fall and spring term
The PFT is composed of three events in the following order:
- 1.5-mile run
All events must be completed. There is a short rest period between each event. There is a minimum score of 75 points. Below is a table of maximum scores in each area.
|Push Ups (1 Min)||Under 30||67||47|
|Sit-Ups (1 Min)||Under 30||58||54|
|1.5 Mile Run||Under 30||9:12||10:23|
How to Pass The PFT
(NOTE: You should consult with a physician before starting any exercise program.)
- Take the entire test early in order to get a baseline for improvement.
- Develop a plan to improve your physical fitness.
- The plan should include exercises to improve each event score.
- Emphasize the events you struggle with to improve overall score.
- Make the plan a part of your lifestyle.
- If possible, find a friend (or friends) to work out with on a regular basis.
- Stay positive and stay with it.
- Set short-term and long-term goals for yourself.
- Set six-week goals, semester goals and Field TrainingField TrainingFive-week encampment in which cadets receive officership training board goals for improving individual event scores and the overall score.
- Ask your instructor for the average scores for those programs for which you want to be selected.
- Work the PFT exercises and running into your overall lifestyle. Use small amounts of time to improve overall fitness.
- Break periods of study by performing individual exercises. (Read a chapter or finish an assignment and do some push-ups.)
- Clear the mind after a long study session by going for a run.
- You do not need to be at a gym or fitness center to improve on your PFT. Be creative.
- Work on sit-ups and push-ups in your room.
- Remember that you do not need to be an athlete to pass the PFT. You just need to get in and stay in PFT shape.