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Measuring up to Military Fitness: can you hack it?

Have a look at a garden variety Army Ranger.  You’ll notice this type of person isn’t really built for lying on a flat bench and lifting heavy stuff over and over again. Military fitness does not waste time with isolating muscles or creating elaborate workouts aimed at enhancing appearance while sacrificing functionality. They all concentrate on the basics: running, pushups, and situps.  Master these, and you’ll likely shine in your next Zumba class.

When the SHTF, you’ll probably wish you spent a bit more time enhancing your functional fitness rather than buying gear because all the gear in the world will not help you if you’re unable to carry it or defend it.  Adrenalin will only get you so far.

With the new year around the corner, now is a perfect time to actually commit to a well-rounded fitness program.  We’ve included the physical fitness standards for the services to see how you measure up. 

WARNING: Physical fitness can really suck. If you’re enjoying it, you’re probably doing it wrong.

ARMY FITNESS STANDARDS

Soldiers are required to take a physical fitness test at least twice per year. There are three events which are measured: push-ups, sit-ups, and a timed two-mile run. Soldiers are required to score a minimum of 60 points on each event (50 points per event in order to graduate Army Basic Training).

Here’s a segment of standards. Notice how the standards get tougher from 27-31?

Number of Pushups   POINTS
    17 – 21 22 – 26 27 – 31 32 – 36 37 – 41 42-46 47-51 52-56
                   
77       100          
76       99          
75     100 98 100        
74     99 97 99        
73     98 96 98 100      
72     97 95 97 99      
71   100 95 94 96 98      
70   99 94 93 95 97      
69   97 93 92 94 96      
68   96 92 91 93 95      
67   94 91 89 92 94      
66   93 90 88 91 93 100    
65   92 89 87 90 92 99    
64   90 87 86 89 91 98    
63   89 86 85 88 90 97    
62   88 85 84 87 89 96    
61   86 84 83 86 88 94    
60   85 83 82 85 87 93    
59   83 82 81 84 86 92 100  
58   82 81 80 83 85 91 99  
57   81 79 79 82 84 90 98  
56   79 78 78 81 83 89 96 100
Number of Situps   POINTS
  17 – 21 22 – 26 27 – 31 32 – 36 37 – 41 42-46 47-51 52-56
                   
82       100          
81       99          
80     100 98          
79     99 97          
78   100 97 96          
77   98 96 95          
76   97 95 94 100 100      
75   95 93 92 99 99      
74   94 92 91 98 98      
73   92 91 90 96 97      
72   90 89 89 95 96 100    
71   89 88 88 94 95 99    
70   88 87 87 93 94 98    
69   87 85 86 92 93 97    
68   84 84 85 91 92 96    
67   82 83 84 89 91 95    
66   81 81 83 88 89 94 100 100
Run Time   POINTS
  17 – 21 22 – 26 27 – 31 32 – 36 37 – 41 42-46 47-51 52-56
    Male Male Male  Male  Male  Male  Male  Male 
0:06                  
12:54                  
13:00   100 100            
13:06   99 99            
13:12   97 98            
13:18   96 97 100 100        
13:24   94 96 99 99        
13:30   93 94 98 98        
13:36   92 93 97 97 100      
13:42   90 92 96 96 99      
13:48   89 91 95 95 98      
13:54   88 90 94 95 97      
14:00   86 89 92 94 97      
14:06   85 88 91 93 96 100    
14:12   83 87 90 92 95 99    
14:18   82 86 89 91 94 98    
14:24   81 84 88 90 93 97 100  
14:30   79 83 87 89 92 97 99  
14:36   78 82 86 88 91 96 98  
14:42   77 81 85 87 91 95 98 100

RANGER FITNESS

Here’s the requirements to apply to Army Ranger School.  Of course, anybody just meeting the minimum will likely get passed over.

Ranger PFT Minimum Scores Recommended Scores
Push-ups in 2:00 49 in 2:00 80+
Sit-ups in 2:00 59 80+
Pull-ups 6 12+
Two-mile run 15:12 Sub 13:00
5 Mile run 40:00 35:00
16-mile hike w/65lb pack 5 hours 20 minutes 4-5 hours
15-meter swim with gear P/F P/F

NAVY FITNESS STANDARDS

Here’s the top level Navy fitness standards (males, 17-19 years old) for tests conducted twice per year.

PERFORMANCE PERFORMANCE POINTS  CURL PUSH 1.5-MILE    SWIM
CATEGORY       LEVEL            UPS  UPS   RUN   500-YD 450-M
Outstanding   High       100    109  92   8:15   6:30   6:20
Outstanding   Medium     95     107  91   8:45   6:45   6:35
Outstanding   Low        90     102  86   9:00   7:15   7:05
Excellent     High       85     98   82   9:15   7:45   7:35
Excellent     Medium     80     93   79   9:30   8:15   8:05
Excellent     Low        75     90   76   9:45   8:30   8:20
Good          High       70     81   68   10:00  9:15   9:05
Good          Medium     65     71   60   10:30  10:30  10:20
Good          Low        60     62   51   11:00  11:15  11:05
Satisfactory  High       55     59   49   12:00  11:45  11:35
Satisfactory  Medium     50     54   46   12:15  12:15  12:05
Probationary             45     50   42   12:30  12:45  12:35

MARINE CORPS FITNESS

The Marine Corps conducts fitness tests based on a points system.  To achieve a perfect fitness score of 100 in each of three categories, male Marines are tested on pullups, a 3-mile run, and abdominal crunches.

Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test Points – Male
Points Pull-Ups Crunches 3-Mile Run
100 20 100 18:00

 

Minimum Fitness Requirments for Each PFT Event – Males
Age Pull-Ups Crunches 3-Mile Run
17-26 3 50 28:00
27-39 3 45 29:00
40-45 3 45 30:00
46+ 3 40 33:00

COAST GUARD PHYSICAL FITNESS

The Coast Guard tests its boat crews, air crews, and law enforcement boarding teams twice per year using the following criteria:

MALE PUSH-UPS SIT-UPS
<30 29  38
30-39 24 35
40-49 18 29
FEMALE
>30 23 32
30-39 19 25
40-49 13 20

 

SPECIFIC PFT REQUIREMENTS ARE:
MALE SIT&REACH 1.5 MILE RUN 12 MIN SWIM
<30        16.5″ 12:51 500 yds
30-39 15.5″ 13:36 450 yds
40-49 14.25″ 14:29 400 yds
FEMALE      
>30 19.25″ 15:26 400 yds
30-39 18.25″ 15:57 350 yds
40-49 17.25″ 16:58 300 yds

AIR FORCE FITNESS

The three PFT events are one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups, and a timed 1.5 mile run.  

Males Run(1.5 mile) Push-ups Sit-ups Pull-ups
Liberator (minimum graduation standard) 11:57 min. 45 50 0
Thunderbolt (honor graduate standard) 9:30 min. 55 60 5
Warhawk (extraordinary – highest standard) 8:55 min. 65 70 10
Females  
Liberator (minimum graduation standard) 14:21 min. 27 50 0
Thunderbolt (honor graduate standard) 12:00 min. 32 55 2
Warhawk (extraordinary –highest standard) 10:55 min. 40 60 5

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