Air Force ROTC Fitness Standards

Fitness Standards

The PFT is taken every fall and spring term while a cadet is enrolled in Air Force ROTC. Cadets in the GMC not on scholarship must attempt the test but do not have to pass. Scholarship cadets and cadets in the POC, however, must pass the test each fall and spring term.

“Before I joined AFROTC, I thought that I wouldn’t last long in the program because I was out of shape. But the people here at the detachment motivated me to get in shape. The only person who ever doubted that I would pass the PFT was me.”
    – Karen Cole, Chemistry and English major, Cornell University

The PFT is composed of three events in the following order:

  1. Push-ups
  2. Crunches
  3. 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.

Crunches Up to 24 55 51
(2-Min) 25-29 53 47
  30-34 51 42
Push-ups Up to 24 62 42
(2-Min) 25-29 57 41
  30-34 52 40
1.5-Mile run Up to 24 9:36 11:06
  25-29 9:36 11:24
  30-34 9:48 11:54

> How to pass the PFT. (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-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 don’t 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.

Just remember that you don’t need to be an athlete to pass the PFT. You just need to get in and stay in “PFT” shape.


Air Force ROTC Physical Fitness Test

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