Air Force PT Test

 

Military service is mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging. One of the ways the Air Force ensures its members are in good physical condition is by administering the Air Force PT Test.

What is The Air Force PT Test?

The Air Force PT Test is a 3-part test that measures cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and strength.

What Are the Requirements?

The Air Force PT Test is comprised of 4 components:

Aerobic Fitness Component – a 1.5-mile timed run is used to measure cardiovascular endurance.

Body Composition Component – measurement of abdominal circumference, along with the member’s height and weight, is used to determine healthy body composition.

Push-Up Component – used to assess upper body muscular fitness. Members have 1 minute to complete as many correct push-ups as possible.

Sit-Up Component – used to assess muscular fitness. Members have 1 minute to complete as many correct sit-ups as possible.

Why is The Air Force PT Test Important?

The Air Force PT is intended to encourage Airmen to maintain a fitness-centered lifestyle and mindset. The benefits of being physically fit can have immediate and long-term benefits and improve general quality of life. Airmen who participate in regular physical activity to maintain fitness standards year-round may have reduced risk of:

  • Certain health conditions such as heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Suffering from broken bones and injuries

Daily exercise has also been proven to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve mood
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Increase productivity

However, one of the most important reasons for the Air Force PT Test is to ensure that Airmen are battlefield-ready.

When Are You Required to Take It?

Whether you enlist and attend Basic Military Training (BMT) or commission through one of the Air Force’s many commissioning sources, you won’t be able to avoid taking an initial Air Force PT Test upon entry. Passing the PT Test is a non-negotiable requirement for both enlisting and commissioning into the Air Force. Members must also maintain passing scores throughout their military careers.

Upon Entry into the Air Force

BMT

Air Force BMT is physically challenging and trainees will be required to take a fitness test multiple times throughout the 8-week training. To ensure trainees are physically fit and prepared to move on to more advanced training, all trainees must meet the following fitness standards on the Air Force PT Test in order to graduate basic training:

Female:

AgePush-UpsSit-Ups 1.5 Mile RunMax Abdominal Circumference
Under 30 years old 18 38 14:26 31.5″
30 – 39 years old 14 29 14:26 31.5″

Male:

AgePush-UpsSit-Ups 1.5 Mile RunMax Abdominal Circumference
Under 30 years old 33 42 11:57 35″
30 – 39 years old 27 39 11:57 35″

Officer Training

There are 3 ways to enter the Air Force as an officer, all of which require a PT Test:

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) – one of four highly competitive U.S. military service academies that graduates and commissions approximately 800 officers a year.

Reverse Officer Training Corps (ROTC) – a four-year training program at a wide range of private and public universities from which about 2,000 officers are commissioned into the U.S. Air Force each year.

Officer Training School (OTS) – the Air Force’s most flexible commissioning source which requires applicants to already possess a bachelor’s degree and commissions anywhere from 300-7,000 officers a year.

Regardless of which source an officer obtains their commission through, they are all required to pass the same Air Force PT Test. All officer accessions must score a minimum composite score of 75 on the PT Test in order to commission.

Female:

Age Push-UpsSit-Ups 1.5 Mile RunMax Abdominal Circumference
Under 30 years old 18 38 16:22 35.5″
30 – 39 years old 14 29 16:57 35.5″

Male:

AgePush-UpsSit-Ups 1.5 Mile RunMax Abdominal Circumference
Under 30 years old 33 42 13:30 39″
30 – 39 years old 27 39 14:00 39″

It’s important to note that the above scores are component minimums. Meeting the minimum in each category will not give you enough points to pass with the minimum composite score of 75 points.

Annual Requirements

After initial training and once at their regular duty station, Airmen are required to take the Air Force PT Test at least once annually. Members who score an overall PT Test score of 90 or above are only required to take the test once a year. Those who score less than a 90 must take the PT Test every 6 months.

Scoring

Members will receive age and gender-specific composite scores based on the following maximum component scores:

  • 60 points for aerobic
  • 20 points for body composition
  • 10 points for push-up
  • 10 points for sit-ups

Overall Air Force PT Test scores are broken down into 3 categories:
Excellent: Composite score equal to or greater than 90, with all minimum components met.
Satisfactory: Composite score of 75 – 89.99, with all minimum components met.
Unsatisfactory: Composite score less than 75 and/or one or more minimum components not met.

The minimum component scores are reflected in the tables below. However, the minimum score in each category alone will not be enough to score an overall composite score of 75 points.

Female:

AgePush-UpsSit-Ups 1.5 Mile RunMax Abdominal Circumference
Under 30 years old 18 38 16:22 35.5″
30 – 39 years old 14 29 16:57 35.5″

Male:

AgePush-UpsSit-Ups 1.5 Mile RunMax Abdominal Circumference
Under 30 years old 33 42 13:30 39″
30 – 39 years old 27 39 14:00 39″

Airmen with duty limiting conditions that prohibit them from accomplishing one or more components of the PT Test will have their composite score calculated based on the completed components. Airmen must meet minimum component standards and achieve a minimum of 75 adjusted points, based on points available.

Consequences of a Failed PT Test

Airmen who do not successfully pass the Air Force PT Test with a score of 75 points or more are automatically enrolled into a unit Fitness Improvement Program (FIP). Airmen who continue to fail the Air Force PT Test and show no effort to improve may face major implications to their careers, up to and including discharge.

Unit Commanders may initiate discharge actions for enlisted Airmen, or recommend discharge actions for officers, only after the Airman has:

  • Received four Unsatisfactory scores within a 24-month period
  • Have failed to demonstrate significant improvement (as determined by the commander) after the reconditioning period
  • A military medical provider has reviewed the Airman’s medical records to rule out medical conditions precluding the member from achieving a passing score

Preparing for the Test Long-Term

In order to avoid failing the Air Force PT Test, preparation is key! Members should be physically conditioned to take the PT Test year-round. It shouldn’t be a last minute, last-ditch effort to get in shape the few weeks before the test is scheduled. Participating in a fitness regimen that includes aerobic activity and strength conditioning and following a healthy, balanced meal plan can make the PT Test feel like a breeze when it rolls around.

Each Air Force Base has a Fitness Center that Airmen can use free of charge to train for the Air Force PT Test.

Test Day

Getting ready for test day can be stressful. Here are a few things you can leading up to your Air Force PT Test to make for smooth sailing:

  • Take a few days off from physical activity before your PT Test. You don’t want to take the test with sore, tired muscles.
  • Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the test. Dehydration is your enemy when you’re taking your PT Test. Stick to small sips in the hour prior to and during the test.
  • Don’t skip your warm up! Jog a lap, squeeze in a few bodyweight exercises to get your blood pumping and your muscles ready to go.
  • Gear up. The Air Force PT Uniform is the mandatory dress for taking the Air Force PT Test. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Leave it all on the track. This is the fitness event you’ve been training for (hopefully) all year and your career depends on it!

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