So, you love the water and you’re passionate about joining the military. The obvious choice is to earn your spot in the U.S. Navy. As one of the most demanding branches in the military, becoming part of the Navy is no small feat. However, it’s definitely possible.
Here, we’re going over the standard fitness requirements you’ll need to meet during boot camp and pass the navy basic training.
What does PRT mean?
PRT stands for a Physical Readiness Test. It’s used to determine whether or not new Navy recruits are prepared for military service. There are different PRTs based on both your gender and age.
Also, to be clear, Navy PRT standards outline a baseline for what you should be able to do. If anything, exceeding these standards will prove advantageous for you.
You’ll be administered the Navy PRT at boot camp so it’s your responsibility to make sure you meet the standards before your arrival. A lot of time can be wasted for the rest of your unit if you haven’t prepared.
But, before you freak out, the Navy PRT standards are low enough that you don’t have to be in peak physical condition when you enter boot camp. Boot camp itself is designed to improve your physical fitness. Still, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible and if you don’t have any regimen for fitness, you’ll likely struggle.
What is involved in the Navy PRT?
The Navy PRT tests your physical condition to ensure you’re ready for service. It measures your endurance, strength, and cardiovascular fitness. You’ll be required to do the following:
- Two minutes of curl-ups
- Two minutes of push-ups
- A 1.5-mile run
- A swim test including a deep-water jump, 50-yard swim, 5-minute prone float face-down, and search and rescue drills
Again, each of these tests has different standards based on your age and gender which we’ll go over below.
How to Prepare for the Navy PRT
To answer most of your initial questions about the Navy, it’s best to consult your local recruiter. They should have given you an approved Fitness and Nutrition Guide to help you prepare for the Navy PRT.
Especially if you don’t have a baseline for physical fitness, as soon as you know you’ll be enlisting in the Navy, it’s important to get started on your training.
Still, it’s also important that you don’t push yourself too hard right at the start. You’ll want to work your way up to these standards if you consider yourself to be out of shape. Meeting the Navy PRT standards will take time and skipping rest days or burning out too quickly won’t help.
During your training, you’ll want to focus on the exercises that are required for the PRT. That means you should go for runs and swims while working on increasing your “personal bests” for push-ups and curl-ups.
All of the exercises involved in the Navy PRT are designed to push you not only to your physical limits but also to your mental limits. Therefore, you should be working on your mental stamina as well and stick with it even when things get hard.
No one said the military would be easy after all.
Navy PRT Standards
Now, let’s go over what the actual Navy PRT standards are. Your PRT will be scored on the following scale:
- Satisfactory Medium
To graduate from boot camp, recruits must earn an overall score of Satisfactory Medium. If the recruit fails their first attempt, they will have 48 hours to retest. If they fail again, the recruit will be discharged.
Male Navy PRT Standards
Navy PRT standards for males between the ages of 17 and 19
Navy PRT standards for males between the ages of 20 and 24
Navy PRT standards for males between the ages of 25 and 29
Navy PRT standards for males between the ages of 30 and 34
Navy PRT standards for males between the ages of 35 and 39
Female Navy PRT Standards
Navy PRT standards for females between the ages of 17 and 19
Navy PRT standards for females between the ages of 20 and 24
Navy PRT standards for females between the ages of 25 and 29
Navy PRT standards for females between the ages of 30 and 34
Navy PRT standards for females between the ages of 35 and 39
How to Calculate Your Navy PRT Score
First, you need to determine the number of points you earned for each activity based on your gender and age range. Then, add up those points. Finally, divide the total points by three to get your overall score. Check the Navy PRT Score Calculator below.
Navy PRT Calculator
Test yourself using these Navy PRT standards and see where you stand before arriving at boot camp. From there, you can focus on your weak points and make sure you’re ready for the Navy.
As you can imagine, the U.S. Navy takes your physical fitness very seriously. They want to know that you can hold your own when it matters most. Train hard, eat well, and do your best. These standards aren’t meant to kill you – just to make you stronger.