The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is a test taken twice a year (fall and spring terms) while a cadet is enrolled in Air Force ROTC to make sure cadets maintain an acceptable level of fitness. There are three events: push-ups, crunches and a 1.5-mile run. Cadets who are in the General Military Course (GMC), but not on a scholarship, must attempt the test but do not have to pass. Cadets on a scholarship and cadets in the POC must pass the test each fall and spring term.
You must earn a minimum combined score of 75 points for push-ups and crunches and complete the run under the allotted time for your age bracket.
|Push-ups (1 min.)||Under 30||67||47|
|Crunches (1 min.)||Under 30||58||54|
|1.5-Mile Run||Under 30||9:12||10:23|
TIPS TO HELP YOU PASS THE PFT
(NOTE: You should consult with a physician before starting any exercise program.)
- Develop a plan to improve your physical fitness. Take the entire test early to get a baseline for improvement, then make an exercise plan to improve each event score. Remember, you don’t need to be an athlete to pass the PFT. You just need to get in and stay in PFT shape.
- Set short- and long-term goals. Set six-week goals, semester goals and Field Training board goals for improving individual event scores and your overall score.
- Ask your instructor for the average scores in programs for which you want to be selected.
- Find a workout buddy.
- Work the PFT exercises to help you adjust to an active lifestyle. Use small amounts of time to improve overall fitness.
- Clear your mind after a long study session by going for a run. Take study breaks and do some quick exercises.
- You don’t need to be at a gym or fitness center to improve your PFT. Work on sit-ups and push-ups in your room. Be creative.
- Overall, just stay positive and stick with it.
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