Navy Fitness Standards for Males, Age 50-54
The Navy PFA Standards
What is the Navy PFA? Navy Fitness Assessment (PFA)
An official evaluation of physical health, ability and endurance – known as the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment – is conducted twice a year throughout each service member’s Navy career. The first test is conducted during the in-processing of the military either at Recruit Training (Boot Camp) or Officer Training. Once you join the military, meeting the established fitness and health requirements is now part of your job and active duty members will receive the PFA / PRT twice a year.
Specifically, the PFA consists of a standard medical screening, a Body Composition Assessment (BCA) and the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) of pushups, situps, and a 1.5 mile run or 500yd or 500m swim.
The U.S. Navy conducts its Navy Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) twice a year for each service member. The charts below pertain to the veteran service members in the age group of 50-54. No matter your age or rank, you will have to take part in the bi-annual PFA program.
The Navy’s fitness assessment consists of the following exercises with specifics guidelines to performing proper repetitions:
Push-ups - The military member will lower his/her entire body until arms bend to at least 90 degrees while keeping shoulders, back, buttocks, and legs aligned and parallel to the deck in the DOWN position. Then straighten his/her arms to the UP position. Repeat as many times as you can for two minutes.
The pushup test is over when the military member touches knees to the floor, raises a hand or foot off the deck, or lies down completely.
Curl-ups (sit-ups) - The military member will lie on his back with feet flat on the floor, knees bent so the heels are about 10-12 inches from buttocks (DOWN POSITION).
Place hands across the chest and lift your shoulders off the deck so that your elbows can touch your legs (UP POSITION). Repeat touching elbows to legs and shoulder blades to deck for two minutes.
1.5 mile run - The run / walk consists of running or walking 1.5 miles as quickly as possible on a track, flat surface, or treadmill (with CO permission in certain situations). You may walk but you are still required to finish in a certain time so limit your walking. Leaving the area of the event is not allowed.
Swim 500m / 500yds - However, during basic training, USNA, OCS, or ROTC training, swimming is not an option. All recruits or midshipmen who are attending their basic training are measured by performing push-ups, curl-ups (sit-ups) and running 1.5 miles.
Prior to the test, service members receive medical evaluations and must obtain clearance to take the assessment.
The Navy PRT score is determined by averaging the scores of the three fitness events.
For example, let's say a 52 year old male does 77 curl-ups (sit ups), 43 push-ups, and completes the 1.5 mile run in 15:45. Looking at the male age 50-54 chart, we see that is worth 85 points for the curl-ups, 70 points for the push ups, and 55 points for the running event.
To find the average, we add the scores together, then divide by 3. 85 + 70 + 55 = 207. 207/3 = 69. This sailor would receive a PRT score of 69, which we can see on the below chart is categorized as "Good (Medium)."
To graduate boot camp, a sailor needs an overall category of "Good (Low)," which means their average in three events must be 60 points or greater.
After boot camp, to pass the periodic Navy fitness test, a sailor needs to be in the Satisfactory (Medium) category, or above, which means they must have an average score of at least 50.
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