U.S. Army Physical Fitness Requirements

Physical Fitness Charts for Males Age 27-31

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The U.S. Army measures physical aptitude through the Army Physical Fitness Test, or APFT, which requires soldiers to complete three events: two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a two-mile run.

Scoring on the APFT is based on  age category, gender, number of repetitions performed of the push-up and sit-up, and run time. The score for each event ranges from 0 to 100 points. Soldiers need to score at least a 60 to pass the test.

APFT standards may be tougher for some special purpose units.

Scores of 270 or above on the APFT -- with a minimum score of 90 in each event -- earn soldiers the Physical Fitness badge.

However, this test has been widely criticized for not adequately measuring strength and endurance. For this reason, in 2011 the Army piloted the Army Physical Readiness Test (APRT) on more than 10,000 soldiers, but eventually decided to stick with the APFT test.

U.S. Physical Fitness Charts for Males Age 27-31

While the APFT test is still being used, the following charts show the number of repetitions and scores needed for men ages 27 to 31 to pass the test. Standards vary by age and gender, and the standards have been criticized  due to the differences in passing scores for men and women.


Push-ups

RepsScoreRepsScoreRepsScoreRepsScore
77100577937581737
7699567836571636
7598557735561535
7497547634551434
7396537533541333
7295527432531232
7194517331521131
7093507230501029
699249712949928
689148692848827
678947682747726
668846672646625
658745662545524
648644652444423
638543642343322
628442632242221
618341622141120
608240612040  
598139601939  
588038591838  

 

Sit-Ups

RepsScoreRepsScoreRepsScoreRepsScore
82100668350653448
8199658249643347
8098648148633246
7997637947623145
7896627846613044
7795617745602943
7694607644592842
7592597543582741
7491587442572639
7390577341562538
7289567240552437
7188557139542336
7087547038522235
6986536937512134
688552683650  
678451663549  

 

Running (2 Miles)

TimeScoreTimeScoreTimeScoreTimeScore
12:54 16:246619:542923:24 
13:00 16:306520:002823:30 
13:06 16:366420:062623:36 
13:12 16:426320:122523:42 
13:1810016:486220:182423:48 
13:249916:546120:242323:54 
13:309817:006020:302224:00 
13:369717:065920:362124:06 
13:429617:125820:422024:12 
13:489517:185720:481924:18 
13:549417:245620:541824:24 
14:009217:305521:001724:30 
14:069117:365421:061624:36 
14:129017:425221:121524:42 
14:188917:485121:181424:48 
14:248817:545021:241224:54 
14:308718:004921:301125:00 
14:368618:064821:361025:06 
14:428518:124721:42925:12 
14:488418:184621:48825:18 
14:548318:244521:54725:24 
15:008218:304422:00625:30 
15:068118:364322:06525:36 
15:127918:424222:12425:42 
15:187818:484122:18325:48 
15:247718:543922:24225:54 
15:307619:003822:30126:00 
15:367519:063722:36026:06 
15:427419:123622:42 26:12 
15:487319:183522:48 26:18 
15:547219:243422:54 26:24 
16:007119:303323:00 26:30 
16:067019:363223:06   
16:126919:423123:12   
16:186819:483023:18   

 

Gender Neutral Tests

While the U.S. Army is in the process of rolling out gender-neutral fitness tests, there is a plan in place to add women into previously closed military occupational specialties. But as it stands at the writing of this article, gender neutral tests still need Defense Department approval.

According to the U.S. Army, new tests being developed will likely incorporate exercises that soldiers will need on the battlefield, that will revolve around gender-neutral and standards-based skills.

The Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) is gender-neutral test that includes a standing long jump, a dead lift, an aerobic interval run and a “seated power throw,” which is "a gauge of upper-body strength that represents loading ammunition," according to US Army Times.

Other details about the test, which is still being developed, include the following:

  • Scoring for each event has yet to  been determined, but unlike the APFT, plans call for one system for all ages and genders.
  • MOSs will be ranked in a three-tier system. Recruits with scores that fall short of Tier 1 (high-demand) in a given event, won’t be eligible for specialties in that tier.
  • Recruits must meet the Tier 3 standards to join the Army.
  • Re-tests will be allowed with time frames and limits to the number of tests to be determined.
  • Like the APFT, the OPAT can be administered individually or in a group setting. 

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