The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
You are required to pass the APFT before you graduate from BCT and during AIT. After AIT, you’ll take the APFT once a year and the results will become part of your records. At your commander’s discretion, APFTs may be administered at any time in order to gauge your fitness level. These tests might not be added to your permanent record, but it is essential to always stay prepared for an APFT at any time.
How the APFT Is Administered
When you take the APFT you will complete three events.
You will have at least a 10 minutes rest period between each event. You will be tested in small groups for the first two exercises, and there will be a demonstration of proper form before the exercise begins. For the two-mile run, you will be tested in a large group and will wear a number on your chest that must remain visible at all times.
Guard Fitness: The APFT and Your Career
You are required to pass the APFT before you graduate from Basic Combat Training, but that does not mean your fitness tests are over. You have to take the APFT for record at least once a year, and you will also need to take it every time you want to take a step forward in your career. Fitness is of critical importance in the Army, and only those who are in the best shape get to become NCOs, or get invited to join special training schools.
As you move up in rank, you will earn promotion points for many reasons-one of which is APFT scores. You can earn up to 75 points for excellent APFT scores. Promotions are highly competitive so just a few points, maybe one or two more push-ups, can be the difference between getting that promotion or having to wait another year. You owe it to yourself to get the highest score you can.
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