General APFT Procedures

  • Officers must be evaluated by any active-duty commissioned officer

  • The APFT must completed within a two-hour period.  For example, it is NOT acceptable to complete the run on one day and the push-ups and sit-ups on another day.

  • It is the responsibility of the evaluator to make certain that the participant properly performs the events.

  • The evaluator may spend as much time as necessary prior to the start of the APFT to review the proper technique for each event.

  • The evaluator must be careful to count only properly performed repetitions and to alert the particpant to the count after each repetition.

 

APFT Event Procedures

  • The Side-Bridge.

    • Participants shall start by moving to the side-lying position of their dominant side, supported by the elbow, forearm, fist and foot of the top leg. The foot of the bottom leg is wrapped around so as to be on top of the other foot. Firmly press into the ground with the supporting arm, then raise the trunk and pelvis straight upward until they form a straight line with the legs. Do not let the trunk rotate forward or back, nor should the hips move to the rear. Hold this position as long as possible while continuing to breathe.
    • The timer shall signal the start for all participants and call out 15-second time intervals until the completion of the event.
    • The event is completed when the officer can no longer properly hold the position.
    • Time is recorded with a stopwatch to the nearest second.
Side-Bridge starting position
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Side-Bridge hold position

 

  • Sit-ups

    • The event shall be conducted with a partner on a level surface on a blanket, mat, or other suitable padding. Shoes are optional.
    • Sit-ups are conducted as follows:
      • Participants shall start by lying flat on their backs with knees bent, heels about 10 inches from buttocks. Arms shall be folded across and touching the chest, with hands touching upper chest or shoulders.
      • Feet shall be held to floor only by partner's hands.
      • The timer shall signal the start for all participants and call out 15-second time intervals until the completion of the event.
      • The participants curl their body up, touching elbows to thighs while keeping hands in contact with the chest or shoulders.
      • After touching elbows to thighs, the participants lie back, touching lower edge of shoulder blades to deck. This completes the repetition.
      • Participants may rest in either the up or down position.
    • Sit-ups are repeated correctly as many times as possible in two minutes. Partner monitors participant for correct form, and counts the number of correctly performed sit-ups. Incorrectly performed sit-ups shall not be counted.
    • The event is ended if participants:
      • Lower legs;
      • Raise feet off the ground/floor;
      • Lift buttocks off the floor;
      • Fail to keep arms folded across and touching chest; or (e) Fail to keep hands in contact with chest or shoulders.
Curl-up down position
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Curl-up up position

 

  • Push-ups

    • Push-ups shall be performed with a partner on a firm or suitably padded, level surface. Shoes are optional.
    • Push-ups shall be performed as follows:
      • The participants shall begin in the "front-leaning rest" position, hands placed on floor directly beneath the shoulders, both feet together on the floor.
      • The back, buttocks, and legs shall be straight from head to heels and must remain so throughout the test. Toes and hands shall remain in contact with the floor, not a wall or other vertical support surface.
      • The timer shall signal the start for all participants and call out 15-second time intervals until the completion of the test.
      • Participants shall lower the entire body as a single unit by bending the elbows until the upper arms, shoulders, and lower back are aligned and parallel to the deck.
      • Participants shall return to the starting position by extending the elbows, raising the body as a single-unit until the arms are straight. This completes the repetition.
      • Participants may rest only in the up position while maintaining the arms, back, buttocks, and legs in the straight position.
    • Push-ups are repeated correctly as many times as possible in two minutes. Partner monitors participant for correct form and counts the correctly performed push-ups. Incorrect push-ups shall not be counted.
    • The event is ended if participants:
      • Touch the deck with any part of the body except hands and feet.
      • Raise one or both feet or hands off the deck or ground; or
      • Fail to maintain back, buttocks, and legs straight from head to heels.

 

Push-up up position
Push-up down position

 

  • 1.5-mile run/walk

    • The event consists of running or walking 1.5 miles as quickly as possible. Any combination of running or walking is allowed to complete the event.
    • Officers may conduct the event on a track or outdoor course where he or she deems the surface to be flat and solid.
    • Officers may conduct the event on a treadmill where appropriate facilities and equipment are reasonably available. The treadmill shall have the following features:
      • Motor-driven running surface belt with emergency stop button.
      • Adjustable speed displayed in miles per hour.
      • Inclination adjustment.
      • Odometer that accurately measures distance traveled in miles.
      • Inclination and odometer have been calibrated immediately before the event.
    • The event shall be conducted on a track or outdoor course as follows:
      • All participants shall stand at the start line.
      • The timer shall signal the start for all personnel being tested and call out time intervals until completion of the test.
      • Time is recorded with a stopwatch to the nearest second.
    • The event shall be conducted on a treadmill as follows:
      • Participant straddles the treadmill belt with the treadmill inclination set to 1.0 percent.
      • The timer shall signal the start and the participant starts the treadmill at the desired rate.
      • The timer calls out time intervals until completion of the test.
      • Time is recorded with a stopwatch to the nearest second.
      • Treadmill speed may be adjusted to the participant's comfort anytime during the test.
    • The event is ended if the participant:
      • Stops running or walking other than to retie a shoelace or remove a foreign object from the shoe.
      • Completes 1.5 miles.
      • Changes the treadmill inclination from 1.0 percent.
  • 500-yard or 450-meter swim

    • The event consists of swimming 500 yards or 450 meters in the fastest time possible. Any swim stroke and turn may be used.
    • The event shall only be conducted in a standard 25 or 50 yard/meter swimming pool.
    • Officers may perform the swim event if facilities are reasonably available. Unless medically waived, officers shall be required to participate in the 1.5 mile run/walk in instances where swimming facilities are not reasonably available.
    • The swim event shall be conducted as follows:
      • Swimmers begin the test in the water.
      • The timer shall signal the start for all personnel being tested and call out time intervals/lengths until completion of the test.
      • Time is recorded with a stopwatch to the nearest second.
      • Swimmers may push off from the sides with hands and feet after each pool length.
      • Resting is permitted by holding the side of the pool, standing, or treading water.
      • Swimmers may use goggles, facemasks, swim caps, and/or ear plugs. Fins, snorkels, flotation, wet suits, and propulsion devices are not allowed.
    • The event is ended if a participant:
      • Completes the prescribed distance;
      • Moves forward while resting; or receives or requires assistance from a lifeguard or other person.

Grading the Exercise Events

  • Pass

    • To receive a grade of "pass" on the APFT, an officer must meet or exceed the Level 1 performance standards for either the side-bridge or curl-ups, the push-ups, and one cardiorespiratory event (run/walk or swim).
    • A officer's overall APFT score or categorization is the lowest category-level achieved on any single event.
  • Fail

    • Failure to meet Level 1 requirements in any event constitutes failure of the APFT, regardless of the level of performance on other events.
 

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