Basic Fitness Test

During initial entry processing, both men and women are required to pass a Physical Fitness test that measures cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance and mobility. The test consists of the two-mile run, push-ups and sit-ups. In addition to initial entry physical fitness requirements, the Air Force has an annual fitness test requiring a passing score in a 1.5-mile run, push-ups and sit-ups.

On the Saturday or Sunday after your arrival, you’ll undergo an initial fitness evaluation. If you fail to meet the standards below, you can expect some additional attention from your T.I. and extra time dedicated to physical training each day. These standards are the MINIMUM recommended for when you FIRST ARRIVE at basic training. They are not the graduation standards. Air Force officials highly recommend you be able to meet the minimum fitness standards when you arrive at basic.

Males

  • 2 mile run: 19:16
  • 1.5 mile run: 13:45
  • Push-Ups: 34
  • Sit-Ups: 38

Females

  • 2 mile run: 22:43
  • 1.5 mile run: 16:01
  • Push-Ups: 21
  • Sit-Ups: 38

When doing push-ups and sit-ups, proper form is essential - both to prevent injury and to reap full benefit of the exercise. There are NO "girl push-ups" - all exercises must be done with proper form in order to count!

Push-Ups: To complete a push-up, assume the front leaning rest position with your arms shoulder width apart, feet together or up to 12 inches apart and body forming a generally straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Keeping your head up, lower your body.

Sit-Ups: When practicing sit-ups, lay on your back with your feet together or up to 12 inches apart, knees bent at 90-degree angle with a spotter holding your feet at the ankles. Place your arms crossed over the chest with your hands at the shoulders or resting at the upper chest. Bring your upper body forward until your elbows touch your knees or upper thigh. Lower your back until your shoulder blades touch the ground.

Running: You can build up your running ability by starting out at a slow pace for 15 to 20 minutes. To ensure a smooth transition into the BMT fitness program, your goal should be a continuous 30 to 40 minute run 3-5 times a week. Consistency is the key. Make a schedule and stick to it.

The final fitness test in Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT) is done during the end of the seventh week of training, and consists of the same four exercises that you've been doing for weeks. Here are the different graduation standards for men and women:

Air Force Basic Training Physical Fitness Graduation Requirements

Male Fitness Requirements

Standard
Run (1.5 miles)
Push-Ups (1 minute)
Sit-Ups (1 minute)
Pull-Ups (no time limit)

Liberator (minimum graduation standards)
11:57
45
50
0

Thunderbolt (honor graduate minimum standards)
9:30
55
60
5

Warhawk (highest standard)
8:55
65
70
10

Female Female Fitness Requirements

Standard
Run (1.5 miles)
Push-Ups (1 minute)
Sit-Ups (1 minute)
Pull-Ups (no time limit)

Liberator (minimum graduation standards)
14:21
27
50
0

Thunderbolt (honor graduate minimum standards)
12:00
3
55
2

Warhawk (highest standard)
10:55
40
60
5

Those who fail the final PT evaluation, but were really close, are usually given one more opportunity to pass it the next day. Failure almost always means getting “recycled” for a couple of weeks to an earlier flight, thereby giving the recruit more time to get into shape.