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Riyadh — There are 12 criteria for Saudi women to join the military in the rank of soldiers, according to an announcement made by the General Directorate of Public Security.
Applications from Saudi women to work in the military in the rank of soldiers are being accepted for positions available in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Qassim, Asir, Al-Baha and the Eastern Province, according to the announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
Candidates can apply online at jobs.moi.gov.sa until Thursday (March 1).
Applicants must be of Saudi origin, and raised in the Kingdom unless their father had to live abroad on a government assignment.
Candidates must also be aged between 25 and 35, be above 155 centimeters tall with a good weight to height ratio, and have at least a high school diploma.
In addition to these requirements, the applicant must pass a mandatory medical check up and go through personal interviews to ensure good conduct.
Women married to non-Saudis are precluded from applying as is anyone with a criminal record or who has previously employed in any government or military-related institution.
Applicants should also have independent national identification cards, and live in the same area as their job’s location. Their guardians’ job must also be in the same area.
The Directorate of Public Security’s responsibilities include to help prevent and investigate crimes, combat drug and narcotic crimes, regulate and control traffic, issue vehicle registration and driving permits, receive civil complaints and protect visitors to the holy mosques, according to the Ministry of Interior website.
Earlier this month, the Public Prosecution said it would begin hiring women as investigative officers for the first time, following similar announcements from the General Directorate of Passports and Justice Ministry.
Could more women soldiers make the Army stronger?
By Hannah Bryce
Only one in 10 members of the UK's armed forces is a woman - as is the case with many of its allies. But could it be that more female soldiers would not only ease a recruitment crisis, but also make the forces stronger?
At the height of the war in Afghanistan, coalition forces were at risk of being unable to gather vital information and intelligence from women in the towns and villages where they were operating.
A solution came from female soldiers, who were sent into these communities as engagement teams - talking to local women who were unlikely to speak to their male colleagues.
It was only one example of the benefits that diversity in the armed forces can bring.
Yet the debate around whether women should serve tends to focus on physical strength, or gender equality, rather than whether they could actually make the military more effective.
Earlier this year, the RAF became the first service to open all roles to women, when it extended the right to apply for its ground fighting force - the RAF Regiment.
It will be followed in 2018 by the Navy, when it opens applications for the Royal Marine Commandos to women.
Next year will also see the Army finish opening up all its roles to female recruits, a move which follows the lifting of the ban on women taking part in ground close combat and will bring the UK in line with many of its closest allies.
Only last year, three out of 10 Army positions were closed to women.
It is too early to know just how many more women will be tempted to join the armed forces following these changes.
Before the law was amended, critics said having more female recruits would reduce operational effectiveness.
For example, Colonel Richard Kemp, who led British forces in Afghanistan in 2003, said women would be a "weak link", adding only "a very small number" wanted to join the infantry, with "a fraction" having the physical capability to do so.
Indeed, it is possible that only a small number of women will want to take part in close combat.
Those who do apply will have to meet the same high physical standards as men, with evidence suggesting that women are less likely to pass the tests for strength and aerobic fitness.
Among the physical elite who will get through, there is a greater chance of injury for all recruits to the infantry, particularly in the roles that require weight to be carried for long periods, with the risk highest among women.
These risks are being closely monitored by the MoD as the changes are introduced.
Critics also raised concerns that mixed-gender teams would lack cohesion, but while evidence suggests that forming a unit can be harder, it was also found that these problems can be overcome by training and leadership.
But focusing on strength risks overlooking the skills that women can bring - across many roles - to the armed forces.
Women have operated with distinction on the front lines in recent conflicts in non-combat roles, such as medics and engineers.
They have also worked alongside coalition forces that already allow women to serve in all combat roles, including Canada.
Attracting more women broadens the range and number of potential recruits to draw from, deepening the pool from which to choose the best recruits - regardless of gender - with the best range of skills.
But the argument is more nuanced than simply needing more women in order to speak to other women.
Having more diverse armed forces reflects the complexities of the conflict zones in which they now operate.
Battles are often fought in highly populated areas, rather than the remote frontlines of the 20th Century.
Soldiers not only have to take on the enemy, but must also build relationships with a wide range of people - men, women and children from many backgrounds.
The armed forces are also often used for more than the fighting of wars - contributing to stabilisation efforts, for example.
Again, this is the type of scenario where having soldiers with many different skills - from conducting combat operations, to working in a diplomatic capacity and providing humanitarian support - makes success more likely.
The enemy has shown that it is readily prepared to use women in conflict, in the most unflinching of ways.
Boko Haram has realised both the propaganda and practical value of using women as suicide bombers.
And, as so-called Islamic State struggles to recruit enough male cadets, they have called on women to take up arms and fight.
These changes have been driven by military advantage, rather than by any idea of gender equality.
At the moment, however, women make up only 10% of the UK's regular armed forces, a figure which is reflected across many Nato members. They account for 14% of the UK's reserve forces.
Despite a range of approaches being tried to attract more women it seems that the armed forces are still seen as a career for men.
Making the armed forces more appealing to women could go a long way towards addressing this shortfall.
That's a lot of talent the armed forces will not have access to if those women are not considering a career in the military after they graduate.
But progress is slow and inconsistent.
The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill 2017 that is currently going through Parliament will allow recruits to work part-time, making a career in the armed forces more attractive to those with a family.
Other measures that would seem relatively straightforward are not addressed.
For example, female recruits could be provided with combat uniforms and equipment designed for women rather than men.
This may seem a peripheral issue, but it risks representing the idea that women are an afterthought, rather than an integral part of military operations.
Until more women are present throughout the military - up to the highest levels - the full extent of their impact cannot be known.
The military offers training and opportunities which should appeal to the brightest and best candidates.
But if it is a career that 50% of the population is unlikely to choose, we should perhaps be asking ourselves why?
This analysis piece was commissioned by the BBC from an expert working for an outside organisation.
Hannah Bryce is the assistant head of the International Security Department at Chatham House. Follow her @hannahekbryce.
Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, describes itself as an independent policy institute helping to build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.
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Women in the infantry: How the Army is growing its first female enlisted grunts
FORT BENNING, Ga. — Things are looking a little different on Sand Hill these days, and it's not just the coiled hair or the female drill sergeants screaming at recruit formations.
When the 198th Infantry Brigade welcomed its first gender-integrated class back in February, months of research and planning had gone into preparing one of the Army's last all-male environments for the arrival of the first women to enlist in the service's largest military occupational specialty.
"There hasn't been any light bulb moment of surprises," Capt. Seth Davis, a One Station Unit Training company commander, told Army Times on April 30. "Female gender integration is new to the infantry branch, but it's not new to the Army."
Officials across the Army, all the way up to Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey, had similar things to say — that the Army has been training men and women together and deploying them together for decades, and this move is largely business as usual.
But gender integration was a long fight, and, at every step, detractors within and outside the Army argued that women weren't physically up to the challenge. Some argued that women's unique medical needs would disqualify them, or throwing them into such a macho culture would damage unit cohesion.
"I've heard that story of, 'Women have been in combat.' That's a true statement — all of these statements are, in and of themselves, true statements," Maj. John Spencer — a former senior enlisted infantryman, one-time Ranger school instructor and current strategy expert at West Point's Modern War Institute — told Army Times. "But the statements are false in that women have not been integrated into these small units with the role of direct action, which creates its own subculture."
Thirty-two women reported to the first integrated infantry OSUT, where they were assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment.
On May 19, 18 of them graduated, earning their blue cords.
"These basic trainees are going to have to establish themselves and be judged, just like everybody else," Spencer said. "They can’t be upset they’re being judged, because the males are going to be judged the same. Sometimes there’s an extra perception added onto it [because of their gender], but everybody’s being judged on whether they’re weak or not."
In the spotlight
The Army officially lifted the ban on women serving in the infantry and armor branches at the end of January 2016, and by the end of the year had rounded up a handful of female noncommissioned officers and newly trained infantry officers to establish integrated chains of command based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Hood, Texas.
All they’re missing now are the female joes, hundreds of whom are scheduled to go through basic training at Fort Benning this year.
Women began enlisting as soon as the 11X infantry recruit MOS opened in April, and their stories went public.
Still, taking lessons from the 2015 integration of Ranger school, leaders were careful not to add too much pressure to the historic infantry OSUT class.
"Some of the things we’ve done in the past, we’ve brought a lot of attention," Dailey said. "I wanted to make sure we don’t disadvantage anyone by bringing that attention, and we’ve done very good at it this time."
Soldiers-in-training assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, start their first day of Infantry One Station Unit Training on Sand Hill, Fort Benning, Ga. The class that started Feb. 10 was the first to include female recruits.
Photo Credit: Patrick A. Albright/Army
Officials speculated that recruiters might have told the men or women that they were headed to the first integrated cycle, but couldn’t specify a time when anyone was briefed on the significance of their time at basic.
"At the in-brief, other than them looking left and right, I did not mention that," said Lt. Col. Samuel Edwards, commander of 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment. "I did not change that in-brief."
Starting at the top
For as long as a year before the women arrived, female drill sergeants were getting comfortable at Fort Benning, helping recruit battalions smooth out the final wrinkles while preparing themselves to lead grunts.
Sgt. 1st Class Karen Carter, who joined the Army as a culinary specialist before re-classing to intelligence analyst, arrived in January 2016.
"At first, I’m not going to lie, I was kind of surprised about getting orders for drill — and then finding out [I was going] to come here," she said. "I feel like we’re the face of the Army. We’re the first ones that they see when they come into the Army, the military. So just being here in OSUT world, it’s an honor."
Carter is one of a handful of female drill sergeants, one assigned to each platoon, and she got to cut her teeth with several cycles of all-male platoons before women arrived in February.
The training is the same, she said, as is the way she treats them. All of the leadership make it a point not to single out the women.
"I don’t think it’s a major change, but it’s something historic," Carter said. "They don’t really talk about it. Surprisingly, they actually just want to train. They understand that they are the first ones, but they’re not concentrating on it."
The only thing different might be the advice they get about packing, she said.
"We’re going to the field, hey, you might want to take some wipes," she said. "But everything else, it’s the same."
New soldiers conduct basic rifle marksmanship training at Fort Benning, Ga.
Photo Credit: Patrick A. Albright/Army
Carter and her fellow female drill sergeants were sent to Fort Benning as part of the Army’s "Leaders First" initiative, to provide seasoned role models so that female recruits have women to look up to, but also so that the men get used to the idea of being led by women.
"The best way is setting the example," Carter said. "A lot of them, they’re new to all these ruck marches. Or running. So me or one of the other female drills getting out there, climbing ropes, running, doing all the ruck marches, we’re setting that example and being that leader that they’re trying to look for."
It seems to be working, she said.
"I have a female that runs to anything," she said of one squad automatic weapon gunner, who stands at barely 5 feet tall. "She always wants to help, she always wants to train."
In her experience, she said, the women don’t need any more help than the men do, nor do they complain more.
"You know, I really expected that, but I didn’t get anything," she said. "They cry about their feet hurting, and it’s males and females. It’s the same thing. They miss home. Everybody gets homesick."
In the details
In the same way the Army’s other basic training posts are integrated, men and women on Sand Hill spend about 16 hours a day side by side.
Their only segregated time is in the barracks, from about 8 to 9 p.m. every night, where they study and prepare for the next day before lights out.
At 4:30 a.m., they’re up again, with a few minutes to brush their teeth and get dressed before they’re back in formation.
Infantry soldiers-in-training prepare to engage the opposing force during a squad training exercise May 2. The women are the first new enlisted recruits to go through Infantry One Station Unit Training.
Photo Credit: Patrick A. Albright/Army
Leaders at Fort Benning consulted basic training units at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, which have been integrated for decades. They also reached out to the British and Canadian armies, Edwards said.
Early on, they realized they were going to need a bigger barracks. The battalion solved that by moving its two companies to a new building, with enough space to designate a room for women.
They also needed enough female drill sergeants so that there is always a woman on staff duty, as well as security cameras recording the hallways and entrances to the building.
The battalion started the cycle with 32 women out of 180 total recruits. Each company set aside a female-only bay or barracks room, and, to start, eight women were assigned to each platoon.
Both in the barracks and out in the field, the differences are subtle, but they’re there.
Pink and purple running shoes are lined up on top of wall lockers in the bays. There were a handful of ponytails and braids mixed in on April 30, when the battalion headed out to a range for their first field training exercise.
Hair is generally the easiest way to tell men and women apart in a combat uniform, but that would be deceptive for these recruits.
A handful of the women chose to follow the men’s regulations and shave their heads, leaders said. They look identical to the men in their formation, until they speak.
"That would be the difference, but the training is the same," said Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Sapp, a drill sergeant. "They’ve just been driving on. They carry what everyone else carries. They walk the same amount of mileage. They push, they pull, they sweat, they bleed just like everybody else."
Infantry soldiers-in-training conduct close quarters battle training at Fort Benning, Ga. The Infantry One Station Unit Training class graduating on May 19 was the first to include female recruits.
Photo Credit: Patrick A. Albright/Army
For the culmination of their basic skills training and the first chance to put all of their new knowledge to the test, the soldiers spent a week dug into foxholes in the middle of the Georgia woods, braving 90-degree temperatures, torrential downpours and a tornado on post.
There are portable restrooms on the road for them to use, Davis said, and on foot marches, the new rule is that men relieve themselves on the left side of the path and women on the right.
"Push far enough into the trees that you can’t be seen, and do what you have to do," Davis said.
At night, drill sergeants make the rounds to make sure everyone is actually sleeping, while 30 percent to 50 percent of each platoon is on watch.
"The way we train them during the day, the idea is to get them so tired that when they’re executing the night training, [sleep is] all they want to do," Davis said. "I think we’re doing a good job, because one of the biggest problems we have is, when the drill sergeants are out patrolling at night, is finding people asleep."
Trial and error
On top of being the first gender integrated cycle, the February 2017 class also was the first to have completed the Army’s new, gender-neutral Occupational Physical Assessment Test.
The test features four events and is designed to level the playing field for assessing new recruits. Recruits have to score a certain number of points on the events in order to qualify for some of the higher-demand MOSs such as infantry.
Leaders universally hold up the OPAT as putting new recruits on equal physical footing on day one.
"There’s no separation at all. In infantry, you don’t separate. You don’t say, ‘Okay, she’s a female soldier, she can do a little less,’" said 1st Sgt. Oleg Lerner, the senior enlisted soldier for A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment.
It was too soon to tell whether OPAT affected injury or attrition rates, leaders said, but the first integrated cycle’s statistics were about on par with those at Fort Jackson and Fort Leonard Wood, where about 10 percent of men and 25 percent of women drop out.
"Just like the male population, you have some that come here very physically fit, and some who do need a little extra help," Davis said. "You have remedial training for when that happens, but no different than the average male soldier, to tell you the truth."
By early May, the 32 women in 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry had dwindled to 18, Davis said.
"We have attrition rates, both male and female, that are historic with [similar] MOSs," Dailey said. "These are the highest attrition MOSs for the Army, and from talking to other armies, they are higher for women."
Soldiers left Fort Benning — for a variety of reasons, from family issues to injuries and simple failure to adapt to military life — in similar numbers as they did when the battalion was all-male.
Infantry soldiers-in-training conduct their "Crossed Rifles Ceremony" after completing their culminating field training exercise on May 5 at Fort Benning, Ga.
Photo Credit: Patrick A. Albright/Army
'It's on the men'
For the recruits, this is the only Army they’ve ever known.
The key to a successful integration, Spencer said, is fostering a culture that sees women as capable — from the recruits who bring their preconceptions with them to the NCOs and officers who are dealing with the change in real-time.
"My growing up as a 17-year-old kid coming into the infantry, that type of culture is passed on," Spencer said.
He deployed as a platoon leader during the Iraq invasion, he said, where two female medics were attached to his all-male company.
"Soldiers not on patrol wanted to go talk to them," he said. "Not knowing better, it was like, ‘Don’t do that. That’s a distraction.’ When it’s just soldiers talking to soldiers."
He also offered an example of a female officer who didn’t want to be seen talking to male officers, because of the rumors that spread when she did.
It’s lower-level leadership’s job to set the example, Spencer said.
"There are some things that matter to us more than other cultures, and that has nothing to do with gender," he said. "It’s weakness. The culture does not like weakness. Weakness doesn’t have a gender bias."
Spencer, who has written multiple opinion pieces for publications including the Los Angeles Times and War on the Rocks, has said that he once believed that infantry was a man’s job and should stay that way.
"I definitely brought it in from society. We all go through things that shape what we think the military’s going to be and what war’s going to be," he said. "I came into the military that way, and it just got reinforced in a very male-dominated, alpha — where strength is the biggest thing, and physical fitness is so important because it has to be."
Experience changed his mind, he said.
"Some of that faded away," he said. "That wasn’t necessarily what mattered in achieving the mission."
Going through the repeal of "don’t ask, don’t tell" primed his opinion.
"I was in an organization that said that was going to destroy our culture, to let a homosexual into that organization. And it didn’t happen," he said. "All of the things that they say now about women — the evidence is now that it didn’t, because those things don’t matter when it comes to kicking in the door."
Women graduating Ranger school was another step toward gender parity, he said, because more than half of the soldiers who attempt it fail.
"That’s where some people’s sense of identity begins to crumble, when they see — they came into the organization with thoughts about females being weak, and all of a sudden they meet one who’s not, who has more status within this subculture than they do," he said.
And while it’s up to the women to meet the standards, he said, it’s the Army’s job to pick the right women and to set the conditions for them to succeed.
"The opposite of resisting this is to throw the doors wide open and look for the confirmation bias," he said, by failing to recruit the best women and give them the best support, then saying, "I told you so," when years have gone by and only a handful are still infantrymen.
"The hurdles are not gone, and that’s why this integration has to be closely watched," he said.
It’s too soon to tell whether the integration will be successful, but Dailey said he has a future benchmark in mind.
"If you want to ask what Sgt. Maj. Dailey’s definition of success is — 20 years," he said. "When we have a battalion command sergeant major and a battalion commander, female, leading [an infantry] battalion. That’s what it took in the Canadian army. Twenty years. That’s what it takes a male to do it."
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New concerns that lower fitness standards fuel disrespect for women
The Marine Corps' longstanding tradition of having two-tiered fitness requirements for men and women aims to ensure fairness, but a growing chorus of critics say it creates a double standard and implies that female Marines are not as physically capable as men.
It's another political battle inside the Corps over gender and standards that stems in part from last year's controversial decision to allow women to serve in combat units traditionally restricted to men.
The Marines recently began imposing gender neutral physical requirements for specific jobs, a move designed to moot concerns that physical standards will suffer as women integrate into combat units. Men and women in combat arms career fields must meet the exact same benchmarks.
Yet the annual fitness requirements — the Physical and Combat Fitness Tests that can be a key factor in promotions across the force — continue to enforce different sets of standards for men and women. Once viewed to help women succeed in the Corps, that double standard is now considered by many a problem.
"When individuals start out at the recruiting station and they see that women are held to lower standards and have a much lower fitness requirement to max out the PFT, that causes cultural reverberations down the line," said retired Lt. Col. Kate Germano, who was in charge of training female recruits at Parris Island. When women face lower expectations, they end up being less competitive than their male counterparts, Germano told Marine Corps Times.
"We end up letting the institution down because we have an end product that isn’t fit, isn’t strong and can’t compete with the men — and how disappointing is that, from a national security perspective?" she said.
For the routine fitness tests that Marines face, the gap between standards for men and women is clear:
- Men must complete a three-mile run within 18 minutes to get a maximum score on that portion of the PFT, while women younger than 40 have up to 21 minutes.
- For Marines between 17 and 20 years old, men must do 20 pullups to get a maximum score; women must do seven.
- On the CFT, men must lift a 30-pound ammunition can between 106 and 120 times within two minutes to get a max score. Women must lift the can between 66 and 75 times for a maximum score.
Right now, the Marine Corps has no plans to create a universal PFT and CFT for both male and female Marines, said Capt. Joshua Pena, a spokesman for Training and Education Command. A Defense Department instruction allows the services to adjust physical fitness standards by gender and age.
Many experts say the Marines' current policy makes sense. There’s clear scientific evidence that men on average are physically stronger than women.
For example, when male and female Marine recruits arrive at Parris Island boot camp, they undergo a gender-neutral strength test — and they do not perform equally.
For the men, about 98.6 percent pass the test. For women, it’s 92.7 percent.
It would be too difficult to determine a single physical standard for men and women — and most likely, such a standard would be too difficult for women to reach, said Brian Schilling, chair of kinesiology and nutrition sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"It is biologically correct to say that ‘physically fit’ for a woman is different than ‘physically fit’ for a man," Schilling said. "This is based on sex differences in body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, etc."
Both the PFT and CFT are meant to measure a Marine’s overall fitness, not how ready they are for combat, said Schilling.
The issue of gender roles and standards has never been more contentious inside the Marine Corps.
The integration of women into combat units began last year and is moving slowly. The top brass is fighting a sexism in the ranks amid allegations that some male Marines were posting online nude photos of female Marines. And the Corps is facing political pressure to integrate men and women into the same boot camp just as the other three military services have done.
Those concerns and controversies are leading to questions about the fitness standards, which critics say may be fueling a culture of misogyny inside the force.
"Women, from Day One, do not have to do the same PFT as men," said Maximilian Uriarte, a Marine veteran and the creator of the "Terminal Lance" comic strip. "
"To men, that’s immediately like: ‘Oh, they have not accomplished the same thing I have … Therefore, they do not rate the same respect that I do,’" he said.
One way to erase the gender gap, Uriarte said in an interview with Marine Corps Times, would be to have women meet the same standards as men on the PFT and CFT.
"I think you’d probably lose a lot of women, but the ones you’d keep would be really stellar, fighting, fit Marines that the men would respect on that level," he said.
Former Marine Maj. Kyleanne Hunter said female Marines can meet higher physical standards if they are given time to train properly. Right now, women are held to lower standards, the former H-1 Cobra helicopter pilot said. She recalls arriving at Officer Candidates School and being able to run three miles in 16 minutes, but because she was a woman, she was always put in the back of the group runs.
By the time she completed officer training, she could barely run three miles in 20 minutes, as she was never given opportunities to improve, she said.
"If somebody says, 'Don't run faster than 21 minutes,' it's going to be really hard to get an individual to run faster than 21 minutes," Hunter said.
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At 62, Marine veteran sets the Guinness record with 8-plus hour plank
62-year-old George Hood, who served as an officer in the Marine Corps, set the record for “longest time in an abdominal plank position (male)” with a time of 8 hours, 15 minutes, 15 seconds. Hood has 16 official attempts related to stationary cycling and planking with 13 world records.
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Army Basic Training PFT
Check out the updated version of the Army combat fitness test (ACFT).
The Army's basic training physical fitness test is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. It measures your physical strengths, abilities and cardio-respiratory fitness.
You are required to pass the basic training APFT to graduate boot camp and continue on to advance infantry training.
The three PFT events are two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a timed two-mile run. Your results from each event are assigned a score. Your age, gender and the amount of repetitions or time elapsed for each event determines your score. Unlike other military endurance tests, the APFT is normally performed in normal workout gear. To graduate boot camp, you must score 150 points or higher with at least 50 points in each event.
The following chart shows examples of the minimum requirements for the Army Basic Training PFT:
|Age Group||Gender||Push-Ups||Sit-Ups||2-Mile Run|
|22 - 26||Male||31||43||17:30|
The minimum score requirements for the basic training PFT differ from the requirements to graduate from AIT. To graduate AIT, you must score 180 points or higher on the end-of-cycle APFT with at least 60 points in each event.
The following chart shows the minimum score allowed to graduate from AIT and the requirements for your semiannual Army PFT thereafter:
|Age Group||Gender||Push-Ups||Sit-Ups||2-Mile Run|
These tables reflect the Army's bare minimum PFT requirements; however, these scores are considered below average and could reflect poorly on your record. In addition, the Army offers a physical fitness badge to those soldiers who score 270 or above on the Army PFT.
Army PFT Score Charts
If you want to maximize your score on the Army PFT, you will need to commit to a regular workout routine. To learn more about developing a personal workout to ace the APFT and earn the PF badge, check out Stew Smith's article on Preparing for the Army PFT.
Many of my favorite PT programs to train for the Army PFT can be found in the following Military.com links:
Other related Army fitness articles:
How do you prepare for a fitness assessment? Young or old, the ACFT is for everybody. Watch Alabama National Guard soldiers prepare for the Army's new physical fitness test.
Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Visit his Fitness eBook store if you’re looking to start a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle. Send your fitness questions to [email protected]
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