Aug 19 2008

Could you Pass a U.S. Army Physical Training (PT) Test?

Posted at 8:57 pm under Health and Fitness

  • Sumo

army physical training test I got out of the Army a little over a year ago, from the time of writing. After Claudia and I quit smoking in January of 2008, and sitting on my butt everyday working at home, I gained somewhere around 20lbs.

A few months ago I realized it was time to get back in shape and after 5 years in the Army I went back to what I was doing then… lots of running, push ups and sit ups.

I’ve been making some great progress, but I constantly measure my current fitness level with that 3 or 4 years ago, when I was at my peek physical shape.

At that time I was scoring a 280/300 on average on my PT tests. Now, although I do feel like I’m in decent shape, I wouldn’t come close!

I thought people might think it’s cool to see how they would do on an Army PT test, so I’ve pasted a link below that goes to the official PT Score card. It’s a PDF document. Just scroll down and you’ll see a scale for the 2 mile run, 2 minute of push ups and 2 minutes of sit-ups.

Just go to your age group and gender and look over at what constitutes what as far as points. Add up your points for the push-ups, sit-ups and run and you have your final score. You must get a minimum of 60 points in each event in order to pass the test with the max being 300. (you’ll probably need to zoom in to see them)

Here it is:

(Just ignore “test 2,” “test 3” etc. those are just for future tests.)

For more on Army Physical Fitness Training, see FM 21-20

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Could you Pass a U.S. Army Physical Training (PT) Test?”

  1. Todd Morrison 21 Aug 2008 at 8:00 am 1

    Hey Josh,

    I haven’t actually done the Army PT test … but our AF one is starting to catch up a little bit. lol, at least it’s not that joke of a bike anymore. We run a mile and half, do push-ups and sit-ups for 60 seconds, and have our waist measured. Running is worth the most, waist is second, push ups and sit ups are 10 each … it all ends up being a 100 point scale.

    May one of these days, just for the fun of it, I’ll do the Army test just to see what I’d score.

    I do work at an Army airfield afterall.

    Catch up with you again soon,

  2. Mark Masonon 29 Aug 2008 at 3:11 am 2


    I plan to try this over the weekend. It will be ugly, but at least I can measure my journey to 300. So, I’ll post my score here. We can race to 300.


  3. Josephon 15 Sep 2008 at 2:29 am 3

    Hey, As far as staying in shape i;m in a similar hole. I just completed Basic Training and have returned home to complete high school before shipping out to AIT. Lemmie tell you, staying in shape without people screaming at me is kinda tough. I think its more staying motivated than anything.

    Good job getting back in shape.

  4. Josh Spauldingon 16 Sep 2008 at 9:06 am 4

    I guess Mark didn’t get to it lol

    @ Joseph – Ah you’ll make it once you get to your first duty station 😉 They’ll get you right back in shape. btw, if you want to impress your next unit print out a board study guide and learn it! People get lazy once they’ve been in for a while, so those Soldiers who apply themselves and learn things without being told to go places fast… like E5 in under 2 years 😉

    Good luck and stay safe!

  5. joeon 11 Sep 2009 at 2:47 pm 5

    hey! this article really helped me out! i was worried about passing the pt but after seeing the requirements i could pass it easily! i can’t thank u enough man! u really helped relieve some of the stress i’ve been havin! thanks! =]

  6. Royon 16 Mar 2010 at 2:53 am 6


    hey man ive been in the army a few years and i wanted to say thanks for the training and leadership you provide here. id give you an excellent bullet on your ncoer for those two categories.

  7. Schattenwolfeon 26 Aug 2010 at 2:31 pm 7

    Proud bearer of a 321 pt score on the extended scale

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