Air Force BMT Physical Fitness Test

Preparing for the Air Force Basic Military Training physical fitness test
Tyler M. Martin, left, and Richard J. Weaver, both members of the 108th Wing Student Flight, perform the push-up portion of the physical fitness test April 13, 2013, at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, N.J. (Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

The Air Force's Basic Military Training physical fitness test is a three-event physical performance test used to test your endurance. It measures your physical strengths, abilities and cardiorespiratory fitness. You are required to pass the Basic Military Training PFT to graduate boot camp and continue on to advanced individual training.

The three PFT events are one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups and a timed 1.5-mile run. The PFT normally is performed in workout gear, and the run is completed in running shoes.

While at BMT, you will perform physical conditioning five days a week, with alternating days of muscular endurance exercises and aerobic running. Boot camp will be much easier if you prepare in advance and can meet the following fitness level before you arrive at BMT. To graduate boot camp, you must meet the minimum requirements for each event. The following chart shows physical fitness achievement levels as well as the minimum requirements for graduating Air Force Basic Military Training:

Males Run (2 miles) Run (1.5 mile) Push-ups Sit-ups Pull-ups
Liberator (minimum graduation standard) 16:45 min. 11:57 min. 45 50 0
Thunderbolt (honor graduate standard) 14:15 min. 8:55 min. 62 70 4
Warhawk (extraordinary - highest standard) 13:30 min. 8:08 min. 75 80 10
Liberator (minimum graduation standard) 19:45 min. 13:56 min. 27 50 0
Thunderbolt (honor graduate standard) 16:00 min. 11:33 min. 37 60 2
Warhawk (extraordinary --highest standard) 15:00 min. 10:55 min. 40 75 5

If you want to earn the Air Force Warhawk award on the physical fitness test, check out Stew Smith's article titled, "Preparing for Boot Camp of Any Service."

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    Command Sergeant Major T. S. Decker demonstrates the proper form for sit-ups, pull-ups and push-ups for boot camp requirements.

    Stew will teach you to develop your own personal workout routine. PT programs to train for the Air Force fitness test can be found in the following links:

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