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Air Force PT Test 2019

Answering the call to serve in the military takes courage, humility, and sacrifice. With less than 1% of the entire U.S. population serving in the Armed Forces, the military is not for everyone. Those that do sign up for the military know the road ahead is full of challenges and lessons that will shape them for the rest of their lives.

And the first step starts with basic military training. Basic training requires physical endurance and mental strength to push through a series of challenges and the day-to-day grind of transforming from civilian to servicemember.

If you’re joining the Air Force or are interested in it, this post takes a look at the Air Force Physical Training Test and how you can pass it.

What Is the Air Force PT Test?

The Air Force PT Test is a three-part physical test focused on testing your endurance, strength, and cardio fitness. You have to pass the PT test to graduate boot camp, and as part of any promotions, you may be up for during your time in service.

The Air Force PT Test Standards include a one-minute test of pushups, one minute test of situps and a mile and half run that is timed.

Air Force Basic Training Physical Requirements

Male Fitness Requirements

Males must meet the minimum physical requirements for the PT test by running the mile and a half in 11:57, complete 45 pushups in one minute and 50 situps in one minute as well.

Standard1.5 Mile RunPush-UpsSit-UpsPull-Ups

Push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups are measured in a one-minute time interval.

Female Fitness Requirements

Females have to have a time of 13:56 for the mile and a half, complete 27 pushups and 50 situps to pass the Air Force PT Test.

Standard1.5 Mile RunPush-UpsSit-UpsPull-Ups

Push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups are measured in a one-minute time interval.

Level Standards For Air Force PT Test

The Air Force uses three different levels of standards for the Physical Fitness Test.

Liberator – The minimum standards you must meet during basic training.

Thunderbolt – The standards you must meet in order to be considered for honor graduate.

Warhawk – The highest standards of the PT test.

Is there a certain weight I need to be while I’m in the Air Force?

As with all things in the military, there are requirements for you in regards to your height and weight. You can see the chart below from our friends at of what the minimum should be.

Height (Inches)Max Weight (lbs)

What Are Some Exercises I Can Do to Pass?

Your recruiter will tell you that throwing on your shoes and hitting the pavement for a run is the best medicine for any sufficient PT test score. While we are in agreement with that, you should make sure you are doing pushups and situps on the daily if you wish to not only pass the test but stand out from the rest of your platoon.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Pushup/Situp Cycles

Aim for 5 to 10 rounds doing ten pushups first and then doing ten situps. Doing both counts as one round.


Planks are a great way to stabilize and strengthen your core which will come in handy when you are trying to earn honor grad in basic military training. We recommend 3 sets of 30 seconds to start. Each week, add 10 more seconds to each set of planks.

Flexed Arm Hang/Pull-ups

There is nothing like good old fashion pullups to get you lean and mean and starting out with 3 sets of 3 is an excellent place to get you stronger. Some of you may not be able to do pull-ups just yet, and that’s totally alright! Pull-ups are one of the hardest exercises to do since you’re fighting against gravity pulling your chin above a bar so if you are struggling to do 3 pullups, try the flexed arm hang. The flexed arm hang will develop the arm strength necessary to help you knock out those pushups needed to pass the PT test with flying colors.

Is There Anything Else I Need to Know?

Well, of course, there is!

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Our easy to use service allows your parents to update you on all things going on back home and to give you some motivation especially when your Training Instructor has been chewing you out the last week.

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