Could You Pass the FBI Fitness Test?
Ever wonder what it takes physically to be an FBI agent? After a 16-year hiatus, the FBI is now requiring all current and prospective agents to pass a physical fitness test (PFT). In an internal memo to his agents, FBI director, James B. Comey wrote, “The lives of your colleagues and those you protect may well depend upon your ability to run, fight and shoot, no matter what job you hold.” This includes those agents who spend most hours in front of a desk.
The FBI has been formally training agents since the 1920s, but in 1999 the fitness requirement became no longer mandatory. According to the New York Times, Comey was inspired when he visited the field offices and noticed that morale was low. He felt that “reinstituting the test would send the message about the importance of fitness, stress management and work-life balance.”
The 13,500 FBI agents worldwide have until October to take the test, which consists of four exercises: sit-ups, push-ups, a 300-meter sprint, and a 1.5-mile run each separated by a five-minute break. The better you do at each exercise, the more points you are awarded. Pass it and maybe you could become the next Johnny Utah.
FBI Fitness Test Requirements
The increased demands of working long days for the FBI in areas including terrorism, cybersecurity and intelligence was beginning to take a toll on agents’ health. Physical fitness is important when working in the field. FBI agents must be able to respond quickly in situations like a mass shooting, where agents would have to chase and/or restrain suspects. Below are some of the minimum requirements to pass the FBI fitness test based on age and sex. More can be found here.
Men, aged 20-29:
Do 38 sit-ups in a minute
Complete 29 push-ups without stopping
Sprint 300 meters in 59 seconds
Run 1.5 miles in 12:29
Women, age 20-29:
Do 32 sit-ups in a minute
Complete 15 push-ups without stopping
Sprint 300 meters in 71 seconds
Run 1.5-miles in 15:05
Women, age 30-39:
Do 25 sit-ups in a minute
Complete 11 push-ups without stopping
Sprint 300 meters in 86 seconds
Run 1.5 miles in 15:56
Men, age 40-49
Do 29 sit-ups in a minute
Complete 18 push-ups without stopping
Sprint 300 meters in 72 seconds
Run 1.5 miles in 13:50
Women, age 50-59:
Do 14 sit-ups in a minute
Complete 5 push-ups without stopping
Sprint 300 meters in 113 seconds
Run 1.5 miles in 19:10