|How to administer the APFT
The APFT consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a 2-mile run the events must be completed in this order and on the
same day. The Soldiers that are being tested must be allowed a minimum of 10 minutes and not more 20 minutes
rest between events. All three events must be completed within two hours. The test period is defined as the
period of time that elapses from the start to the finish of the three events
Army Physical Fitness Test results will be recorded on DA Form 705, Physical Fitness Scorecard. One scorecard
will be maintained for each Soldier. The scorecard will be kept in a central location in the unit and will accompany
the individual military personnel records jacket at the time of permanent change of station. Units and separate
offices monitor the performance and progress of their Soldiers. Individual Soldiers are not authorized to
administer the APFT to themselves to simply satisfy record test requirements. A minimum of four Soldiers are
required to administer an APFT: an OIC or NCOIC, an event supervisor(s), an event scorer and support
personnel. Another Soldier being tested or support personnel may act as the holder to secure the Soldier’s
ankles during the sit-up event.
Any piece of clothing not prescribed as a component of the IPFU, ACU or commander authorized civilian attire is
not permitted for wear during the APFT. Neither are devices or equipment that offer any potential for unfair
advantage during testing. Unless prescribed as part of the Soldier’s medical profile, the wearing of the following
items are not authorized:
nasal strips, weight lifting gloves, back braces, elastic bandages, or braces. Electronic devices are also not
authorized (MP3 players, radios, cell phones and compact disc players). AR 670-1, Wear and Appearance of
Army Uniforms and Insignia, specifies the components of the IPFU ensemble.
The success of any physical fitness testing program depends on obtaining valid and accurate test results.
Therefore, the APFT must be administered properly to accurately evaluate individual Soldier and unit physical
fitness. Supervision of the APFT is necessary to ensure the objectives of the physical fitness program are met.
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How to Administer
the Army Physical Fitness Test APFT
The Army Physical Fitness Test APFT is a tool that Commanders use to determine their unit's level overall level of
fitness and helps them develop an adequate training program for their unit. The APFT also translates into promotion
points for enlisted Soldiers that are trying to move up the ranks. All Soldiers Officer and Enlisted must pass the APFT,
those that fail to meet the standard of 60 points in each event will flagged and will not be granted any favorable actions
such as tuition assistance for college classes, promotion and any other type of favorable action. Commanders can
order an APFT for their units at any time but they normally do it twice a year, usually May and October.