Physical Agility Test

Candidates are required to pass the physical agility test at 50% in each area to continue with the selection process. Following are the instructions for the physical agility exercises, to include: vertical jump, push-ups, isometric plank, and the 1.5 mile run.

It is recommended that the candidate should abstain from smoking or eating for a minimum of two hours preceding the test on the day of. It is advisable to allow adequate time prior to the test for stretching and warm-up exercises. An important consideration at the end of the run is the “cool down” period. The candidates should be cautioned about standing around immediately after the run, to prevent pooling of the blood in the lower extremities, which reduces the return of the blood to the heart. An additional walk for at least five minutes after the test should be sufficient for the cool down period.

On the day of the test.

Candidates MUST present:

  • Photo identification (i.e. driver license, passport, or military I.D. card) with which we will verify each candidate’s birth date (must be 21 years of age on/by the date of the physical agility test)
  • Release of Information Form
  • Background Personal History Questionnaire
  • DD-214 (if applicable)
  • Any additional background documents to check-in at the examination site
Candidates reaching this phase will be notified of the event date, time and place of the physical agility test.

Explosive
Strength

(Vertical Jump, Men and Women) Candidates must jump from a stationary, standing position with both feet on the ground. Either arm may be extended to reach maximum height.


Minimum requirement for
jump, 14.5 inches

Strength
Test

(Push-ups, Men and Women)
The candidate assumes a front-leaning position with the hands placed where they are most comfortable. The back, buttocks and legs must be straight from head to heels. Begin the push-up by bending the elbows and lowering the entire body until the tops of the upper arms, shoulders and lower back are aligned and parallel to the floor. (A fist may be placed under the candidates sternum and should be touched.) Return to the starting position by locking the elbows. During the test the candidate cannot rest. If the candidate does not keep the body straight or lock the elbows completely, that repetition does not count. The score is the number of push-ups completed, there is no time limit.


Minimum requirement for
push-ups, 14

Muscular
Endurance

(Isometric Plank, Men and Women)
The candidate gets in a push-up-like position, with the body's weight on forearms, elbows, and toes. The body should form a straight line from head to heels.


Minimum requirement for
plank, 30 Seconds

Cardiovascular
Endurance

(1.5 Mile Run, Men and Women)
The test involves measuring the time spent in running 1.5 miles. The distance covered in a specific amount of time is then used to determine the fitness category of the individual. This test requires a nearly exhaustive effort. It is assumed that the individual has had the proper medical examination and has been cleared for an exercise program.


Minimum requirement for
1.5 mile run, 16:11

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