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The Air Force BMT Fitness Test

The PFT Bible

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The Air Force Basic Military Training Physical Fitness Test is a three-event physical performance test used to test your endurance. It measures your physical strength and abilities, and your cardio-respiratory fitness. You are required to pass the Basic Military Training PFT to graduate and continue on to your Technical School.

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

While at BMT you will perform physical conditioning six days a week with alternating days of muscular endurance exercises and aerobic running.  Boot Camp will be much easier for you if you prepare in advance and are able to meet the following fitness level before you arrive at BMT. Click here to see the fitness charts

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:


Run(1.5 mile)




Liberator (minimum graduation standard)

11:57 min.




Thunderbolt (honor graduate standard)

8:55 min.




Warhawk (extraordinary --highest standard)

8:08 min.






Liberator (minimum graduation standard)

13:56 min.




Thunderbolt (honor graduate standard)

11:33 min.




Warhawk (extraordinary --highest standard)

10:55 min.





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

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:

  • Other Related Air Force Fitness Articles:

  • Air Force Weight Standards

  • Air Force Fitness Workout Plan

  • Performing for the Special Forces

  • The Air Force OTS Workout

  • Air Force PJ / CCT Workout

  • The Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Bootcamp Workout

  • Physical Fitness Test Anxiety


    Hope this helps you develop programs to graduate Air Force Training (whether enlisting or going officer).  If you have any questions, please email me at and I will answer them or use them in an upcoming article (without using your name).

  • Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at



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