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Annual Physical Fitness Test (APFT) Guide

Re-Developed by the CCHQ APFT Working Group

New Guidelines

Effective January 1, 2016


 Link to Announcement of Revised APFT Memo

Link to APFT Procedures and Instructions

Link to Basic Readiness Information/Requirements


Passing the APFT demonstrates an officer's basic level of fitness and is needed to achieve USPHS Commissioned Corps basic readiness requirements.  As leaders in public health and visible members of a uniformed service, every Commissioned Corps officer should be a role model of the attributes of health described in key policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including Health People 2020, the National Prevention Strategy, and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  Additionally, officers are required to be prepared (and accountable) to rapidly and effectively respond to public health emergencies.  As you are aware, all officers are required to maintain basic readiness as a Condition of Service in US Code - Title 42 (42USC204a).


The APFT determines an officer’s level of cardiovascular fitness as well as specific core and upper body muscular fitness and endurance. These areas are measured through a combination of exercises including: a 1.5 mile run/walk or 500-yard/450-meter swim for cardiovascular endurance, side-bridge or sit-ups for core muscle endurance, and push-ups for upper body muscular endurance.




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Basic readiness checks are being held monthly. Do you need a Commissioned Corps officer to proctor your APFT? If you need a proctor, the ACOA APFT Cadre can proctor your APFT and help you maintain readiness! APFTs can be proctored at campuses with a gym.   


If you’re interested, please contact LCDR Rachel Cook( and LT Bradley Goodwin(, who can help connect you to an ACOA APFT Cadre member to proctor your APFT. Information on APFT standards can be found here:

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