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Navy Physical Readiness Test

Intro

Physical fitness is a big part of life in the Navy. To ensure the fleet stays mission-ready, all active-duty and reserve Navy personnel must train regularly and take a fitness test every six months to ensure they can meet the physical demands of military service.

Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT)

The PRT measures muscular endurance and aerobic capacity. It also includes a body composition assessment measuring height/weight, abdominal circumference, and body fat.

PRT events

The PRT has three events: curl-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5-mile timed run/walk. Since the run cannot be performed at some commands, such as at sea, there are alternate cardio options to replace it.

To perform the test, the member must complete the following events:
  • Do as many curl-ups as you can in two minutes.
  • Do as many push-ups you can in two minutes.
  • Run/walk 1.5 miles as quickly as you can, or:
  • Swim 500-yards as quickly as you can.
  • Pedal a stationary cycle to burn as many calories as possible in 12 minutes.
  • Run/walk a 1.5-miles on a treadmill as quickly as you can.

How the PRT is scored

PRT scoring has five performance categories: outstanding, excellent, and good (each three performance levels: high, medium, and low), satisfactory (with performance two levels: high and medium), and probationary, and of course there is failure. To pass the PRT, you must score at least satisfactory or probationary in all three events.

There are charts that indicate what minimum counts or times you must achieve to score at a level. The charts account for the gender and age of the participant. For example, for an overall score of 100/Outstanding-High, the following scores are required:
  • Males 17-19 years of age must do 109 sit-ups in two minutes, 92 push-ups in two min, and run 1.5 miles in 8:15 minutes and seconds.
  • Females 17-19 years of age must do 109 sit-ups in two minutes,51 push-ups in two min, and run 1.5 miles in 9:29 minutes and seconds.

Body composition

Included in the PRT is body composition measurements. Personnel who exceed the standard weight for their height will be measured for body fat. Personnel who exceed the body fat standard for their gender and age are deemed as overweight. The percentage of body fat limits by gender and age are as follows:

Male
18-21 years old: 22%
22-29 years old: 23%
30-39 years old: 24%
40 +   years old: 26%
 Female
18-21 years old: 33%
22-29 years old: 34%
30-39 years old: 35%
40 +   years old: 36%
Sailors who exceed their allowable body-fat are deemed overweight, screened by medical personnel, and entered in a mandatory weight-loss program. While in overweight status, sailors are ineligible for promotion, ineligible for many volunteer assignments and schools, it will adversely affect their Navy FITREP. and they are not eligible to reenlist.

Changes to the PRT in 2020

  • Curl-ups. Curl-ups will be replaced with a forearm plank exercise. A plank requires you to hold a position like a push-up (lifting your torso off the ground and supporting your weight on your toes, forearms, and elbows while keeping your body rigid.) for a prescribed time. The plank strengthens your core muscles and is less likely to aggravate lower back injuries than curl-ups.
  • Indoor row. A timed 2-kilometer indoor row will be offered as an option to the running portion of the test. in commands that have rowing machines.
For more information on the Navy’s physical fitness program check out the Navy Personnel Command website.

Evaluate your fitness level

The Navy PRT standards are a good way for you to evaluate your physical fitness level. Run the test yourself and obtain your scores using the charts located at this link: navy-prt.com. You can also check to see if your weight and body fat are within standards using the charts at the site.

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