For instructions on practicing or proctoring the PRT:


Objective: To measure abdominal strength/endurance by maintaining the plank position for a set time limit based on age.

Testing: See the instructional video below for information.

Rules: See the instructional video below for information.


Objective: To measure upper body strength/endurance by maximum number of push-ups completed.

Testing: The Cadet lies face down on the mat in push-up position with hands under shoulders, fingers straight, and legs straight, parallel, and slightly apart, with the toes supporting the feet. The Cadet straightens the arms, keeping the back and knees straight, then lowers the body until there is a 90-degree angle at the elbows, with the upper arms parallel to the floor. A partner holds her/his hand at the point of the 90-degree angle so that the Cadet being tested goes down only until her/his shoulder touches the partner’s hand, then back up. The push-ups are done until the Cadet can do no more time expires or has reached the target number.

Rules: Record only those push-ups done with proper form.


Objective: To measure heart/lung endurance by fastest time to cover a one-mile distance.

Testing: On a safe one-mile distance, Cadets begin running on the count "Ready? Go!" Walking may be interspersed with running. However, the Cadets should be encouraged to cover the distance in as short a time as possible.

Rules: Before administering this test, Cadets' health status should be reviewed. Also, Cadets should be given ample instruction on how to pace themselves and should be allowed to practice running this distance against time. Sufficient time should be allowed for warming up and cooling down before and after the test. Times are recorded in minutes and seconds.


Minimum Standards (must pass for promotion and advanced training)

Minimum Standards for Physical Fitness Ribbon

Standards for Physical Fitness Ribbon /Expert "E" Appurtenance