Army Physical Fitness Test - 2.5 Mile Walk
This event serves to assess cardiorespiratory and leg-muscle endurance.
Two stopwatches, one clipboard and pen for each scorer, numbers, and copies of the test instructions and standards are needed.
This event uses the same course as the 2-mile run.
One event supervisor and at least one scorer for every three soldiers to be tested are required. Appropriate safety, control, and medical personnel should
The event supervisor must read the following: “THE 2.5-MILE WALK IS USED TO ASSESS YOUR CARDIORESPIRATORY FITNESS AND LEG-MUSCLE ENDURANCE. ON THE COMMAND ‘GO,’ THE CLOCK WILL START, AND YOU WILL BEGIN WALKING AT YOUR OWN PACE. YOU MUST COMPLETE (describe the number of laps, start and finish points, and course layout). ONE FOOT MUST BE IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND AT ALL TIMES. IF YOU BREAK INTO A RUNNING STRIDE AT ANY TIME OR HAVE BOTH FEET OFF THE GROUND AT THE SAME TIME, YOUR PERFORMANCE IN THE EVENT WILL BE TERMINATED. YOU WILL BE SCORED ON YOUR ABILITY TO COMPLETE THE 2.5-MILE COURSE IN A TIME EQUAL TO OR LESS THAN THAT LISTED FOR YOUR AGE AND SEX. WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS EVENT?”
After reading the instructions, the event supervisor answers any related questions. He then divides the soldiers into groups of no more than three and
assigns each group to a scorer. Each soldier is issued a number which the scorer records on the scorecard.
The event supervisor is the timer. He uses the commands “Get set” and “Go.” Two stopwatches are used in case one fails. As the soldiers near the end of the 2.5-mile walk, the event supervisor starts calling off the elapsed time in minutes and seconds (for example,"Thirty-three-twenty-two, thirty-three -twenty-three, thirty-three-twenty-four,” and so on).
Scorers must observe the soldiers during the entire event and must ensure that the soldiers maintain a walking stride. Soldiers who break into any type of running stride will be terminated from the event and given a “no go.” When the event is over, scorers record the time in the 2-mile-run block on the scorecard, initial the appropriate block, and note in the comment block that the time is for a 2.5-mile walk and whether or not the testee received a "go" or "no go."