The APFT consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a 2-mile run—done in that order—on the same day. Soldiers are allowed a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes rest between events. All three events must be completed within two hours. The test period is defined as the period of time that elapses from the start to the finish of the three events (from the first push-up performed to the last Soldier crossing the finish line of the 2-mile run event).
Soldiers in basic training (BCT) must attain 50 points in each event and an overall score of 150 points. By the end of basic training all soldiers must achieve 60 points in each event and have an overall score of at least 180 points.