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Navy PRT Standards

The U.S. Navy is a demanding branch of the military that requires peak physical condition.

In order to determine if new recruits are prepared for service they must pass what is known as the Physical Readiness Test (PRT).

Navy PRT standards are baseline numbers for the minimum you should be able to accomplish for each designated activity. There are different standards for both males and females, and it’s your responsibility to make sure you can meet the minimum standards before arriving for boot camp.

Update April 2020 – The test standards below are accurate for calendar year 2020. If anything changes, we will immediately update the tables below.

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If you are considering joining the Navy, congratulations! It is one of the most rewarding branches of service in the U.S. Military.

But before you make it to boot camp make sure you are able to meet PRT standards:

Navy Male PRT Standards

Navy PRT standards are indicators of personal fitness levels. Image: Navy Live

Male sailors have different minimum standards for boot camp compared to females. The minimum expectations depend on your age.

In order to calculate your overall score:

    • Step 1: Determine the points you earned for each activity.
    • Step 2: Add the points for each individual event.
    • Step 3: Divide the total points by three to get an average.

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Navy PRT Standards – Male (Ages 17-19)

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Satisfactory Medium50544612:15

Navy PRT Standards – Male (Ages 20-24)

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Navy PRT Standards – Male (Ages 25-29)

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Navy PRT Standards – Male (Ages 30-34)

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Navy PRT Standards – Male (Ages 35-39)

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Navy Female PRT Standards

Female recruits have their own series of personal fitness expectations. Image:

Female sailors have different requirements compared to male enlistees. Once again, the expectations depend on age.

In order to calculate your overall score:

  • Step 1: Determine the points you earned for each activity.
  • Step 2: Add the points for each individual event.
  • Step 3: Divide the total points by three to get an average.

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Navy PRT Standards – Female (Ages 17-19)

Level of PerformancePointsCurl-UpsPush-Ups1.5 Mile Run
Satisfactory Medium50542014:45

Navy PRT Standards – Female (Ages 20-24)

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Satisfactory Medium50501715:15

Navy PRT Standards – Female (Ages 25-29)

Level of PerformancePointsCurl-UpsPush-Ups1.5 Mile Run
Satisfactory Medium50471515:45

Navy PRT Standards – Female (Ages 30-34)

Level of PerformancePointsCurl-UpsPush-Ups1.5 Mile Run
Satisfactory Medium50441316:15

Navy PRT Standards – Female (Ages 35-39)

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FAQ – Navy PRT Standards

The Navy explains that sailors must make sure they are physically prepared for the rigors of boot camp.

In order to make an easier adjustment to boot camp the PRT standards are outlined in advance to make sure you are meeting the minimum requirements.

Your recruiter will provide you with an approved “Fitness and Nutrition Guide” to help make the necessary adjustments.

If you have any other questions not explains in the FAQ, below, we recommend speaking your local recruiter for more information.

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Training for the PFA test is a challenge. Image: Today’s Military

What is the Navy PFA baseline?

After recruits are cleared by medical during Phase 1, known as “P-days”, the recruit is declared Fit for Fully Duty (FFD) and is permitted to begin PFA.

PFA is short for the Physical Fitness Assessment. The baseline PFA takes place at boot camp.

New recruits are required to complete a 1.5 mile run. Males must finish the 1.5 run in less than 16:10. Females must complete the run in less than 18:07.

The baseline is intended to make sure the new recruit meets the absolute minimum standards.

The recruit can continue with training and then must meet PRT standards based on age and gender.

Recruits that fail to pass the baseline are moved to FIT status.

FIT recruits are then provided 48 hours to pass the 1.5 mile run within the acceptable time limits.

Recruits that fail to pass on a second attempt are sent to SEPS and are no longer allowed to join the U.S. Navy.*

*Recruits that fail to meet the baseline by seconds may get granted a third opportunity.

Is the Navy PRT test hard?

The military has never been a place that takes it easy so you can definitely expect the PRT standards to challenge you physically like you never envisioned.

The standards are low enough that you are not expected to be in peak physical condition at the time of boot camp.

However, you need to make sure you are taking steps to improve endurance, strength, and cardiovascular fitness.

Here is a quick breakdown of the exercises you will do at PFA:

  • Curl-ups conducted with two minutes to complete exercise.
  • Push-ups conducted with two minutes to complete exercise
  • 1.5 mile run that needs to completed within certain time restraints.
  • Swim test composed of two modules. Some Navy recruits need to pass a third-class swim test. Module one includes a deep water jump, 50-yard swim, and 5-minute prone float face down. Swimmers that pass module one move on to the second module. It includes practical search and rescue drills.

How should I prepare for the Navy PRT test?

We recommend getting started on a regular, consistent fitness routine months in advance of boot camp.

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Physical fitness takes time to reach desired goals, especially if you consider yourself out of shape.

It is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle that promotes daily exercise and proper nutrition.

Your recruiter should provide you with a Fitness and Nutrition Guide. It can outline what type of diet plans will help you lose weight if that is one of your goals.

The PRT standards of the Navy require you to be well versed. Curl-ups and push-ups will test strength and endurance.

The long-distance run is designed to test stamina and mental toughness. The swim test has similar objectives.

You should practice swimming and running if you do not already consider yourself proficient at both exercises.

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What are Navy height and weight standards?

The Navy has height and weight standards that you also meet so long as you are over the age of 18.

If you need a diet plan to get yourself within the limits of the height and weight standards, the Navy recommends that you obtain advice from your personal physician. 

The military branch also recommends that you consult the Fitness and Nutrition Guide for specific diet plans in order to avoid having the Navy liable for any ill effects suffered in response to diet plans you are following outside Naval guidelines.


The Navy PRT standards are enforced to make sure new male and female recruits arrive at boot camp with basic physical conditions met.

Follow the age guidelines to determine the bare minimums in order to remain in boot camp and not get kicked out of the Navy.

Check out the physical fitness testing requirements for the other military branches below:

Army APFT Standards

Air Force PT Test Standards

Marine Corps PFT Standards

Coast Guard PT Test Standards

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General FAQ

What is the PRT Test?

Known as the Physical Readiness Test, the Navy PRT is a physical ability test involving running, push-ups, and sit-ups. It's conducted 2 times per year, and every active duty sailor and reservist needs to complete the test to a certain standard.

What happens if you fail the PRT test?

If you fail the PRT test, you will basically be put on probation. You'll get a 2nd chance to take the test, and if you fail the 2nd test you will be administratively separated from the Navy.

How should I prepare for the test?

You should consider doing routine physical training, specifically running, push-ups, and sit-ups, in your downtime aboard the ship or shore duty location. Find out more about how to get in shape for the military here.

Is the Navy PRT test hard?

All things considered, the PRT test is not particularly difficult. As long as you keep yourself in relatively good shape, you should have no problems passing the test.

Are the standards the same for males and females?

No. There are distinct differences between the standards for males and females, the former being relatively harder than the latter.

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