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US Public Health

U.S. Public Health Service - Force Deployment Standards

The U.S. Public Health Service responds to natural and manmade disasters both in the United States and the world. Commissioned officers may be called upon to work in challenging and dangerous conditions; conditions where a solid level of fitness is important to the officer, their team and the people they are serving.

Fitness is assessed through an annual test of cardiovascular and muscular fitness and endurance. Cardiovascular endurance is measured through either running/walking and/or swimming. Strength is measured through side-bridges, sit ups and push ups.

Each of the fitness tests is graded based on age, gender and four different levels of performance. To pass the annual fitness exam, one must meet or exceed Level 1 standards for either the side-bridge or sit ups, the push ups and one of the cardiovascular endurance tests (the run/walk, or swim). The overall fitness score is the lowest category Level score in any fitness test.


Cardiovascular Endurance

The 1.5-mile Run/Walk consists of running or walking 1.5 miles as quickly as possible. Any combination of running or walking is allowed. The various standards for the four fitness levels are shown in the table below:

1.5 Mile Run/Walk
Fitness
Level
Men - Age Groups Women - Age Groups
20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
4 Less Than 8:14 Less Than 8:45 Less Than 9:31 Less Than 10:41 Less Than 10:48 Less Than 11:50 Less Than 12:52 Less Than 14:21
3 8:14-10:16 8:45-10:47 9:31-11:44 10:41-12:51 10:48-12:51 11:50-13:43 12:52-14:31 14:21-15:57
2 10:17-12:51 10:48-13:36 11:45-14:29 12:52-15:26 12:52-15:26 13:44-15:57 14:32-16:58 15:58-17:55
1 12:52-15:12 13:37-15:52 14:30-16:28 15:27-17:29 15:27-17:21 15:58-18:00 16:59-18:31 17:56-19:30

In the 500 yard swim test any stroke is permissible. The swimmer begins the test in the water and may push off with hands and feet from the ends of the pool. Resting is permitted; however, no forward motion can be had while resting. Goggles, facemasks, caps and ear plugs may be used; fins, snorkels and any type of flotation device may not be used.

500 Yard Swim
Fitness
Level
Men - Age Groups Women - Age Groups
20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
4 Less Than 7:31 Less Than 7:46 Less Than 8:01 Less Than 8:16 Less Than 8:46 Less Than 9:16 Less Than 9:46 Less Than 10:01
3 7:31-8:45 7:46-9:00 8:01-9:15 8:16-9:30 8:46-10:00 9:16-10:30 9:46-11:00 10:01-11:15
2 8:46-11:30 9:01-11:45 9:16-12:00 9:31-12:15 10:01-13:15 10:31-13:45 11:01-14:15 11:16-14:45
1 11:31-13:00 11:46-13:15 12:01-13:30 12:16-13:45 13:16-14:30 13:46-15:00 14:16-15:30 14:46-15:45

Muscular Strength

In the push up test, the hands should be directly beneath the shoulders. The back, legs and torso must be straight as the push up is performed. The push up is complete when the body is lowered to the point where the back, legs and torso are parallel to the floor then lifted again to the starting position. Rest may be had in the up (starting) position. The objective is to complete as many push ups as possible in a two minute time period.

Push Ups
Fitness
Level
Men - Age Groups Women - Age Groups
20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
4 More Than 81 More Than 74 More Than 67 More Than 59 More Than 44 More Than 41 More Than 37 More Than 33
3 71-80 64-73 56-66 49-58 39-43 35-40 32-36 28-32
2 47-70 41-63 34-55 30-48 21-38 17-34 31-12 27-10
1 37-46 31-40 24-33 19-29 16-20 16-11 7-11 2-9

The sit up test needs to be conducted with the aid of a partner to hold the participant's feet. Start by lying flat on your back with your knees bent and arms folded across the chest. Curl the body up and touch the elbows to the thighs while keeping the hands in contact with the chest or shoulders. Roll back and touch the lower edge of the shoulders to the floor. Rest is allowed in either the up or down position. The objective is to complete as many sit ups as possible with proper form in two minutes.

Sit Ups
Fitness
Level
Men - Age Groups Women - Age Groups
20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
4 More Than 97 More Than 91 More Than 84 More Than 77 More Than 97 More Than 91 More Than 84 More Than 77
3 87-97 81-91 76-84 71-77 87-97 81-91 76-84 71-77
2 58-86 51-80 44-75 37-70 58-86 51-80 44-75 37-70
1 46-57 40-50 35-43 29-36 46-57 40-50 35-43 29-36

The Side-Bridge test starts by laying down on your side with the elbow, forearm and fist supporting the upper body. The foot of the bottom leg is wrapped around the foot of the top leg. Press to the ground, then push up so that the trunk and pelvis are in a straight line with the legs. Don't rotate the trunk forward or backwards. The hips should not move to the rear either. Hold this position as long as possible -- don't hold your breath!

Side-Bridge Exercise
Fitness
Level
Men Women
Time in Seconds Time in Seconds
4 More than 162 More than 134
3 128-162 103-134
2 60-128 41-102
1 26-59 10-41

Information from U.S. Public Health Service website.

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