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Physical Fitness Requirements of the US Coast Guard

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Chris Passas is a freelance writer from Nags Head, N.C. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He has written online instructional articles since September 2009.
Physical Fitness Requirements of the US Coast Guard
Pushups are part of the U.S. Coast Guard's fitness requirements. Photo Credit AmmentorpDK/iStock/Getty Images

The physical fitness requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard exist to ensure that service members will be fit for duty in physical conditioning. The U.S. Coast Guard focuses on factors such as aerobic capacity, muscular endurance and muscular strength to determine whether a service member is at optimum fitness.

Pushups

Physical Fitness Requirements of the US Coast Guard
There is a pushup requirement in the Coast Guard. Photo Credit aaron_belford/iStock/Getty Images

U.S. Coast Guard service members have one minute to perform a set number of pushups.
Men younger than 30 should be able to complete 29 pushups; men between the ages of 30 and 39 should complete 24 pushups; and men over 40 should complete 18 pushups, according to Military.com.
Women younger than 30 should complete 23 pushups; women between 30 and 39 should complete 19 pushups; and women over 40 should complete 13 pushups.

Situps

Physical Fitness Requirements of the US Coast Guard
Service members need to be able to complete a certain number of situps. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Service members have one minute to complete a set number of situps.
Men younger than 30 should be able to complete 38 situps; men between 30 and 39 should complete 35 situps; and men over 40 should complete 29 situps, according to Military.com
Women younger than 30 should complete 32 situps; women between 30 and 39 should complete 25 situps; and women over 40 should complete 20 situps.

1.5-Mile Run

Physical Fitness Requirements of the US Coast Guard
There is also a running test. Photo Credit fatchoi/iStock/Getty Images

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard must run 1.5 miles within a set amount of time, according to the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Men younger than 30 must complete the run within 12 minutes, 51 seconds; men between 30 and 39 must finish within 13 minutes, 36 seconds; and men over 40 must finish within 14 minutes, 29 seconds.
Women younger than 30 must finish within 15 minutes, 26 seconds; women between 30 and 39 must finish within 15 minutes, 57 seconds; and women over 40 must finish within 16 minutes, 58 seconds.

Swimming Test

Physical Fitness Requirements of the US Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard requires a swimming test. Photo Credit Steve Rabin/iStock/Getty Images

Service members must swim for a set distance within 12 minutes, according to Military.com.
Men younger than 30 must swim 500 yards; men between 30 and 39 must swim 450 yards; and men over 40 must swim 400 yards.
Women younger than 30 must swim 400 yards; women between 30 and 39 must swim 350 yards; and women over 40 must swim 300 yards.

Sit and Reach

Physical Fitness Requirements of the US Coast Guard
The sit and reach test involves sitting with your legs extended in front of you. Photo Credit Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images

The sit and reach involves sitting with your legs extended in front of you. Service members should be able lean forward and reach a certain distance beyond their knees with their fingertips.
Men younger than 30 must reach at least 16.5 inches past their knees; men between 30 and 39 must reach 15.5 inches; and men over 40 must reach 14.25 inches.
Women younger than 30 must reach 19.25 inches; women between 30 and 39 must reach 18.25 inches; and women over 40 must reach 17.25 inches.

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