COT Physical Fitness Training Update

Hey everyone! You may have already read my other posts on physical fitness training at COT, and how to prepare. I think it’s important to mention that there has been a shift in how the initial PT test is treated. Several years ago, if you failed the “diagnostic” PT test that you take at the beginning of COT, you might lose certain privileges, but you were permitted to stay and complete the course. This changed as of summer 2015 and now they are sending people home if you can’t pass the initial PT test.

The official Commissioned Officer Training website says

You will be tested for fitness within your first four days at COT.  If you fail, you will be subject to disenrollment. […]

Check out the links for the AF Fitness Standards and plan to exceed them before you come to COT.  Your goal should be to score greater than a 90.

I am trying to keep the information on this site as up to date as possible, so this is important stuff to know.

They now also say that you may not come to COT while on a profile which prevents you from participating in any component of the PT test. In other words, if you sprain your ankle the day before COT and you can’t run, you can’t go.

To help you prepare, COT has also put out a recommended 8-week physical fitness preparation program (you can find that program here). This program assumes that you can do 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 10 squats, 10 lunges, 10 burpees on day one of the 8-week prep program. So if you can’t do a push-up, you should allow yourself several additional weeks before you even start this 8-week prep program.

Further Reading

Check out the official Commissioned Officer Training website here.

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