This post covers the APFT Walk Standards.
Please know that some soldiers have permanent profiles or long-term temporary profiles (more than three months) and cannot do the 2-mile run on their APFT.
As a result, the Army has created an alternate event, the 2.5 mile walk. Soldiers must complete this event without running or jogging.
From what some soldiers have told me, this event is actually quite challenging and is even more difficult than the 2-mile run.
The event is not scored. Instead it is a pass/fail event.
Normally, the 2.5 mile walk event is conducted on a 1/4 mile track or on a paved road. Most soldiers prefer to do this event walking 1.25 miles out and 1.25 miles back on a road. That’s a lot easier than doing 10 laps on a 1/4 mile track.
Here are the APFT Walk Standards by age group and gender.
This information is as of 2012. Please check FM 21-20 to make sure the APFT Walk Standards have not changed since then.
Eligibility for the 2.5 Mile Walk
Here is what I found in FM 7-22 to be eligible for the walk.
A-40. Soldiers on permanent physical profile are given a DA Form 3349. This form annotates exercises and activities suitable for the profiled Soldier. The form also stipulates the events and/or alternate aerobic event the Soldier will do on the APFT. The Soldier must perform all regular APFT events his profile permits. Each Soldier must score a minimum of 60 points on each regular event taken to PASS. The profiled Soldier must complete the alternate aerobic event in a time equal to or less than the one listed in Table A-1. The Soldier must receive a minimum passing score in the alternate event taken to PASS the test. Soldiers profiled for two or more events must take the two-mile run or an alternate aerobic event to PASS the test. Soldiers who cannot perform the 2-mile run or an alternate aerobic event cannot be tested. There is no point score annotated on the DA Form 705 for the performance of alternate aerobic events. These events are scored as a GO or NO GO.
A-41. Soldiers with temporary physical profiles must take a regular three event APFT after the profile has expired. Soldiers with temporary profiles of long duration (more than three months) may take an alternate aerobic event as determined by the commander with input from health-care personnel. Once the profile has been lifted, the Soldier must be given twice the length of the profile (not to exceed 90 days) to train for the regular three event APFT. If a regularly scheduled APFT occurs during the profile period, the Soldier should be given a mandatory make-up date for the APFT.
There is some controversy within the Army about the 2.5 mile walk (just ask around in any unit).
Some people have the mindset that if you can’t do the regular APFT, you should be discharged from the Army. Some people believe that the walk is for people trying to ‘get out’ of the run.
Others believe that it is a legitimate event for people with a temporary or permanent medical condition that prevents them from running. I’m not really sure how I feel about this event.
Recently, I decided for myself to do the walk on my own to see how strenuous it would be.
I will first say that it can be quite hard not to just pick up that pace slightly by jogging a few steps, so on my first go of it, I had to disqualify myself because I know I jogged slightly, and my time was 33:48.
I decided to do it correctly 2-days later and wow, it is hard. My time was 35:28, so I would have passed, but I must admit that I would much rather do the run than the walk.
If you believe that the walk is easy, I suggest you do it. I also suggest you have someone watch you to judge if you do it correctly. After you have done so, feel free to share your time and comments with us.
What Others Are Saying?
I had been an escort a few times when I was stationed at Ft Lewis. The course we used put runners/walkers out of site of the graders so the walkers had to have an NCO escort with them. I hated the walk. I can walk for miles at my own pace, but I would rather run it. You don’t have much time to train for it. Read the regulation/FM for physical fitness and learn what the standards are for the walk. Do NOT try to jog a portion of the course. If you are caught jogging part of it, the event could be terminated and you could fail the test.
Had a MSG who had me pace her for the walk, NOT to help her pace, but to carry the PT jacket when she got too hot. Oh, I was in ACUs, the walk in boots majorly sucks.
The bottom line is that the APFT Walk Standards are designed for soldiers who can’t do the 2-mile run (due to medical reasons). If you’ve done this event yourself, please tell us about it. Do you think the walk was harder than the run event, or easier? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.
We have seen a lot of comments on this subject, and one of the primary ones that has been drastically eating at me is the fact that when one of your fellow soldiers; one of your teammates is doing the walk and others did the run, they just leave without giving that soldier some inspiration.
Is that what the Army is all about? Leave a soldier behind? To be quite honest, if I were your First Sergeant, I would be eating all of you alive.
You may not agree with the walk, but it is in the books and you should man or woman up and accept it and help out your fellow soldier.
The beer will still be cold in 20-minutes or so. Remember… No Soldier Left Behind, and that includes APFT events.