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Air Force Pararescue Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST)

For New Accessions

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Pararescueman applicants bench press a wooden log in a mud pit during a screening process held by the Air Force's 306th Rescue Squadron in Tucson, Ariz., on April 21, 2006. The applicants must pass a test that consists of a timed 3-mile run, 1500-meter swim, calisthenics, and other various tasks.
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The following Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST) is for new accessions for Pararescue. “New Accessions” means applicants who take the PAST before completing basic training and Technical School. Individuals who apply for Pararescue after completing basic training and technical school, and prior service applicants are considered “re-trainees,” and do not take the below PAST. Those individuals take the combined Pararescue/Combat Combat Controller PAST for re-trainees, listed in Air Force Instruction 36-2626, Attachment 11.

Pararescue PAST Requirements

This test must be conducted in a 3-hour time frame and in the order listed below. There is one pass/fail event and six point-scored events. The candidate must receive a combined total of 270 points, and pass the pass/fail event in order to pass the PAST.

20-Meter Underwater Swim. (Pass/Fail). The 20 meter underwater swim should be demonstrated first either through actual demonstration or by use of the training video that has already been supplied to recruiting squadrons. If members surface or break the water surface during any portion of the swim, the test will be stopped and considered a failure for the entire PAST. Swimsuits and swim goggles/SCUBA mask are the only equipment items allowed. After completion of the underwater allow a 5-10 minute rest before the next event. Members should carefully stretch for the swim during this break time.

500-meter surface swim. This swim is conducted using the freestyle, breastsroke or sidestroke. There is no maximum time limit. The swim is continuous (non-stop). If a member stops any time during the swim, the test will be stopped and considered a failure for the entire PAST. Swimsuit and goggles/SCUBA mask are the only equipment items allowed. After completion of the swim, allow a 30-minute rest prior to the next event. Members should carefully stretch for the run during this break time.

  • 16:01 or higher - 10 Points
  • 15:41-16:00 - 20 Points
  • 15:21-16:40 - 40 Points
  • 15:01-15:20 - 60 Points
  • 14:41-15:00 - 70 Points
  • 14:21-14:40 - 75 Points
  • 14:01-14:20 - 80 Points
  • 13:41-14:00 - 85 Points
  • 13:21-13:40 -90 Points
  • 13:01-13:20 - 95 Points
  • 12:01-13:00 - 100 Points
  • 11:01-12:00 - 103 Points
  • 11:00 or below - 105 Points

1.5-mile run. There is no maximum time limit. PT clothes and good running shoes are the only required items. This run must be continuous (non-stop). If a member stops anytime during this run, the test will be stopped and considered a failure for the entire PAST. Members will be given a 10-minute break prior to the next event. Test should be conducted on a measured running track.

  • 14:01 or higher - 10 Points
  • 13:01-14:00 - 20 Points
  • 12:21-13:00 - 30 Points
  • 12:11-12:20 - 40 Points
  • 12:01-12:10 - 50 Points
  • 11:51-12:00 - 60 Points
  • 11:41-11:50 - 70 Points
  • 11:31-11:40 - 75 Points
  • 11:21-11:30 - 80 Points
  • 11:11-11:20 - 85 Points
  • 11:01-11:10 - 90 Points
  • 10:51-11:00 - 95 Points
  • 10:31-10:50 - 100 Points
  • 10:11-10:30 - 103 Points
  • 10:10 or below - 105 Points

Chin-ups (One Minute). Chin-ups are a two count exercise. Starting position is hanging from a bar, palms facing the candidate, with no bend in the elbows. Hand spread is approximately shoulder width. Count one, pull the body up until the chin clears the top of the bar. Count two, return to the starting position. Legs are allowed to bend, but must not be kicked or manipulated to aid upward movement. If the candidate falls off, stops, or releases the bar, the exercise is terminated. Candidates will exercise to muscle failure or time completion. Note: in performing all calisthenics, the exercises proper form must be followed. Deviation from the form to allow an extra repetition is strictly enforced during the training pipeline. A three minute rest period is allowed before the next exercise.

  • 1 Chin-up - 3 Points
  • 2 Chin-ups - 5 Points
  • 3 Chin-ups - 7 Points
  • 4 Chin-ups - 10 Points
  • 5 Chin-ups - 15 Points
  • 6 Chin-ups - 20 Points
  • 7 Chin-ups - 23 Points
  • 8 Chin-ups - 25 Points
  • 9 Chin-ups - 26 Points
  • 10 Chin-ups - 27 Points
  • 11 Chin-ups - 28 Points
  • 12 Chin-ups - 29 Points
  • 13 or more Chin-ups - 30 Points

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