I agree that Tubbylardcake and co are an embarresment, but if you cant quite achieve you press up score because of an injury (ie shoulder thats had lots of ops) however come in nerly 2.5 mins under your allowance on the run and blitz your sit ups I don't think your an embarresment, surely there should be some flex???????
Soon to be a test again when it becomes the PFT (Personal fitness test) as part of the new MATTS (Military annual training tests) replacing ITDs on 1 Apr this year. Its still the same requirements though me thinks it has become a test once more to give some leverage against those who fail.
About time too. Either the 2.4km run or a Multi Stage Fitness Test (MSFT or Bleep Test) can be used alongside the usual press up / sit up criteria. For more info, go to the Serving Soldier link on the Army website www.army.mod.uk
Ref request dated 14 Feb 06 for the requirements for age 35-39 years old to get a 'green' pass on a BPFA:
Press ups - 39
Sit Ups - 43
Run - 11 mins 30 seconds.
My personal view is everyone should be aiming to get in the '300 club' in accordance with age requirements, but anything at 250 points or above is good.
Ref tips for passing your BPFA in a month. (I am not a PTI.) Apart from the fact you should be able to pass at green level on any given day and therefore you should be always training for this minimum requirement, if you are genuinely concerned about this then I suggest, for the next month:
You cut out booze and fags
Run an 800m warm up and then the 2.4 km at least 3 times a week (rest a couple of days before the test) as fast as you can aiming to beat your minimum BPFA time requirement,
Run a longer distance (minimum 5 but up to 10km) 3 times a week at at least 10km an hour pace
Do the maximum number of press ups you can do in 2 minutes first thing before your run, then do the sit ups
Do the maximum number of press ups you can do in 2 minutes in the evening
Be positive about your ability to pass.