The PAST test

The Physical Abilities Stamina Test (PAST) represents the minimum entrance standards for enlisted Special Warfare career fields. The PAST must be successfully completed prior to:

1- Award of a basic training contract for a Special Warfare AFSC

2- The start of Special Warfare entrance courses

3- Cross-training into a Special Warfare AFSC as part of the retraining package or from prior service

THE PAST Standards and Current Forms

1) The PAST Worksheet (dated 20190301) contains the standards for PJ, CCT, TACP, SERE, Special Reconnaissance (SOWT) and EOD all on one worksheet. The worksheet is the form that is submitted to start your reservation/crosstrain.


PAST test Worksheet
PAST Test Worksheet

2) The PAST Criteria sheet is your instruction manual for the PAST Worksheet. The narrative should be read verbatim to the applicant before each applicable portion in addition to demonstrations given of proper form for the calisthenics.

CLICK HERE for the PAST Criteria (PDF)

PAST Test Criteria
PAST Test Criteria

A Few Notes:

  • The PAST must be completed with strict form standards. Following the PAST narrative instructions are essential. An applicant or the administrator does not do themselves any favors if they allow sloppy form on calisthenics in order to pass an individual. Special Warfare instructors at the entrance courses will weed applicants out if their form is not perfect.
  • Successful completion of the PAST should not be used as a gauge whether you will be successful or not during the pipeline. Applicants should aim to far exceed the PAST standards. (Example: A PJ/CCT/SOWT recruit should not consider 25m underwaters at a 3 min interval an acceptable standard. They should train for 1 1/2 min underwater intervals prior to starting the course if they hope to have a good shot at graduating.


  1. Currently in DEP, as of January 2019 the new PAST standards for PJ, CCT and SOWT(SR) are –
    In order:
    Pullups – 8
    Situps – 50
    Pushups – 40
    Run – 10:20
    2x Underwaters
    Swim – 12:30

    These are the new minimums and candidates are prioritized by performance. If you want a ship date you should still be aiming for more competitive numbers.

    • Thanks for the post and we were tracking the updated PAST standards. Officially, the PAST numbers did not take effect until February 1st, 2019- which is why we hadn’t posted an update until now.


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