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Here’s an inside look at the FBI’s physical fitness test with the Phoenix division

Mar 21, 2022, 4:45 AM | Updated: 9:46 am

PHOENIX — Do you have what it takes to become an FBI agent? I tried to answer that question myself by taking part in the physical fitness test at the FBI’s Phoenix division.

The test has four separate events: as many sit-ups as possible in one minute, a timed 300-meter sprint, the maximum number of continuous pushups and a timed 1.5-mile run.

All events are graded on a point system and a candidate needs 12 points to pass. A five-minute break between each event is all that’s allowed. The agents didn’t accept my bribes for more time – curse their integrity.

Kevin Smith, public affairs officer for the agency’s Phoenix division, said the physical fitness test is key to making sure a potential agent has what it takes for the job.

“Our agents come across all sorts of different scenarios when they’re out in the field,” he said. “The thing about physical fitness that is so important is the aspect that we know we are fit and can come to the job 24-hours a day and get it done.”

I started off strong, passing the sit-ups, timed sprint and push-ups.

Only two points were needed going into the 1.5-mile run, meaning I had what it takes to become an FBI agent if I was able to get the minimum time.

Let’s just say that didn’t happen.

The previous events had taken their toll, and running most definitely is not my strong suit.

The test made me appreciate the men and women who do pass and go on to become FBI agents.

I didn’t get invited to Quantico, so I guess KTAR will be stuck with me for a bit longer.

Video by KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jeremy Schnell.

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Here’s an inside look at the FBI’s physical fitness test with the Phoenix division