FBI Memphis
Public Affairs Officer Elizabeth Clement Webb
(202) 297-5357
September 7, 2018

Are You Fit Enough to Be an FBI Agent?

WHO: The FBI Memphis Field Office—Nashville Resident Agency is inviting members of the media to participate in the FBI Physical Fitness Test (PFT) that special agents are required to pass in the application phase and during training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. During this media event, Nashville PFT Advisors will demonstrate the official FBI physical fitness test and invite reporters or other participants to challenge themselves by taking the actual, timed test. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the testing, but not required. Whether you are up for a challenge or want to try it for fun, we hope you will join us for this unique event to help show the community what it takes to be part of an extraordinary team that helps keep our country safe.

WHAT: FBI Physical Fitness Advisors will administer an official PFT. The PFT consists of four events in the following order, with no more than five minutes of rest between each event. A passing score requires a cumulative 12 points, with at least 1 point in each of the four events:

  • Maximum number of sit-ups in one minute
  • Timed 300-meter sprint
  • Maximum number of continuous push-ups (untimed)
  • Timed 1.5 mile run

The FBI Memphis Field Office—Nashville Resident Agency leadership team will be available for on camera interviews regarding the Bureau’s current hiring initiatives and the new FBI Physical Fitness Test app. Superintendent Dr. David Martin, Tennessee School for the Blind, will also be available for interviews.

WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2018 9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. (The fit test will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. The track will be open at 9:00 a.m. for set up and warm up.)

WHERE: Tennessee School for the Blind Track (115 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, Tennessee) (When you enter the parking lot from Stewarts Ferry, bear to the right and proceed through the security gate.)

RSVP: Please RSVP to meclement@fbi.gov by noon on September 20, 2018 (Those participating in the challenge must complete the attached waiver and provide it to the Physical Fitness Advisors the day of the event. If the answer to any of the medical questions is ‘yes,’ a doctor’s approval for participation is required.)

WHY: The FBI is looking to hire more than 900 new agents, with unique skills and backgrounds. The special agent selection system is a mentally and physically challenging process designed to find only the most competitive applicants. One of the tests the trainees must take is a standardized Physical Fitness Test. This media event is intended to expose the community to the FBI’s rigorous physical requirements for special agents, encourage aspiring candidates to apply, and feature the FBI’s new Physical Fitness Test app (https://www.fbi.gov/news/apps/fitnessapp).