Push-ups are used as an indicator of a soldier's chest, shoulder, and tricep muscle strength. You will have two minutes to perform as many push-ups as you can.

On the command of "Get set," everyone will assume the front-leaning rest position. This position consists of placing your hands on the ground, putting your feet together or less than 12 inches apart, and your body should form a generally straight line from shoulders to ankles. When told, "Go," you will begin your push-up by bending at the elbows, lowering your whole body in unison until your upper arms are, at least, parallel to the ground. Once you've achieved the down position, immediately return to the up position. You must be sure that your body remains rigid and moves as a single unit when going up and down.

The scorer will call out the number of times you correctly executed a push-up at the completion of each repetition. A repetition will not count if you fail to:

  • keep your body generally straight
  • lower your whole body until your upper arms are, at least, parallel to the ground
  • extend your arms completely.

If you fail to complete the first ten push-ups correctly, the scorer will tell you to go to your knees. He will explain to you what your mistakes were. You will then be sent to the end of the line of your group to be retested. After the first ten push-ups have been completed, no restarts will be allowed and the test will continue. Any incorrectly performed push-ups will not be counted toward your final score.

Your chest or abdomen may touch the ground as long as the contact does not provide an advantage such as bouncing your body off the ground or resting it on the ground. You are not allowed to have your feet braced during the event. You may not cross your feet during the push-ups, nor are you allowed to perform bare footed. You are allowed to do the push-ups on your fists, if you prefer. It is not recommended that you wear glasses during the push-up event.

There is one authorized alternate rest position - you may sag in the middle of your body or flex your back. When flexing your back, you may bend your knees, but not enough that you shift most of your body's weight to your legs. If this occurs, your performance will be terminated. You must then return to, and pause in, the correct starting position before continuing. If you rest on the ground or raise either of your hands or feet from the ground, your performance will be terminated. You may reposition your hands and feet during the event, if needed, but they must remain in constant contact with the ground.

Someone will demonstrate how to properly do push-ups before the event begins and you will be able to ask any questions you might have. The event supervisor will keep track of the time and will announce how much time is left every 30 seconds and will count down the last 10 seconds. While you perform the push-ups, the scorer will either sit or kneel about three feet from your shoulder at a 45 degree angle. Their head will likely be about even with your shoulders when in the up position. The scorers can tell you what you are doing wrong as he observes during the event. A critique is provided after the push-up test is performed.

When you complete the event, the scorer will note the number of correctly performed push-ups, initial the scorecard, and will return the scorecard to you.

Scoring Table for Push-ups

How to do a proper US Army push-up:

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