Study Guide & Fitness Standards

Study Guide

Preparation Guide for the Special Agent Entrance Exam (SAEE).

Physical Fitness Evaluation

The below training fitness standards are different from the Applicant Physical Abilities Test (APAT) fitness standards.

This hand-out has been designed to educate the reader on the United States Secret Service Physical Fitness standards and the proper protocols necessary to accomplish those standards. Recruits who will be attending training at the James J. Rowley Training Center (JJRTC) are expected to arrive in good physical condition, ready to begin a functional fitness program.

The fitness evaluation measures strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in four core elements. The core elements are Push-ups, Sit-ups, Chin-ups, and the 1.5 mile run. The fitness evaluation will be administered at the beginning, during, and end of training. Secret Service weapon carrying employees are additionally required to participate in the USSS Physical Fitness Evaluation quarterly.

The following point system will be applied to the fitness category level achieved by the student in accordance with their age and gender. The point system will be applied to the four (4) core elements of the U.S. Secret Service Individual Fitness Profile Evaluation.

USSS pushup requirements
USSS situp requirements
USSS pullup requirements
USSS running requirements

Start in the UP position. Back and legs should be straight. Body should be pushed up with the arms fully extended with the elbows locked. Hands are shoulder width apart. Feet should be side by side with the toes tucked in. Lower your body to the floor until the chest contacts (a fist of the partner or a rolled up towel). Back should be kept straight and in line with the buttocks. Raise the body until the elbows are in a fully locked position. Repeat this sequence as many times as possible for ONE MINUTE.


Push Ups - 1 Minute

Fitness Category Point Value Age Category
Level   20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Excellent 4 55 50 42 39
Very Good 3 50-54 41-49 35-41 29-38
Good 2 46-49 36-40 28-34 21-28
Poor 1 38-45 30-35 22-27 16-20
Very Poor 0 37 29 21 15


Fitness Category Point Value Age Category
Level   20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Excellent 4 40 30 23 23
Very Good 3 30-39 25-29 19-22 19-22
Good 2 26-29 20-24 12-18 12-18
Poor 1 20-25 13-19 8-11 8-11
Very Poor 0 19 12 7 7

Lie down on your back. Bend your knees and hips so your feet are flat on the ground. Your feet should also be anchored to the ground. Utilize a partner or a heavy object. Place your arms across your chest with the palms resting on opposite shoulders. Back should be in contact with the floor up to the bottom of the shoulder blades. This is the STARTING position. Curl upward until the elbows touch the thighs two to three inches from the knee. Return to the STARTING position until the entire shoulder blade touches the floor. Repeat this sequence as many times as possible in ONE MINUTE.


Sit-Ups - 1 Minute

Fitness Category Point Value Age Category
Level   20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Excellent 4 47 43 39 35
Very Good 3 42-46 39-42 34-38 28-34
Good 2 38-41 35-38 29-33 24-27
Poor 1 33-37 30-34 24-28 19-23
Very Poor 0 32 29 23 18


Fitness Category Point Value Age Category
Level   20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Excellent 4 44 35 29 24
Very Good 3 38-43 29-34 24-28 20-23
Good 2 32-37 25-28 20-23 14-19
Poor 1 27-31 20-24 14-19 13-10
Very Poor 0 26 19 13 9

Grab the chin-up bar with a shoulder-width, under hand grip. Keeping your arms completely straight, hang at arms’ length. You may cross your ankles behind you. This is the STARTING POSITION. You should return to this position each time you lower your body back down. Squeezing your shoulder blades together and pulling your upper arms down forcefully, pull your chest to the bar. ONE REPETITION is counted each time the chin rises above the bar. One cycle is completed when the body returns to the starting position with the arms fully extended. There is NO TIME LIMIT for this exercise.



Fitness Category Point Value Age Category
Level   20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Excellent 4 11 10 8 5
Very Good 3 9-10 8-9 6-7 3-4
Good 2 7-8 6-7 4-5 2
Poor 1 5-6 5-6 2-3 1
Very Poor 0 4 2 1 0


Fitness Category Point Value Age Category
Level   20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Excellent 4 4 4 4 4
Very Good 3 3 3 3 3
Good 2 2 2 2 2
Poor 1 1 1 1 1
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0

You will cover a 1.5 mile course running at near maximum effort. This run will require a nearly exhaustive effort to attain your best score. You should refrain from eating two hours prior to the test, but drink plenty of water before and after the run. The run should not be done on a tread-mill. To simulate testing conditions during training, the run may be completed on asphalt and over a course that has varying levels of elevation.

FLETC Training:

The Basic Training Standards of Performance & Code of Conduct has been updated with the following change (which begins with classes starting at FLETC this coming week; all other classes should continue under the previous version):

During the students’ training in the Secret Service introductory course and/or the applicable FLETC course, the students will undertake two individual fitness profile assessments.

USSS pushup requirements
  • The Preliminary Fitness Assessment will be administered during their first week at training (in the Secret Service introductory course). This will identify an on-board baseline for the student physical fitness level.
  • The Secret Service FLETC Fitness Assessment will be administered approximately four weeks prior to graduating from the student’s FLETC course (test date is indicative of the FLETC class training schedule).

Upon completion of the Secret Service-FLETC Assessment, the students must score a minimum of six points and at least one point in three of four the core fitness elements. If a student does not meet the Secret Service physical fitness standard, their assessment scores may be presented to the Student Review Board (SRB) for further recommendation.

Note: ONLY certified fitness coordinators assigned to FLETC (at the Glynco & Artesia locations) should conduct the fitness assessments.

Additionally, course coordinators should ensure all basic student certifications are being conducted on the newly created SSF 4425, Basic Trainee Standards of Performance and Student Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Form.