Do you have what it takes to be an FBI agent? There is now a free FBI “Physical Fitness Test” app you can download right to your phone and test your skills.
“The FBI is always looking for new talent,” said FBI New Haven Fitness Coordinator Special Agent Dave Ford.
It’s no secret getting into the Federal Bureau of Investigation is both mentally and physically tough. This summer, the FBI launched its “Physical Fitness Test” App to take on the go. The goal is to help applicants and agents prepare for the physical requirements of becoming an agent.
Ford said they released the app to help people understand what the agency is looking for in its applicants and make it more approachable.
“To dispel the myth that you need to be an Olympic Athlete to become an FBI agent, you don’t need to be an Olympian but at the same time they want to show you, you need to be in shape,” Ford told NBC Connecticut.
The free app provides demonstrative videos showing proper form to help potential applicants train and hopefully pass the four physical fitness tests to become a special agent.
The tests included timed sit-ups and push-ups, a 300-meter sprint and a 1.5 mile run. You have five minutes of rest time between each event.
To pass, you have to earn a score of 12. Once you’re in the FBI, special agents do have to re-test every year.
“Our role is to protect the American people. We’re law enforcement agents. We carry a gun and sometimes we can be called into situations where we need to be physically fit. So it’s important for every agent to stay in shape,” Ford explained.