Special agents in the FBI might spend their days on their feet chasing down bad guys or on their butts filing paperwork sitting behind a desk. But for the first time in 16 years, the bureau is requiring all special agents take a physical fitness test. (New recruits have always been required to pass a similar physical fitness test at the FBI Academy.)
The tests were reinstated by the bureau in an effort to promote fitness at a time when its agents are busier—and more stressed—than every before, and the results will be a part of each agent's yearly performance review. The FBI doesn’t expect its agents to perform Jack Bauer-like feats (like his apparent ability to never sleep), though. This fitness test includes sit-ups, push-ups, a 300-meter sprint, and a 1.5-mile run. Minimum requirements are set based upon age and gender. The hardest part is that agents only have five-minute breaks between each exercise on the fitness test.
This got us wondering: Would we be fit enough to be in the FBI? Check out the graphic below to see if you’d be up to the challenge. And if you need some training to meet these requirements, you can always covertly follow one of the training sessions that the bureau is holding at sunrise on Fridays at the National Mall. Just make sure the special agents don’t start thinking you’re a person of interest.