The FBI has released a "Physical Fitness Test" app (iOS, Android) that allows regular people to see how prepared they are to become an FBI agent. Before you can become a new agent, you have to pass a physical exam, featuring timed sit-ups and push-ups, a 300-meter sprint, and a 1.5 mile run, with only a five minute rest period between each.
The app has a practice mode and a test mode that gives you scores on your physical exam similar to those you would receive during a real test.
"In an increasingly mobile technological environment, FBI apps help the public connect with us on the devices they use so frequently -- their cell phones and tablets," said Jonathan Cox, chief of the FBI Office of Public Affairs unit that created the app with the FBI's Training and Human Resources Divisions.
"Although physical fitness test instructions are available online, the app adds an interactive, mobile element to learning more about this important test," Cox added.
The app features a video showing exactly how the test should be completed and what users need to know before attempting to take the exam.
"The FBI's Physical Fitness Test app is an informative and interactive way to train like an agent. Whether you're an aspiring agent hoping to see if you have what it takes or a fitness enthusiast curious about agent training, this mobile application will help you learn the benchmarks of the official FBI Physical Fitness Test," the FBI wrote on its website.
The app is available on both iOS and Android devices. All of the information on your workouts stays on your device, and the FBI made sure to remind users that it does not collect anything from the app.
The FBI has been holding Fitness Test events across the country recently, trumpeting the app and saying it hopes it will help expand their applicant base to more women and minorities.
FBI New Haven Fitness Coordinator Special Agent Dave Ford told NBC Connecticut that the app was designed to make users feel more comfortable with applying to the bureau and remove some misconceptions about what being an FBI agent entails.
"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 said.
Applicants need to score a 12 on the physical exam, and FBI agents have to retake it once every year. The test feature on the app gives you grades on your trial runs, allowing you to track your progress as you prepare for the real thing.
"This app will help our aspiring agents learn more about the physical fitness requirements of the job, and the mobile aspect means users can easily take our fitness test with them to the gym or wherever they exercise," FBI Training Division Unit Chief Marc Savine said in a press release.
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