Physical Fitness Badge

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Army Physical Fitness Badge.
Physical Fitness Uniforms, with the badge sewn on the wearer's upper left.

The United States Army Physical Fitness Badge is awarded to soldiers who obtain a score of 270 or higher, with a score of 90 or above in each event, on the 300-point scale of the Army Physical Fitness Test.[1]

The badge was first authorized by the Secretary of the Army on June 25, 1986 and first issued on October 1, 1986.[citation needed]


The Physical Fitness Badge is intended to recognize those who have excelled in physical fitness, which is considered an important aspect for military service. The only documentation required to award the Physical Fitness Badge is the record scorecard[2] indicating the soldier has met the standard for the badge. If the soldier fails to meet the standard at a later date, the badge is no longer authorized for wear on the uniform.[3]


The Physical Fitness Badge is worn only on the Army's physical training uniform, and is not worn on any other uniform of the U.S. Army.[4] When worn, it is sewn on the upper left front side of the physical fitness uniform shirt, the improved physical fitness uniform shirt, and the physical fitness uniform sweatshirt. On the improved physical fitness running jacket, the insignia is sewn centered 12 inch (13 mm) above the word "Army".[5][6]

The two physical fitness uniforms authorized for wear in DA PAM 670–1 • 10 April 2015 are classified as: 1. The improved physical fitness uniform (IPFU) which is gray and black. The wear-out date for this uniform is 30 September 2017, after which is it no longer authorized for wear. 2. The Army physical fitness uniform (APFU) which is black and gold. The mandatory possession date for this uniform is 1 October 2017.[7]


  1. ^ AR 600–8–22 Army Awards, para. 8-51
  2. ^ Department of the Army Form 705, Army Physical Fitness Test Scorecard
  3. ^ Army Regulation 600-8-22, Army Awards, para. 8-51
  4. ^ AR 600-8-22, Army Awards, para. 8-51
  5. ^ Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of the Military Uniform
  6. ^ See Army Regulation 600–8–22 for criteria for wear of the physical fitness badge.
  7. ^ DA PAM 670–1 • 10 April 2015

External links[edit]

About.Com: Army Badges - Physical Fitness Badge