Lots of posts on this forum over the years have asked about PT standards for Cadets- many of which accept something less than a maximum as the requirement. Bluntly- you need to be in HARD shape and sub-300 is not acceptable for a young officer. Here is an example of leadership from the top: the new SMA Dan Dailey demonstrates the standards. Less excuses about your MOS , your body type, ( your "big bones") or your busy schedule, and more work: get your butt on the road and run and get in the gym and build that upper body strength A LOT! If the Sergeant Major of the Army can smoke the PT test then the expectation is no less for the newest and youngest leaders in the Army. It's a good article and a great way to approach your new life as a Soldier and LEADER. http://www.armytimes.com/story/mili...ma-dan-dailey-physical-fitness-plan/25934579/ "The plan he strives to follow each week is made up of "things that I felt were keeping me in good physical fitness for what I needed to do for my mission as a soldier," he said. The regimen includes a lot of focus on upper body and core strength because of his job as an infantryman, Dailey said. "It's extremely difficult when you're in combat when you have to pull yourself up a window or over a wall," he said. "You've got to be prepared to do that." He also puts a keen focus on cardiovascular fitness. "You need to have that burst of energy to sprint 100 yards, but you also have to be able to go the distance for 12- to 18-hour patrols," he said. Dailey's last two-mile run took him a mere 11 minutes and 40 seconds, but he typically runs at least five to seven miles during PT, averaging between 7 and 7-1/2 minutes per mile. He also uses a lot of free weights, and he has a Bowflex at home, but Dailey said he likes to keep it simple."