I just got back from a nighttime awareness course, and some of the officers are preparing groups for physical aptitude tests. We have professional athletes, firefighters, and wildlife conservationists who are doing it just to see where they stand while others are actually preparing for SWAT indoctrination.
The test is actually similar to both the narcotics training program used in many state polices and the PAST test used by the United States Air Force.
Here are some of the requirements. Our tracker element leaders might change them on a whim, but this is the gist:
1.) 20-meter underwater swim (optional to civilians and seminar trainees. Mandatory to TPD specialists). Sounds out-of-place, but you'd be surprised how many cops run into situations requiring water confidence.
2.) 500-meter surface swim - point-based (subject to change)
3.) 1.5-mile run - points based on time completion. Some of the SWAT candidates are aiming for 8-7 minutes, which is about average for them. Seminar trainees are averaging 10-11:30, which isn't bad, either. One guy almost reached 6 minutes, but he's an Olympic-grade track runner, so that's not too surprising.
Candidates should be doing about 50 reps for all of these except the pull-ups. It's not unheard of for people to do 50 pull-ups, but they end up washing out because they didn't pace themselves and reserve energy for the next exercise.
1.) Push-ups: minimum of 2 minutes (used to be at least 50 reps, now just points based on how many you can do)
2.) Pull-ups: minimum 1 minute
3.) Sit-ups: 2 minutes
4.) Flutter kicks: 2 minutes
Firefighters and civilian power lifters tend to dominate this test.
1.) 150 lb dummy drag (distance to completion varies)
2.) pushing a squad car a certain distance
3.) stairwell run with mock rifle and water-soaked SWAT gear
4.) maximum leg press
5.) bench press test (must lift at least 1.6 times your body weight)
6.) staircase 150 lb dummy carry (must use proper form and safely carry dummy without causing injuries)
Pepper spray test
Self-explanatory. 'Nuff said.
1.) With a limited amount of time, observe and memorize the layout of a room. Return to the rearranged room and place all objects in their original positions.
2.) Identify person with a detailed physical description. Points based on accuracy and specificity.
3.) Navigate an urban/woodland course and reach the designated safe zone in the time allotted.
4.) Answer questions based on a story given by two or more people. Points are based on determining the truth and consistency of each story. A true/false test will be integrated into the test.
By the way, the critical thinking is done along with various cardiovascular endurance drills so as to create an atmosphere of emergency and swiftness in judgment. Obviously, fatigue will impact our sense of judgment.
I have more to come if you guys are interested. If not, I'll stop here.
edited 14th Oct '10 6:26:43 PM by Aprilla