FBI introduces 'Fit Test App' to recruit field agents; Karen Tararache gives it a try

October 04, 2018 05:25 PM

ALBANY - "Our job, as corny as it may sound these days, is to protect the citizens of the United States," Special Agent Semprebon said.

Special Agent Semprebon is a 30-year veteran with Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

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But in order to keep his job, he has to take a Physical Fitness Test or PFT, every year. 

It's the same test required of all applicants.

"This is a doable test and it's really hard and we're not saying anybody can just come right out and do it, but it is very much just as mental as it is physical," FBI Special Affairs Specialist Sarah Ruane said. 

In an effort to drum up local interest, as the agency hopes to hire 1,000 new field agents, members of the media were invited to take the test.

"I thought it was crazy, I thought I was in great shape until I did that and I was doing the same thing as some of you are doing, I was dry heaving over in the corner thinking oh my God, this is incredible," Agent Semprebon said.

An applicant must first complete a maximum number of sit ups in one minute. 

I managed only 28. 

Next, a five minute break followed by a timed 300 meter sprint. 

After another five minute breather, a maximum number of continuous push ups, which I mustered out 9. 

And, finally after my final five minutes of rest, six timed laps around the track.

"A mile and a half is normally very doable. A mile and a half after unlimited sit-ups, a 300 meter sprint, unlimited push-ups and then a mile and a half! What do i look like?" an out of breath, Karen Tararache said.

"I think mentally and it helps you by showing that you can work through something," Agent Semprebon said.

One percent of applicants actually get into the FBI.

Fifty percent of that number fail the PFT their first time around.

But a recently released FBI Fit Test App can help you reach the coveted 12 point minimum requirement to pass.

"The app is there to kind of track your progress, so your first workout might be a disaster but it's going to keep that tracked for you," Ruane said.

As for my shot at heading to Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia...

"By the look of your face I'm gonna say I did not pass," Tararache said.

It's a good thing I still have my day job.

"My total point was 1, oh well at least it wasn't a negative," Tararache laughed.

To download the FBI Fit Test App, click here.


Karen Tararache

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