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I often get asked about the Tactical Air Control Party of the Air Force Special Operations Command. We, at Fitness, do not have a specific workout program for TACP, but after researching TACP and training a few TACP candidates through the Heroes of Tomorrow program, here are the recommendations we have developed:

(from AFSOC Website -

A Tactical Air Control Party, commonly abbreviated TACP, is usually a team of two or more United States Air Force Tactical Air Controllers. They sometimes include an Air Liaison Officer, which is assigned to a U.S. Army combat maneuver unit. TACPs advise ground commanders on the best use of air power. They also establish and maintain command and control communications, control air traffic and naval gunfire and provide precision terminal attack guidance of U.S. and coalition close air support .

TACP members are assigned to all conventional Army combat units and to various other units such as Special Forces, Navy SEALs and the Army Rangers.


TACP – Physical Fitness Requirements

All candidates must meet the following minimum standards:
RUN: 1.5 miles, 6 laps around a 440-yard track in under 10 minutes and 47 seconds.
PUSH-UPS: Must complete at least 40 repetitions given a one-minute time limit.
CRUNCHES: Must complete at least 48 repetitions given a one-minute time limit.
PULL-UPS: Must complete at least 6 repetitions.

As you can see the PAST requirements are not that challenging, but to be successful not only do you need to master this fitness test, you need to add rucking, more running and leg PT, calisthenics, and core workouts. Recommended numbers and run / ruck times are listed below:

Recommended PAST Scores
Run 1.5 mile – 9-10 minutes
Pushups - 50-60 reps in 1 minute
Crunches - 50-60 reps in 1 minute
Pullups – 15+

Ruck with 35-50lbs – minimum pace of 4 mph or 15 min mile – goal 12-13 min mile pace

Some of the best workouts to prepare for these type of requirements and recommended PAST scores are the link ideas above. One option if you are just starting out on your fitness journey and need to up your scores on the PAST - try this ebook

The PFT Bible - Military PFT - Pullups, pushups, situps, 1.5 mile run workouts.

Once you ace the PAST and are now preparing for the TACP training, I would recommend a tougher program such as the Army Ranger / SF Workout as it is loaded with PT, weights, core, running and rucking.

If you are using a program like the ones featured on the Fitness Store continue and add this supplemental program to your training. If you are not on a program, you can try to add this with a one of the free running programs to help your PFT running. See Running Plan -

Thanks for the emails – they really do inspire me to develop articles, so keep them coming at This workout is an opinion of the author and should you proceed with this plan or any derivation, you do so at your own risk and should be cautious.

Good luck with your nutrition / performance fitness program and I hope you see improvement soon. Workouts can be easily obtained at the Fitness Ebook Store. Send me an email and I may post it up as an article next week. You can contact me at

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