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    Quote Originally Posted by Gringa View Post
    Congrats to all who got the call!! Buis, SoCal, and raymart!! Yayyy for you guys!! **high fives**
    Congrats guys Buis, I'm happy to hear that you got placed in San Ysidro; I hope I'll follow you there. Still waiting on my background to clear!

    Gringa, how did your poly go?

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    Looking for some info on the PFT1. I am scheduled for it this next Friday, what has me wondering is that it doesn't have a set number of reps for each exercise, so what will be a good score on each of the exercises? For example, 25 Push-ups in a minute? 35 Sit-ups? etc etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfalco View Post
    Congrats guys Buis, I'm happy to hear that you got placed in San Ysidro; I hope I'll follow you there. Still waiting on my background to clear!
    Thanks...Yeah everything panned out great. My fiance is going to live in San Ellijo so I can commute, just debating on what car to take since the mine drinks a lot of gas.
    Quote Originally Posted by merlin436 View Post
    Somebody will explain 'FLETC mail' to you when you get there.

    Mail won't be much of an issue. Packages might be, especially if they're big, unwieldy and/or heavy. Keep in mind that you'll pretty much be in training all day, all week. That'll leave you with limited opportunities to pick up and transport much delivered to the facility.
    Thanks Merlin, yeah I was told big packages are like bullseyes lol.
    Quote Originally Posted by Javier_Zalez View Post
    Looking for some info on the PFT1. I am scheduled for it this next Friday, what has me wondering is that it doesn't have a set number of reps for each exercise, so what will be a good score on each of the exercises? For example, 25 Push-ups in a minute? 35 Sit-ups? etc etc

    Thanks
    There is no set number of reps, you're suppose to just do as many as you can within the 1 minute timeframe. Wish I knew the scoring but I ended up doing 49 push-ups and 46 situps if that helps.
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    App Date: 8/2/11
    Written Exam: 9/1/11
    NOR (Rating: 85, no vet pref, GS-5/7): 9/29/11
    TSL submitted: 10/12/11 (faxed & mailed)
    E-Qip submitted: 10/14/11
    SF86 submitted: 10/25/11
    PFT1: 11/8/11 (cleared CASS 12/1/11)
    Med: 11/8/11 (cleared CASS 12/8/11)
    BI: 11/15/11 (cleared CASS 12/8/11)
    VBT/SI: 12/7/11 (cleared CASS 12/15/11)
    DT: 12/9/11 (cleared CASS 12/20/11)
    Referred to Schedule EOD 12/15/11
    Call Rec.: 3/2/12
    PFT2: 3/16/12
    EOD: 4/9/12
    FLETC: 5/11/12 - 9/17/12

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    Quote Originally Posted by buis02 View Post
    Thanks Merlin, yeah I was told big packages are like bullseyes lol.

    There is no set number of reps, you're suppose to just do as many as you can within the 1 minute timeframe. Wish I knew the scoring but I ended up doing 49 push-ups and 46 situps if that helps.
    Holy Molly, 49 Push ups in 1 minute? I'll be lucky to make it to 30, with 25 a better probability.

    I can probably hit the 40 mark on sit ups.

    Basically I just want to go with a set goal in mind for each of the exercises

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javier_Zalez View Post
    Holy Molly, 49 Push ups in 1 minute? I'll be lucky to make it to 30, with 25 a better probability.

    I can probably hit the 40 mark on sit ups.

    Basically I just want to go with a set goal in mind for each of the exercises
    Wasn't trying to show off or anything. I was just trying to really do as much as I could lol. But it caught up to me later especially with the 3 minute breaks in between. You know how it is. The adrenaline kicks in and you crack them out like theres no tomorrow.

    I just try to set expectations high because I'm sure in academy I'm going to be the one at the bottom so gotta step my game up some.
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    TSL submitted: 10/12/11 (faxed & mailed)
    E-Qip submitted: 10/14/11
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    PFT1: 11/8/11 (cleared CASS 12/1/11)
    Med: 11/8/11 (cleared CASS 12/8/11)
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    VBT/SI: 12/7/11 (cleared CASS 12/15/11)
    DT: 12/9/11 (cleared CASS 12/20/11)
    Referred to Schedule EOD 12/15/11
    Call Rec.: 3/2/12
    PFT2: 3/16/12
    EOD: 4/9/12
    FLETC: 5/11/12 - 9/17/12

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    there used to be a fact sheet that would tell you how many you have to do in order to get a score greater than 0 in each section but it is not up anymore. Correct me yall if I am wrogn but I believe it is 12 push ups to get a score higher than 0, 20 sit ups, 10 line touches and for the lift lower i do not remember. the sep test must have a pass. However, the more you do the better your score is. hope this helps.

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    What type of shoes can we wear on duty? Is it standard issue or do they just need to be black?

    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by buis02 View Post
    Didn't know if they treated like it was prison, hence I was asking lol.
    Well according to who you ask it may feel like a prison sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldomi View Post
    there used to be a fact sheet that would tell you how many you have to do in order to get a score greater than 0 in each section but it is not up anymore. Correct me yall if I am wrogn but I believe it is 12 push ups to get a score higher than 0, 20 sit ups, 10 line touches and for the lift lower i do not remember. the sep test must have a pass. However, the more you do the better your score is. hope this helps.
    Hmmm...That seems a little low. I could do that without working out at all. Hopefully someone confirm that for us.

    Thank you for the info though. that's another part that I'm wondering how it's done, it says it's based on a scoring system, is it 0s and 1s? or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Vader View Post
    What type of shoes can we wear on duty? Is it standard issue or do they just need to be black?

    Thanks guys
    I bought a pair of Danner uniform boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javier_Zalez View Post
    Holy Molly, 49 Push ups in 1 minute? I'll be lucky to make it to 30, with 25 a better probability.

    I can probably hit the 40 mark on sit ups.

    Basically I just want to go with a set goal in mind for each of the exercises
    lol 49 push ups isn't even that much. if you think youre gonna have a hard time banging out 30 push ups then start practicing now. breathing is important. a lot of people hold their breath for some reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by urdoc88 View Post
    I bought a pair of Danner uniform boots.
    Correct me if I'm wrong- I believe they must be 8 inches tall
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Vader View Post
    What type of shoes can we wear on duty? Is it standard issue or do they just need to be black?

    Thanks guys
    The general rule is anything is acceptable that is 'confusingly similar' to the boots provided by the uniform vendor. Now, if I was a new hire and on probation, I'd just stick to the boots provided and/or ordered by the official uniform supplier. One, you can't get in trouble wearing issued gear and two...they're free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javier_Zalez View Post
    Hmmm...That seems a little low. I could do that without working out at all. Hopefully someone confirm that for us.

    Thank you for the info though. that's another part that I'm wondering how it's done, it says it's based on a scoring system, is it 0s and 1s? or what?
    I couldn't find the link for the score sheet either, but I have a copy from when I did mine. Ill have to track that puppy down. But it is minimum of 12 push ups, 20 (I believe) situps in a minute or less. 7 line touches in 10 seconds, 60 seconds to complete 8 lift and lower cycles with a 50lb crate (less time the better score) and 5 minute steptest on a12'' step at 120 bpm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urdoc88 View Post
    I bought a pair of Danner uniform boots.
    Hey i just turned on my PM , check your inbox. I Got some questions.
    GEO Pref: SWB
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    NOR (Rating: 85, no vet pref, GS-7): 9/29/11
    TSL submitted: 10/07/11
    E-QIP 10/15/11
    Qualifications: ( cleared CASS GS7 1/11/12)
    PFT1: 11/03/11 (cleared CASS 11/1/11)
    Med: 11/8/11 Done (cleared on CASS )
    BI: 11/02/11 (cleared CASS 11/25/11)
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    DT: 12/14/11 (cleared 12/20/11)
    Referred to Schedule EOD 01/31/12
    PFT2: 3-7-12
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    Quote Originally Posted by jose45th View Post
    Hey i just turned on my PM , check your inbox. I Got some questions.
    About time you turned on your PM's lol. I've been trying to get a hold of you.
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    PFT1: 11/8/11 (cleared CASS 12/1/11)
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    VBT/SI: 12/7/11 (cleared CASS 12/15/11)
    DT: 12/9/11 (cleared CASS 12/20/11)
    Referred to Schedule EOD 12/15/11
    Call Rec.: 3/2/12
    PFT2: 3/16/12
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    FLETC: 5/11/12 - 9/17/12

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    Quote Originally Posted by lang2 View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong- I believe they must be 8 inches tall
    That's only applicable to class 4 uniforms.

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    I've been getting emails from DHS about fitness tips (how to improve your push ups, how to improve your run, etc) for the past few months. You guys asking about the PFT2 may want to check your spam or junk mail folder to make sure you didn't miss or not read any of the correspondence they are sending out.

    I started going to the gym again every day after work in about November and for giggles did push ups after a chest/triceps/shoulder workout one day to see how many I could do and still had enough energy left to do 27 in a minute.

    To those having problems doing push-ups, focus on your form and your breathing! Get those down and the number you can do will increase over time, and once you have your numbers up be sure to maintain your form and remember to keep breathing properly. Holding your breath doing any exercise is the probably the single dumbest thing you can do because you're essentially working against your own body. Muscles need oxygen to expand and work properly and holding your breath is robbing your body of oxygen, which results in poor performance. Just like during running or swimming, your breathing should be steady and relaxed (ever notice how if you don't time your breathing properly during running you get cramps in your sides?) and not labored, nor frantic.

    During push-ups, you want to breath in when you go down (ie. during the easy part of the exercise) or as you're going down, and you want to exhale as you're coming back up (during the hard part of the movement). The same principle applies when bench pressing. The easy part of the bench press is bringing the bar off the rack to your chest (inhale), and as you're using all your strength to get the weight off you, when you're pushing it up, you exhale.

    If any of you have any questions about form, or exercise stuff, pm me. I've been working out since I was 14 or 15, ran/supervised/managed the weight room during my community college days (got paid to work out for 2-3 hours a day and spot people), and got certified back then to be an aerobics instructor by one of the national accreditation agencies (NDEITA I believe).
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    Quote Originally Posted by buis02 View Post
    About time you turned on your PM's lol. I've been trying to get a hold of you.
    LOL I didn't know you had to turn it on, what up man you ready for your pft2?
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    Qualifications: ( cleared CASS GS7 1/11/12)
    PFT1: 11/03/11 (cleared CASS 11/1/11)
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    DT: 12/14/11 (cleared 12/20/11)
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    PFT2: 3-7-12
    EOD:3-19-12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesco84 View Post
    lol 49 push ups isn't even that much. if you think youre gonna have a hard time banging out 30 push ups then start practicing now. breathing is important. a lot of people hold their breath for some reason.
    never been big on push ups. I am aware that I will have a hard time at the academy if I ever get there unless I practice a lot

    Quote Originally Posted by scorpio_1 View Post
    I couldn't find the link for the score sheet either, but I have a copy from when I did mine. Ill have to track that puppy down. But it is minimum of 12 push ups, 20 (I believe) situps in a minute or less. 7 line touches in 10 seconds, 60 seconds to complete 8 lift and lower cycles with a 50lb crate (less time the better score) and 5 minute steptest on a12'' step at 120 bpm.
    That sounds really easy. Anyways, I guess I will know right then and there

    Thanks for the info though

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpio_1 View Post
    I couldn't find the link for the score sheet either, but I have a copy from when I did mine. Ill have to track that puppy down. But it is minimum of 12 push ups, 20 (I believe) situps in a minute or less. 7 line touches in 10 seconds, 60 seconds to complete 8 lift and lower cycles with a 50lb crate (less time the better score) and 5 minute steptest on a12'' step at 120 bpm.
    So all I need a score greater than 0 in each event on pft1 and I am good to go?
    Last edited by josh222; 03-13-2012 at 09:32 PM. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin436 View Post
    do you know how far apart the two farthest line are from each other on the side step test? I am trying to practice at home

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin436 View Post
    It's not stated in the fact sheet

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