The inner shield alludes to the coat of arms of the United States. The stylized
human figure emphasizes the significance of achieving personnel fitness and
physical ability in today's Army.
Soldiers that score 270 or above, with a minimum of 90 points per event on the
Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and meet body fat standards will be awarded
the Physical Fitness Badge for physical fitness excellence. Soldiers are
required to meet the above criteria on each recorded test to continue to wear
The Physical Fitness Badge was established by the Secretary of the Army on 25
June 1986 and awarded effective 1 October 1986. The criteria for award and
wearing of the badge was changed on 1 February 1999.
The Physical Fitness Badge is authorized only as a cloth badge and will only be
worn on the physical fitness uniform. It will be worn centered on the left side,
above the breast, of the physical training T-shirt or sweatshirt.
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