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The Physical Efficiency Battery is a fitness test used by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, consisting of five different components to measure the fitness level of agents and students.[1][2][3] The five components are body composition, agility, flexibility, upper body strength, and aerobic conditioning.


A passing score is 40%.[4] The US Border Patrol is expected to score a minimum of 75% to pass the PEB. For elite units, such as Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), a minimum score of 90% is required.[1] A score of 75 % or higher in all categories excluding the Body Composition receives a Fitness Certificate. A score of 90% or higher excluding the Body Composition receives a Distinguished Fitness Certificate. A score of 90% or higher in all categories including Body Composition receives a Certificate of Distinguished Fitness and their name added to the Fitness Honor Roll.[3][4]


Body Composition[]

The test consists of measuring body fat at three different sites with skinfold calipers, which are then entered into a computer program and percentage of body fat is calculated. The following sites are measured depending on the gender:

  • Males: Chest, Abdomen, and Thigh
  • Females: Tricep, Hip, and Thigh


Main article: Illinois Agility Test

Illinois Agility Run

This test measures the student's ability to get up from the ground and sprint while changing directions. The student will lay on the ground in a prone position. They will then get up and sprint 30 feet and return. They will then negotiate 4 obstacles covering a 30 foot area and return through the obstacles. The test concludes with another 30 foot sprint and return. The test is measured in the hundreds of seconds. A great score is considered to be 15 seconds or less. A score of 18-20 seconds is considered not good, or failing. [2]


Sit and Reach

This test measures the student's flexibility in the lower back, legs and shoulders. The student will sit on the floor in front of the measuring device. They will bend at the waist pushing a block down the device. The stretch must be a static stretch and the student's calves must remain in contact with the floor. The test is measured to the quarter inch.

Upper Body Strength[]

Bench Press

This test measures the student's upper body strength for one repetition. The test is conducted on a single fulcrum bench for safety purposes. The student is to press the weight straight up until they have locked out their arms. This test is measured in 5 pound increments.

Aerobic Conditioning[]

1.5 Mile Run

This test measures the cardio-respiratory fitness of the student. It is conducted on a quarter mile track, on which the student runs six laps. The test is measure in minutes and seconds.

External Links[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Donche, Dan (12 June 2008). US BORTAC Fitness Plan. Fatal Fitness, 5-6. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Smith, Stew (n.d.). Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Retrieved on 2008-06-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 unknown (n.d.). Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). Retrieved on 2008-06-22.
  4. 4.0 4.1 unknown (n.d.). FLETC Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) Score Charts. Retrieved on 2008-06-22.