Ever wondered if you have what it takes to be an F.B.I. agent? Now you can find out—at least, as far as your fitness is concerned.
For the first time in 16 years, the F.B.I. is making their agents take an exercise exam, according to The New York Times, which just obtained an internal memo sent by F.B.I. director James B. Comey to agents in October. According to the Times, many agents are working longer hours and are under increased stress since the September 11 attacks, meaning they have less time and arguably more need for sweat sessions—hence the need for the test.
“The test is primarily designed to ensure that agents can move quickly during a mass shooting, chase suspects, and restrain them if they resist arrest,” says the Times. “The threshold to pass is not nearly as high as it is for military commandos or hostage rescue-team members.”
Okay, so you can’t exactly find out if you’re capable of pulling a Quinn on Homeland, but at least you can tell if you have some Stan Beeman on The Americans in you. Here are the requirements for a 20- to 29-year-old and 30- to 39-year-old woman:
20- to 29-Year-Old Woman*
300 meters: 1:11
1.5 miles: 15:05
30- to 39-Year-Old Woman*
300 meters: 1:26
1.5 miles: 15:56
*Situps must be done in one minute, pushups must be done without stopping, and agents get a five-minute break between exercises.
Agents have until October to pass the test. For requirements for other age ranges, plus the dudes’ numbers, head on over to the Times. Oh, and let us know in the comments if we should start calling you “agent.”