It takes a lot to become an FBI agent, not the least of which is physical fitness. If you’ve wondered if you have what it takes, or if you would like to get to the point where you would max out the FBI’s physical fitness test, then you might be interested in the FBI’s Physical Fitness Test app.
“The FBI’s Physical Fitness Test app is an informative and interactive way to train like an agent,” reads the app’s description on the FBI’s web page. The app provides videos that demonstrate the proper form for the different parts of the test as well as the procedures for administering the test. You’ll also get the FBI’s scoring system and protocol—the same system and protocol used to grade applicants to the bureau. You can also use the app to track your runs using your phone’s GPS and accelerometer. The test itself consists of as many continuous sit-ups as you can do in 60 seconds, a 300-meter run, as many continuous push-ups as you can do in 60 seconds, a 1.5-mile run, and your maximum number of pull-ups (that last one is just for those interested in the Tactical Recruitment Program).
Not surprisingly, privacy advocates are sceptical, if not down-right oppositional, to anyone downloading the app. They warn that this could be an easy way for the FBI to access sensitive data on your phone. You can see where the concern comes from. According to the list of permissions found on the Google Play store, the app would have access to your phone’s GPS and network data; the ability to view, modify, and delete pictures and other media files; view wifi connections; control your phone’s vibrations; and prevent a device from sleeping. An FBI spokesperson has stated, however, that “the app does not gather or save any personal information other than what you select for your profile. This information is stored solely on your phone, and it is not transmitted to, or saved by, the FBI.”
Even if you’re not into the Physical Fitness Test App, you might be curious about the FBI’s other apps that they offer the public, such as the FBI Child ID for storing pictures and measurements of your children in case they ever go missing, the FBI Dashboard for submitting tips to the FBI, and FBI Bank Robbers which provides information about wanted bank robbers.