How do I become a Master Fitness Trainer?

Soldiers participating in a 2017 Master Fitness Trainer Course held at Fort Dix, N.J., complete a set of ladder drills. Image courtesy Master Fitness Trainer Course – Non-Commissioned Officer Association Fort Dix

Dear Citizen-Soldier magazine, How do I become a Master Fitness Trainer?

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Master Fitness Trainer Course (MFTC) trains select NCOs and commissioned officers in all aspects of the Army’s physical readiness training system. After graduating from the course, Soldiers are equipped to advise units on physical readiness issues and monitor unit and individual physical readiness programs. 

The MFTC is broken into two phases – a self-paced, 60-hour online phase and a two-week, 76-hour in-resident phase. The curriculum covers exercise science, training principles, prescription, leadership, physical fitness assessment and unit physical readiness programs aligned with current Army doctrine and regulations. 

An additional skill identifier of 6P for officers and P5 for NCOs will be awarded upon successful course completion.

If you meet the following requirements, your unit’s training officer or NCO can enroll you in the MFTC:

Good luck!

    • Be a sergeant (E-5) or higher rank 
    • Be recommended by your unit commander
    • Meet Army height and weight standards (including BMI)
    • Have a current APFT score of 240 or higher, with no less than 70 in any event
    • Have a general technical score of 110 or higher.

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Read more about Military Fitness Training here

Developing a Fitness-Based Lifestyle

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