Members of some operational units can take part in the Body Composition Screening (BCS) Beta Test for the October 2023 and April 2024 semiannual screening.
The BCS Beta Test allows individuals assigned to cutters, boat stations, aids to navigation teams, and deployable specialized forces to use the Boatcrew Physical Fitness Test (PFT) as a first option for body composition compliance.
For personnel outside the beta test group, the PFT is only an option if the member exceeds the maximum allowable weight and doesn’t achieve compliance through body fat assessment or abdominal circumference measurement.
In order to ensure the health and safety of the workforce, the Coast Guard is limiting the PFT option to commands where a significant amount of people regularly complete a PFT, such as operational units.
For October 2023 Screening
For members who have met the above eligibilities:
For April 2024 Screening
The Boatcrew PFT consists of push-ups and sit-ups within one minute, and either a timed 1.5 mile run or a 12-minute swim.
At the end of the Beta Test an evaluation will be conducted to determine how well it worked and if the Boatcrew PFT will become a permanent option.
For medical screening questions, contact COMDT (CG-112) at HQS-BodyCompMedical@uscg.mil.
For general policy questions, contact Office of Military Personnel Policy (CG-133) at HQS-BodyCompPolicy@uscg.mil or visit the Body Composition website.