Physical Training Requirements - All Students
T-shirts, gym shorts, sweat suits, supporters, athletic bras, socks, and towels are provided by the FLETC for your use during physical training classes. These uniforms are required while participating in physical activities in the Physical Techniques Complex, including after-hour activities. You are held accountable for missing items. Since athletic shoes are not available from the FLETC for your use, you should bring your own athletic footwear (running/court shoes). Running shoes and athletic shoes used for street wear will not be allowed on the indoor basketball courts. These athletic surfaces require the use of shoes specifically designed for use on courts. Therefore, two pairs of athletic shoes are required--one pair for outdoor activities and one pair for indoor use.
Practical Exercise Performance Requirements (PEPRS)
The PEPR’s establish minimum medical and/or physical training requirements each student must be able to meet prior to fully and safely participate in and complete all aspects of a specific training program. By design, each PEPR describes one or more simple tasks, movements, or positions which the student must be able to perform upon arrival at the FLETC for training.
Registered students should follow the PEPR link (PEPR requirements) and review the list of PEPR’s applicable to their program, if your program is not listed there are no practical application performance requirements. Students should answer the applicable PEPR’s for their program to the best of their ability prior to arriving at the FLETC and bring the form with them for the first day of training.
It is the policy of the FLETC that all students scheduled to participate in training-related physical activity, be sufficiently physically qualified so as not to present an undue risk to the health and safety of themselves and others. Furthermore, it is the policy of the FLETC that all students scheduled to participate in, or participating in training-related physical activity shall receive medical screening prior to engaging in such activity and as necessary during the course of training, this normally occurs during the first day of the training program. Students who, as a result of medical screening, are found to have medical conditions that might create a health or safety risk to themselves or others will be referred to the FLETC Medical Officer for consultation. Medical conditions which call for a referral to the Medical Officer include, but are not limited to those indicated on the Health Questionnaire. They include epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, emphysema, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, pregnancy, joint injuries/problems, colitis, heart disease, etc., and are conditions which are generally indicative of an inability to (1) satisfy the PEPR’s and/or (2) participate safely in unrestricted physical, weapons, and other training.
To participate in a training status, any student with a pre-existing condition, i.e., (back injury, etc), must bring to the Center a copy of any documentation stating student is cleared for training by the attending physician. This documentation will be retained by the Center Medical Officer for clearance to train.
After examination by the Center Medical Officer and/or the Review Board, students whose medical condition (1) makes them physically unable to perform the PEPR’s or (2) whose medical condition presents a reasonable probability of substantial harm to the student or others, will be referred within one business day to the appropriate FLETC Program Manager for disposition. This referral will include the Medical Officers’ determination as to (1) when and/or if the student will be able to perform the PEPR’s or (2) when the safety or health risk will no longer exist.
To the extent possible, the FLETC will attempt to reasonably accommodate permanent and temporary disabilities which are the result of underlying medical conditions. However, accommodation which results in a denigration of the quality of the training provided is not reasonable in that it is inconsistent with the FLETC’s mission of providing fully trained law enforcement personnel. In most cases, accommodations will be limited to the following: (1) student in good academic standing will be eligible to recycle through the training program upon removal of their disability and (2) partner organizations may request a waiver of the PEPR’s so that a student may attend the FLETC in a non-diploma/non-certificate status.
Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB)
During several Basic Police Training Programs and Advanced Training Programs, you are required to complete the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). The PEB consists of five physical fitness items that are performed during a single, physical fitness evaluation session. The PEB measures body fat (skin fold technique), flexibility (sit and reach test), speed and agility (Illinois agility test), upper body strength (bench press), and aerobic capacity (1.5 mile run). In order to participate in the PEB, you must bring a pair of running and court (tennis) shoes. Running shoes are appropriate for the 1.5 mile run, but they do not provide adequate support during lateral movement; therefore, if you do not have court shoes, you will not be allowed to complete the agility run.
As an advanced firearm-training student, you are encouraged to bring your issued semiautomatic pistol along with issued leather gear and a minimum of three magazines for use in training.
If you are a Firearms Instructor Training Program (FITP) student, you are required to score an 85% (or 255) on the FLETC PPC course of fire on the first afternoon of class. You must prepare a lesson plan on a related firearm subject and conduct a 30-minute oral presentation.
NOTE: There is no remedial for the PPC course of fire.
If you are scheduled to participate in any exercise requiring the operation of a government vehicle, please ensure that you have in your possession and present upon request to the instructor or other FLETC official, your valid state driver's license. Anyone found to have a revoked, suspended or expired driver's license will not be allowed to participate in any exercise requiring the operation of a government vehicle and will be considered to have failed to meet the requirements for graduation from the training program being attended. There are no exceptions to this policy. Driver Training staff members will request you present your valid state driver's license during driver training courses being attended. Other sections conducting exercises requiring the operation of government vehicles may request you present your valid state driver's license.
During any exercise requiring the operation of a government vehicle, you must operate the vehicle within applicable federal and state laws governing the use of motor vehicles, both on and off the FLETC facility.
Federal Air Marshal Training
If you are a newly hired Air Marshal, here are some tips on what to expect while in training at the Artesia FLETC.
Uniforms for wear during training, classroom, firearms and physical techniques, are issued. They consist of light blue polo shirts and navy blue utility pants. You are allowed, at your own expense, to wear your own personal black or navy blue BDU pants in lieu of the FLETC pants. For the final oath of office at graduation, a suit is recommended, but not required. Lace boots are recommended for wear in all training. Tennis shoes are required for physical techniques training. If you will be attending in the winter, a heavy jacket and stocking cap are recommended. Other than these requirements, you are encouraged to only bring clothing for leisurewear to reduce the amount of luggage.
POVs are allowed on Center. It is at your discretion, if you choose to bring your POV.
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to call (575) 748-8000 or e-mail FLETC-Artesia@dhs.gov.