FAST consists of three (3) exercise events:
- 1-minute timed push-ups.
- 1-minute timed sit-ups.
- 1.5-mile timed run.
The FAST exercise events are required to be completed in the order listed above during one (1) testing period. One testing period is defined as the period of time that elapses from start to finish of all three exercise events (i.e., from the first push-up performed until the 1.5-mile run is completed). New applicants and BIT students are allowed a minimum of one minute to a maximum of five minutes of rest between each exercise. FAST scoring and exercise event minimums are mentioned later in this guidance; however, each participant must achieve a minimum score in each individual exercise event and a minimum cumulative score to successfully pass.
Applicants in the selection process must successfully pass the FAST to proceed in the hiring process. Applicants will be provided three (3) separate opportunities to pass the FAST. The initial testing will be administered at the Assessment Center. If this initial testing is not passed, arrangements will be made for future testing if necessary. Failure to pass the FAST events will result in a pause of the applicant’s progression, until a testing is successfully completed. If an applicant fails to pass three (3) consecutive FAST attempts, the applicant will be removed from the application process. An applicant removed from the application process for failing to pass the FAST may re-apply for future postings if still otherwise eligible. A passing FAST score is valid for one year from the date of the testing. If for some reason a candidate does not enter a BIT academy class within one year of taking the initial test, they will have to re-take and pass the FAST prior to entering BIT.
While attending BIT, students will be administered the FAST periodically throughout the BIT program as follows:
- Testing 1 will occur between Weeks 1 and 4.
- Testing 2 will occur between Weeks 5 and 8.
- Testing 3 will occur between Weeks 9 and 12.
- Testing 4 will occur between Weeks 13 and 16.
Students must pass one of the first three FASTs and Testing 4 to successfully complete BIT. Students who fail to pass one of the first three FASTs and/or Testing 4 will be removed from the BIT program. A student removed from the BIT program for failing to pass a FAST may apply for future Postal Inspection Service employment if otherwise eligible.
Applicants who have an illness or injury at the time of their scheduled FAST are to advise testing staff of the situation as soon as practicable. This applicant will not be allowed to take the scheduled FAST. If an applicant cannot take a FAST due to illness or injury, the applicant will be provided an opportunity to take the FAST at a later date. Any applicant who does not disclose an injury or illness, participates in a FAST, and does not achieve a passing score, will not be allowed to claim the preexisting injury affected the applicant’s performance. The failing score will stand.
If an applicant suffers an injury or illness during a FAST, the applicant must immediately report the injury or illness to the testing staff. The applicant will be allowed to re-take the FAST on a later date.
Applicants who would like to request a reasonable accommodation for FAST should contact the Postal Inspection Service Applicant Processing Unit via e-mail at PIRecruitment@uspis.gov.
No medical information should be provided in this initial e-mail. Applicants will be contacted by the Postal Inspection Service Medical Services Department for additional information and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A BIT student who has an illness or injury is to advise the training academy staff of the situation. A BIT student will not be allowed to take a scheduled FAST if injured or ill.
Any BIT student who does not disclose an injury or illness, participates in a FAST, and does not achieve a passing score, will not be allowed to claim the preexisting injury affected the student’s performance. The failing score will stand.
If a BIT student suffers an injury or illness during a FAST, the student must immediately report the injury or illness to the testing staff.
A BIT student who cannot take a FAST due to illness or injury, or who suffers an injury or illness during a FAST will be allowed to re-take the test on a later date once medically cleared.