Physical Requirements for Admission
Service Academies’ Admissions Requirement Satisfactory completion of the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) is one of the requirements for admission to the United States Military, Air Force, Naval, and Merchant Marine academies. The CFA is a test of strength, agility, speed and endurance. It is used to predict a candidate’s aptitude for the physical program at the service academies. The results of this test are very important in the overall assessment of your admissions file, so you should become familiar with the six events in the CFA and practice.
The examination consists of the following events (click each for a demonstration):
- Basketball throw (from a kneeling position)
- Cadence pull-ups or flexed-arm hang (women's option)
- 40-yard shuttle run (for time)
- Modified Situps (number completed in 2 minutes)
- Push-ups (number completed in 2 minutes)
- 1-mile run (for time)
Tip: Take your medical exam as soon as possible. It can take several months to get qualified, if more information is needed. If you haven’t been scheduled by DoDMERB by the fall of your senior year, contact the Admissions Office.
Who Can Administer the Cadet Fitness Assessment?
Physical Education Teachers
Military Academy Liaison Officers
Military Officers or Non-commissioned Officers
Professors of Military Science
Tip: Prepare for the CFA by practicing the six test areas. Running, general conditioning exercises and competitive sports will also strengthen your abilities.