Candidate Fitness Assesment

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  1. DyllanA

    DyllanA USAFA2019

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    How does the Candidate Fitness Assessment work? I've looked at the USAFA website for averages and the max. Is there any minimum standard that you have to meet to get in or is it just the best of the scores that come in? Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. WestPoint2017

    WestPoint2017 Member

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    There are no publicized minimums. Think of the national averages as the minimums and the max scores as the averages.
     
  3. spolac28

    spolac28 Member

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    The academies don't want show a minimum because they don't want want candidates striving for their lowest, but instead their best.
     
  4. Rohl6wings

    Rohl6wings New Member

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    Why the CFA, rather than the AFT and PFT? Also, I have noticed the averages for the CFA for an incoming class seem to often outperform the averages for the AFT and PFT (for similar activities). Has this ever been addressed?
     
  5. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 WPAFB

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    While I can't answer why the CFA, I can partially answer the differences in scores. For the AFT, a HUGE factor is the altitude. For those of us used to sea level, that 1.5 miles feels SO much longer, especially when testing after spending time away from USAFA (summer leave). Also, 1.5>1, seems obvious but for those of us who are not "runners" (ahem, like myself) that extra half mile takes a bit of practice. My 1 mile split is usually pretty good, but then that last half mile slows down if I don't train for the specific 1.5 mile distance. As for the PFT, one huge factor is the pace of the test. You sort of see that with the CFA, but if I remember right, there was a chance to catch your breath between events. The sit-ups to push-ups transition is brutal, as is the push-ups to run transition.

    Finally, there is the time to train factor. Fitness is important, but it is easier to let that slide than it is academics. If classes are REALLY tough, and you're close to Academic probabtion, the workout time will probably suffer.
     
  6. Rohl6wings

    Rohl6wings New Member

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    Makes sense. I didn't even think about the altitude (absolutely a factor). Thanks.
     

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