Qualified?

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  1. C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight

    C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight Member

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    I'm currently a junior at a school in Southern California. I have a 3.9 GPA and am ranked 49 out of 563 juniors. I have taken the SAT once and I got CR: 600, Math: 600, and Writing: 620. I do plan on taking it at least a few more times. I haven't taken the ACT yet, but I will be in February. I am in 3 AP courses, as well as college prep math and science courses. I am very active in my AFJROTC unit, where I am currently a 2nd Lt. in the unit. I am part of a few other local organizations and I work part time. The only school sport I am involved in is Track due to most of the sports at my school require you to take a 6th period class involving that sport and I don't really have room in my schedule. I'm in good health with no allergies, surgeries, and I have perfect vision. I also have many sources for recommendations.


    The only big problem is my physical fitness. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to prepare for the PFT and get really good scores within a year?
     
  2. coffeecup3

    coffeecup3 Member

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    Hi! Nobody can know for sure if you are "qualified" but I think you look like you are in fine shape for now. The only way you will know if you are qualified is by actually applying when the application opens for your class.

    For the CFA, practice the test so you know what your base is and work on each individual event for improvement. You are in track you said, so hopefully this will help with your mile time. Work on push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups too and this may improve those individual events. While lifting may help, I think that the best way to get better at push-ups for example, in my opinion, is to actually do push-ups. Good Luck! :smile:
     
  3. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    I agree that the best way to train for the CFA is to do the events - individually, and whenever you can, all in a row like it will be on the test. My son started out about a year ago now and couldn't do a single pullup and about 20 pushups (luckily running is one thing he's good at). By just getting a bar at home and doing both of them (and situps) a couple times a week, by the time he went to summer seminar he was able to do 10 pullups and 50+ pushups (and max the situps). If you're having trouble with either the basketball throw or the shuttle run, do some searches on this site because there have been a lot of good advice/tips given in the past - those are mostly technique. But for the others, the best you can do is practice!

    If by chance you can't do a pullup (which I know is common for females), see if your Y or local gym has an assisted pullup machine which can really help. If not, just do kind of reverse pullups (I know there's a name for them but am blanking now) - where you either jump up or use a chair or whatever to get in the "up" position and then come down from there as slowly as you can to work some of the same muscles. Good luck!
     
  4. SteveHolt243

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    Work out. Do the stuff on the test.
     
  5. wannabe2013

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    Its called a negative. These are really useful for any workout when you feel like you can't do anymore. It keeps the burn on longer.
    My suggestion would be to do either ladders (most of what you'll actually see at the academy during PEP) or I prefer burnouts. I can clarify if you need me to but a search on those words plus "exercise" or "workout" would explain. Also don't just work out enough to do well on the CFA workout enough so you're not the kid that everybody gets pissed at on the reg runs during plebe summer. Thats the easiest way to start off with a bad reputation with your company.
     
  6. marvin7794

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    Just like anything else that you want to get better at, go do more of it. No need to over think things.
     

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