Taking the APFT

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  1. kracy

    kracy Member

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    I have completed all portions of my AROTC application except for the APFT and the interview. I don't want to wait for the school year to begin to have a school faculty member administrate the fitness test.

    Does anyone know if there is any way I could take it this summer? I have not yet contacted or been contacted by any army recruiters.

    I appreciate any help.
     
  2. JMS

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    I recall one can have the test given by a mil officer. And you will probably find teachers/coaches at school during the summer; I recall it has to be phys ed, and not just any teacher. You can prob arrange to meet a phys ed teacher who is also a fall sports coach at a mutually convenient time when practices start in Aug.
    If for some reason you are not up to par on test day, ask the proctor to NOT submit the results and arrange to retake the test another time. I recall that submitting a set of replacement scores is complicated. In other words from wise people here on the forum, ' one may take the test as many times as they want, but only submit the scores once.'
     
  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    I read the blog entry that you linked in your post and I want to make sure I'm clear on something. My son has run cross country for his school since 9th grade and is also going to run this coming year, his senior year. However, his school's team is very large (over 100 kids). Therefore, the head coach does not have a close relationship with very many of the kids. Even though my son was junior captain in 11th grade and will probably be senior captain in 12th, he can count on one hand the number of extended conversations he's had with the head coach since 9th grade. The head coach tends to focus on the girls' varsity & JV teams and leaves the boys' varsity & JV teams to assistant coaches. So, my son has definitely built relationships with the assistant coaches. However, the assistant coaches are not employees of the school (in terms of working for the school board and being full-time teachers/coaches). I think they are paid some sort of minimal stipend for helping out the head coach. Anyway, I don't think we are going to be able to get the head coach real excited about taking some of his personal time to administer the PFT to DS. We still haven't even been able to get him to correct a mistake on one of DS awards certificates for cross country that was made almost a year ago!

    I think our best option would be to either use one of the assistant cross country coaches, or to have my son ask a coach for one of the other school teams that he has nothing to do with (i.e. basketball). One last idea would be to use the gentleman that's in charge of JROTC (even though DS is not involved in it). Would it be a no-no to use one of the assistant coaches since they don't work for the school/school board?

    Your input is appreciated!
     
  5. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    ANYONE can give the test. The JROTC guy would be perfect. Assistant Coach, gym teacher, family friend who was in the military, local recruiter, school resource officer....all they have to do is read the instruction on the test sheet, administer the test

    If you go on the application website, click on the additional information tab and then the ROTC physical fitness program link this is what it says

    " All scholarship applicants' physical ability must be assessed. A Physical Education Teacher, any athletic coach, or any JROTC instructor may administer the ROTC Physical Fitness Assessment."

    The test shouldn't take more than 30 minutes. This test is not going to make or break an applicant in most cases. Your thinking too hard on this one.
     
  6. Future2LtMom

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  7. kracy

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    Would it be acceptable to have a school custodian administrate the test?
     
  8. SOONERS96

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    Hi, sorry to barge in on this thread but I have a quick question.
    I am an offensive lineman and am going to start at left tackle for the varsity team this year, and in doing that I am pretty big (6'4, 270). I feel like I could pass the PFT now, but I am 100% sure I would do much better say, after 2 a days. Am I better off taking the PFT now or wait a couple months? Essentially, I am asking if it would increase my chances of winning a scholarship by having a better PFT score or submitting my application earlier.
    Thank you :smile:
     
  9. EDelahanty

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    I recommend you take the PFT at your earliest convenience. First, the stats you posted a while back make you competitive, in my opinion. You might as well have your application reviewed by the first board. Second, big as you are, that's no guarantee you won't get hurt in a game or practice. Unless you can get your mile time down to, say, under five minutes in the coming months, it won't make much of a difference.

    By the way, if you're unsure of how you would do, why not find out by timing yourself.
     
  10. kinnem

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    While I agree with Parent Delahanty's recommendation I want to point out that you may be outside the Army Weight standards for initial accessions for someone of your height. The max is 223 if I'm reading the charts correctly. You can still pass if you pass the tape test for BMI which you perhaps (probably?) will. Just want to point out something you need to keep an eye on which is not unusual for offensive linemen who are looking to join ROTC.
     

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