Originally Posted by AJM7680
The PFT measures strength and endurance. The CFA supposedly also measures the potential for athleticism. Since athletics is a viable part of the SA experience, I can understand the need for this. However, while I personally can see how the shuttle run might aid in this determination, the basketball throw is beyond me. In answer to your question, once they have been evaluated for the baseline "athleticism", it is no longer an issue.
When I was going through the application process, I did both, and I believe, at the time, we could use either (was there at one time a PAE at any of the academies). For the most part, they were fairly similar. If the CFA is "baseline athletism" you've got some pretty pathetic athletes (which isn't always that far off the mark). "Run here, then back then back then back then back then back again. Boom, you're an athlete!"
There is no great pain for PE coaches, as you would have argued initially. The two tests are not worlds apart, and yet only one academy tests its cadets consistently.
I don't make the general assumption that because USNA or West Point do it one way, that's the best way.