Am I ready for the CFA

carterg21316

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I received an LOA a couple weeks ago and in the letter it says that the CFA must be submitted prior to Oct. 15 or the LOA will be withdrawn. I don't plan on letting this happen but are there any guesses as to what having an LOA withdrawn means? Second, are these scores from a mock CFA I did passing. I've been practicing a ton over the last half year or so but I just suck at running long distance. My goal is at least average on all but its becoming clear that it might be a reach on the mile. Either way I'll keep running a lot just to prepare for if I'm accepted.

B-Ball Throw: 80 ft
Pull Ups: 12
Shuttle: 8.2 sec
Sit Ups: 65
Push Ups: 48
Mile: 8:30
 

usma_2025

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Congrats on the LOA! I'm in the same boat as you, I got an LOA that said the same, and I currently have similar scores (way worse pull ups, slightly better mile). Thinking strategically I was planning on leaving the CFA until early October to squeeze out an extra month of practice. Especially if you have the LOA I don't see any reason to rush it, might as well take all the time you can to maximize your score and get to at least average on all 6.
 

carterg21316

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Congrats on the LOA! I'm in the same boat as you, I got an LOA that said the same, and I currently have similar scores (way worse pull ups, slightly better mile). Thinking strategically I was planning on leaving the CFA until early October to squeeze out an extra month of practice. Especially if you have the LOA I don't see any reason to rush it, might as well take all the time you can to maximize your score and get to at least average on all 6.
Same thought process here. Every time after I've done the shuttle I don't understand how the average for it is like 9.1 while the mile is 6:40
 

okboomer

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I received an LOA a couple weeks ago and in the letter it says that the CFA must be submitted prior to Oct. 15 or the LOA will be withdrawn. I don't plan on letting this happen but are there any guesses as to what having an LOA withdrawn means? Second, are these scores from a mock CFA I did passing. I've been practicing a ton over the last half year or so but I just suck at running long distance. My goal is at least average on all but its becoming clear that it might be a reach on the mile. Either way I'll keep running a lot just to prepare for if I'm accepted.

B-Ball Throw: 80 ft
Pull Ups: 12
Shuttle: 8.2 sec
Sit Ups: 65
Push Ups: 48
Mile: 8:30
Everything but the mile is very good. I’d practice some more and see if you can shave time off the mile.
 

MidCakePa

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Based on your post, the LOA is contingent on acceptable CFA (and probably a nom too, unless you already have one). Is that the case? If so, don’t dilly-dally.

“LOA will be withdrawn” should need no interpretation. It’s 100% clear to me: You will no longer be guaranteed an offer of appointment if you fail to deliver on the condition that’s stated in the LOA.
 

Roadking

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If you are a recruited athlete just do it and don’t worry about the mile time. If not a recruited athlete, you should be running everyday and digging deep into your heart to improve that mile time.
 

UHBlackhawk

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What are you doing to prepare for the mile? You want to do 220s, 440s and 880 intervals. The 1 mike is more like a long sprint.
 

aburita1127

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Hey quick question. I did the CFA today and my scores were as follows:

Bball throw: 69’
Pull ups: 9
Shuttle run: 8.8 seconds
Crutches: 86
Push ups: 32
Mile run: 5:55

I know I failed due to my pushups (I drank too much water and threw up before) and plan to improve before my second trial. How much do you think I have to improve my push ups by?
 

okboomer

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Hey quick question. I did the CFA today and my scores were as follows:

Bball throw: 69’
Pull ups: 9
Shuttle run: 8.8 seconds
Crutches: 86
Push ups: 32
Mile run: 5:55

I know I failed due to my pushups (I drank too much water and threw up before) and plan to improve before my second trial. How much do you think I have to improve my push ups by?
9 and you’ll have equaled or bested my DS’s CFA scores on each event but the b-ball throw and he passed
 

aburita1127

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9 and you’ll have equaled or bested my DS’s CFA scores on each event but the b-ball throw and he passed
Ok thanks man!
I have a 200 a day push-up workout underway which peaks me at 2 weeks. Then I should be able to get at least 50.
 

OldRetSWO

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I received an LOA a couple weeks ago and in the letter it says that the CFA must be submitted prior to Oct. 15 or the LOA will be withdrawn. I don't plan on letting this happen but are there any guesses as to what having an LOA withdrawn means? Second, are these scores from a mock CFA I did passing. I've been practicing a ton over the last half year or so but I just suck at running long distance. My goal is at least average on all but its becoming clear that it might be a reach on the mile. Either way I'll keep running a lot just to prepare for if I'm accepted.

B-Ball Throw: 80 ft
Pull Ups: 12
Shuttle: 8.2 sec
Sit Ups: 65
Push Ups: 48
Mile: 8:30
First of all, the mile is not long distance in the realm of what the academies expect of cadets/midshipmen.
FWIW 8:30 for a Male is a LOT slower than what is acceptable once you're there and 8:30 for a female is a
LITTLE less unacceptable but is still slower than what is needed to pass the physical testing.
 
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