Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by jeffreykj7, Oct 17, 2017.
Would 40 push ups be considered a failing grade for males? Thank you.
I don't think anyone other than someone on the "inside" can answer your question (which they probably won't), but you are way below the goal of 62. If I was advising my kids, I wouldn't have them submit this on their CFA. Pushups are one of the easier items to increase if you work at it consistently. There are plenty of pushup regiments that you can do to increase the number of pushups. I would look up one of those programs (they are free) and rigorously work on increasing this number. While also working to meet/exceed the goal in all areas. If that is all you can do, then submit what you have and hope for the best. Good luck.
40 pushups is a bit low. You don't really "fail" the CFA, but it is weighed into your acceptance, and being below the mark by that much may not put you above the next person in line. Remember, acceptance is a competition, and that you can't "fail" on the application, you can only compete harder.
You can fail the CFA. From the Instructions to Candidates, pg. 8: "A low overall score or a poor score in an individual event may be disqualifying. If you fail the first CFA, you will automatically be rescheduled for a second CFA. Please note that failure of the first CFA will be taken into account when your file is reviewed. If you fail the second CFA your file will be closed."
Uh... no. You can do better than that in 1 week if you try. C'mon folks. Get one of those push up apps for your phone and start today. In 3 weeks you will be killing what you do now. It takes a little effort. Being in great shape isn't optional for the military, but you are treating like it is. You don't have to be a 3 sport all american athlete, but you should be able to nearly max the fitness tests with little effort.
Sorry for the rant, but the fitness thing really grinds me.
OF COURSE YOU CAN FAIL THE CFA!!!! Even the briefest of searches on SAF will elicit many threads of young men and women who have failed the CFA - many by only ONE SECTION. Practice the CFA PRACTICE THE CFA PRACTICE THE CFA, IN ORDER OF EVENT, AND TIME YOURSELF.
Billberna, unless things have changed, candidates are not automatically given a retake. In the past, many were not offered one. It is why, if you are on the cusp physically, wait and practice the cfa in order of event. OTOH, fencersmother is old now, and her memory fails. Perhaps, with millennials, everyone gets a re-do?
Fencersmother, I am just quoting directly from the latest "Instructions to Candidates" document issued this summer. And folks on this forum who have failed the CFA recently have indicated that the notice showed up in their portal within a day or two, along with a new deadline, just as the document said it would.
40 is pretty below the max of 75. As Stew Smith says, always go for the maximum and beyond. A real basic plan you can do (I'm not sure when you want to take your CFA) is: For ten days, you do 200 push ups a day but in different numbers of sets. This means that on odd days, you do 200 in as few as sets as possible and then on even days you spread your sets out. I've done this plan (haven't finished) and another that is a bit more complicated but have taken my max of like 45 up to 80 or possibly more. The only way to really get better at push ups is to do them. If you have any questions, PM me and I'll be happy to help you out.
Try harder, if you want it bad enough, you will be able to do it. Workout with some weights. Try building up your upper body biceps, and keep practicing daily (set a daily goal and increasing number of push-ups).
A good example: my HS daughter started JROTC being able to barely do 60 sit-ups (with cadence). Less than 2 months later, she's at 120. She pushed herself, practiced, and feeling proud of her result.
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