Fitness At The Start

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Hi all
I'm currently a sophomore and I'm thinking of either trying for an SA or going into ROTC. My biggest issue right now is fitness. I can run fairly fast and I'm working on doing more sit-ups, however I can not get out a push-up in the correct form. I was wondering, for the rotc route (mostly NROTC or AFROTC) how many you should be able to do when you start in it. Or is it more of a situation where they expect people to start out pretty low and train you during the program? Of course I will keep working at it and trying, but I am having a lot of difficulty. Also if anyone in a similar situation had any advice that would be terrific!
Thanks!
 

kinnem

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You don't have to be perfect but you need to do somewhat well. It is part of the competition. If you go NROTC Marine Option it's even more important to do well. However, they do consider that they still have four years to train your body and mind. No worries... you've got two years to get ready. You can find plenty of programs online to help you prepare. Also, running isn't just about speed but also endurance.
 

catlover99

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I was in the same position as you about a year ago (unable to do a single correct pushup and wanting to apply for AFROTC and NROTC) so I researched things like "how to start doing pushups for beginners" and found this training plan where you start off by doing pushups against elevated surfaces like chairs or tables, work up to where you can do around 20 pushups at that height, and then continue decreasing the height of those elevated surfaces (lower chairs, windowsills, etc) until you eventually can do a correct pushup on the ground. Make sure you're using the correct form while doing any/all pushups! Within 5-6 months of this, I could do about 25-30 pushups. Feel free to PM me if you want more specifics/details on the pushup exercise plan I found/did.

Good luck and I hope this helps!
 

RGW051

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Sorry for being late in this forum. My daughter is at crunch time finalizing her AROTC app. Her PFT assessment will be done by Wedsnesday and submitted. Is she able to improve her PFT assessment throughout the year for the other two boards? Or does this assessment she submits for this first board get scored and get rolled over to next board cycle, with no chance to improve? I am completely new to all of this and trying my best to support and assist her with understanding this process. Thanks in advance.
 

rotcadet2021

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Sorry for being late in this forum. My daughter is at crunch time finalizing her AROTC app. Her PFT assessment will be done by Wedsnesday and submitted. Is she able to improve her PFT assessment throughout the year for the other two boards? Or does this assessment she submits for this first board get scored and get rolled over to next board cycle, with no chance to improve? I am completely new to all of this and trying my best to support and assist her with understanding this process. Thanks in advance.

Once you submit your PFT score the first time, you can't update it. I tired to take it again and update it the 2nd and 3rd board but was unable to. If her score is that low, I suggest waiting until the 2nd board.
 
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