Injury Before Taking the PFT for Army ROTC Scholarship

rolihous

Member
I have currently completed everything necessary in the application process for the Army ROTC scholarship except for my fitness test. I was going to have it administered within this week or the next, but a few days ago I fractured my fibula in my right leg at football practice. It will take four weeks in a boot before I can do anything with football or running in general. What are the best options for me in regards to this situation? Am I able to have my PMS interview without submitting my pft test? I have also been running and working out to prepare for the test but now I cannot run on my leg and I am worried that all the ground I have made will be lost by not being able to train like I had been in the next couple weeks. Any advice, insight or tips for this would be very helpful.
 

clarksonarmy

Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army
5-Year Member
Some PMSs might interview you, but until you take your PFT you won't be boarded. If you have medical documentation that says you won't be able to take the PFT before the end of February you might want to ask Cadet Command if you can be boarded without a PFT. Never heard it happen, but it can't hurt to ask.

Bottom line is you have until February to accomplish everything and get at least one look for a scholarship. Heal quickly
 

rolihous

Member
Some PMSs might interview you, but until you take your PFT you won't be boarded. If you have medical documentation that says you won't be able to take the PFT before the end of February you might want to ask Cadet Command if you can be boarded without a PFT. Never heard it happen, but it can't hurt to ask.

Bottom line is you have until February to accomplish everything and get at least one look for a scholarship. Heal quickly
I appreciate your quick response. I'll try to heal up and be ready to go before the scholarship boards begin.
 

k2rider

5-Year Member
Another factor to ease your concerns is the youngsters getting scholarships in the 1st round are generally those with a 4.5 GPA, 34-36 ACT & 1600 SAT score with 16 Varsity letters (a slight exaggeration but you get the idea). You'll have plenty of time to heal up, get some training in, blow the PFT out of the water and still be ready for the 2nd board. Good luck!!
 

clarksonarmy

Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army
5-Year Member
And remember the PFT is one of the least important thing you will do for this application. As long as you can do a reasonable amount of push-ups and curl ups and your run isn't in the double digits you will be fine.
 

NavyHoops

Super Moderator
5-Year Member
You have youth on your side which is great for healing. Also don't rush things when you are cleared. If you have a physical therapist or trainer at school let them know your goals and set a plan to get this knocked out.
 

AROTC-dad

Moderator
5-Year Member
Explain to your doctor that you may be having a DoDMERB exam and need to be eventually cleared for unrestricted activities.
His or her verbiage becomes important to rule out lingering effects of your injury.
 

Dadof2

Member
You have youth on your side which is great for healing. Also don't rush things when you are cleared. If you have a physical therapist or trainer at school let them know your goals and set a plan to get this knocked out.
This is good advice. A couple of years ago DS had a football knee injury. Once adequately healed and medically cleared he worked with a good physical therapist who understood his goals and he was able to take and pass his fitness test. Didn't do as well on the run as he could have prior to the injury, but passed and got the scholarship.
 
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