Injury during app process?

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  1. tman9285

    tman9285 Member

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    Hello all,
    I am in the middle of applying for NROTC MO and am supposed to have my 4th PFT in about a week, but just today I rolled my ankle in a cross country race. If that affects my ability to take another PFT, what do I do? My best score is 279 (22 pull, 115 crunch, 21:15) but that was due to me not being able to hit my best run time at the same time as maxing crunches (19:19 is my PR). What to do if I can't recover in time for the first board?
     
  2. rholt

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    My son just had his selection board processing day today in Frederick, MD. He got approximately a 265 on the PFT and he is pleased as punch with that outcome. It never occurred to him (or me) that it would be worth the time and effort to take the PFT again.

    So - with that context - I ask the question - don't you think 279 is good enough? Isn't 300 the max?

    Here is one point of reference you might find interesting. My son did the PFT with 11 other candidates. His 265 was the second highest in that group - which I personally found a little surprising.
     
  3. tman9285

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    Interesting, and thanks for the reply. At my RS (San Diego), the average score I would say when I last took it was mid-280s range. My target range according to the captain from my previous run was 290. I guess since San Diego is such a Marine town scores tend to be higher and thanks to the weather we have more opportunity to improve, thus making expectations higher. That's just a hutch, but thanks for the insight and good luck to your son!
     
  4. rholt

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    Target 290 - wow. For what it is worth - at least half the kids at my son's event yesterday were the son/daughter of active/retired military dads.
     
  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I rxpect your score is good enough. The PFT is important, but not that important.
     
  6. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    279 is a very solid score, especially with the new scoring system. If you can retake prior to the first board great, but if not, I would go ahead and submit. Everyone has a different metric for what is considered ‘good’ for a PFT in the USMC and especially applications for various activities. For those prepping to attend OCS usually 280 or above is what is encouraged. Officers are always expected to score a first class. 250-275 I would say is minimum expectations for an officer. With the new scoring system I think many are sort of learning what these new scores will shake out.
     
  7. tman9285

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    Thanks for all of the replies! I'll probably run it one more time, it can't hurt, can it?
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Depends on if they take your best PFT or your most recent. I don't know which they do.
     
  9. New@This

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    It might hurt if you do further damage to your ankle. And you could significantly lengthen your healing time.
     
  10. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    @tm9285: reading between the lines, you are working out with the local Recruiting Station and the poolees. That is awesome and great preparation for the physical fitness test. Normally, you will be given a PFT administered by the area Officer Selection Officer (OSO) or his appointed staff. Often, this is done just prior to (or immediately following) your OSO interview. Unless your local OSO is working with the RS personnel and/ or will take their scores, you will have to take an "official" test in the near future as part of the application process.

    Generally speaking, the RS is going to focus on bringing in enlisted Marines while the OSO will focus on bringing in Officer candidates. This is important to know as we occasionally see posts from high school seniors who tell us that the Marine Recruiter told them that signing up for the Delayed Entry Program (or other enlisted programs) will strengthen their NROTC application. It will not.

    Heal quickly and good luck!
     
  11. bucketheadsdad

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    Well, technically speaking.....it could hurt. That was the point of the post. But you're right. Overall, it could certainly help you increase your score.
     
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  12. tman9285

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    Thanks for the laugh! It still perplexes me as to why someone would DEP in if they intend to go to college. But thanks! It would appear that my minor strain will not keep me from running my 4th PFT Saturday.
    Note: No offense intended to anyone who did exactly what I mentioned, as I have a friend who did the same thing for the Nursing Option; it's merely banter.
     
  13. tman9285

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    A little update on my current status, I gutted it out and ran it in 19:01, a new PR, and got a 293! I guess it didn't hurt too much.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    @tman9285 Congratulations! That's an awesome score.
     
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    And here (after reading "Injury during app process"), I was just going to ask if you got a paper cut.

    Glad it turned out okay. :D
     
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