NROTC AFA

runjoeyrun

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Is the NROTC AFA pass/fail? If you fall into the High Good - Outstanding range, will you be ok as far as the fitness test goes? Or is it similar to the USNA CFA where you need to be above average athletically?
 

NavyLady64

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Is the NROTC AFA pass/fail? If you fall into the High Good - Outstanding range, will you be ok as far as the fitness test goes? Or is it similar to the USNA CFA where you need to be above average athletically?
Parent of NROTC scholarship DD here - I would always recommend you need to try to max it out just like USNA. The scholarship is very competitive and you will want to shine in every way possible and they do look at the results. They want to know you will do well once under scholarship because to maintain it, you will have to regularly pass the fitness assessment throughout college. AND most NROTC units do not want you to just "make it over the line" - they will want every one in their unit to pass at a high level because it reflects better on their unit. The first week of school, my daughter's NROTC unit gave the PT to every one in the unit. She passed in the "good" range but they still assigned her to remedial PT (think: you get up in the morning at a time with a 4 in front of it...). She retook the test to get in the excellent category but will keep trying to get into the outstanding category.
 

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Parent of NROTC scholarship DD here - I would always recommend you need to try to max it out just like USNA. The scholarship is very competitive and you will want to shine in every way possible and they do look at the results. They want to know you will do well once under scholarship because to maintain it, you will have to regularly pass the fitness assessment throughout college. AND most NROTC units do not want you to just "make it over the line" - they will want every one in their unit to pass at a high level because it reflects better on their unit. The first week of school, my daughter's NROTC unit gave the PT to every one in the unit. She passed in the "good" range but they still assigned her to remedial PT (think: you get up in the morning at a time with a 4 in front of it...). She retook the test to get in the excellent category but will keep trying to get into the outstanding category.
I scored 45 pushups, which is on the border of excellent/outstanding, 78 situps, which I believe is a low excellent, and an 8:15 mile, which when converted would be a high good. My times are improving, but my recruiter told me I did well, and I submitted the scores.

Should I be concerned?
 

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Parent of NROTC scholarship DD here - I would always recommend you need to try to max it out just like USNA. The scholarship is very competitive and you will want to shine in every way possible and they do look at the results. They want to know you will do well once under scholarship because to maintain it, you will have to regularly pass the fitness assessment throughout college. AND most NROTC units do not want you to just "make it over the line" - they will want every one in their unit to pass at a high level because it reflects better on their unit. The first week of school, my daughter's NROTC unit gave the PT to every one in the unit. She passed in the "good" range but they still assigned her to remedial PT (think: you get up in the morning at a time with a 4 in front of it...). She retook the test to get in the excellent category but will keep trying to get into the outstanding category.
I scored 45 pushups, which is on the border of excellent/outstanding, 78 situps, which I believe is a low excellent, and an 8:15 mile, which when converted would be a high good. My times are improving, but my recruiter told me I did well, and I submitted the scores.

Should I be concerned?
Those sound really good! Just want to make sure that you continue to push your scores for both NROTC and USNA because the scholarship board and the academy both look at those and every "point" in your favor is good for you. There is never really a "pass/fail" in other words LOL! My DD says they do pay attention to the running since after you start college, you will be held to Navy standards which is a little longer at 1.5 miles and because scoring in the "good" category would not probably cut it without extra work at a normal unit as she found out ;o)

You are asking the right questions and paying attention which shows - like so many of the great NROTC/USNA candidates on these pages that our country is in great hands. Good luck to you!!
 

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Those sound really good! Just want to make sure that you continue to push your scores for both NROTC and USNA because the scholarship board and the academy both look at those and every "point" in your favor is good for you. There is never really a "pass/fail" in other words LOL! My DD says they do pay attention to the running since after you start college, you will be held to Navy standards which is a little longer at 1.5 miles and because scoring in the "good" category would not probably cut it without extra work at a normal unit as she found out ;o)

You are asking the right questions and paying attention which shows - like so many of the great NROTC/USNA candidates on these pages that our country is in great hands. Good luck to you!!
Thank you so much for your help and kind words. I’ll definitely retake and push harder.
 

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My DD's AFA results were: 34 push ups, 95 sit ups (max) and 7:58 mile.
Are these scores ok?
 

runjoeyrun

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My DD's AFA results were: 34 push ups, 95 sit ups (max) and 7:58 mile.
Are these scores ok?
In my (unqualified) opinion, I would say the pushups could be better, shooting closer to 40-50, but overall looks good. If anybody disagrees, you should probably defer to them.
 

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Well you can fail any/all of the three sections, yes. There are scores that separate a satisfactory (and up) score from a failing score. If your scores are in the Good-outstanding range, do not worry. The AFA is not weighted all the heavily in the selection process. You can lose points if you failed it, and you can gain extra points if you did exceedingly well.
 
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