Feb 2, 2016
Hey everyone! I have some questions regarding requirements for winning an Army ROTC Scholarship. They are not academic requirement questions, but rather questions based around body fat measurements and the PT Test.

1) I am in the process of losing remaining fat on my stomach area, I have about 15-20 lbs to lose in order to meet height/weight. Seeing as I do CrossFit daily and have tons of muscle mass, getting down to 140-ish most likely WON'T happen by August/September. According to hydrostatic body fat testing, I am 23% body fat. The tape test says I am 29% according to my measurements. As I said, I'm working on losing more waist inches to lower that %. But, will they accept paperwork showing my hydrostatic bf test? If not, is 5 months enough time to lower my numbers (weight & bf %)?

2) What is the official PT test to determine wether you get a scholarship or not? I've heard of different variations. Not sure of the official test, so if someone can explain it in detail, that'd help. I'm pretty sure it's 2 min pushups/2 min situps/2 mile run, but I'm also unsure. I haven't performed the test yet, but I'm sure my score would look roughly like this: 30-40 pushups in 2 mins, 55-65 situps in 2 mins, and my 2-mile run is around 18:50. It's bad, I know, but I'm constantly working in all areas.

Thanks in advance for any replies. My apologies for sort of being all over the place. Y'all will see much more of me between now and Fall, as I am a little ball of stress that wants to be sure I meet all deadlines, fit the criteria, and hope to God I get somewhere remotely close to my college goals :)
The official test submitted with your Scholarship Application for Physical Assessment is 1/1/1. 1 min PU, 1 min SU, and 1 mile. They will not likely accept a hydrostatic test for BF. They will use the tape test but it won't occur unless you break the weight/height tables at your DODMERB exam and when you get to your ROTC school. To contract once you get to your ROTC unit you have to pass the PT test 2/2/2 and make weight among other requirements. None of us can tell you if 5 months is enough time to lose 15-20 lbs. That's up to you.

If you do cross fit you have access to certified trainers... seek their assistance to fix your weight and fitness situation. You have time to improve both your BF and PT. Google some of the workouts for how to improve your 1 or 2 mile run time. Ask a track classmate for help.

AR40-501 http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r40_501.pdf
2–21. Weight a. Army applicants for initial appointment as commissioned officers (to include appointment as commissioned warrant officers) must meet the standards of AR 600–9. Body fat composition is used as the final determinant in evaluating an applicant’s acceptability when the weight exceeds that listed in the weight tables. b. All other applicants must meet the standards of tables 2-l and 2–2. Body fat composition is used as the final determinant in evaluating an applicant’s acceptability when the weight exceeds that listed in the weight tables.

AR600-9 http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r600_9.pdf

http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/high-school-students/four-year-scholarship.html Use the link for meet physical standards to get the Fitness Assessment requirements of 1/1/1.

https://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com/ The ROO hits on all the relevant topics for applying and participating in Army ROTC.

Keep working on the other parts of your application like test scores.
For the PT test it is 1 minute of push ups/ 1 minute of sit ups/ 1 mile run. I did 25 pu/36 su/ and 7:20 run. My pt test isn't as good as others but if you can do better than me then your in good standing.
I wrestle in high school and believe me that 5 moths is plenty enough time to lose 15-20 lbs if you want it bad enough. It's a total change of lifestyle though and you have to be mentally strong but I can tell you it absolutely can be done
Agree that 15-20 lbs isn't impossible, but the biggest thing is to learn to do it right and healthy. You need to work with a nutritionist who can understand your body and goals. I emphasis this point, because a trainer isn't a nutritionist. They can help and will usually provide the normal, drink water, eat protein, clean fruits and veggies, cut sugar and bad carbs. If you struggle with weight now, it will be something you need to be cognizant of your entire life, especially in the Army. It can be a career killer. I think that is why it is so important to follow a nutritionist's plan and understand how to eat for your body, yet still fuel it for the workouts you need. Going away to college leads to new eating habits and often bad habits. For many 18 year old kids, not an issue as their metabolism is so high they can eat anything they want. Learn how to eat well now and it could save you alot of trouble down the road in the Army, because trust me, it only gets harder as you get older. Keep working hard and good luck.
The body fat is not on the application only height and weight.