Anybody capable of reading the simple instructions and running a stop watch, especially a veteran should be able to give a PFT. it’s a minute of pushups, minute of curl ups, and one mile run. Pretty simple stuff.
There is no part of the application process that is less significant than the PFT.
Have never seen Cadet Command question the legitimacy of a PFT score.
Here is what it says in the scholarship application additional information “proctor of your choosing”
ROTC Physical Fitness Assessment
The Army Officer is a scholar, athlete, and leader. To evaluate your basic physical fitness and for consideration in your overall application, the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) is a requirement to be considered for a scholarship. The PFA consists of three events:
- Push-ups. 1 minute
- Curl-ups. 1 minute
- Run. 1 mile
The PFA is required for scholarship consideration. If your PFA is not loaded, you will not be considered for a scholarship.
It is your responsibility to request a PFA proctor and complete the PFA. It is your responsibility to ensure your PFA score is submitted for consideration.
For your convenience, Cadet Command will provide a link to upload your PFA score directly to a proctor of your choosing. There is a place on the Academic tab for you to identify your PFA proctor. Once you have submitted your SAT/ACT scores and high school transcript, an automated email message will be sent to that person. The email will include a link to upload the scores, a user name (specific to your application, and a password. Be sure to let that person know the link will be sent to them using whatever email you provided. Please have your proctor check their email’s Junk Mail folder if they don’t receive the email.
You can also download a copy of the ROTC PFA Scorecard. Use this form if your proctor is having trouble uploading your scores. It is also useful because it includes the exercise instructions.
Some ROTC programs can administer the PFA while you are there for the PMS Interview. While that may be convenient, your primary focus for that visit should be doing the best you can on the PMS Interview.
We do not use the same test as USMA’s Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) for several reasons but ease of administration is a primary reason. While some of the events are similar/same between the CFA and PFA, it is in the applicant’s best interest to do them separately if possible. There are many reasons for this. Push-ups and “Modified Sit-Ups” (essentially our Curl-Up) are tested over two minutes. We only use a one minute test. Inputting a two-minute push-up or curl-up score as our PFA score is wrong and a good way to have the test not considered (at least). Additionally, the strategy for a two-minute test should be different than a one-minute test. The CFA testing sequence has the candidate doing more aerobic and anaerobic events before they even get to the ‘similar’ PFA events. That additional activity may lower the overall PFA score.