First PFT

Good Morning!  Actually it is almost noon.  Day #7 of BCT.  It's hot and a bit windy.  Typical of this time of year. 

Today, I want to talk about the PFT.  Another acronym.  Stands for Physical Fitness Test.   The basics took their first one this morning.  It will serve as a baseline.  They will take it again during BCT.  They will be amazed how much they improve.

During the academic year cadets take physical fitness tests each semester to measure their overall strength and conditioning.  Proficiency is required in both the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and the Aerobic Fitness Test (AFT) in order to graduate.     This test is different from the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) that they took when applying to the Academy. 

The fitness-testing program serves many purposes, including:

    Promoting maximum fitness among the cadet wing
    Developing a foundation for a lifetime of fitness
    Recognizing cadets who excel in maintaining their personal fitness

Those members of the cadet wing who achieve the maximum point total on either the PFT or AFT belong to the prestigious 500 Club. Those few cadets who maximize their scores on both of these belong to the exclusive 1000 Club.  Below is a table with the test elements along with the mean and maximum possible scores, courtesy of

Event Men Women
  Mean Max Mean Max
Pull-Ups 12 21 3 8
Long Jump 7’7″ 8’0″ 6’3″ 7’2″
Crunches (Sit ups) 71 95 71 95
Push-Ups 48 72 29 48
600-Yard Run 1:53 1:35 2:12 1:53

We covered all the squadrons taking the test this morning.  That doesn't mean we will get every basic, however.  Some will elude us in the crowd and some will not take the test for various reasons and will make it up at a later time.   On that note, we have received several emails asking about the orange arm bands.  Basics wearing those have some kind of limitation while they are wearing them.  It alerts the Cadre.  So there you go.

We will be back in the dental clinic and tailor shop this afternoon.  Rumor has it that the Demons will be having their smiles checked and Barbarians and Flying Tigers might be passing through clothing exchange.  Check back later this PM to see if I am right.  

Yes, I know Aggressors and Executioners are getting the short end of the photo stick right now.  We are slaves to the schedule.  It will all balance out by early next week.

Ok, that's it for now.  More later. 


You just gotta love the Preppies.  Nothing keeps them down.