Air Force ROTC Physical Fitness
Air Force ROTC cadets must meet physical fitness standards. To help them do so, Detachment 847 provides weekly physical training (PT) sessions and a physical fitness test each semester.
Before participating in PT, cadets must complete and submit a Sports Physical Form stating they are physically able to exercise.
All cadets must attend two scheduled PT sessions each week, either at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays OR at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cadets must plan their class schedules to include PT.
Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
Weekly PT enables cadets to pass the PFT at the end of each semester. The PFT consists of these exercises:
- Sit-ups (one minute)
- Push-ups (one minute)
- 1.5-mile run (time differs for age and gender)
Each event is scored. Cadets must achieve a minimum of 75 total points to pass. All cadets must take the PFT at least once a semester.
Why is fitness important?
Instead of gaining the “freshman 15” like other college students, cadets will see and feel the benefits of fitness. Studies have shown that college students who have regular fitness schedules have higher GPAs than those who don’t.
Students who continue in Air Force ROTC will find they do better at field training (FT). FT is intense and physically demanding. The more in-shape you are before you get there, the better you will do.
Good physical fitness also leads to higher scores for pilot candidates and a better chance of competing for their dream jobs.