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Fitness Assessment

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About the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA)

Satisfactory completion of the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) is one of the requirements for admission to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  Passing results must be received by the March 1 application deadline.

The CFA is a test of strength, agility, speed and endurance.  The results of this test are important in the overall assessment of your admission file, so you should become familiar with the six events in the CFA and practice them to score well.

Your examination may be administered by a school coach or athletic director, by any commissioned officer other than a parent or by any teacher holding a physical education degree.  It is your responsibility to arrange for a qualified person to conduct your examination.

Candidates have two (2) chances to pass all CFA events. All passing scores must be RECEIVED BY THE ACADEMY no later than the 1 March deadline.  If you wait until the deadline to submit your CFA scores, you will not have an opportunity to re-take any item(s) you may have failed.  Taking the CFA early and submitting scores well in advance of the 1 March deadline is in your best interest. 

Key Documents

  • Candidates Fitness Assessment Instructions
  • Score Sheet

It is your responsibility to arrange for this exam, and to ensure that the results are forwarded to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Admissions Office.  Our mailing address is:

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Admissions Office- Attn: CFA Scores
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699
 
Midshipmen take the Physical Readiness twice a year. This test consists of a 1.5 mile run, push-ups in two minutes, and sit-ups in two minutes.  The following minimums may be used as a guide for prospective candidates.
 
  Men Women
1.5-Mile Run (Max) 11:00 13:30
Push-Ups (Minimum in 2 Minutes) 51 24
Sit-Ups (Minumum in 2 Minutes) 62 62

As a regular part of the Physical Education program at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, all midshipmen are required to pass this test.

Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013