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6. Candidate Fitness Assessment

  • 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 in the Admissions Office by the 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 CFA examination may be administered by an Admissions Field Rep, a J/ROTC instructor, Physical Education Teacher, or any commissioned/non-commissioned officer other than a parent/guardian. It is your responsibility to arrange for a qualified person to conduct your examination. It is your responsibility to ensure that that the results are submitted the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Admissions Office by the application deadline.
  • Candidates have two (2) chances to pass the CFA. If you wait until the deadline to submit your CFA scores, you will not have an opportunity for a retest.  Taking the CFA early and submitting scores well in advance of the application deadline is in your best interest.

Fourth classmen must demonstrate the capability of swimming 100 yards using two basic strokes, and 15 minutes of flotation. Non-swimmers must devote a part of their time to learning basic swimming strokes, and it is therefore recommended that applicants learn to swim before entering the Academy. This requirement must be fulfilled prior to a midshipman's first shipboard training period.

Last updated: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Applications for the Class of 2026 Open May 1

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