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 in the Admissions Office 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 CFA examination may be administered by an Academy Liaison Officer (ALO), a J/ROTC instructor, Physical Education Teacher, Coach, or any commissioned/noncommissioned officer other than a parent/guardian. It is your responsibility to arrange for a qualified person to conduct your examination.
After completion of exam, the administering official will record test scores on the official fitness assessment score sheet. It is your responsibility to ensure that that the results are forwarded to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Admissions Office by the deadline.