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Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is a crucial element of mission readiness and operational effectiveness in the Navy and Marine Corps and is incorporated into the NROTC program in order to prepare midshipmen for life in the fleet. Students must arrive at the NROTC unit physically fit and within established height and weight standards for their service. If a student arrives out of standards they jeopardize activation of their NROTC scholarship.  

New students will have to complete a Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) during New Student Orientation.  The minimum standards for the PFA are as follows:

Forearm Planks
1.5 Mile Run
  Females: Age 17-19
  Males: Age 17-19

Midshipmen are encouraged to achieve well above the established minimum standards on the PFA and are expected to improve their level of physical readiness achievement as they progress through the program.  All Midshipmen will complete one official Physical Readiness Test (PRT) per semester.  The minimum required scores for Navy and Marine Corps options are listed here.

The Vanderbilt NROTC Battalion will conduct unit physical training at least once a week. An additional physical training session will be held for midshipmen who do not meet PFA standards.