Physical Requirements

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

Midshipmen are expected to establish individual fitness programs aimed at achieving increasing levels of endurance and general physical conditioning while at NROTC Unit Philadelphia and throughout their Navy/Marine Corps careers. The effort and initiative shown in this regard is a direct measure of aptitude for service as a commissioned officer.

Navy option midshipmen are required to take the Navy PFA once each semester. Midshipmen 4/C must achieve a "satisfactory" before the completion of their freshman year. 3/C and 2/C midshipmen must maintain a "satisfactory" rating each semester. 1/C midshipmen must achieve an overall level of "good" by the start of their senior year.

1.  The PFA events shall be completed on the same day in the following sequence: sit-reach, curl-ups, push-ups, and 1.5-mile run/walk or 500 yard swim. Tests should be performed one right after the other allowing for no less than 2 minutes or no greater than 15 minutes rest between events.

2.  To pass the PFA, midshipmen must achieve the minimum standard for their age group in each event and pass the sit-reach test. Failure to meet the requirements in any event constitutes failure of the entire PFA regardless of the total number of points earned. A minimum overall score is also required for each age group.

3.  Failure of the sit-reach will not be a failure of the entire PFA. Members who fail the sit-reach will be assigned to a conditioning program emphasizing flexibility.

4.  To view Navy option standards of performance click below:

Marine option midshipmen are required to take the Marine PFT once each semester. 4/C midshipmen must pass the PFT prior to the completion of their freshman year. 3/C, 2/C, and 1/C midshipmen must maintain passing scores each semester.

1.  The PFT consists of three events: for males, the events are the pull-up/chin-up, the bent-knee sit-up, and a 3-mile run; for females, the events are the flexed arm hang, bent-knee sit-ups, and a 3 mile run.

2.  To successfully complete the PFT, midshipmen must complete the minimum requirements listed below for each of the three events, plus earn the required additional points. Additional points may be earned in any of the three events of the test. Failure to meet the requirements in any event constitutes failure of the entire test regardless of the total number of points earned.

3.  Marie option minimum/maximum stnadards of performance are listed in the chart below:

Marine option minimum/maximum standards of performance
Sex Male Female
Pull-Ups 3/20 ----------------------------
Flexed Arm Hang (seconds min/max) ------------------------ 15/70
Sit-Ups (2 min. min/max) 40/80 40/80
3 Mile Run (minutes min/max) 28:00/18:00 31:00/21:00
Passing/Maximum Score 135/300 135/300
Minimum Classification Scores -------------------------------------------------------------------
First Class 225 225
Second Class 175 175
Third Class 135 135
*CALCULATED IAW MCO 6100.3 SERIES -------------------------------------------------------------------

Midshipmen failing to meet the minimum standards of the PFA/PFT will be placed on Aptitude Probation and will participate in a mandatory remedial fitness program. Failure to make rapid, significant progress during this probation will result in a Midshipman Performance Review Board (PRB).

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Midshipmen failing to meet the minimum standards of the PFA/PFT will be placed on Aptitude Probation and will participate in a mandatory remedial fitness program. Failure to make rapid, significant progress during this probation will result in a Midshipman Performance Review Board (PRB).