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Physical Fitness Program

Focus on Fitness

The Academy places great emphasis on the physical condition of its midshipmen. Fitness training is a complete physical conditioning program that develops and maintains the flexibility, aerobic endurance and muscular strength needed to perform the tasks required, and to counter the mental stress associated with maritime, naval and military service. Midshipmen must meet and maintain the physical standards described below from entrance to the Academy through graduation.

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)

This consists of a series of strength and endurance events to measure an individual’s physical fitness in relation to their age and gender. The three events are curl-ups, push-ups, a 1.5 mile run/walk or 500 yard swim. During the academic year, there are three or more scheduled PFAs administered to the Regiment.

Physical Excellence Program (PEP)

A midshipman or plebe candidate who fails the PFA and/or body fat requirement will be required to participate in the Physical Excellence Program. The PEP is a remedial physical training and dietary/nutritional guidance program designed to assist midshipmen in passing the PFA and bringing their body fat percentage to within Academy standards.


Over a four-year period, midshipmen are expected to participate in varsity athletics, club sports or intramurals. The Academy encourages this participation to help midshipmen remain physically fit, learn from the challenges of athletic competition, and develop a lifetime commitment to healthy physical activity. For midshipmen who choose not to participate at the varsity or club level, there are ample opportunities to join intramural activities. Company Officers are responsible for monitoring midshipmen to ensure that all students are taking advantage of the diverse athletic opportunities that the Academy offers
Last updated: Friday, January 25, 2013

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