Physical Testing

Candidate Fitness Assessment

The Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) is one of the requirements for admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point. The CFA is a test of strength, agility, speed and endurance. It is used to predict a candidate’s aptitude for the physical program at the service academies. Please follow link here to find out more about the test and how to train for it:

Army Combat Fitness Test

The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) consists of six events: 3-repetition maximum deadlift, standing power throw, hand release push-up arm extension, sprint drag carry, leg tuck, and a two-mile run on flat terrain. You are expected to pass a modified ACFT the first week of CBT and a full iteration of the test during the last week of CBT. Please click the link below to find out more detailed information on the test:

Height and Weight

You must meet Army weight standards for your height and sex. A healthy body composition and relative upper-body strength are crucial to CBT success. By setting a standard body composition for your age, height and gender, the Army’s objective is to achieve and maintain optimal well-being and performance.  Additional objectives include establishing and maintaining operational readiness, physical fitness, health and a professional appearance. Individuals with less than desirable body fat percentages generally exhibit less muscular strength and endurance, and are more likely to sustain injury from weight bearing activities. It is your responsibility to meet the standards prescribed, and to begin R-Day at an optimal level of physical fitness to avoid injury. Your height and weight will be measured on R-Day.  

Swim Test

You will swim 150 yards for time within the first week of CBT. Learning how to swim is vital to your success at the Academy and is highly encouraged. Your performance during the 150-yard test will determine which level of survival swimming class you will take. Please click the link below to find out more information on our survival swim course: