The United States Air Force Academy doesn’t just demand strength of mind and character, it requires a strong body. In order to be a competitive applicant, you must be able to prove you are fit to meet the physical demands ingrained in Academy life.
Basic Cadet Training
Physical fitness is an integral part of attending the Academy, especially during Basic Cadet Training (BCT) and the fourth-class (freshman) year. Therefore, satisfactory completion of the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) is an important admissions requirement.
This test of strength, agility, speed and endurance is designed to help determine whether you possess the stamina required to successfully complete the physical program at the Academy.
Candidate Fitness Assessment
In order to qualify for admission, you must take the CFA. Become familiar with the six events in the CFA and practice them to score well. The events are administered consecutively with specified start, finish and rest times.
Although the CFA is pass-fail, it is imperative that you perform to the best of your ability on each of these events:
- Basketball Throw
- Pull-ups/Flexed Arm Hang
- Shuttle Run
- Modified Sit-ups (crunches)
- One-mile Run
You should remember that your score is a combination of your best efforts on each of the six events.
Before taking the CFA, it’s recommended to practice each exercise in order to meet and hopefully exceed the averages for each event
|Exercise||Men Avg||Women Avg|
|Flexed Arm Hang (women)||N/A||31 sec|
|Shuttle Run||8.1 sec||9.4 sec|
|Modified Sit-ups (crunches)||81||78|
Finding an Examiner
Your examination may be administered by any physical education teacher, Service Academy Liaison Officer or JROTC instructor. Any active duty commissioned officer may administer the CFA for service members. It is your responsibility to arrange for a qualified person to conduct your examination.
Candidates who have taken the CFA as an applicant for the U.S. Military Academy or U.S. Naval Academy are not required to retest for the Air Force Academy. The three service academies require the same 6-event CFA. If you have already taken the CFA for Army or Navy, ask them to send or fax us a copy of the exam.
Any questions the examiner or candidate may have regarding this examination should be addressed to:
United States Air Force Academy
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 2400
USAF Academy, CO