Greystoner in the Spotlight

Greystoner Morgan Bean is actively seeking a spot on the USMMA swim team for next year. At Camp Flaming Arrow he was able to take a break from practicing and relax with his teammates in the pool.

Alumni In the Spotlight

MIDN Josh Calderon, USNA class of 2018 was selected for the men's soccer team in his plebe year!

During WWI, General Douglas MacArthur observed closely how officers and enlisted men alike with experience in team sports (football, baseball, basketball, etc.) and some individual sports (boxing, fencing, swimming, etc.) performed better under combat conditions.  This observation left a lasting impression on him. When General MacArthur served as the Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point, he initiated the expansion of their competitive sports program.  The focus of this effort was to provide cadets with the physical discipline required to compete in academy-level athletics as well as team skills and sportsmanship.  From this activity, cadets expanded their understanding of leadership as well as a belief that “the game is not over until the game is over.”  Even today, West Point graduates are known for their tenacity – on and off the field – and it is with tenacity that these cadets graduate into commissioned officers who are skilled leaders, gifted team players and warriors who do not know the meaning of surrender or quit.  It was not long after West Point initiated their expanded focus on team sports that the other academies followed suit.  This is why all of the academy admission boards seek outstanding young men and women who are proven scholars; they must also be proficient athletes as well as leaders.  All federal service academies have also incorporated sports and physical conditioning into their overall academy experience and for this reason Greystone was directed to create a challenging sports program as part of its Physical Fitness program.

All Greystone students are full-time Schreiner students and as such, they are eligible to participate in all Schreiner varsity, JV and intramural sports.  Due to the conflicting time demands of the Schreiner varsity and JV sports teams and the Greystone program, most Greystone students participate in Schreiner intramural sports.  Since the academies do not send their “Blue Chip” athletes to Greystone, the focus of the Greystone program remains on academics.  Over 87% of all Greystone students were varsity athletes in high school and therefore many aspire to become varsity athletes at the academies.  The trick to making this happen for the candidate is to first get them “qualified” to enter the academy.  We do this by providing them with the academic skills they will need to excel academically - the key to enabling them to participate at the varsity level at the academy.  Once an athlete is able to succeed academically at the academy, varsity sports participation becomes a reality; however, unless the athlete can survive the academic rigor, even the very best athlete will run the real risk of being separated from the academy.  Over the course of the last ten years, several Greystone students made the dream of academy varsity sports participation possible by employing the skills they mastered while at Greystone. They were and are excelling academically.

Cadet Luke Holmes, USMA '15 and Greystone Class President Class of 2012.

From the very beginning when the Greystone concept was nothing more than an idea, a challenging fitness and sports component seemed like a natural fit.  Not only would such a program help to prepare students for their Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and Physical Fitness Examination (PFE), such a program would also serve as a bonding mechanism to help bring the team together as a tight unit – something that is essential to our goal of high achievement for our candidates.  From 1998-2000 while serving as a Naval Academy instructor, the CEO and President of Greystone, Commander Dave Bailey was able to speak to several officers and coaches within the Academy sports program.  They were intrigued with the possibility of elevating the level of physical conditioning and sports involvement of candidates entering the Academy and therefore willing to freely contribute their advice and counsel.  It was not until he spoke with Lieutenant Stewart Smith, former Navy SEAL and now a world-renowned fitness consultant, that the Greystone Physical Conditioning Program took shape.  Stew provided Greystone with a fitness plan specifically designed to target the muscle groups needed to excel through the CFA. The workout plan was then implemented into a morning workout routine using the Greystone Park, the AC Schreiner Lot, and the campus loop (the one-mile road that circles the campus).  For the last ten years, Greystone students have followed this workout plan designed by Stew Smith and all have significantly improved their CFA scores as a result. Although the CFA only represents approximately 10% of the candidate evaluation score, Greystone is committed to “leaving no stone unturned” because our candidates are completely motivated to maximize every opportunity to earn their academy appointments. The CFA is administered monthly beginning in August.  For those candidates in need of the PRT or PFE, Greystone also administers those assessments on a monthly basis. The Director of Plans and Operations is authorized to submit CFA/PRT/PFE results to the academies.

Physical Conditioning

All Federal Service Academies require candidates to demonstrate that they are physically fit.  Candidates are required to submit the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), Physical Readiness Test (PRT) or the Physical Fitness Examination (PFE).  For most academies, the results of this test determine whether or not that candidate meets the minimum fitness requirements to be assessed as “Physically Qualified” and therefore allowed to enter the academies. For all candidates, there is a 6-7 week summer training program filled with physical and mental challenges that they must endure prior to the start of their academic year.  Failure to successfully complete the summer training program will result in dismissal or the assignment of remedial training. Therefore, one of the major objectives of any candidate must be that they are in the best shape of their lives!  Pushing the forward edge of the fitness envelope will ensure that you are not the target of “negative leadership motivation” for falling behind the other members of your unit and during your summer training, the less attention of this kind you can attract, the better!

The Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) has 6 events including the Basketball Throw.

For Greystone students, they are required to pursue excellence in all major areas of contention for academy candidates – academic, athletic and leadership.  Focusing initially on the fundamental physical conditioning requirements of the CFA, students begin an arduous fitness regimen known as “PT” for Physical Training (the Greystone students have other words for it!).  Beginning at 0530, Monday thru Saturday, students will assemble adjacent to the dorm for stretching followed by Circuit Training in the University Quad.  This training program was initially designed by former Navy SEAL, Stuart Smith.  Stu was kind enough to design the PT process that targets the individual muscle groups needed to enhance performance during the CFA.  The objective of this program is to empower students to increase their strength, agility and stamina so they can “maximize” each section of the CFA.  By scoring as high as possible on the CFA, students make themselves more competitive as candidates.  Our intent is to leave no stone unturned when it comes to the application process.  Additionally, by improving strength, agility and stamina, students are more capable of excelling through their summer training experience awaiting them at the academies.

Morning PT is part of the Greystone students' daily schedule

Physical training is part of everyday – whether it is scheduled by Greystone or not.  The establishment of a routine that includes daily PT will serve not only the candidate, but also the physical needs of the cadet/midshipman and eventually the officer as well!  Setting the right example for those you will someday lead is key to a leader being respected and followed.  Over the last two years, Greystone students have taken it upon themselves to train for and then participate in a marathon.  This past year, 7 students ran the Austin Marathon and all completed the 26.2 mile run – none were runners before Greystone.  In 2011, 14 Greystoners ran in the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon and all Stoners rocked across the finish line!  Physical fitness empowers people to do what they had only dreamed about before!

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