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!
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.
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!