A: Norwich’s Corps of Cadets utilizes the United States Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) as its standard of physical fitness upon induction. Events included in the APFT are push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. Upon arriving to campus you should be able to complete the APFT with an overall passing score as well as a passing score in each event.
The physical fitness programs at Norwich are designed to enhance a Cadet’s quality of life and improve productivity. The training includes: calisthenics, running, an obstacle course, forced marches, and basic military skills. These tasks emphasize upper body strength, agility, and cardiovascular endurance. Membership in the Corps is dependent upon successfully passing the APFT once per semester. Our training days begin early and end late. A typical day starts at 0530 hours and ends at 2200 hours. For additional information on life as a Rook click HERE.
Rooks are encouraged to achieve and maintain a high level of physical fitness prior to your arrival at Norwich. Below is the minimum fitness goals expected upon arrival:
Minimum APFT Standards (Age 17-21)
Males: 42 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, two-mile run (15:54)
Females: 19 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, two-mile run (18:48)
To view how to conduct a proper push up and sit up in accordance to Army standards click the following:
- VIDEO: Push Up
- VIDEO: Sit Up
- Additional Information:
Within the first 30 days, we will conduct an initial diagnostic physical fitness assessment for all incoming recruits. The purpose of this screening is to evaluate each recruit’s ability to perform these exercises. Your goal is to do your best, demonstrate our motto “I Will Try,” and continue to improve. A "for the record" Norwich University Physical Fitness Test (NUPFT) will follow soon after. The NUPFT follows the same standards as the Army’s Physical Fitness Test (APFT). All rooks/first year cadets are expected to pass the NUPFT during their first year.
Specialty unit change:
“Norwich” Artillery Battery and Mountain and Cold Weather Company are not part of Corps Specialty Units. They both fall under the Army ROTC department to include Ranger Company. These organizations garner many questions and those interested or have questions should contact Army ROTC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Should you suffer from any medical condition, sustain an injury or have surgery that might limit your participation in training please contact the Commandant’s Office by phone (802-485-2135) or email: email@example.com to discuss your unique situation, which might include changing lifestyle or deferring enrollment in the Corps of Cadets.