ROTC cadets get early start on physical fitness test

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ROTC members meet before 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at the dome for a physical fitness test.
Warm up to work out

By Cameron Silvis/

On Monday, Oct. 25, cadets belonging to the Fighting Scots Battalion took a physical fitness test, which consists of two minutes of sit-ups, two minutes of pushups, and completing a two-mile run.

Points are based on how many sit-ups or pushups a person does in a two-minute time period. To make the playing field even, passing scores are different for people who are older, and the female score system is different than the males. A perfect score for the test is 300 points.

For an 18-year-old male to get a perfect score of 300 points, he needs to do 74 pushups, 80 sit-ups, and run two miles in less than 13 minutes.  For an 18-year-old female to get a perfect score of 300, she must do 42 pushups, 78 sit-ups, and run two miles in 15:36 or less.  Getting a perfect score is encouraged and applauded when completed.

The Fighting Scots Battalion stresses the importance of the test because to be an active member of the military, one needs to be able to pass this test.