Physical Training

Physical Fitness Training (otherwise known as PT) is a necessary component of every soldier's life. Students join ROTC with varying levels of physical fitness. Many have already integrated fitness, rest, and proper nutrition into their busy lives, but some may just be getting started when they join the program. It is our mission to help each individual reach their fullest potential. We provide you with the resources and guidance needed to succeed, no matter what your beginning level of fitness.


Physical Fitness Requirements

  1. General Info: Physical Fitness Training takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 am inside or outside of the Superior Dome (depending on the weather conditions). PT is conducted by cadets in their second or third year with the program.  The Army has installed a new approach for conducting physical training called Physical Readiness Training (PRT). NMU's Wildcat Battalion currently utilizes PRT during PT sessions to reduce injury and incorporate gradual physical fitness progression.
  2. APFT: Each student will be required to complete an initial Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) during the first week of classes. The APFT consists of 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of sit-ups, and a 2-mile run with a 10-minute rest period between each event. Grading is dependent on age and gender, but is calculated out of 300 total points. In order to pass the APFT, one must achieve a total score of greater than 180, with at least 60 points in each event. As future Army Officers, cadets should be earning scores of at least 275 by their third year in the program. An APFT is generally conducted twice a semester.

    To view current APFT standards, click here.
    To calculate your personal APFT score, click here.
  3. Height & Weight Standards: Cadets must maintain certain height and weight standards to be able to contract into the Army, be considered for a scholarship, and commission as an officer after graduation.  To view these standards click here.
  4. MS-269: At some point in each student’s ROTC career, they will need to sign up for the actual Army Physical Fitness Training class, MS-269. It is the same thing as regular PT, but cadets will receive one credit for participating through the university.
  5. Uniform: Contracted cadets are required to wear their issued Army Physical Fitness Uniform during all PT sessions. The Army Physical Fitness Uniform consists of their issued T-shirt, shorts, and safety belt; sweat pants, reflective jacket, and soft cap during the winter months; and above-the-ankle white socks, tennis shoes, and a water bottle. There is no uniform requirement for students who are simply taking the MS-269 course through NMU.