Military service is a physically demanding profession and requires a high degree of physical preparedness and a healthy constitution. Physical and scholarship qualification processes are independent of each other, but students must receive favorable endorsement in both to receive Navy ROTC scholarship.
All Navy and Nurse Applicants must conduct an Navy ROTC Applicant Fitness Assessment (AFA) and provide their scores to their recruiter in order for their application to be considered complete and forwarded for consideration by the selection board.
The test consists of abdominal crunches, push-ups, and a one-mile run. The purpose of the test is to evaluate your level of physical fitness. At the applicant's request, the test can be administered by any physical education instructor, athletics coach, an active duty officer, active duty E-7 or NJROTC instructor. Applicants accustomed to regular physical activity should have no difficulty with the AFA. Being properly conditioned prior to reporting to your Navy ROTC Unit cannot be overemphasized. You will be far better prepared to meet the stringent physical demands of the Navy ROTC Program if you maintain a high level of physical fitness during high school.
See the following links for details of how to conduct the AFA.
Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) schedules and reviews all physical examinations for service academies and Navy ROTC candidates; candidates applying for more than one military academy or Navy ROTC scholarship program require only one physical examination.
Applicants will be notified by DODMERB of any additional requirements for medical history consultations or diagnostic tests.
If DODMERB determines a disqualifying condition exists, your package will be forwarded to the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) for further review and consideration for a medical waiver of the physical standards.
- A list of disqualifying medical conditions can be found in the DoDI 6130.03.
- Waivers may be granted for conditions which are at low risk for progression and are unlikely to interfere with the completion of training requirements and/or serve in a world-wide deployable capacity.
- Major medical considerations are summarized in Appendix A (Docx). This is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of all disqualifying conditions; it is a brief and general summary for your convenience.
If you have not been notified that you are medically qualified before your Fall tuition is due, then you must be prepared to pay tuition by other means until you have been found medically qualified or been notified that you have received a waiver.