Physical Education  

Indoor Running Track

The Physical Education Department is tasked with accomplishing one third of the mission of the Naval Academy, to prepare midshipmen physically to become professional Navy and Marine Corps officers. This mission is accomplished through a thorough and rigorous course of instruction in the fundamentals of swimming, personal defense, lifetime fitness and recreational sports, and through the regular administration of the Physical Readiness Test. Midshipmen must meet physical education requirements during their four years at the Naval Academy in order to graduate.

Fourth Class (Plebe) Year:

Swimming: 100-meter crawl stroke; 50 meters using the breaststroke and elementary backstroke (seven to 11 strokes per 25 meters); 5-meter tower jump; 40-foot underwater swim; 200-meter swim (five minutes, 12 seconds maximum).

Personal Conditioning/wellness: fundamental knowledge for a lifetime of health and physical fitness.

Third Class Year:

Swimming: 400-meter swim (11 minutes maximum); 50-meter sidestroke (seven to 11 strokes per 25 meters); 10-meter tower jump; clothing (trouser) inflation in three minutes; 50-foot underwater swim fully clothed.

Boxing: midshipmen are awarded grades based on proper form, offensive and defensive techniques, fortitude and ring craft during a competitive bout against an opponent of the same size, experience and gender.

Wrestling: midshipmen are awarded grades based on take-downs, rides, pins, escapes, reversals ad aggressiveness during a competitive wrestling bout against an opponent of the same size, experience and gender.

Second Class Year:

Swimming: tower jump (five-, 7.5-, or 10-meters); one-half to one mile swim in 40 minutes, fully clothed. Clothing (trousers only) inflation in two minutes.

Judo: midshipmen are awarded grades based on demonstrated skills in falling, throwing and grappling through the martial art of leverage. Competitive judo bouts are graded.

Electives: opportunity to acquire skills in a lifetime carry-over activity (20 electives).

First Class Year:

Electives: opportunity to acquire skills in a lifetime carry-over activity (20 electives).

In addition to the above requirements, all midshipmen are regularly required to pass the Physical Readiness Test. The PRT consists of push-ups, curl-ups, and a 1.5 mile run (maximum time for men- 10:30, maximum time for women - 12:40). The PRT is administered each semester all four years.

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