Physical fitness is an important aspect of officer preparation which promotes both teamwork and personal pride.
Battalion physical training (PT)
Twice a week, Navy Option midshipmen attend unit PT sessions at 0600. In addition to organized training, all midshipmen are expected to prepare individually for physical fitness tests which are held each semester. Marine Option Midshipmen attend one additional PT session focused on preparing for Mountain Warfare School or OCS. Additionally any Midshipmen not performing to Cornell standard (higher standard than the U.S. Navy), is placed on FEP requiring 5 workouts a week.
Physical Fitness Testing
Twice a semester, midshipmen are required to take a physical fitness test: the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) for Navy options and the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for Marine options. The PRT consists of running 1.5 miles, doing the maximum sit-ups you can in two minutes, and doing the maximum number of push-ups you can in two minutes. The PFT consists of a 3-mile run, maximum sit-ups in two minutes, and maximum pull-ups with an option to do push-ups (for a 75% score).
Apart from a regular workout schedule, the Unit will often perform physical exercises or evolutions during the designated period for Drill Lab on Wednesdays. Examples include introductions to MCMAP, Sailing, Paintball, and Rock climbing.
The CUIDC (Cornell University Invitational Drill Competition) includes a Military Excellence Tournament featuring a wide variety of physical challenges, in which ROTC units from all over the country come to participate.