Cadet Challenge


1. Curl-ups: Conduct this event on a flat, clean surface, preferably with a mat. Start cadets in a lying position on their
backs with their knees up so their feet are flat on the floor and about 12 inches from their buttocks. Cadets should have
their arms crossed with their hands placed on opposite shoulders and their elbows held close to the chest throughout the
exercise. The feet are to be held by a partner at the instep. At the command "ready, go," cadets raise the trunks of their
bodies, curling up to touch the elbows to the thighs. They must then lower their backs so that their shoulder blades
touch the floor/mat. This constitutes one repetition of a curl-up. During each repetition, bouncing off the floor/mat is
not allowed and the fingers must touch the shoulders at all times. Cadets must try to complete as many curl-ups as
possible in 60 seconds.

2. Pull-ups: Conduct this event using a horizontal bar approximately one and one-half inches in diameter. A doorway bar
or a piece of pipe can serve the purpose. The bar should be high enough so that cadets can hang with their arms fully
extended and their feet free of the floor/ground. Have cadets assume the hanging position on the bar using either an
overhand grasp (palms facing away from body) or underhand grip (palms facing toward body). Cadets begin the
exercise by first raising their body until the chin is over the bar without touching it. To complete one repetition, the
body must be lowered to the full-hang starting position. During each repetition, the body must not swing; legs must not
kick or bend, and the pull must not be jerky. Cadets are scored on the number of pull-ups they can correctly execute.
There is no time limit on this event. For cadets who cannot accomplish one-pull-up, have them do the flexed-arm hang
(below) as an alternative event.

2.1. Flexed-arm Hang: This event should be used when a cadet cannot execute one pull-up. (This event is only for the
50th Percentile Award). Using a horizontal bar as in the pull-ups, have cadets climb a ladder until their chin is above
the bar. They begin the exercise by grasping the bar with their hands, shoulder width apart -- using either an overhand
grasp (palms facing away from body) or underhand grip (palms facing toward body. At the command "ready, go," the
cadets step off the ladder. Simultaneously, an assistant instructor will remove the ladder and prevent any forward
swinging of the legs. The cadet's chin should be level above the bar. Kicking and other body movements are not
permitted while the cadets are on the bar. Start the stopwatch on the command "go" and stop it when the cadet's chin
rests on the bar, the chin tilts backward to keep it above the bar, or the chin falls below the level of the bar. Scoring is
to the nearest second.

3. V-sit Reach: Conduct this event on a flat, clean floor. Use a yardstick and adhesive tape to make a baseline that is two
feet long. Make a measuring line perpendicular to the midpoint of the baseline extending two feet out from either side of
the baseline. Place one-inch and half-inch marks along the measuring line with "0" where the baseline and measuring line
intersect. Have cadets remove their shoes and sit on the floor with the soles of their feet placed immediately behind the
baseline. The measuring line should be between their heels, which should be 8 to 12 inches apart. Cadets must clasp their
thumbs so that their hands are together, palms down, and place them on the floor between their legs. While their legs are
held flat on the floor by a partner (or partners), cadets performing the exercise keep the soles of their feet perpendicular to
the floor (feet flexed) and slowly reach forward along the measuring line as far as possible keeping the fingers in contact
with the floor. Cadets receive three practice tries for the v-sit reach. On the fourth extension, cadets must hold their
farthest reach for three seconds. Scores are recorded where fingertips touch the floor to the nearest half inch. Scores
beyond the baseline are recorded as plus scores, whereas those behind the baseline are recorded as minus scores.

4. One-Mile Run/Walk: Conduct this event on a flat area that has a known measured distance of one mile with a
designated start and finish line. Give cadets a lightweight numbered device to carry or wear in any manner that will not
slow them down while running. (Note: Use of the numbered device makes it possible to have many cadets run at one
time by having them pair off before the start of the event, then having one cadet from each pair run while the other cadets
keep track of the number of laps their partners complete as well as listening for their times as they cross the finish line.)
Start cadets at the standing position. At the command "ready, go," start the cadets running the one-mile distance.
Although walking is permitted, encourage cadets to cover the distance in the shortest time possible.
Scoring should be to the nearest second.

5. Shuttle Run: Conduct this event on an area that has two parallel lines 30 feet apart. The width of a regulation volleyball
court can serve as a suitable area. Start cadets at the standing position. At the command "ready, go," have the cadets run to
the opposite line, pick up one block, run back to the starting line, and place the block behind the line. Cadets then run back
and pick up the second block, which they carry across the line. Two runs are allowed for this event with the better of the
runs recorded. Scoring should be to the nearest tenth of a second.


Awards for Completing the Cadet Challenge

Cadets that successfully complete all events will receive a participation certificate signed by the Bde Cdr or
a designated representative.

  1. The JROTC Physical Fitness Ribbon (N-2-2) will be presented to cadets who receive the 85th percentile rating or
    better in each of the five events of the Cadet Challenge program.
  2. The JROTC Athletics Ribbon (N-2-3) will be presented to cadets who receive the 50th percentile rating or better in
    each of the five events of the Cadet Challenge program.
  3. The top five male and five female cadets in each unit will receive individual medals.
85th Percentile

50th Percentile

These standards are based on the 1985 National School Population Fitness Survey. They were validated in 1998
through comparison with a large nationwide sample collected in 1994.

Participant Physical Fitness Award

Those who attempt all five events, but one or more of their scores fall below the 50th percentile (see chart above) are
eligible for the Participant Award