It has been a true honor to be a guest PT instructor at the Naval Academy Summer Seminars for the past 15 years. This year the group of 800+ high school new seniors experience a week of Naval Academy life complete with PT, meals, boating, self defense classes, academic classes introduction, as well as meeting representatives of the many military career options they have upon graduation.
As the Tuesday AM 0530 guest PT instructor we hit it pretty hard. Hard enough to challenge those who arrived is good physical condition and not too hard so that those deconditioned get injured. So it is a fine line between too easy / too hard for the diverse group of high schoolers from all over the United States.
This year the workout consisted of hundreds of pushups in variety, squats, situps, flutterkicks, and running. Techniques to ace the PFT is discussed such as pacing your situps for 2 minutes, learning how to breathe when you run, and proper position for the pushup test. Combine these skills together and a better score is easily achieved by working smarter not harder.
The mission of Summer Seminar is to give prospective candidates a good taste of what Naval Academy life is all about. The officers, chiefs, and midshipmen work hard to give the candidates the experience they need to make the decision to commit to the Naval Academy after they graduate high school . The Air Force Academy and West Point also have similar programs for candidates.
Good luck high school class of 2013 and potential USNA class of 2017 — I look forward to seeing you on campus next year.