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Physical Fitness

One of the aims of the Canadian Cadet Movement is to promote physical fitness. At RCSCC AMPHION, the fourth Monday of every month is usually designated as a Sports Night (See the Training Calendar for confirmation). A high standard of physical fitness is a requirement for many advanced training courses and exchanges. To safely and effectively complete training, it is important that cadets be fit and healthy. Before applying for certain courses and exchanges, cadets may be required to achieve a certain level on the Cadet Fitness Assessment. Cadet Fitness Assessment and Incentive Program The purpose of the Cadet Fitness Assessment and Incentive Program is:

  • to provide accurate and reliable information about a cadet’s personal fitness;
  • to promote regular, enjoyable physical activity for cadets so they can reach and maintain a level of personal fitness that will contribute to good health and wellbeing;
  • to help leaders determine cadet needs and guide cadets in planning personalized physical activity programs; and
  • to recognize cadets for establishing physical activity behaviours that will lead to fitness development.

The procedure for assessing the fitness level of cadets was revised in 2010. Four levels may be achieved. These include Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Excellence. Criteria for each level differs according to age and gender. The CFA is composed of five evaluations, which are designed to evaluate cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility. These tests include:

  • 20 meter shuttle run test (cardiovascular)
  • Curl-ups (muscular strength)
  • Push-ups (muscular strength)
  • Shoulder stretch (flexibility)
  • Back saver sit and reach (flexibility)

Criteria for Fitness Levels The overall incentive level is based on the level achieved in each section. The lowest incentive level of the push-ups, sit-ups, back saver sit and reach, and the shoulder stretch is dropped. The overall incentive level is based on the lowest of the remaining four. The levels are based on age and gender, and are rated as Participated, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Excellence. The actual requirements are laid out in Apendices 1 and 2 to Annex B of CATO 14-18, below. Governing Documentation The program is laid out in detail in CATO 14-18 CADET FITNESS ASSESSMENT AND INCENTIVE PROGRAM, below;

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