Its that time of year to qualify or re-qualify for your fitness levels.
In accordance with the Cadet Administrative Training Orders (CATO's) this is a mandatory activity for all cadets Red star and above to participate in. Although it strongly encourage for all cadets to participate (including green star level cadets) to achieve a fitness incentive level early in their cadet career.
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 well-being;
- 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 cadet Fitness assessment is designed to assess the following three areas of fitness:
muscular strength; and
Performance on each of the fitness-area tests is classified into two general areas:
- Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ); and
- Needs Improvement (e.g., not in the HFZ).
Note: The Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Program has been established as additional encouragement for cadets to achieve the HFZ.
The Cadet Fitness Assessment uses health-related criteria called HFZ to determine cadets’ overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement when appropriate.
HFZ is not based on averages or any other peer comparisons; they are criterion-referenced standards that are based on how much fitness is needed for good health. The standards are set specifically for males and females of different ages using the best available research.
The beginning of the HFZ represents the minimum level of fitness necessary to have acceptable health.
The incentive levels are: