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Student bests ROTC peers in physical fitness test

Austin Peay State University student Maia Paris finished ahead of nearly 500 other Army ROTC cadets in the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) held recently as part of cadet training at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Passing the APFT is required to become commissioned as a U.S. Army lieutenant, and each cadet must pass the test on the fourth day of training in the 29-day Leader Development and Assessment Course.

The test, which measures a students strength and endurance, includes sit-ups and push-ups, each times over two minutes, and a two-mile run.
Austin Peay State University student Maia Paris finished ahead of nearly 500 other Army ROTC cadets in the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) held recently as part of cadet training at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Passing the APFT is required to become commissioned as a U.S. Army lieutenant, and each cadet must pass the test on the fourth day of training in the 29-day Leader Development and Assessment Course.

The test, which measures a student's strength and endurance, includes sit-ups and push-ups, each times over two minutes, and a two-mile run.

Scores are aggregated into an overall official Army score. Paris scored 343 points on an extended scale — 300 is the Army's standard maximum score — placing her in the top 2 percent of the 500-squad regiment. -- Melony Shemberger