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Frequently Asked Questions - Medical/PFE
Q:  If I took a medical examination for another service academy, will I need to take another medical examination for the Coast Guard Academy?
A:   No. The Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board (DoDMERB) administers the physical examinations for all service academies. You need only one physical for all service academy applications as well as ROTC scholarship applications. However, it is always possible that other medical tests will be necessary. If that is the case, you will be notified.

Q:Does the physical fitness examination have to be submitted for my record to be reviewed?
A:   To be considered for Early Action you must electronically submit the results of the PFE by October 15 for Early Action. The regular application deadline is January 15.

Q:  Will my pre-existing medical condition disqualify me from becoming a cadet?
A:    : It depends entirely on the condition, its severity and the potential for it to disrupt your ability to serve in the U.S. military. All disqualified applicants who receive a conditional appointment are automatically considered for a waiver. The Academy is responsible for the medical waiver review process; however, any additional information needed for the review will be requested through (and should be submitted directly to) DoDMERB. The status of your review will be accessible to you on the DoDMERB website. After carefully reviewing your medical records, our Chief Medical Officer will recommend whether or not a waiver should be granted. The Superintendent will then decide whether to accept or deny the recommendation. If your medical waiver is denied at the Coast Guard Academy you may appeal to Coast Guard Headquarters. They will review your medical records and appeal package and make a final, binding decision.

Q:  How do I apply for a medical waiver?
A:   There is no need to formally apply for a medical waiver. The waiver process is automatic if a student has received a conditional appointment to the Academy or the Coast Guard Academy Scholars (prep school) program.

Q:  Can I use my PFE scores from AIM on my regular application?
A:   You can use your PFE score if you received above 130 points and finished the exam.

Q:  Is participation in high school sports required of applicants?
A:   When reviewing applicants' files, we are looking for well-rounded students. Part of the application is the Physical Fitness Examination (PFE) and PE teacher/coach evaluation. We do require that cadets maintain their physical fitness so being physically fit before arriving is necessary. Participation in organized sports prior to arriving at the Academy is not required; however, being involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including physical fitness, is recommended.

Q:  Who can administer the Physical Fitness Exam (PFE)?
A:   Any gym teacher or coach. It does not need to be a gym teacher or coach for a sport that you are playing. Additionally, a JROTC instructor, Scoutmaster, or person working at a gym can administer the PFE for you. A relative cannot administer your PFE.

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