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Preparing for Rookdom

  • Recommended Boots and Dress Shoes +


    Dress Shoes must be plain black leather or patent leather military style. The shoes will have a non- contrasting sole and normal standard heel. Rubber soles are recommended due to the climate in Vermont. Shoes are not allowed to have a toe cap or stitching across the toe and may not be slip-on in style. Our recommended dress shoe is the Bates Low Quarter Oxford.


    Boots must be a tan military-style combat boots, 8” Field Boot. No side zippers, No Air Force Sage boots, No Marine Corps Olive boots allowed.

    There are three style boots that we, at the Uniform Store, recommend for incoming rooks based on experience and testing. With our experience we feel that a temperate (gortex) or a summer boot are the best for the initial months and the Rook should look into winter boots after some time in the colder weather.


    • Unlined
    • Lightweight
    • Quick-drying
    • Feet stay cooler
    • Not waterproof


    • Waterproof Liner
    • Slightly warmer
    • Sole better for winter months
    • Takes longer to dry


    • Waterproof Liner
    • Insulated
    • Sole better for winter months
    • Takes longer to dry
    • Feet may sweat in warmer environments

    Recruits with questions, or having difficulty finding the correct boot or shoe, should contact the Cadet Uniform Store at 802-485-2206

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Physical Fitness

  • Fitness Resources +

    Norwich University Corps of Cadets follows the Army Basic Training Physical Fitness Test (PFT), a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. It is used to measure a your physical strenghs, abilities, and cardio-respiratory fitness.

    It is recommended that you start your training as soon as you can before arriving to Norwich University for Rook week. Being in the top physical and mental shape will help enhance your experience and lead your fellow rooks together as a team.

    The following resources are suggested guidelines on ways to prepare for the PFT:

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