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May 24, 1965
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May 24, 1965


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In 15 years of physical aptitude testing, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has come to certain conclusions, and they do not at all jibe with the old stereotyped belief that brawn and brains are mutually exclusive. The Physical Fitness News Letter, published by H. Harrison Clarke of the University of Oregon, summarizes some recent inferences from physical aptitude tests taken by the 1961-63 cadets ("inferior group" refers to the lowest 7% in physical aptitude, "superior group" to the highest 7%):

"1. Failures to graduate: 48.3% in inferior group; 18.8% in superior group.

"2. Cadet discharges for any reason: 29.8% in inferior group; 11.3% in superior group.

"3. Cadet resignations: 18.5%, in inferior group; 7.5% in superior group.

"4. Leadership ability: 6.6% in inferior group; 40.0% in superior group.

"5. Low aptitude for military service: 19.2% in inferior group; 1.2% in superior group.

"6. Academic failures: 17.2% in inferior group; 8.1% in superior group."

Colonel Frank J. Kobes, director of the academy's physical education program, reported to the American College of Sports Medicine that athletes are significantly more cooperative and good-natured, emotionally mature and realistic, enthusiastic and cheerful, adventurous, masculine, conservative, and willing to work with people.

As splendid a description of a golfer having a good round as we have seen.

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