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The Richmond Youth Academy is now accepting New Cadet applications for the 2014 session. Youth, ages 14-18, who will commit to the program principles of academic achievement, community service and self-discipline are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to returning cadets and City of Richmond residents.

The application selection process has been modified to mirror the entry-level firefighter process. This includes:

Multiple-choice written examination

The Richmond Youth Academy is an extra curricular activity. In addition to maintaining an acceptable academic grade point average, applicants will be required to complete a 100 question multiple-choice test, and earn a passing score of 70 percent. All test questions are directly based from information in the Cadet Manual.

The purpose of this portion in the application process is to validate that a potential cadets can successfully manage their school-required workload, while taking on the intense study habits required of the Richmond Youth Academy curriculum.

Successful completion of the written examination is required before moving on to the physical abilities test.

Physical abilities test

The Richmond Youth Academy curriculum incorporates extreme physical performance standards, as cadets participate in simulated fire ground operations. In an effort to maintain safety as a priority and prevent injury, the Richmond Youth Academy has developed a physical abilities test based on the Presidential Physical Fitness Test (for high school students) at the 50th Percentile. The requirements are as follows:



7 minute mile
25 push-ups
5 pull-ups


8 minute mile
10 push-ups
1 pull-up

Successful completions of both the written examination and the physical abilities test, are required before moving on to the oral interview.

Oral interview

The final portion of the new cadet selection process is the oral interview. This interview is designed to evaluate an applicant based on need and desire. Standard questions will be asked to all applicants and responses will be evaluated and scored.

After completing an application, applicants will receive dates and times to report to each portion of the examination.

Richmond Youth Academy
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