Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test

 by Stew Smith

The USMC Physical Fitness Test

Fitness is essential to the day-to-day effectiveness and combat readiness of the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps considers physical fitness an indispensable aspect of leadership. The habits of self-discipline required to gain and maintain a high level of physical fitness are inherent to the Marine Corps way of life and must be a part of the character of every Marine. Marines who are not physically fit can be a detriment to the readiness and combat efficiency of their unit. Accordingly, every Marine will engage in an effective PCP on a continuing and progressive basis.

The Marine Corps PCP has two main components - The Physical Fitness Test and the Body Composition Program.

The PFT is a semi-annual evaluation, which is conducted in green-on-green T-shirt and shorts, socks, and running shoes. The green-on-green sweat suit may be used in winter climates. Gloves may also be worn.

The PFT has three events, pull-ups (Flexed-Arm Hang for females), abdominal crunches, and a 3-mile run. All PFT events will be conducted in a single session, not to exceed 2 hours in duration. Movement of Marines from one event to the next should allow adequate time to recover, stretch, and drink water. 

Pull-ups 

This event is not timed, your score is determined by how many pull-ups you can complete before dropping off the bar. This event is male Marines only.

Flexed-Arm Hang

This event is timed, your score is based on how long you can hang maintaining elbow flexion. This event is for female Marines. 

Abdominal Crunches 

Your score is determined by the number of crunches you can do in the 2-minute time limit. 

3-Mile Run

This event is timed, and your score is determined by how long it takes to complete the run.

In order to pass the semi-annual fitness test, you must perform the minimum acceptable performance requirements shown in the chart below. Additionally, you must have enough overall points to meet the 3rd class fitness requirements. 




Fitness Requirements for Each PFT Event (Males)


  Age            Pull-Ups            Crunches                     3-Mile Run 
17-26                3                       50                               28:00  
27-39                3                       45                               29:00  
40-45                3                       45                               30:00  
46+                   3                       40                               33:00  





Fitness Requirements for Each PFT Event (Females)


   Age             Flexed-Arm         Hang Crunches             3-Mile Run 
 17-26            15 Seconds                 50                             31:00  
 27-39            15 Seconds                 45                             32:00  
 40-45            15 Seconds                 45                             33:00  
 46+               15 Seconds                 40                             36:00  





Marine Corps PFT Classification Scores (Both Male and Female)


Class      Age 17-26      Age 27-39      Age 40-45      Age 46+

   1st            225                200                 175              150
   2nd           175                150                 125              100 
   3rd            135                110                   88                65  


The complete Marine Corps fitness score table for each event can be viewed at Military.com. 

Many PT programs to train for the Marine Corps PFT can be found in the following Military.com links: 

Pullups / Flexed Arm Hang 
Pushups and Sit-ups 
Running 

Other Marine Corps Fitness Related Links:

The USMC Recruit Training PFT Standards
The Marine Corps Body Composition Program
The Marine Corps Fitness Score Charts
The RECON Marine PFT
The Marine Corps Weight Charts

United States Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test

Push-ups are associated with the USMC but are not part of the USMC Physical Fitness Test
The United States Marine Corps requires that all Marines perform a Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and a Combat Fitness Test (CFT) once per fiscal year. Each test must have an interval of 6 months (same standards apply for reservists). The PFT ensures that Marines are keeping physically fit and in a state of physical readiness. It consists of pull-ups, crunches and a 3-mile run for males. For females it consists of flexed arm hang, crunches and a 3-mile run. This test is known to older Marines as "PRT" for Physical Readiness Test, and was required at a three-month interval however, that didn't happen on schedule much.

On 1 October 2008 the Marine Corps introduced the additional pass/fail Combat Fitness Test (CFT) to the fitness requirements. The CFT is designed to measure abilities demanded of Marines in a war zone.





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