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.
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.
This event is timed, your score is based on how long you can hang maintaining elbow flexion. This event is for female Marines.
Your score is determined by the number of crunches you can do in the 2-minute time limit.
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:
Other Marine Corps Fitness Related Links:
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.