Flexed-arm hang out, pull-ups in

LCpl Katelyn M. Hunter conducts pull-ups during an initial assessment at Camp Foster Dec. 12. Hunter is a combat photographer with combat camera, G-3/5, operations and training, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Photo by Pfc Kasey Peacock

The Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos announced Nov. 27 that all female Marines will perform pull-ups as a part of their physical fitness tests beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

A transition period will begin Jan. 1, 2013 to allow female Marines an adjustment period for the new requirement.

The flexed-arm hang will remain in place for initial testing for female Marine recruits and officer candidates until January 2014 when they will have to perform pull-ups to graduate.

The battalion commander and sergeant major of Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, held an initial pull-up assessment for all female Marines with the battalion.

The goal was to educate female Marines and their leaders on the 2013 training plan targeting pull-up development, according to Col Katherine J. Estes, the battalion's commanding officer.

"I have had to adapt to many changes in the Marine Corps," said Estes. "As Marines we have to continuously work every day to earn our eagle, globe and anchor, and this is another opportunity for us to do that."

The commandant also directed the commanding general of Training and Education Command to create a website with workout routines specifically for female Marines to adjust to the changes.

"I think this is a great implementation that will make things fairer between male and female Marines across the board," said LCpl Katelyn M. Hunter, a combat photographer with combat camera, G-3/5, operations and training, MCB Camp Butler, MCIPAC. "Females have to stray away from the ‘I can't' mindset when it comes to pull-ups. With consistency and the ability to push yourself, the new implementation should be a good challenge that females can conquer."

To pass this portion of the PFT, female Marines will need to complete a minimum of three dead-hang pull-ups or maximum of eight for a perfect score. Currently males must also do a minimum of three pull-ups, but are required to complete 20 repetitions for a perfect score.

"Females need to realize we all have to start somewhere, and we have more than enough time to prepare for this," said Cpl Ada P. Canizaleztejada, an administrative specialist with the battalion.

"About a year ago, I was only doing two pull-ups. I began weightlifting and targeting specific muscles beneficial for doing pull-ups, and now I can do nine."

The point system for the new changes will be three pull-ups for 40 points, four pull-ups for 65, five pull-ups for 75, six pull-ups for 85, seven pull-ups for 95 and eight pull-ups for 100.

"As Marines, we rise to any occasion," said 1stLt Ericka A. Hansen, the installation law attorney, MCIPAC. "I have complete confidence that the female Marines will do exactly that."


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