Physical Fitness

Marines must be physically fit throughout their time in service in order to win our Nation’s battles.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

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The Marine Corps PFT is a standard test that measures the battle-readiness of each Marine once a year, with a focus on stamina and physical conditioning.

The test includes three events:
• Pull-ups or push-ups
• Crunches or plank pose
• Three-mile run

Marines are assessed on a points system across these three categories and must receive a high enough score to pass the Marine PT test.

Watch the video to learn more about the Marine physical requirements.

The Marine Corps PFT is a standard test that measures the battle-readiness of each Marine once a year, with a focus on stamina and physical conditioning.

The test includes three events:
• Pull-ups or push-ups
• Crunches or plank pose
• Three-mile run

Marines are assessed on a points system across these three categories and must receive a high enough score to pass the Marine PT test.

Watch the video to learn more about the Marine physical requirements.

PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST EVENTS

1. Pull-ups or Push-ups

 

Pull-ups and push-ups are essential to building the upper body strength necessary to win battles. All Marines have the option to perform either exercise test, but the max score of 100 can only be attained by those who select pull-ups. Marines can only receive a max of 70 points if they choose to perform push-ups. This distinction is due to the fact that pull-ups require Marines to lift their entire body weight, while push-ups only require Marines to lift approximately 70 percent of their weight.

 

2. Crunches or Plank Pose

 

Crunches and planks are critical to maintaining a strong core and being battle-ready at a moment’s notice. Marines are tasked with doing as many modified crunches as they can in two minutes or holding a plank pose for up to four minutes and twenty seconds to receive a max score of 100 points. A modified crunch is defined as placing your arms across your chest with your feet flat and knees bent, while lifting your upper body until elbows touch knees. The movement is complete when your shoulders return to the deck.

 

3. Timed Run

 

Male recruits and Marines must complete the three-mile run in 28 minutes or less. Female recruits and Marines must complete the three-mile run in 31 minutes or less.

Combat Fitness Test (CFT)

The CFT assesses a Marine’s functional fitness where males and females perform the same exercises but are scored differently on the same 300-point scale.

There are three exercises that must be completed to the standards of the Marine Corps to pass the CFT: 
• Movement to Contact
• Ammunition Lift
• Maneuver Under Fire

Watch to learn more about the Marine Corps requirements.
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COMBAT FITNESS TEST EVENTS

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1.) Movement to Contact

A timed, 880-yard sprint tests each Marine’s endurance, mimicking the stresses of running under pressure in battle.

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  2. 2.) Ammunition Lift

    Marines must lift a 30-pound ammunition can overhead until elbows lock out. The goal is to lift the can as many times as possible in a set amount of time.

    3.) Maneuver Under Fire

    Marines must complete a 300-yard course that combines a variety of battle-related challenges, including crawls, ammunition resupply, grenade throwing, agility running, and the dragging and carrying of another Marine.

The CFT assesses a Marine’s functional fitness where males and females perform the same exercises but are scored differently on the same 300-point scale.

There are three exercises that must be completed to the standards of the Marine Corps to pass the CFT: 
• Movement to Contact
• Ammunition Lift
• Maneuver Under Fire

Watch to learn more about the Marine Corps requirements.
Video Player

NEW SECTION: C04 CONTENT ROTATOR (Pair with illustrations)
COMBAT FITNESS TEST EVENTS

Swipe to learn more about each event.

1.) Movement to Contact

A timed, 880-yard sprint tests each Marine’s endurance, mimicking the stresses of running under pressure in battle.

  1.  

  2. 2.) Ammunition Lift

    Marines must lift a 30-pound ammunition can overhead until elbows lock out. The goal is to lift the can as many times as possible in a set amount of time.

    3.) Maneuver Under Fire

    Marines must complete a 300-yard course that combines a variety of battle-related challenges, including crawls, ammunition resupply, grenade throwing, agility running, and the dragging and carrying of another Marine.

Be Prepared for Anything

In addition to passing both the Marine PFT and CFT, the Marine Corps requires each individual to be within acceptable height, weight and body fat standards. Contact a Marine Recruiter for any questions about the current body fat and Marine weight requirements to help jumpstart the process of becoming a Marine.

In addition to passing both the Marine PFT and CFT, the Marine Corps requires each individual to be within acceptable height, weight and body fat standards. Contact a Marine Recruiter for any questions about the current body fat and Marine weight requirements to help jumpstart the process of becoming a Marine.