Here we are looking at the PFT for the Marine Corps. This is the Physical Fitness test which goes hand in hand with their CFT (Combat Fitness Test) and is the drill we are running here. Updated in January 2017 to include new rep ranges and requirements to hit the perfect score, one must always be aware that we are attempting these as a method to test physical and mental abilities. However, when conducted on and by those that serve are likely to be in far less optimal surroundings. Remain humble in your abilities when reflecting on performance.
The Marine Corps Motto: Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) serves as a powerful message that appears to resonate across the Corps; one which has never seen a mutiny so much as attempted.
We look to military style tests, workouts and courses for the physical and mental exertion they require. The work given is designed to require a mental resilience to not quit – with no upper end rep requirement forcing you to push your limit. No defined finish line means you are not working toward a set end goal. The end comes when you can no longer attack.
The numbers given are generally the minimum work required. This should never be your goal – simply the bare minimum to be considered a pass. Most events will have a scoring scale but the mindset must always be to smash the minimum work numbers.
There are a huge range of scoring criteria that can be found online for age ranges to score yourself accurately should you wish. Regardless – the mindset is always the same. Attack every obstacle. Identify your weaknesses and kill them.
PULL-UPS – NOT TIMED
Can be replaced with push ups – Min: 40 and Max: 87.
Your event is over when you leave the bar.
2 MINUTES – ABDOMINAL CRUNCH
Arms across chest with no gaps left.
Forearms / elbows touch thighs at the top and shoulder blades on the ground at bottom.
3 MILE RUN
SLOWEST: 27 MINS 40 SEC
MAX SCORE: 18 MINS
Nice and simple here. Get moving.