Marine Corps Physical Fitness for Women

Female Marines need to show physical fitness on a semi-annual test

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Like other branches of the military, Marines have high fitness standards for all of their personnel. Every Marine must be physically fit, regardless of age, grade or duty assignment. Fitness is essential to the day-to-day effectiveness and combat readiness of the Marine Corps, so all Marines take part in ongoing physical conditioning.

The Marine Corps physical conditioning platoon consists of a physical fitness test and a body composition program for new recruits.

Enlisted Marines have to undergo a semi-annual physical fitness test (PFT).

Here are the requirements for female Marines taking the semi-annual PFT.

Sequence of Events for Marines Fitness Test

The sequence of PFT events will be left to the discretion of the commanding officer  All PFT events are conducted in a single session, not to exceed two hours in duration. As they move from one event to the next, Marines should allow adequate time to recover, stretch and drink water.

These are the exercises included in the standard PFT:

Marines Fitness Test: Flexed-Arm Hang

The goal of the flexed-arm hang event is for a Marine to maintain elbow flexion and hang for as long as possible. The bar must be grasped with both palms facing either forward or to the rear.

The correct starting position begins when the Marine’s arms are flexed at the elbow, the chin is held above the bar, but not touching it, and the body is motionless.

At no time during this exercise should a Marine rest her chin on the bar.

Marines are authorized to drop down below the bar, however, some degree of elbow flexion must be maintained with both arms. Once a Marine's arms are fully extended or the Marine drops off the bar, the clock will stop.

Marines Fitness Test: Abdominal Crunches

The goal of the abdominal crunch event is for a Marine to execute as many proper and complete crunches within the two-minute time limit.

She will lie on a flat surface, with shoulder blades touching the deck, knees bent, and both feet flat on the deck.

 A single repetition consists of raising the upper body from the starting position until both forearms or elbows simultaneously touch the thighs, and then returning to the starting position with the shoulder blades touching the deck.

No arching of the lower back or lifting the buttocks is permitted.

An assistant may be used to hold a Marine's legs or feet, at or below the knees in whatever manner that is most comfortable for the Marine. 

A repetition will be counted when an accurate and complete abdominal crunch is performed.

Marines Fitness Test: Three Mile Run

The goal is for a Marine to complete the measured course as quickly as possible. 

The Command PT Representative will remain at the start/finish and the other monitor will take the safety vehicle (with communication capabilities) to the halfway point. Monitors will call out the split or finishing time as appropriate, as each Marine passes.

Making the Grade

Marines earn fitness test points that are based on times and repetitions In order to pass the semi-annual fitness test, Marines must perform the minimum acceptable performance requirements shown in the charts below for their age group.

Additionally, they must have enough overall points to meet the 3rd class fitness requirements.

 

Minimum Fitness Requirements for Each PFT Event - Females
AgeFlexed-arm HangCrunchesThree-mile run
17-2615 seconds5031:00
27-3915 seconds4532:00
40-4515 seconds4533:00
46+15 seconds4036:00

 

Marine Corps PFT Classification Scores - Male and Female
ClassAge 17-26Age 27-39Age 40-45Age 46+
1st225200175150
2nd175150125100
3rd1351108865

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