Marine Corps Physical Fitness for Women

What scores are needed on the Marines' semi-annual physical fitness test?

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. All Marines engage in a physical conditioning program on a continuing and progressive basis.

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

Then there are a semi-annual physical fitness test (PFT) to evaluate Marines' condition. 

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


The authorized uniform for the (PFT) is the US.. Marine Corps green-on-green T-shirt and shorts, socks, and running shoes. The green-on-green sweat suit may be used in winter climates, and gloves are allowed when appropriate. Uniform substitutions may be granted at the discretion of the commanding officer.

Sequence of Events

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

These are the exercises included in the standard PFT:

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.

This is a timed event, and any sweatshirts must be removed so the CO can observe when the Marine has completely locked her elbows.

Assistance to the bar with a step up, being lifted up, or jumping up to the start position is allowed. 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.

Abdominal Crunch

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.

Her arms will be folded across her chest or rib cage with no gap between the arms and chest/rib cage. Both arms must remain in constant contact with chest/rib cage throughout the exercise. 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.

The buttocks will remain in constant contact with the deck throughout the event. 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. Kneeling or sitting on the Marine’s feet is permitted.

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

Three Mile Run

The goal is for a Marine to complete the measured course as quickly as possible. This is another timed event. On the command to start, the two Marines monitoring the event will start their watches simultaneously when the last Marine passes the starting point.

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.


Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test Points: Female
PointsFlexed-Arm HangCrunchesThree-Mile Run
10070 seconds10021:00
99 9921:10
9869 seconds9821:20
97 9721:30
9668 seconds9621:40
95 9521:50
9467 seconds9422:00
93 9322:10
9266 seconds9222:20
91 91


9065 seconds9022:40
89 8922:50
8864 seconds8823:00
87 8723:10
8663 seconds8623:20
85 8523:30
8462 seconds8423:40
83 8323:50
8261 seconds8224:00
81 8124:10
8060 seconds8024:20
79 7924:30
7859 seconds7824:40
77 7724:50
7658 seconds7625:00
75 7525:10
7457 seconds7425:20
73 7325:30
7256 seconds7225:40
71 7125:50
7055 seconds7026:00
69 6926:10
6854 seconds6826:20
67 6726:30
6653 seconds6626:40
65 6526:50
6452 seconds6427:00
63 6327:10
6251 seconds6227:20
61 6127:30
6050 seconds6027:40
59 5927:50
5849 seconds5828:00
57 5728:10
5648 seconds5628:20
55 5528:30
5447 seconds5428:40
53 5328:50
5246 seconds5229:00
51 5129:10
5045 seconds5029:20
49 4929:30
4844 seconds4829:40
47 4729:50
4643 seconds4630:00
45 4530:10
4442 seconds4430:20
43 4330:30
4241 seconds4230:40
41 4130:50
4040 seconds4031:00
3939 secondsx31:10
3838 secondsx31:20
3737 secondsx31:30
3636 secondsx31:40
3535 secondsx31:50
3434 secondsx32:00
3333 secondsx32:10
3232 secondsx32:20
3131 secondsx32:30
3030 secondsx32:40
2929 secondsx32:50
2828 secondsx33:00
2727 secondsx33:10
2626 secondsx33:20
2525 secondsx33:30
2424 secondsx33:40
2323 secondsx33:50
2222 secondsx34:00
2121 secondsx34:10
2020 secondsx34:20
1919 secondsx34:30
1818 secondsx34:40
1717 secondsx34:50
1616 secondsx35:00
1515 secondsx35:10


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+

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