Good day Hard-Chargers!!
The United States Marine Corps has updated the physical and combat fitness tests.
Beginning January 1, Marines will be able to take the Physical Fitness Test and Combat Fitness Test more than once to improve their scores, if not happy with previous scores.
Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller is also allowing older Marines in their upper 40’s to row five kilometers on a rowing machine. Rather than running for the Physical Fitness Test.
The Marine Corps has made great effort to revamp both the PFT and CFT. Starting on Jan. 1, the tests will have updates and implementations.
One of the biggest and most noticeable changes coming to the PFT in 2017 is the elimination of pull-ups. Male and female Marines as well as poolees and officer candidates can opt to do pushups rather than pull-ups.
Marines will now have to declare if they will do pushups or pull-ups before taking the test. They wont be allowed to switch from one exercise to the other while taking the test.
Here is the catch…
Marines can only score a maximum score of 70 out of 100 possible points if they only do pushups for the upper-body portion of PFT.
In order to score a full 100 points, Marines will have to do pull-ups.
The Corps is also re-hashing its weight charts for women in order to reflect that women put on muscle as they train.
Female Marines will be allowed to be 5 to 7 pounds heavier, while women in other heights will be able to be 9 pounds heavier.
In 2017, Marines will need to get 235 points on both the PFT and CFT in order to get a first-class score on both tests.
Prior to the changes the max score was varied by age.
Marines who score a 285 on both the PFT and CFT will be exempt from weight limits. If Marines score 250 points or higher on both tests, they will be afforded an additional 1 percent of body fat.