Since 2015, the Marine Corps has been in research and change mode with its physical training and testing protocol. Now, in 2019, many of these changes have been implemented.
There has been a range of changes -- adding age brackets, pull-ups and the flexed arm hang; instituting tougher maximum scoring and higher standards for minimum scoring; and adding the option to replace pull-ups with push-ups. Keep in mind that you can't get full marks if you choose push-ups.
On Jan. 1, 2020, Marines can choose to replace crunches with the plank pose. To be ready, start planking now as the max scores will require holding the pose for more than four minutes.
The USMC Fitness Total Points Score Charts
See official links:
The PFT has three events: pull-ups or push-ups, abdominal crunches or plank pose and a three-mile run. 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.
Men/women pull-up standards (max/min)
|Men Marine Pull-up Standards/Age||Women Marine Pull-up Standards/Age|
The maximum points is 100, and the minimum is 40 for each age group.
If you don't want to do pull-ups, try push-ups now:
Men/women push-up standards (max/min)
|Men Marine Push-ups Standards/Age||Women Marine Push-ups Standards/Age|
The maximum points is 70, and the minimum is 40 for each age group.
Men/women crunch standards/age
|Men Marine Crunches Standards/Age||Women Marine Crunches Standards/Age|
Men/women 3-mile run standards/age
|Men Marine 3-Mile Standards/Age||Women Marine 3-Mile Standards/Age|
Many PT programs to train for the Marine Corps PFT can be found in the following Military.com links:
Other Marine Corps fitness-related links:
- The USMC Recruit Training PFT Standards
- The Marine Corps Body Composition Program
- The RECON Marine PFT
- The Marine Corps Weight Charts
- The Marine Corps PFT
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