Marines

Marine Corps PFT Standards

The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is a very demanding branch of the military that requires efficiency both on land and in the sea.

As a result, the physical fitness requirements of the U.S. Marines is intense.

The Marine Corps has physical fitness test (PFT) standards that you are required to meet upon arrival at basic training, as well as each year after becoming a Marine.

In this article, you will learn about the physical requirements based on gender and age.

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Marine Corps Male PFT Standards

The three-mile run is one of three main events for PFT testing. Image: Marine Corps Recruiting Depot

The U.S. Marines have frequently been updating their PFT standards over the course of the last five years.

The PFT test involves three events: pull-ups or push-ups (your choice), crunches, and a three-mile run.

The high altitude run and rowing events are tested later on during boot camp.

In order to prepare for the initial Marines PFT standards, we recommend training and attempting to meet the following conditions based on your age group.

Please note that you need to get a score of at least 40 points in each category.

It is considered the bare minimum for being allowed to continue training for the U.S. Marines.

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Marines PRT Standards – Male (Ages 17-20)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10020<7010518:0019:3018:00
9017<709919:4021:1018:55
7513654922:0023:3020:15
609544024:3026:0021:40
506464026:0027:3022:35
404424027:4029:1023:30

Marines PRT Standards – Male (Ages 21-25)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10023<8711018:0019:3018:15
9020<8710319:4021:1019:10
7515879322:0023:3020:35
6011728324:3026:0022:00
508537626:0027:3022:55
405407027:4029:1023:50

Marines PRT Standards – Male (Ages 26-30)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10023<8411518:0019:3018:30
9020<8410719:4021:1019:25
7515849622:1023:4020:50
6011698524:4026:1022:15
508547726:2027:5023:15
405397028:0029:3024:10

Marines PRT Standards – Male (Ages 31-35)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10023<8011518:0019:3018:45
9020<8010719:4021:1019:40
7515809622:2023:5021:25
6011668524:5026:2022:55
508507726:4028:1023:50
405367028:2029:5024:50

Marines PRT Standards – Male (Ages 36-40)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10021<7611018:0019:3019:00
9018<7610319:5021:2020:00
7514769322:3024:0021:25
6010628325:1026:4022:55
507487626:5028:2023:50
405347028:4030:1024:50

Marine Corps Female PFT Standards

Female Marines have to complete the same tests, including pull-ups or push-ups. Image: Marine Corps Recruiting Command

Women are often overlooked in their role with the U.S. Marines.

Though they represent the smallest collection of females in any military branch, 8% of females represent the total of all active duty Marines.

The Marine PFT standards for females is also divided based on age group.

Once again females are tested in pull-ups or push-ups, crunches, and three-mile run.

The rowing and high altitude run is also something they complete later on in basic training:

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Marines PRT Standards – Female (Ages 17-20)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
1007<4210021:0022:3021:00
905<429222:4024:1021:55
753<427925:1026:4023:20
60N/A346727:3029:0024:40
50N/A275829:1030:4025:35
401195030:5032:2026:30

Marines PRT Standards – Female (Ages 21-25)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10011<4810521:0022:3021:15
909<489722:4024:1022:10
756<488425:1026:4023:35
60N/A387227:3029:0025:00
50N/A286329:1030:4025:55
403185530:5032:2026:50

Marines PRT Standards – Female (Ages 26-30)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10012<5011021:0022:3021:30
9010<5010222:4024:1022:25
757<508925:1026:4023:50
60N/A397727:5029:2025:15
50N/A296829:3031:0026:15
404186031:1032:4027:10

Marines PRT Standards – Female (Ages 31-35)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10011<4610521:0022:2021:45
909<469722:5024:1022:45
756<468625:2026:5024:10
60N/A367528:0029:3025:35
50N/A266729:4031:2026:35
403166031:3033:0027:30

Marines PRT Standards – Female (Ages 36-40)

PointsPull-UpsPush-UpsCrunches3-Mile RunHigh Altitude RunRowing
10010<4310521:0022:3022:00
908<439722:5024:2023:00
755<438625:3027:0023:00
60N/A337528:1029:4025:55
50N/A246730:0031:3026:50
403146031:5033:2027:50

FAQ – Marine Corps PFT Standards

Marines are required to pass PFT each year. Image: MCRD San Diego

The Marine Corps have been adjusting their PFT standards since 2015. The Marines recently updated their age brackets and exercises.

The changes imposed tougher maximum scores and higher minimum standards.

The new changes have also introduced the option between deciding to test for push-ups or pull-ups.

However, if you do decide to do push-ups you are not able to receive full marks like you would with pull-ups.

Additionally, in 2020 the U.S. Marines will also allow enlistees and members to replace crunches with the plank pose.

The Marine Corps has yet to introduce these new standards for plank pose, however, we will be sure to update the content as soon as they are published.

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How is the Marine Corps PFT conducted?

The Marine Corps physical fitness test consists of three events. All of the events are conducted in a single session.

However, you are given up to two hours to complete all three activities.

First, Marines have the option between testing for pull-ups or push-ups.

Please make sure that you understand the Marine Corps PFT standards for both activities based on gender and age group.

You must get a minimum score of 40.

Secondly, Marines must complete abdominal crunches.

Once again, the goal is to obtain a score of at least 40.

An even higher score is preferred.

Third, new recruits, as well as existing Marines, are challenged to complete a three-mile run in the designated time slots in order to earn the grade.

Once again there are maximum and minimum Marine Corps PFT standards for reference.

The goal is to wear appropriate workout gear, including athletic/training sneakers.

Additionally, make sure you bring plenty of water and stretch between exercises in order to remain warmed-up and ready for the next activity.

What are the U.S. Marines CFT standards?

Every calendar year Marines are required to complete two different physical fitness tests.

One is the aforementioned PFT standards which we went over in great detail for the purpose of this article.

The second series of activities are grouped in the Combat Fitness Test (CFT). CFT is divided into three categories of testing.

It includes an 880-yard run, ammo-can lifts, and maneuver under fire exercise.

The Combat Fitness Test is more demanding compared to PFT and requires the use of military items also used in training and combat.

Like the PFT, the Marines recently updated CFT scores to make it more challenging to reach maximum points.

What is the Marines IST?

The Initial Strength Test (IST) is completed upon arrival at boot camp.

It is technically different from PFT since the testing consists of pull-ups, crunches, and 1.5 mile timed run.

As you probably noticed the distance of the run is doubled once you progress to PFT standards.

How do Marine Corps PFT standards compare to similar tests with other branches of the military?

All branches of the U.S. Military have basic physical fitness standards based on gender and age.

However, Marine Corps PFT standards are considered more demanding compared to the Army and Navy.

For example, the timed run is double the distance of the Navy.

The Air Force PT standards have both a 1.5 mile and 2-mile run.

However, the Marines are unique in that they give new recruits and members tested annually the option of completing pull-ups or push-ups.

Conclusion

Marine Corps PFT standards are designed by the branch of the military to determine your physical fitness readiness.

The goal is to get a score of at least 40 points in each activity in order to remain in good standing with the Marines.

A rowing event and high altitude three-mile run are completed later on in basic training.

For now, the objective is to get satisfactory scores in pull-ups or push-ups, crunches, and regular three-mile long-distance run.

Check out the physical fitness testing requirements for the other military branches below:

Army APFT Standards

Navy PRT Standards

Air Force PT Test Standards

Coast Guard PT Test Standards

Resources:

  1. https://www.fitness.marines.mil/PFT-CFT_Standards17/
  2. https://www.military.com/military-fitness/marine-corps-fitness-requirements/usmc-pft-charts
  3. https://www.marines.mil/Portals/1/Publications/MCO%206100.13A.pdf
Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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