FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Maryland --
The Marine Corps has announced today that revisions have
been made to its physical fitness program, to include the Physical Fitness Test
(PFT), Combat Fitness Test (CFT) and the Body Composition Program (BCP). Changes to BCP will take effect immediately,
while PFT and CFT changes will be implemented starting Jan. 1, 2017.
The PFT changes are among the most profound since 1972 and
the changes to the CFT standards are the first since its inception in 2009.
“Last November we began a comprehensive review of physical
fitness and body composition standards,” said Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th
Commandant of the Marine Corps. “Subsequent efforts focused on developing a
physical fitness program that incentivizes behavior toward an end state of a
healthy and fit force able to better answer the call in any clime and place.”
Immediate changes to the BCP include an increase in the
height and weight standards for females, better equipment for determining
height and weight for all Marines and the BCP waiver authority will be passed
from the deputy commandant of Manpower and Reserve Affairs to the first general
officer in a Marine’s chain of command.
The Marine Corps has taken physical performance into
consideration when considering BCP.
Marines scoring 285 and higher on both the PFT and CFT will now be
exempt from height and weight standards. Marines who score between 250 and 284 will have their maximum
body fat percentage increased by one percent.
So for example if a Marine has a maximum body fat percentage
is 19 percent, with a score between 250 and 284 on both the PFT and CFT, he or
she will be allowed to go up to 20 percent body fat.
Changes to the PFT include a pull-up/push-up hybrid for both
males and females. This eliminates the option for the flex arm hang for females
starting in January.
Although Marines can earn points by doing either of the
exercises, the maximum amount of points a Marine can earn doing push-ups is 70
points versus 100 if they chose to do pull-ups. This means the highest PFT score a Marine can
earn if they chose to do push-ups is 270. The primary benefits of incorporating the
pull-up/push-up option for all Marines is that it incentivizes Marines to
improve their pull-ups while ensuring gains of upper body strength across the
Marines will also have to complete more crunches for maximum
score on their next PFT, with scoring being age and gender normed. There
will be a slight adjustment to the three-mile run for Marines in high age
brackets, too. The PFT and CFT age
brackets will change from four age groups to eight. The new groups are as follows: 17-20, 21-25,
26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, and 51+.
Changes to the CFT will consist of adjusted scoring for all
three events to correspond with the eight age brackets. The most drastic change will be with the ammo
can lifts (ACL) where male Marines age 31-35 will have to complete 120 ACLs for
a perfect score vice 97, and female Marines age 26-30 will have to complete 75
ACLs for a perfect score vice 63.
Another change to the CFT is all Marines will perform five
push-ups instead of three push-ups during the maneuver under fire portion of
“The new PFT and CFT standards raise the bar on physical
fitness for all Marines,” said Maj. Gen. James W. Lukeman, commanding general,
Training and Education Command. “Marines
today are stronger, faster and fitter than ever and these changes reflect
that. Bigger and stronger often means
heavier, so tying performance on the PFT and CFT to changes to the Body
Composition Program are improvements that we think the Marines will
appreciate. In the end, it’s all about
improving the readiness and combat effectiveness of our Corps and the physical
fitness of every Marine contributes to that.”
TECOM will monitor the effects of these adjustments for two
years and then adjust if required to ensure the standards contribute to the
effectiveness of the force.
Additional details, including the new PFT/CFT scoring
tables, physical fitness training recommendations and BCP adjustments are available
at: https://fitness.usmc.mil. Follow-on MARADMINS and instructional products will
further address details of the changes and the associated Marine Corps Orders
will be updated accordingly.