Once a year active duty Marines have to prove that they are still in shape. The PFT is the ~Personal Fitness Test TM all Marines take, and they have to pass it.
Gunnery Sgt. Daniel G. Aikens is the MCLB Operations Training Chief and he explained why the Marine Corps requires all active duty marines take the yearly PFT. These tests are put in place so the Marine Corps can maintain a high state of fitness. A high state of fitness also affects our combat readiness says Aikens.
The test has three parts including dead hang pull ups, crunches, and running. When it comes to the pull ups the men have to do a minimum of four and a maximum of 20. Female Marines can do a dead hang for a minimum of 15 seconds and a maximum of 70 seconds. Phase two of the test gives Marines two minutes to execute a minimum of 45 crunches and a maximum of 100 crushes. The last phase is a three mile run. The time goals are based off of gender and age. While some Marines run the course, others choose to spring the entire way.
Gunnery Sgt. Aikens explains why the test is three miles instead of one mile. Almost anyone can go a mile, not everybody can go three miles, so you know the Marine Corps has that standard of going a little further sometimes and we enjoy it says Aikens. Coaches call out times as Marines run down the last stretch for motivation.
If a Marine doesn TMt pass the test they TMre allowed 6 months to work on it before they take the test again. Officials say they haven TMt had any problem with Marines proving to themselves and the Marine Corps that they TMre still fit for the job.