Marine Corps Physical Fitness Charts

Learn the standards for male Marines

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U.S. Marines must be fit and and able to pass three different types of fitness tests to prove it. Those who aspire to become Marines first must pass the Initial Strength Test (IST), and all Marines are required to pass an annual Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Combat Fitness Test (CFT). The U.S. Marine Corps updated the standards for the PFT in 2017, the first time in decades they had been changed. Push-ups were added as a new exercise, minimum standards were raised, and both the maximum and minimum number of repetitions for different exercises were raised. New age groups also were created to reflect more accurate changes in average age and fitness abilities.

The sequence of events for the new PFT fitness standards include a choice between pull-ups or push-ups, abdominal crunches, and a three-mile run. The maximum score for each event is 100, and the minimum standard for each event is 40, making 300 a perfect score and 120 the absolute minimum standard if a Marine scored 40 in each event. Results less than the maximum but higher than the minimum are weighted proportionally, depending on where they fall on the scale between the two extremes.

A USMC PFT calculator is available to help you gauge where you might score.


The goal of the pull-up event is for Marines to execute as many accurate and complete pull-ups before dropping off the bar. This is not a timed event. 

The bar must be grasped with both palms facing either forward or to the rear. Marines may not bring their knees up horizontal to their waist, a technique known as kipping. One repetition consists of raising the body with the arms until the chin is above the bar, then lowering the body until the arms are fully extended.

Age Groups Max Reps Min Reps
17-20 20 4
21-25 23 5
26-30 23 5
31-35 23 5
36-40 21 5
41-45 20 5
46-50 19 4
51+ 18 3


Marines can opt out of doing pull-ups and do push-ups instead, but the maximum score for push-ups is only 70. This means Marines who choose to do push-ups are not able to achieve a perfect score of 300, and 270 would be the best they could achieve. 

Age Groups Max Reps Min Reps
17-20 82 42
21-25 87 40
26-30 84 39
31-35 80 36
36-40 76 34
41-45 72 30
46-50 68 25
51+ 64 20

Abdominal Crunches

Marines have 2 minutes to complete their crunches. They must lie flat on their backs with shoulder blades touching the deck, knees bent, and both feet flat on the deck. Arms must be folded across the chest or rib cage with no gap existing between the arms and chest/rib cage.

A single repetition consists of raising the upper body from the starting position until both forearms or elbows simultaneously touch the thighs, and then returning to the starting position with the shoulder blades touching the deck. An assistant / counter may be used to hold a Marine's legs or feet.

Age Groups Max Reps Min Reps
17-20 105 70
21-25 110 70
26-30 115 70
31-35 115 70
36-40 110 70
41-45 105 65
46-50 100 50
51+ 100 40

Three-Mile Run

The goal is for a Marine to complete the measured course as quickly as possible. Monitors call out splits and finishing times as each Marine Male passes.

Age Groups Maximum Time Minimum Time
17-20 18:00 27:40
21-25 18:00 27:40
26-30 18:00 28:00
31-35 18:00 28:20
36-40 18:00 28:40
41-45 18:30 29:20
46-50 19:00 30:00
51+ 19:30 33:00