Marine Corps Physical Fitness Charts

Marine Males Fitness Standards (PFT)

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In the Marine Corps, Marines are expected to be fit and must pass two different types of fitness tests - the Physical Fitness Test and the Combat Fitness Test. Both have been upgraded for the first time in decades. As of January 2017, the United States Marine Corps updated its fitness standards adding a new exercise option (push-ups) and changing the maximum and minimum repetitions and times for scoring perfectly on the test as well as making the minimum standards harder. New age groups have also been created to reflect more accurate changes in average age and fitness abilities.

Every Marine must be physically fit, regardless of age, grade, or job (MOS). Fitness is essential to the day-to-day effectiveness and combat readiness of the Marine Corps. The habits of self-discipline required to gain and maintain a high level of physical fitness are inherent to the Marine Corps way of life and must be a part of the character of every Marine. Those who aspire to become Marines must first pass the Initial Strength Test (IST), and all Marines are required to pass an annual Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Combat Fitness Test (CFT). 

Here is the sequence of events of the new fitness standards of the PFT:


The maximum standards have changed.  For the 17-20 year old male the standard to max the PFT has not changed, however from the ages of 25-35 you now have to do 23 pull-ups to max that portion of the fitness test. The goal of the pull-up event is for the Marine 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. No kipping allowed (bringing knees up horizontal to waist). One repetition consists of raising the body with the arms until the chin is above the bar, and then lowering the body until the arms are fully extended.  

Push-ups - Pull-up Hybrid

The new change also allows the Marine to choose between pull-ups or push-ups. The Marine who chooses push-ups will not max the test with a 300 even if he/she can score the maximum points on the push-ups. So the push-ups are not weighted as heavily as the pull-ups. In fact to max the push-up test a 17-20 ages Marine needs to score 82 push-ups, however, instead of 100 points for maxing an event, you only get 70 points.  If you choose to do push-ups the best you can do on the PFT is a 270 - maxing the crunches and run as well. One should consider what exercises are better for him/her and be strategic when taking this PFT. However, if a Marine should have a weakness in some event, all efforts should be taken to get better at that event. 

Abdominal Crunch

There is a 2-minute time limit. Marines will lie flat on their back with shoulder blades touching the deck, knees will be bent, and both feet will be flat on the deck. The arms will 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. The new Marine aged 17-21 now has to score 105 crunches in 2 minutes to max the test.

Three Mile Run

The goal is for a Marine to complete the measured course as quickly as possible. This is a timed event. Monitors will call out the split or finishing time as appropriate, as each Marine Male passes.  The run scoring has not changed.  18 minutes 3 mile timed run is the same standard.

Male - 3 Mile Run Maximum and Minimum Passing Scores

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

Maximum Points is 100 and Minimum Points is 40 for each age group

Male - Pull-ups Maximum and Minimum Passing Scores

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

Maximum Points is 100 and Minimum Points is 40 for each age group

Male - Crunches Maximum and Minimum Passing Scores

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

Maximum Points is 100 and Minimum Points is 40 for each age group

Male Push-ups Maximum and Minimum Passing Scores

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

Maximum Points is 70 and Minimum Points is 40 for each age group

More Information on the USMC PFT Standards

In order to pass the semi-annual fitness test, Marines must perform the minimum acceptable performance requirements shown in the charts. 

If you are curious what your scores would be if you prepare for the test by taking the fitness test yourself long before Boot Camp, Officer Candidate School, or The Basic School, check out this USMC PFT Calculator. For the complete changes, point systems for individual events, see the Official USMC Fitness Page.