Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test (CFT)

The CFT is intended to keep Marines ready for the physical rigors of contemporary combat operations. Individual readiness will be measured by requiring Marines in battle dress uniform to sprint a timed 880 yards, lift a 30-pound ammunition can overhead from shoulder height repeatedly for two minutes, and perform a maneuver-under-fire event, which is a timed 300-yard shuttle run in which Marines are paired up by size and perform a series of combat-related tasks.

An initial phase-in period, in which grading will be pass or fail, is in effect until Sept. 30, 2009. Results will be placed in unit diary reports and fitness reports, but will not count toward performance evaluation until the CFT is officially implemented Oct. 1, 2009, according to All-Marine Message 032/08.

Related Links:

- Watch the CFT Video
- Official CFT Standards

While officials with Training and Education Command have determined a minimum and maximum grading scale, an appropriate point system, similar to the physical fitness test, has yet to be finalized.

The CFT will be a semi-annual requirement for active-duty Marines and an annual requirement for reserve Marines; however, a CFT and a PFT shall not be run on the same day. Each event will be scored and timed separately. Male and female Marines will perform the same tasks, but will be graded on different scales.

The minimum standards for the CFT under the pass or fail grading will be as follows:

Male

Age Group 880-Yard Run Ammo Lifts Maneuver Under Fire
17-26 3:48 45 3:29
27-39 4:00 45 3:55
40-45 4:19 44 3:57
46+ 4:30 43 4:28

Female

Age Group 880-Yard Run Ammo Lifts Maneuver Under Fire
17-26 4:34 20 4:57
27-39 4:40 21 5:27
40-45 5:09 17 6:07
46+ 5:20 15 6:30

In October 2009, the CFT will be graded on a scale similar to that of the PFT. Here are the projected standards to achieve a perfect score:

Male

Age Group 880-Yard Run Ammo Lifts Maneuver Under Fire
17-26 2:45 91 2:14
27-39 2:51 97 2:14
40-45 3:03 87 2:34
46+ 3:05 86 3:05

Female

Age Group 880-Yard Run Ammo Lifts Maneuver Under Fire
17-26 3:23 60 3:01
27-39 3:19 53 3:05
40-45 3:49 45 3:40
46+ 4:12 38 4:20

The standards under the new BCP will be as follows:

Age Male Female
17-26 18% 26%
27-39 19% 27%
40-45 20% 28%
45+ 21% 29%

A video of the CFT, layout diagrams and other materials can be found at www.tecom.usmc.mil.


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