Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test (CFT)

Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test (CFT)

The CFT consists of three events: an 880 yard run, ammo can lifts, and maneuver under fire.

  1. 880 Yard Run: Marines will run for 880 yards while wearing boots and camouflage uniform (trousers and skivvie shirt).
  2. Ammo Can Lifts: Marines will lift a 30 pound ammo can from the ground, over their heads as many times as they can in two minutes.
  3. Maneuver Under Fire: Marines must move through a 300 yard course, and perform designated tasks, in the time limit authorized. The tasks include:
    • Moving in a quick scurry (low crawl) for 10 yards, then a high crawl for another 15 yards.
    • Drag a casualty for 10 yards while zigzagging through several cones. Then lift the casualty and fireman carry him at a run for 65 yards.
    • Carry two 30-pound ammo cans for 75 yards, while zigzagging through a series of cones.
    • Toss a dummy grenade 22 1/2 yards and land it in a marked target circle.
    • Perform three push-ups, pick up the two 30-pound cans and sprint to the finish line.

The proposed perfect score my my age is:

880 Yard Run: 2:51
Ammo Can Lifts: 100
Maneuver Under Fire: 2:26

Right now, the CFT is pass or fail. In July 2009, the Marine Corps will establish a point system for each event. The current minimum requirements to pass the CFT are:

Males
Age 880 Yard Run Ammo Can 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
Females
Age 880 Yard Run Ammo Can 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

The following video was last December when Alpha Company recruits ran their first CFT.

Most text taken from About.com: US Military

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2 Responses to “Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test (CFT)”

  1. Jason says:

    Ouch. That looks harder than pedaling to Omaha.

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