News: Female Marines set to do pull-ups for PFT
Story by Lance Cpl. Brian Stevens
IWAKUNI, Japan - Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos signed ALMAR 046/12 Nov. 27, 2012, making the official change to the physical fitness test for female Marines.
The change will start Jan. 1, 2013, but females are not required to do pull-ups for score on the physical fitness test until Jan. 1, 2014.
Calendar year 2013 will serve as a transition period for female Marines and their units to adjust physical fitness routines accordingly. Females will be given the option of flexed arm hang or pull-ups when conducting the physical fitness test for score.
The flexed-armed hang will remain the testing method for Officer Candidates School and recruit training.
Starting in 2014, female Marines will be required to do pull-ups and will no longer be able to use the flexed-arm hang as an alternative.
To pass this portion of the PFT, female Marines will need to demonstrate the ability to complete a minimum of three proper pull-ups starting from a dead-hang.
Point scoring will be: three pullups – 40, four pull-ups – 65, five pull-ups – 75, six pull-ups – 85, seven pull-ups – 95 and eight pull-ups – 100.
The commandant also directed the commanding general of training and education command to develop a website with work out routines for female Marines to make the transition smoothly.
The website offers an initial, advanced and sustainment routine that challenges individuals.
All the work out programs are six weeks long, three days a week with different exercises to develop upper body strength.
The website also offers video demonstrations that show proper form and technique while executing the exercises.
Females have been given tools to make the transition smooth and painless. More information on the work-out plans designed to increase pull-up strength waits at www.fitness.usmc.mil/fpft.