Combat Fitness Test

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For British Army test, see Annual Fitness Test.

The Combat Fitness Test is a physical fitness test of the United States Marine Corps, and is used in complement to the USMC Physical Fitness Test. The British Army formerly used a test of the same name which is currently known as the Annual Fitness Test.

United States Marine Corps[edit]

U.S. Marine struggles to hold two 30-pound ammunition cans on his shoulders during part of the super physical fitness test on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 17, 2009.

In the Marine Corps, the Combat Fitness Test has three events:[1]

  • an 880-yard "Movement to Contact" run in boots and utility pants
  • two minutes of lifting a 30-pound ammo can over the head, earning 2 points for each number done in the time limit
  • the “Maneuver Under Fire” drill is part obstacle course, part conditioning, and part combat test:
    • 10-yard sprint
    • 15-yard crawl (low then high crawl)
    • hauling a simulated casualty using two different carries: drag and fireman's carry over 75 yards zigzaging through cones
    • sprint while carrying two 30-pound ammo cans over 75 yards through the same cones
    • throwing a dummy hand grenade into a marked circle 22.5 yards away (adding 5 seconds to total time if missed)
    • 3 pushups and a sprint with the ammo cans to the finish line.
Major General Vaughn Ary, Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant, December 4, 2011

This test was implemented in mid-2008 by Commandant of the Marine Corps James T. Conway as a more combat oriented version of, but supplement to, the Physical Fitness Test.

Scoring[edit]

Marine Corps CFTs are scored the following way for males (age 17-26):[2]

  • MOVEMENT TO CONTACT. A perfect score of 100 is earned by completing this task in under 2 minutes and 45 seconds. One point is deducted for each additional 2 seconds up to a final time of 4 minutes and 13 seconds.
  • AMMO LIFT: A perfect score of 100 is achieved with 91 ammo can lifts. Points are deducted as follows:
99 pts for 90-89 lifts
98 pts for 88 lifts
97 pts for 87-86 lifts
96 pts for 85 lifts
95 pts for 84 lifts

Then the cycle begins again (roughly it is -5 pts for every 7 lifts less than 91 lifts, down to 33 lifts).

  • MANEUVER UNDER FIRE: A perfect score of 100 is earned by completing this task in under 2 minutes and 14 seconds (2.14). One point is deducted for each additional 2 seconds up to the longest time of 3 minutes and 58 seconds (3.58).

Marine Corps CFTs are scored the following way for females (age 17-26):

  • MOVEMENT TO CONTACT. A perfect score of 100 is earned by completing this task in under 3 minutes and 23 seconds. One point is deducted for each additional 2 seconds up to a final time of 5 minutes and 27 seconds (5.27).
  • AMMO LIFT: A perfect score of 100 is achieved with 60 ammo can lifts. Deducting points for this event is fairly straightforward: every lift less than 60 subtracts 1 point (except for lifts 52, 53, 38, 39, 23, and 24 which only subtract 1/2 a point).
  • MANEUVER UNDER FIRE: A perfect score of 100 is earned by completing this task in under 3 minutes and 1 seconds (3.01). One point is deducted for each additional 2 seconds up to the longest time of 5 minutes and 59 seconds (5.59).

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