For the US Army test, see Army Combat Fitness Test.
The Combat Fitness Test (CFT) is a semi-annual physical fitness test of the United States Marine Corps. The purpose of the CFT is to assess a Marine’s physical capacity in a broad spectrum of combat related tasks. The CFT was specifically designed to evaluate strength, stamina, agility, and coordination as well as overall anaerobic capacity. The CFT is a complement to the USMC Physical Fitness Test and measures the functional elements of combat fitness through execution of a series of events that represent every Marine’s combat experience, emphasizing our ethos of “every Marine is a rifleman.” All active duty and reserve Marines are required to conduct the Combat Fitness Test every year between the dates on 1 January and 31 June. The test is designed to test each Marine’s ability to perform in a high-intensity setting. The British Army formerly used a test of the same name which is currently known as the Annual Fitness Test.
United States Marine Corps
In the Marine Corps, the Combat Fitness Test has three events:
- 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 1–2 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 zigzagging 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)
- 5 pushups and a sprint with the ammo cans to the finish line.
Marine Corps CFTs are scored the following way for males (age 17-26):
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.
A perfect score of 100 is achieved with 91 ammo can lifts. Points are deducted as follows:
- 100 pts for 113-115 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).
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 91 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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- Marine One
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- White House Sentries
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