“The Flexed Arm Hang for Women Will Be Eliminated”

Stand by, girls, things are about to get tougher.

But isn’t that why you joined? 😉

In what we think is a massive and very clever middle finger to SecNav from the Commandant, the Marine Corps PFT is undergoing its biggest change in years. Among the salient points:

  • “All Marines will have the option of doing pull-ups or push-ups; however, only those who choose pull-ups will be able to earn maximum points on the PFT”
  • “The flexed arm hang for women will be eliminated”
  • “Marines who score 285 and above on both the PFT and CFT will be exempt from height, weight and body composition limits” (emphasis mine)

These changes are timely and well-chosen. You want level standards? Here they are! The flexed arm hang is mostly ridiculous; its only true application was the in the PFT for airborne school. I remember doing that part in the summer of 2007 and being surprised at how easy it was. Easy, as compared to, oh, TWENTY FUCKING DEAD-HANG PULL-UPS.

(Oh, and the “285 and go” part makes a lot of sense. Think of all the admin time, medical work and command interest it’ll save. Good call!)

It’ll be lots of fun to see how it all turns out come New Year’s day…

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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