The United States Marine Corps recently released its new physical standards for recruits who wish to enter into combat-related positions, and the results are clear that Corp members must demonstrate a higher level of physical acumen. The new guidelines were developed in order to provide gender-neutral performance standards for all combat-related MOSs, now that all military occupational specialties in the Marine Corps are open to women.
In broad strokes, and beyond the existing 20km ruck run and wall-scaling, the tests include new benchmarks for pullups, ammunition-can lifts, as well as specific physical standards tailored to individual combat MOSs. The Marine Corps reported that the new physical standards ultimately aim to create stronger combat units, and move those that fail the standards into less physically-demanding roles. While recognizing the challenges that exist to maintain a high success rate, and by keeping the focus on creating a stronger Corps, the new standards are viewed as a net positive.
The new fitness standards also include ample exercises that evaluate aerobic ability, weight-bearing capacity, and coordination. Cardiovascular tests range from the above-mentioned 20km ruck run as well as “rushing” 300m to reach an objective. Weight-bearing exercises focus primarily on “lifting and carrying,” and include challenges ranging from moving artillery rounds for 50m to relocating tank batteries short distances. The parts of the revised standards that require a great deal of coordination involve casualty evacuation and breaching a door with a battering ram.
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“TRX Suspension Training is part of the Marine Corps HITT program and is used to train core strength and movement competency. We have used evidence-based programming and product design to optimize physical conditioning to be a critical part of combat readiness, as well as, to improve general fitness and reduce risk of injury. We continue to leverage research demonstrating the unique benefits of Suspension Training on core strength, especially as an alternative or supplement to traditional sit-up exercises. As the bar is raised for physical fitness in the Marine Corps we look forward to supporting this initiative with education and programming as needed.”
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To read the full-announcement from the Marine Corp Times, click here.