Accession Number:

ADA509868

Title:

The PFT: One Test, One Scale

Descriptive Note:

Contemporary issue paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-02-19

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

According to the Guidebook for Marines, Physical fitness for a Marine means the maintenance of a healthy body, the endurance to withstand the stress of prolonged activity and adverse environment, the capacity to endure the discomforts that accompany fatigue and the maintenance of combat effectiveness. The book does not make a distinction between Marines, male versus female, or young versus old. Yet the test that Marines must endure twice a year does. The United States Marine Corps USMC must hold all Marines to the same physical fitness test PFT standards regardless of age or gender because of the impact on promotions, the expectations placed on Marines, the effect on unit cohesion, and the physiological capabilities of women.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Stress Physiology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE