Combat Conditioning: The Need for Stronger Marines
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Who is stronger The Marine who can run three miles in 1800 minutes, complete 20 pull-ups, and 100 crunches, or the Marine that can run the obstacle course three times with combat gear in 1500 minutes but cannot run three miles in 1800 minutes or complete 20 pull-ups Combat conditioning should be the primary fitness program of the Marine Corps because of the demands of the increased loads placed on the body and the strength needed to complete the physical tasks placed on Marines while under these loads. Every Marine would agree that some form of physical training is necessary to maintain a Marine Corps that is prepared to accomplish the tasks needed to win its battles. This physical training needs to encompass the whole Marine and not just the cardiovascular system. When done correctly the cardiovascular system will also benefit from implementing Combat Conditioning. The final result is a stronger Marine who is better prepared for the rigors of combat. This program is now in place at all entry-level facilities. All young Marines will be prepared to continue this challenging physical training program. It is our responsibility to ensure that our Marines are in the best physical condition to assist in bringing them home in one piece.
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