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The CFT will be scored, taken once a year

By Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes | | August 10, 2009

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Effective immediately, Marines will now run the Combat Fitness Test for score.

Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, recently approved a scoring system for the CFT and a new schedule of CFT’s and Physical Fitness Tests – one CFT and one PFT a year.

The Marine Corps Physical Fitness Program order, MCO 6100.13 W/ CH 1, has been changed with the new CFT instruction and scoring system. Marine Corps Training and Education Command also provides CFT standards, guidance and other information on their Web site, www.tecom.usmc.mil/cft/cft.htm.

During the initial phase-in period, the CFT was pass/fail. There are now three new passing classes based on a 300-point scoring system. Similar to the PFT, the CFT is on a 1st, 2nd, 3rd class and fail system, under appropriate age and gender classifications.

“It was [the commandant’s] original intent that the CFT be pass/fail during the initial phase-in period, with migration to a scored system after a period of time,” explained Mr. Brian McGuire, TECOM’s physical readiness programs officer. “Of all the input we've received from Marines about the CFT, there was a consensus that the CFT should be a scored event. This isn't surprising knowing the competitive nature of Marines.”

Necessity for the CFT is partly based on a realization that combat-related demands include a variety of movements and task done at high intensity.

“Generally speaking, the CFT places a greater premium on a Marine's anaerobic capacity and functional core strength in comparison to the PFT,” McGuire said.

McGuire added that the CFT will factor into a Marine's composite score and be reflected on the fitness report. The composite score conversion table, developed by Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&R) can be found on the TECOM Web site.

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