The CFT will be scored, taken once a year

10 Aug 2009 | Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes

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,

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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