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Marines Corps’ combat fitness test scoring up for review

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Students from Class 4-12, Sergeant's Course, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Camp Pendleton, conduct a Combat Fitness Test during training aboard base, June 1, 2012. The curriculum requires students to complete a Physical Fitness Test and CFT, to graduate from Sergeants Course. (Sgt. Christopher O'Quin / U.S. Marines)

Students from Class 4-12, Sergeant’s Course, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Camp Pendleton, conduct a Combat Fitness Test during training in 2012. (Sgt. Christopher O’Quin/Marine Corps)

Could there be changes coming to the scoring of the Marine Corps’ combat fitness test? Staff writer Gina Harkins explains:

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. Marine officials plan to review the Combat Fitness Test as soon as next year to ensure it’s stringent enough, and personnel could see tougher scoring as a result.

Maj. Gen. Tom Murray, commanding general of Training and Education Command, said that, while there are no plans to change any of the CFT’s events, Marine officials will review whether the test’s scoring system is optimal.

“Overall, people will score better on the CFT than they do the [Physical Fitness Test],” he said during an interview in September. “Maybe we’ll adjust it, and maybe not.”

Read the rest of Gina’s story over on Marine Corps Times.

Tell us: Does the CFT get it done, or does it need to change? Send us a letter to the editor: marinelet@marinecorpstimes.com.

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 31 ultramarathons. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .