Marines prep women for new pullup requirement on fitness test

Ariel Arvidson, a 17-year-old high school student, maxes out her time during the flexed-arm hang portion of an initial strength test at the Recruiting Station Twin Cities, Minn., mini boot camp. Her recruiter is responsible for helping female poolees develop their upper-body strength in preparation for pullups. (Cpl. Ali Azimi/Marine Corps)

Ariel Arvidson, a 17-year-old high school student, maxes out her time during the flexed-arm hang portion of an initial strength test at the Recruiting Station Twin Cities, Minn., mini boot camp. Her recruiter is responsible for helping female poolees develop their upper-body strength in preparation for pullups. (Cpl. Ali Azimi/Marine Corps)

Starting Jan. 1, female Marines will be required to do at lease 3 pullups to pass the PFT.

Marine Corps Times writer Gina Harkins writes this week about how commands are helping women get ready. She says:

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA. — With less than three months before female Marines will be required to perform pullups on the Physical Fitness Test, commands across the fleet are focused on ensuring everyone is ready — starting with women new to the Corps.

Starting Jan. 1, women will be required to complete three pullups in order to pass the PFT. If they want a perfect score, they’ll need to do eight. And the best practice for doing pullups is simple, said Maj. Gen. Tom Murray, head of Training and Education Command: Just do pullups.

But for many, the change won’t come easy, he said. Which is why his command has been working closely with others to spread information to Marines, and even poolees who are enrolled in the Corps’ delayed entry program.

“We’re continuously reassessing the programs that we have put up and that are on the website to focus them on what’s most effective,” Murray said.

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