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Ariel Arvidson, a 17-year-old junior at Coon Rapids High School, maxes out her time during the flexed-arm hang portion of an initial strength test at the Recruiting Station Twin Cities mini boot camp May 6. Arvidson was recruited out of the Coon Rapids, Minn., office by Staff Sgt. Jowa J. Wildes. For additional imagery from the event, visit

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Pull-Ups required for females

30 Nov 2012 | Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi

The first phase of a change in female Marines’ physical fitness test requirements is scheduled to start at the beginning of the new year. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, female Marines will be given an option of whether to do pull-ups or the flexed arm hang during their PFT.

This will act as a transitional period to allow female Marines to adjust to the new physical requirements for the test. By 2014, pull-ups will completely replace flexed arm hang.

Female Marines are going to be required to be able to complete a minimum of three pull-ups for a score of 40 points to pass the test and need a total of eight pull-ups to get the maximum 100 points. However, these current scoring tables are subject to change as information is gathered and assessed.

Although the flexed arm hang will be phased out, it will still remain for recruiting aspects. Females entering Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island or Officer Candidate School are given the option to use the flexed arm hang for their initial strength test. By the end of graduation, the Marines are expected to complete their PFT with pull-ups.

For more information on the changes in female physical fitness standards, refer to ALMAR 046/12 at

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