Why don't all branches of Armed Forces have same physical fitness requirments?
I am not a member of the Military as of this time but I am going to Boot camp for the Marine Corps in less than one month so am curious. I respect all branches equally, I understand that they all can't function without each other so if this seems offensive in anyway I apologise, it is not my intention. While PT'ing everyday at my recruiting station I have noticed that the Army and other branches don't seem to PT nearly, as much. While we do it 2 hours or so a day 4 days a week they do it only once every couple weeks to a month. I realize that their physical fitness requirements are not as high but why is this? Why do they not make the physical requirements for all branches the same? I'm not saying I want mine to be like theirs, but why don't they make the Army, Air Force, and Navy have the same physical fitness tests as the Marine Corps? I asked an Air Force recruiter once why not and he simply stated, "Their isn't much of a point seeing as the Air Force isn't so much Physical." I thought to myself "Well neither is a cook in the Marine Corps but he is trained to always be ready for combat even if it's Just the fundamentals." Why is it EVERYONE in the Marine Corps as they say is an Infantryman first and everything else is secondary? I just don't seem to understand why they don't make EVERYONE an Infantryman first and everything else is just secondary. If they did the Military would be stronger in my opinion. If everyone who is not special forces and such had the same physical fitness status wouldn't it be better? If anyone of these people where in a combat situtation they would all be equally as helpful and be able to function as a team. If (I don't know what the chances would be) someone in the Airforce was forced into a combat situation with a group of people who needed them but the person in the Airforce couldn't keep up, or didn't know what to do, simply because they didn't get the same training that would make the situation even harder. Bill, although I understand that a Cook in the Marine Corps isn't likely to see much combat either,and yet he must meet the same PFT/CFT scores that an Infantryman must complete.
Asked By: Christopher - 1/6/2013
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First of all, completely ignore what Alexander said because it is 100% factually incorrect. Like everyone else has said, different branches have different jobs and therefore Marine Corps physical fitness doesn't benefit an Airmen very much. There is one other factor that I haven't seen anyone else mention however... More
Answered By: Terence - 1/6/2013
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A Marine needs to be more physical fit then a Sailor on a Submarine. Different missions, different levels of fitness.
Answered By: Bill - 1/6/2013
All the branches fill specific roles, at least on paper. The PFTs are designed with those roles in mind, and also according to what the branch leadership deems is important (for a recent example, the Marine Corps recently announced that females will have to start doing pullups instead of a flexed arm hang). When... More
Answered By: KKMP - 1/6/2013
It all really depends on what you do.. Marines and Army are usually humpers so their physical training will be a lot tougher, the USN and the USAF don't do as much physical activity as the footmen so they receive lighter training.. after boot camp is a different story depending on what MOS the person has... More
Answered By: Abaddon - 1/6/2013
Different branches have different missions and therefore very different standards.
Answered By: Future Jarheads - 1/6/2013
Think about it... More
Answered By: Ashley - 1/6/2013
physical fitness isn't a priority for other DEP programs, that doesn't mean its how it is once they're actually in the military though... More
Answered By: alexander m - 1/6/2013
Because the Department of Defense does not issue any regulations or orders to all the branches to make their PT standards the same. So, different branches, different leadership styles, different PT requirements.
Answered By: Hayley - 1/6/2013
Whatever, in my PSYOPS Army unit we ran six miles on Friday for a total of 12 miles all week long and that does not include remedial PT either. That does not include ruck certification by doing six miles in an hour and a half with 1/3 your weight. That was like carrying my daughter for six miles!!!
Answered By: Purple Haze - 1/6/2013
Different tasks. I didn't need much strength to find bad transistors.
Answered By: Keith - 1/6/2013
The reason is simple Every Marine is a rifleman. This is because every Marine dose receive some infantry training no matter what their have as an MOS... More
Answered By: Whoovian - 1/6/2013
13 weeks boot camp does not qualify anybody to be an Infantry soldier, just saying it does not make it true. You can't "just make everyone an Infantryman" it takes years, ecperience and many courses to become a competant Infanteer... More
Answered By: Steve - 1/6/2013
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