Women in the Marines are encouraged to continue training for the pullup requirement although there is no set date for when it will go into effect Photo by Lance Cpl Tabitha Bartley

Women in the Marines are encouraged to continue training for the pull-up requirement although there is no set date for when it will go into effect. Photo by Lance Cpl. Tabitha Bartley.

Marine Corps Postpones Fitness Test Pull-up Requirement for Women

The Marine Corps has postponed changing its physical fitness test to include a pull-up requirement for female Marines after research showed fewer than half of female recruits could meet the new standard.

The Marine Corps has postponed changing its physical fitness test (PFT) to include a pull-up requirement for female Marines.

The new test, which was scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, would have required women to do a minimum of three pull-ups instead of the flexed arm hang as part of their annual PFT. In November, the Marine Corps announced the change would be delayed because it required further assessment.

Although officials said putting the new standard into effect was medically

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