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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

CFT test recruits combat endurance

By LanceCpl. Jericho W. Crutcher | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | July 24, 2014

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Recruit John R. Scott, Platoon 1061, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, performs ammunition can lifts during the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 17. Recruits must perform 91 ammunition can lifts to achieve a perfect score. Scott is an Austin, Texas, native and was recruited out of North Austin, Texas.

Recruit John R. Scott, Platoon 1061, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, performs ammunition can lifts during the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 17. Recruits must perform 91 ammunition can lifts to achieve a perfect score. Scott is an Austin, Texas, native and was recruited out of North Austin, Texas. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruit Anthony I. Mansfield, Platoon 1066 of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts the fireman’s carry in the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 17. Mansfield is a Huntington Beach, Calif., native and was recruited out of Recruiting Station Santa Ana, Calif.

Recruit Anthony I. Mansfield, Platoon 1066 of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts the fireman’s carry in the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 17. Mansfield is a Huntington Beach, Calif., native and was recruited out of Recruiting Station Santa Ana, Calif. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruit Anthony I. Mansfield, Platoon 1066, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, carries two 30-pound ammunition cans in the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 17. Mansfield is a Huntington Beach, Calif., native and was recruited out of Recruiting Station  Santa Ana, Calif.

Recruit Anthony I. Mansfield, Platoon 1066, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, carries two 30-pound ammunition cans in the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 17. Mansfield is a Huntington Beach, Calif., native and was recruited out of Recruiting Station Santa Ana, Calif. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, sprint during the 880-yard run portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 17. The Combat Fitness Test is comprised of an 880-yard run, ammunition can lifts and a maneuver under fire.

Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, sprint during the 880-yard run portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 17. The Combat Fitness Test is comprised of an 880-yard run, ammunition can lifts and a maneuver under fire. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruit Erick S. Berry, Platoon 1061, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts a low crawl in the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 17. Berry is a San Diego native and was recruited out of Recruiting Station San Diego.

Recruit Erick S. Berry, Platoon 1061, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts a low crawl in the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 17. Berry is a San Diego native and was recruited out of Recruiting Station San Diego. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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A recruit from Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts the buddy drag during the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 11. The maneuver under fire is the last exercise conducted in the CFT.

A recruit from Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts the buddy drag during the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 11. The maneuver under fire is the last exercise conducted in the CFT. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conduct ammunition can runs during the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 11. The maneuver-under-fire is the last exercise conducted in the CFT.

Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conduct ammunition can runs during the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 11. The maneuver-under-fire is the last exercise conducted in the CFT. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Recruit Erick S. Berry, Platoon 1061, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts the fireman’s carry in the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 17. The maneuver under fire is the last portion conducted in the CFT.

Recruit Erick S. Berry, Platoon 1061, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts the fireman’s carry in the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 17. The maneuver under fire is the last portion conducted in the CFT. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher)


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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego --

Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducted their first Combat Fitness Test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 17. The event consists of an 880-yard run, timed 30-pound ammunition can lifts and a maneuver under fire drill.

The CFT is a training requirement for all recruits as well as an annual requirement all Marines. It is conducted in the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform and boots to simulate combat environments. There are three events in the CFT, each worth 100 points, leading to a perfect score of 300. 

The first event of the CFT began with recruits running the 880-yard timed run. Wearing combat boots makes the sprint around the track difficult for some recruits. The purpose of the run is to simulate moving quickly through a combat situation. In order to gain 100 points on this event, recruits must complete the run in 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

The second event was the ammunition can lifts. The ammunition cans weigh 30 pounds and were used to conduct overhead presses. Each recruit performed as many presses as he could in two minutes, attempting to reach 91 repetitions to achieve a perfect score of 100.

The final event of the CFT was the maneuver under fire. The maneuver under fire is a course that covers 75 yards, which requires recruits to perform exercises such as sprints, ammunition can carries, fireman’s carry and throwing a simulated grenade at a marked target. Recruits were timed as they ran through the course and needed to finish it in 2 minutes and 14 seconds to receive 100 points.  

“The CFT gives us the basic understanding and requirements that will be demanded in a combat environment and what combat could potentially feel like on the body,” said Recruit Carlos E. Martinez, Platoon 1066. 

The initial CFT is taken in first phase of training, but it is just to familiarize the recruits with the course. The final CFT is taken toward the end of training and is recorded in their basic training record.   

Recruits have to fight through the fatigue, push their bodies to new physical limits and block out the pain, explained 23-year-old Martinez, a Phoenix native.  

“We have to prepare the recruits for combat endurance and physical performance,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew C. Rundle, drill instructor, Platoon 1066.

Recruits are put through several physical training sessions leading up to the final CFT to prepare them, explained 28-year-old Rundle, a San Diego native.

“We are prepared and have trained for it,” said Martinez. “Marines have to be combat oriented with their fitness levels and mindsets.”

Martinez did not earn a perfect score, but he explained striving for that will be a goal of his.

“Continuing to train is important to better your body’s performance,” said Martinez. “I will continue my training throughout my career and will strive for a perfect score on next years CFT.”



1 Comments


  • Jesse Swearingen 87 days ago
    1st Battalion, Delta Co Platoon 1017 Feb-May 1980
    Make me proud Recruits. You represent the best.

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