Every sailor is familiar with the physical readiness test: pushups, situps, 1.5-mile run. Now the service is interested in ways to measure sailor's physical aptitude for their job.
- Movement to contact: A timed, 800-yard course that tests endurance.
- Ammunition lift: As many times as possible, Marines lift a 30-pound ammo can overhead until their arms give out.
- Maneuver under fire: A 300-yard shuttle run with combat-related tasks, like crawls, carries, ammunition resupply, grenade throwing and agility.
All Marines take the test on the opposite cycle from their regular physical fitness test, and men and women are graded differently.
- Standing long jump
- Dead lift
- Aerobic interval run
- "Seated power throw," similar to the kneeling powerball toss
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.