The physical requirements of Marine Corps basic training are no walk in the park, in fact, they are extremely tough. Recruiters are supposed to train with prospective recruits until they finally ship out to MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) and help them meet the fitness goals required to be successful. However, being in peak physical condition is not a requirement, as it is one of the many jobs of the Drill Instructors to ensure Marines are in fighting shape once they graduate and head to follow on training.
The initial assessment is usually a shorter version of the PFT, or physical fitness test, as it is known Marine Corps wide. This test consists of three parts: a run, pull-ups and crunches. The run on the initial test, however, is only half that of the PFT, so the time requirement is shortened.
After the recruits finish the physical testing, they begin the rest of their training, where they will be tested many more times, not only physically, but mentally as well. Each day will bring a new set of surprises for the young recruits, but drill instructors will be there to guide them each step of the way.
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