#PFTfail

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Apr 3, 2010 in Fail | Subscribe

That make-or-break PFT I mentioned ended up more on the “break” side of the spectrum :beatup:

Before I can head to Officer Candidate School for the Marine Corps, I need a passing score among pullups, crunches and a 3 mile run. Each section is worth a max of 100 points apiece (max of 20 pullups, 100 crunches, 18min on the run) and a passing score is 240 of 300.

And for the however-many-th time, I continue to be thwarted by the 3mi run :mad:  It took me an embarrassing 32:02: netting me -0- points, and meaning no OCS for me this summer.1

Now none of this was particularly surprising — I mentioned to you back in January that I might have to push back a year — but it’s incredibly frustrating. Just about everything I’ve tried to do in life has used GPA or some similar criteria as the bar to admission. This is the first time I’m trying to do something and it’s my physical condition stopping me :beatup:

I’m trying to take solace in the fact I shaved 4.5 minutes off my time from my last PFT. But even at the peak of my physical fitness in high school, where playing basketball was a bigger part of my life than doing homework, a 10-minute mile was a miracle — no clue howtf I’m going to do 3 of them back-to-back-to-back in 8min apiece or less :crack:

For at least the next few weeks though I get to push it out of my mind.  Need to focus on studying for finals, wrapping up the UNCASG presidency, and finding a job.

If you happen to be hiring any slightly overweight, modestly balding 1Ls with an affinity for technology and a slow 3mi runtime, let me know ;)

  1. Interestingly enough, 2 of the folks I took the PFT with were both people I met in NCSU’s Student Government years ago. Another reminder not to burn your bridges! []

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2 Comments

idwjs
Apr 4, 2010 at 9:35 PM

You have to be able to run 6 minute miles for 3 miles?! That’s way out of sync with the 100 crunches and 20 pull-ups requirements which, in comparison, are child’s work.

6 minute miles are very, very hard to run for the average person. I now know this from experience.

Assuming you do the 100/20 requirement (200 points), what time do you have to get to nab 40 points (so you get the 240/300 pass)?


 
TDot
Apr 4, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Haha yyyeeaaahhhh man, and the crazy part is I actually know folks who can somehow do all 3mi in 18 or under! It blows my mind :crack:

To clear 240 I need to be under 28:00 on the 3mi. Both the Captain and the Staff Sergeant I’m working with really want me at 24:00 or better though — it’s one thing to pass the PFT, it’s another to have enough stamina to make it through 10 weeks of OCS :beatup:


 

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