What Marines physically must do - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

What Marines physically must do

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO -- Imagine the toughest workout you've ever done.

Now imagine something three times harder. That's how most people would describe the Marine Corps' CFT training.

This specially-designed course gives Marines a test in every useful skill they might need in combat.

You've got to lift a 30 pound ammo case over your head 130 times and then pick up two 30 pound ammo cases and run the length of a football field.

At some points, you'll weave in and out of obstacles. At some points you'll crawl. Make it to the other side, and you'll throw a grenade.

You'll have to pick up a wounded Marine, drag, then carry that person. It doesn't seem as if it will ever end.

About the point you think you can't do any more, you have more to do.

Drill instructors say these challenges represent the minimum tasks of a Marine. Fail these and you've failed your platoon.

"It hurts, I didn't want to quit...but I wanted to. I thought it would be easy to run with those cans...it's miserable," said Beth Palmer of Vienna High School.

"It's exhausting but really rewarding at the same time," added Renee Koziol of Chicago.

  • What Marines physically must doMore>>

  • Marine graduation marks a milestone

    Marine graduation marks a milestone

    Thursday, November 10 2016 3:59 PM EST2016-11-10 20:59:11 GMT

    SAN DIEGO -- After more than a dozen weeks of hard knocks and intense training, recruits finally walk across this parade deck as full fledged Marines. And after a taste of Corps life, our teachers can hardly keep their emotions in check.

    SAN DIEGO -- After more than a dozen weeks of hard knocks and intense training, recruits finally walk across this parade deck as full fledged Marines. And after a taste of Corps life, our teachers can hardly keep their emotions in check.

  • Teachers' USMC trip yields new types of education

    Teachers' USMC trip yields new types of education

    Friday, April 8 2016 11:37 PM EDT2016-04-09 03:37:54 GMT

    SAN DIEGO --  Most of our series on Marine Corps recruit training has focused on physical training and hardware. But the Corps went to great lengths to show the teachers the benefits of the Corps, too, both ones they get in the Corps and benefits to society when they leave.

    SAN DIEGO --  Most of our series on Marine Corps recruit training has focused on physical training and hardware. But the Corps went to great lengths to show the teachers the benefits of the Corps, too, both ones they get in the Corps and benefits to society when they leave.

  • Marines learn leadership, but also teamwork

    Marines learn leadership, but also teamwork

    Thursday, April 7 2016 9:49 PM EDT2016-04-08 01:49:03 GMT

    CAMP PENDLETON, CA. -- Marine Corps recruits face different challenges during their training. They learn to lead but also to work together in small teams.  

    CAMP PENDLETON, CA. -- Marine Corps recruits face different challenges during their training. They learn to lead but also to work together in small teams.  

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Slideshows
loading...
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WSIL. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.