PFT during Indoc/NSO (NROTC/MO)

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  1. Bakslash

    Bakslash Member

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    Hey all,

    I begin my NROTC experience Friday the 19th, I'm West Coast and my school starts really late compared to most universities. Anyways, last year after I found out that I received the Marine Option scholarship I hurt my wrist during soccer season. For my PFT on my application I ran a 298, and maxed my pullups, which I used chin ups for.

    Fast forward 9 months and my wrist is fine now, but I switched my grip to doing overhand pull ups while I was injured, and have just stuck with them. On a good day I can bang out about 21. But sometimes I have bad days and can only hit 18-19. I hope I'm over thinking this but I just understand that more is expected of me as a Marine Option on scholarship, as the MOI and AMOI at my unit have told me.

    I guess what I'm asking is how big of a factor is that first PFT? Are they expecting a 300? From anyone with experience what tends to be the norm for freshman Marine Options?

    Thanks!
     
  2. USMCGrunt

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    Bakslash: you are probably over thinking things. Yes, you should report to orientation in shape and strive for a max score of 300. But most students will not achieve it. Your PFT will be monitored by upperclassmen who will be tough on the form and standards. Your 20-21 pull ups may only count for 16-17 for instance. The initial PFT is used to baseline your fitness but also to set standards on how things are done and what is expected.

    Do your best - be mentally prepared to do more pull ups and crunches than called for since some will probably not count. If you achieve a first class score of 225+ you will have no issues. If you are close to a max of 300 that would be fantastic.

    This PFT is used to assess your fitness, introduce you to the proper way to conduct the exercises, set yourself within your peer group and kickoff your scholarship. There will be another "official" PFT later in the semester.

    Good luck!
     
  3. kinnem

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    +1 to USMCGrunt as usual. Couldn't have written it better myself.
     
  4. Bakslash

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    Thank you both! I'm just incredibly nervous to prove myself.
     
  5. USMCGrunt

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    Bakslash: Freshman Orientation will be filled with opportunities to prove yourself - attitude, bearing, attention to detail, and of course the PFT.

    After that, you will have weekly drill, pft sessions and your NROTC classes.

    You may find the opportunity to join your unit's drill team (at my DS' school it is mandatory for Marine Options) and other extracurricular teams (intramurals, etc)

    Just be yourself and do the best you can.

    Honestly, I would advise you concentrate on school and grades with the same great attitude. The transition from HS to College is tough. You will want to keep your grades up to stay off your MOI's radar.

    Good luck!
     

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