A New Test

Misery, as they say, loves company. Beginning this year, the U.S. Marine Corps will incorporate a 5k erg test into their annual fitness evaluations. The erg option is being offered as an alternative measure for older service members who, due to injuries, may not be able complete the traditional 3-mile run. According to published standards, men between 46 and 50 will have to pull a minimum of 25:40, while women in that same category are required to turn in at least a 28:30. Along with the run or row, the annual physical evaluation includes pull-ups, crunches, and a combat fitness test.