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    Successfully Navigating Military Boot Camp: 6 Tips for Physical Readiness

    Successfully Navigating Military Boot Camp: 6 Tips for Physical Readiness

    There are specific similarities and differences between the service branches, but you can group the six services in pairs and see how they compare and contrast. Pairs such as the Navy and Coast Guard, and Space Force, and and Marine Corps have more similarities than differences. Depending on which branch you're choosing, you may consider adjusting your physical preparation to many of the specific demands of that branch to excel in the training.

    Each branch has its own physical fitness tests and required height and weight standards. For even the most unathletic recruit, training several months before you join will help you build the needed durability to avoid injury and the required muscle stamina, strength and endurance to meet the physical standards.

    Compared to the other services, the Army and Marine Corps have the most difficult physical training requirements. It's not that the other branches' physical standards are easier; they are just easier in comparison to the Army Combat Fitness Test and the USMC PFT/CFT. The added rucking and load-bearing requirements of these branches place the Army and USMC into a different category of physical preparation, compared to the other four branches. Durability as a function of strength is needed more in these branches because of these common activities, and because the Corps is amphibious, water training before joining is recommended as well.

    Though the physical demands of the…

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