The United States Marine Corps recently announced that a new secondary MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) will be created to ensure USMC members maintain adherence to the new physical standards for recruits who wish to enter into combat-related positions. This new secondary MOS is a clear indication from the Marine Corp that it takes USMC Member preparedness seriously by investing in personnel who are dedicated to ensure that service members are mission-ready. The new guidelines were developed in order to provide gender-neutral performance standards for all combat-related MOSs, now that all military occupational specialties in the Marine Corps are open to women.
Beyond the existing 20km ruck run and wall-scaling, the new physical standards include revised benchmarks for pullups, ammunition-can lifts, as well as specific physical standards tailored to individual combat MOSs. The new standards also include ample exercises that evaluate aerobic ability, weight-bearing capacity, and coordination. Cardiovascular tests range from the above-mentioned 20km ruck run as well as “rushing” 300m to reach an objective. Weight-bearing exercises focus primarily on “lifting and carrying,” and include challenges ranging from moving artillery rounds for 50m to relocating tank batteries short distances. The parts of the revised standards that require a great deal of coordination involve casualty evacuation and breaching a door with a battering ram.
New fitness instructors supporting their unit’s physical preparedness need to be well-acquainted with TRX Training. While making it’s mark in the world of Suspension Training, TRX evolved in recent years to position itself as the leading innovator in the functional fitness space. Functional fitness, more than traditional weight training, focuses on training movements performed for work and daily life. TRX took this movement-based approach and systematized it’s training philosophy to center around 7 Foundational Movements: plank, push, pull, hinge, lunge, squat and rotate. Without a doubt, this Movement-based Training approach benefits Marines immensely as the rigors of their jobs can potentially
TRX Training was born in the Navy Seals, and as such, the company has a proud history of developing products and educational programming used to train the most elite military units of the US Armed Services. As a tried and tested training regimen, TRX’s focus on Movement-based Training will give any potential fitness professional the coaching wherewithal to ensure their unit meets the new standards. In speaking about the new MOS, TRX Head of Human Performance Chris Frankel had the following to say:
“TRX Suspension Training is part of the Marine Corps HITT program and is used to train core strength and movement competency. We have used evidence-based programming and product design to optimize physical conditioning to be a critical part of combat readiness, as well as, to improve general fitness and reduce risk of injury. We continue to leverage research demonstrating the unique benefits of Suspension Training on core strength, especially as an alternative or supplement to traditional sit-up exercises. As the bar is raised for physical fitness in the Marine Corps we look forward to supporting this initiative with education and programming as needed.”
TRX Training offers products and educational programming tailored to service members, such as the TRX Military Fitness Workout and the Force Tactical Conditioning Program. While service members can deepen their Suspension Training knowledge through the online TRX Suspension Training Basics Course, nothing compares to the in-person training received at one of TRX’s Suspension Training Courses. If you are looking to support your unit’s physical standards, feel free to contact Government Sales at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to learn more about TRX products and education, and to find a Suspension Training Course near you.
You can read the full announcement from the Marine Corp Times.