Maneuver Under Fire Drill From The Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test
I have vowed to get this on our training schedule for physical training for one day. It is always good to shake things up a little and while this is a drill of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test, it looks like a great full body workout for PT. The information below is from Marine Corps Order 6100.13 with change 1, dated 01 August, 2008 (Subject: Marine Corps Physical Fitness Program). You can download the MCO at the end of this article.
Don’t worry, there is a brief video that shows the MANUF from the CFT below.
Maneuver Under Fire (MANUF)
References to additional information such as “tables 3-2″ can be found in the PDF which is linked below
(1) The MANUF is a timed event to be conducted outdoors. The MANUF course should be constructed on a smooth and level grass surface, preferably a football or soccer field. Prior to the conduct of this event, the CCI/CPTR will ensure the running surface is free from hazards or debris that can cause injury to participants.
(2) The MANUF is a 300 yard shuttle run that includes a variety of combat-related tasks, to include crawls, buddy drags/carries, ammunition resupply, grenade throw and agility running. See Tables 3-1 and 3-2 for MANUF layout.
(3) The number of monitors required is dependent upon the amount of lanes necessary to facilitate maximum throughput of a single running.
(4) The CCI or CPTR is the primary MANUF monitor. Each lane will have one field monitor positioned at the 25 yard line. One grenade pit observer will verify 2 lanes. The rank requirement for MANUF monitors is NCO or above. Grenade pit observers can be any rank. Monitors may rotate as necessary and are authorized to participate in the CFT. Mass starts for the MANUF is not necessary and individual field monitors can start Marines in their individual lanes upon approval of the CCI or CPTR. For example, if eight MANUF lanes are established, thirteen monitors/observers are required: One primary MANUF monitor, eight field monitors and four grenade pit observers.
(5) Prior to execution, the primary monitor will partner Marines by weight (within 10 pounds) and approximate height (within 6 inches) and assign a lane.
(6) Prior to execution, the primary monitor will ensure partnered pairs are assigned lanes based upon MTC times (from fastest to slowest). Marines with the fastest MTC times will execute the MANUF first in order to ensure a uniform pace that facilitates overall supervision and safety of participants. The Marine from the partnered pair not executing the MANUF first will serve as the Simulated Casualty (SC).
(7) Prior to execution, the primary monitor will direct designated SCs to proceed to the 75 yard line; sit up facing away with legs straight; one yard inboard from the right lateral limit of the assigned lane.
(8) Prior to execution, a dummy grenade will be placed in the center of each lane at the 75 yard line.
(9) Prior to execution, the primary monitor will ensure MANUF participants confirm their lane and SC location.
(10) Marines will start the MANUF while lying in the prone; chest on the ground; one yard inboard from the right lateral limit of the designated lane; on line with the SC located at the 75 yard line. Staggering placement of the legs is permitted.
(11) The preparatory command is “Ready” and the execute command is “Go.” On the command “Go” Marines will rise and sprint to the 25 yard line.
(12) Upon reaching the 25 yard line, Marines will decelerate and execute a forward facing clockwise turn (“J” hook) around the marker placed one yard inboard from the right lateral limit of the lane. Once the forward facing turn has been executed, Marines will assume a high crawl position.
(13) With their chest on or behind the 25 yard line following the “J” hook, Marines will drop and execute a high crawl for 10 yards. The high crawl is characterized by the Marine maintaining contact with the ground with elbows, knees and torso.
(14) After high crawling 10 yards to the 35 yard line, Marines will then execute a modified high crawl for 15 yards to the 50 yard line. The modified high crawl is characterized by the Marine maintaining six (6) points of contact (hands, knees, and feet) with the ground.
(15) After reaching the 50 yard line, Marines will rise and negotiate a network of cones (utility flags/other markers) for 25 yards until reaching the 75 yard line. The SC will be seated at the 75 yard line with legs straight and forearms clasped together.
(16) Upon reaching the SC from the rear, Marines will prepare to conduct a casualty drag by reaching underneath and through the arms of the SC and obtaining a solid grasp on both forearms. Marines will then lift and drag the SC 10 yards through the first two cones at the 65 yard line. Marines will utilize proper lifting techniques by keeping the head up, chest elevated and the natural curve of the lumbar spine maintained. Field monitors may verbally guide Marines dragging the SC through the nearest two cones.
(17) Once the feet of the SC have passed the second cone, the field monitor will direct “Casualty Stand.” Once the SC is fully erect, Marines will lift the SC into the Fireman’s Carry position. Marines will utilize proper lifting techniques by keeping the head up, chest elevated and buttocks down. The Marine will ensure the SC is placed high on the shoulders. The SC will place the palm of one hand in the small of the back of the Marine doing the carry for support. Marines will then transport the SC 65 yards straight back to the start line without negotiating the remainder of the cone network. Stopping to rest and/or readjust is permitted.
(18) Once the SC is passed through the start line, Marines will place the SC safely on the ground and lift two ammunition cans weighing 30 pounds each. Marines will utilize proper lifting techniques by keeping the head up, chest elevated and buttocks down. The Marine will transport the two 30 pound ammunition cans back to the 75 yard line, negotiating the cone network while en route.
(19) Upon reaching the 75 yard line, Marines will place the ammunition cans next to the dummy grenade while utilizing a good lowering technique by bending at the knees.
(20) Marines will pick up the dummy grenade and engage the grenade target from the standing position. After the grenade is thrown, Marines will immediately drop to the deck and execute three pushups. The grenade pit observer will signal to the field monitor both verbally and via hand signal whether the grenade throw was a hit or miss.
(21) To be counted as a hit, grenade throws must land directly in the grenade pit or strike the line marking the area. If the grenade lands in the grenade pit area, but rolls out, the throw is considered a hit. The field monitor will report the results of the grenade throw to the Marine after completion of the MANUF. Five seconds will be deducted from the overall MANUF time for hits and five seconds will be added to the overall MANUF time for misses.
(22) After conducting three properly executed push ups, Marines will pick up the ammunition cans, utilizing proper lifting techniques by keeping the head up, chest elevated and buttocks down. After negotiating the cone network, Marines will transport the ammunition cans back to the start line. The primary monitor will ensure a five yard buffer zone is maintained between the start/finish line and any personnel/equipment.
(23) The primary monitor will sound off as event time elapses. The field monitor will provide grenade throw results. Marines will provide MANUF times and grenade throw results at the conclusion of the event. Scores will be calculated as follows:
For example, a Marine with an overall MANUF time of 2:42 and had a hit on the grenade throw portion would report “2:42 with a hit.” The Marine recording will mark the overall time for this Marine as 2:37.
(24) The goal of this event is for Marines to complete the measured course as quickly as possible.
Download the PDF version of Marine Corps Order 6100.13 with change 1, dated 01 August, 2008 (Subject: Marine Corps Physical Fitness Program).