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Become an Officer

If you want to become an officer in the Marine Corps, or maybe another branch, this website will help you think clearly about your options and reason through your motivation:

Becoming An Officer is one of our pages to help direct the thinking and research of young Americans looking to serve their country. If you are considering the military at all, have you contemplated all the questions on yet?

Armstrong Pullup Program

If you’re here just for the Armstrong Pullup Program, this is the site for you:

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Armstrong Pullup Program is of course the number one pullup workout anywhere for PFT success.

Preparing for the Combat Fitness Test?

Look up workouts, rules, get the guides on gear and scoring at Marine, our newest partner website.

Marine is the foremost website guide for preparation for the Combat Fitness Test, which all candidates and Marines take annually

Looking for a good Marine Corps Reading List?

The Commandant’s Professional Reading List is the one-stop shop for current and future Marines who are interested in furthering their knowledge by reading books appropriate by rank, or by subject, such as Leadership, Aviation, and Counter-Insurgency.

Commandants Reading List

The Marine Corps Commandant’s Reading List is a list of required annual reading for all officer and enlisted Marines, whether active duty or reserve. Officer candidates and recruits have required reading of their own as well. Check it out!

300pft is a potentially life-changing website that has recently exploded on the scene. Check out the great things a former Devil Dog is doing over there!


Armstrong Pull Up Program

Fact: No one I know who has used this program has failed to reach 20 pull ups, given enough time. If you are dedicated, you’ll get there. Simple.

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Armstrong Pull-up Program

1. This program was used by Major Charles Lewis Armstrong, USMC to prepare himself to attempt to set a world record in number of pull-ups completed in a single exercise session. The program provides the necessities for successful physical improvement namely, VARIETY,

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OVERLOAD, and REGULARITY. Users have achieved remarkable results in only 6 to 8 weeks. This means that most, if not all, have been able to meet the performance level they have set out to achieve, a single set of twenty repetitions.

It can not be overemphasized that his program depends upon regularity. Daily performance of the exercises listed in the following paragraphs holds the true key to reaching and to maintaining the twenty repetition level.

The Morning Routine

Each morning perform three maximum effort sets of normal pushups. The pushup is one of the best, single exercises for strengthening the entire set of muscles that makes up the shoulder girdle. Major Armstrong described his morning routine in the following manner. “After rising, I would drop onto the deck and do my first set of pushups. I would then move into the head (bathroom) and start my morning toilet. I would return after a few minutes and do my second maximum effort set after which, I would go back into the head to shave. After shaving, I would return to the bedroom and complete the third and final set. Having completed all of the pushups, I was awake and ready for a relaxing shower. “

This routine should be followed during the entire training period. Since it takes most of us at least four weeks to reach our goals, you will probably find that you have inadvertently established a morning routine that is easy enough to keep as a lifetime habit, if not, you will at least appreciate the morning shower a little more.

It has been noted that this pushup routine helps to alleviate any soreness during the first couple of weeks. It is recommended that you use the pushup routine everyday during this period so that you feel more comfortable during your initial adjustment to this regime of exercises.

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