Warrior Wednesday: A U.S. Marine with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, provides security during a patrol of the local area in Southern Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, August 9, 2010. The Marines and sailors of B Company are currently conducting counter insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Force.



Running improves your cardiovascular strength and endurance. The RECON Marines physical test includes a timed run; you must complete a three-mile run in 18 minutes.


Passing the RECON Marines fitness test requires performing 20 pull-ups in an unlimited amount of time.


To join the RECON Marines you have to complete 80 sit-ups in two minutes.

Recon Water-Based Training

Recon Marines are expected to be just as comfortable in the water as on land. At the Basic Recon Course, Marines are expected to swim 25 m underwater, float for 5 minutes, tread water with clothing on for 30 minutes, jump into a pool from 3 m or higher, retrieve their weapons from up to 15 feet of water and then swim 500 m.

A Force Recon Marine with II MEF Force Recon Company, rises out of the surf. The Marine is wearing a closed-circuit rebreather system which allows the wearer to breath submerged down to a depth of 50 feet. Note the large waterproof ruck sack strapped to the Marine’s back. Force Reconnaissance Marines may need to carry enough gear to sustain them for up to 6 days or more.