Marine Maj. Misty Posey is confident that she has a fitness training plan that can help everyone in the Corps master pullups.
"It does not take months and months and months to learn a pullup; it does not take a year or two to learn a pullup – it's nonsense," Posey said in a video posted on the Marine Corps' official website. "I haven't met someone yet that I haven't been able to train to do a pullup."
Maj. Misty Posey created the approach, which Commandant Gen. Robert Neller first heard about while talking to Marines on Feb. 12 at Henderson Hall, Virginia.
Posey has written several how-to guides on pullup training that are now online: The secret to pull-ups: How to go from 0 to 20; Pull-up training program novice; Pull-up Workouts; and Pull-up Training Guide.
"If you are struggling with either learning or improving your pullups, the main takeaway would be that you're stronger than you think," Posey said in the video. "You can absolutely learn and improve pullups in a relatively short period of time. You just need the right tools."
Posey advises both male and female Marines to practice doing pullups between three and five times per day, no less than three times each week. Rather than maxing out each set, Posey does "ladders," each of which are one-third of the maximum number of pullups she can do.
Once that plan is approved, Marine Corps Recruiting Command is prepared to contract and ship women to boot camp for training in MOSs that had been restricted to men only, said MCRC spokesman Maj. Garron Garn.
Meanwhile, Neller has ordered a review of physical fitness and body composition standards that is due to be complete by July 1. The review will look at a wide variety of issues, including whether both male and female Marines are doing the right exercises and how body fat is measured.
The review was prompted in part by discussions Neller had with female Marines about height and weight standards, Neller told Marine Corps Times.