This is more for peace of mind, than anything else, so feel free to take your time responding. I can run approximately a 275 PFT (I vary from around 270 to 285). However, while working out in a local gym, someone who used to be a Marine told me that I do not have the ‘look’ of a 2nd LT. Not a attractiveness comment, but rather, I was too skinny. (This guy is a former translator who worked with Marines in Iraq). Now, I know that physically I can perform, but I wondered how my 6’0″ and 164 lb frame stacks up to other Candidates/Lieutenants? It won’t effect my desire to enter the Corps as an officer, but it will change the way I work out if bulking up is a necessity.
We know a respected Lieutenant who personally has only 4 pounds on you and 4 MORE inches of height. They used to say there are two kinds of Marines: Rottweilers, who are big and mean, and Dobermans, who are skinny and mean. With a solid 275 PFT, looks like you will be a Doberman Marine soon.
Don’t let it get in your head. Next person who tells you that you don’t look strong, challenge them to a pull up competition. Then win it. Cardio is the key at OCS, so that could be your “skinniest” stage of your career, and that would be fine.
Just make sure that you stand up straight and carry yourself with confidence. It doesn’t matter if you are skinny (or short) if you are the biggest Alpha male in the room. The Marine Corps needs ethical Alpha males for its officers, not big, short, wide or skinny Marines.
Once you have great cardio to succeed at OCS, check out 300PFT.com for a workout that got my friend lots of muscle in little time, the natural way.