The basic push-up is a seemly simple exercise. From the front-leaning starting position, keep arms straight; legs, back, and head in a straight line; on the down stroke bend arms to at least a l0-degree angle; on up stoke, straighten the arms; and always move body up and down as a single unit. However, the military services add more rules to complicate things.
The Marine Corps is the only service not to use the push-up in its regular fitness assessments, they use the pull-up instead.
The Army does not allow glasses to be worn, but the other services do not mention them.
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