The Marine Corps is cancelling its physical fitness test requirement, according to a tweet from the service's top general.
Commandant Gen. David Berger said Tuesday on Twitter that the semi-annual PFT requirement would be cancelled over COVID-19 prevention guidelines. “Our fitness to fight remains a priority, and I expect each us to continue to maintain our fighting condition,” he added.
Marines, the PFT requirement for this semi-annual period is cancelled in accordance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Our fitness to fight remains a priority, and I expect each of us to continue to maintain our fighting condition. Find details in a forthcoming MARADMIN.
— David H. Berger (@CMC_MarineCorps) April 21, 2020
Berger also alluded to a forthcoming Marine Administrative message, which would have further details. A MARADMIN regarding the change to the PFT has not yet been posted.
All Marines are required to conduct a PFT at least once a year, which mainly consists of a three-mile run, pullups, and crunches.
Meanwhile, although dropping the PFT requirement temporarily is undoubtedly a welcome change that will ensure the health and safety of Marines, the Corps still continues its uncompromising attitude toward Marines still getting their haircuts.