U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jesus Sepulveda Torres
This year, some significant changes to the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test went into effect — tougher standards, new exercises, a revamped sliding grade scale based on age, and more stringent requirements for a top score. As Task & Purpose previously reported, the aim was to make the test more challenging — and the data, as well as feedback from Marines who recently ran the test, indicate that the service may have succeeded.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Adaecus G. Brooks
Sailors are getting new incentives to stay in shape. The Navy announced June 20 that those sailors who perform in the top tier of the service’s bi-annual physical readiness test will be exempt from taking their next PRT.
U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Les Long
Between taking out pirates on rolling seas in the dead of night and the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Navy’s elite warriors hold a near-mythic place in military and popular culture. For those who want to get in shape like Navy SEALs, they need to train like them.