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In the Marine Corps we have a tendency to put a lot of emphasis on our fitness. We believe, and are quite possible correct in our thought, that we have the hardest fitness standards than any other branch. We like to compete and brag about high scores. In fact, most Marines even attach a higher regard for fitness test results than for job performance or even rifle qualifications. Marines can be so ingrained into our culture that they don’t even realize that while physical fitness may come naturally to some, others of us have to work hard at it to maintain. To those of us growing up in the Marines, we don’t realize how much harder our fitness is to maintain until we reach a certain point.