The trim top officer of the Corps ordered his inspector general to conduct surprise weigh-ins in 2011.
Failure to meet weight standards has always been a barrier to promotion and potential career-ender. Now, the stakes for battling the bulge are higher because competition to remain in uniform is increasing as the military downsizes.
But the crackdown on body fat seems to be helping more Marines maintain fighting form.
The Army dismissed more than 1,600 soldiers last year for failing to meet weight standards. The Navy kicked out 1,374 in fiscal 2012, up from 760 in 2011.
The Marine Corps, the smallest of the armed forces, discharged 132 for weight-control problems in fiscal 2012. In 2011, it was 186, nearly double the previous year.
The Duffel Blog has a huge-ass Marine that they stalk and post pictures on Facebook, so yes, there is probably a problem, but they should have been doing something about it all of this time. I’m sure the guy pictured above didn’t get that way during deployments.