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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:32 pm | Updated: 1:19 pm, Thu Jun 6, 2013.

The Marine Corps released a Marine Administrative message on May 12 that introduces Marine Corps Fitness Improvement Tool, a program to improve Marines awareness in four domains: body, mind, spirit and social fitness. MCFIT also provides Marines with resources for self improvement.

Marines now have available to them Phase 1 of MCFIT, developed by a resiliency working group convened by Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.

The program is designed to assist Marines in their pursuit for excellence. It also allows unit commanders to evaluate their Marines’ fitness levels across the four domains of MCFIT.

“This began with the Commandant’s Planning Guidance to ‘institutionalize resiliency training,” said Greg Goldstein, Future Operations, Behavioral Health, Marine and Family Programs Division. “To meet this guidance the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps chaired a resiliency working group which meets regularly to establish plans, policies and initiatives in support of this guidance.”

“MCFIT has many uses,”Goldstein said. “It is designed to provide Marines feedback concerning the current overall fitness level as well as provides resources to sustain or enhance their personal fitness. MCFIT also assists commanders in determining the overall fitness of a unit. This provides commanders a view of potential areas of growth within the command and resources available to address those areas.”

Phase 2, a web-based assessment currently in the works, is scheduled to be beta-tested in the third quarter, according to MARADMIN 270/12. It will offer specific recommendations for individual Marines to improve their fitness levels.

MCFIT is completely autonomous, although full participation within a unit is encouraged in order to provide the most accurate assessment of the Marines fitness levels along with the unit fitness.

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