Gen. Berger's announcement to cancel this season's PFT marks a change from his previous comments about allowing commanders to determine what standards should be waived during the pandemic. More than 250 Marines have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Marine Corps has faced tough questions–including from the defense secretary–about whether the service is doing enough to prevent the spread of the disease. Barber shops and gyms remain open on some installations, raising questions about whether Marines are facing unnecessary risk to maintain grooming and other standards.
Some of the other services have relaxed grooming standards, canceled promotion boards and postponed fitness tests during the coronavirus crisis.
A selection board to recommend for promotion to the next higher grade.
Things to keep people clean and look nice.
Uniform standards of grooming do not allow eccentric or faddish style of hair.