Getting ripped while deployed is difficult. People might aim their weapons your way. You don't always have control over your diet, schedule or equipment. Of course, physical fitness is a priority across all military branches, especially the Marine Corps, but most service members aren't huge or lean. Instead, they possess a functional blend of strength, speed and endurance.
For members who specifically want to build more muscle or drop fat, things can get tricky.
I'm not an expert on deployed operations or bodybuilding, but I have experienced a variety of operating environments during my time in the Corps. I hope some of the lessons I learned can help you in your quest for fitness, especially if you're facing your first deployment.
What follows are merely suggestions. Only you know the physical standards required by your unit/occupation. This is not a replacement for unit PT (physical training) or the periodic fitness test. In no way should you ignore your operational/mission requirements in favor of the following items. However, these tips can help you get ripped while fulfilling your duties.
Welcome to the Boondocks
You just hit the field, son. Oorah! Spending the day under the sun and the night under the stars - ahh, now that's roughing it! That's the kind of stuff your recruiter always promised you, right?
Though some consider the field to be the pinnacle of the military lifestyle, it is also the most difficult environment to eat and train in. You don't have an infinite supply of water or food and you usually don't sleep for more than a few hours at a time.
There's no escaping the elements and you never truly have time off from work. Showers and laundry may even be discouraged! Let's get to work!