I have to disagree. I would argue that the entirety of Royal Marines Commando training is that benchmark standard from which we can look at our oppo next to us with the same flashes and same lid and know that he holds the same core values as us. By the time the Commando Tests come round they are duty attend, yes they are hard graft because your body is absolutely licked but by that stage your mindset is there and the only thing that will stop you is a serious injury. The unchanging thing throughout the recent history of the corps is that benchmark standards remain unchanged for years but the training teams always expect more. Lads can pass a BFT with a time of 11:15 but if you get over 9:30 you're below the standard expected and you will know about it. After 6 days in the field with minimal sleep, hundreds of miles in fatigued legs soaked through to your soul constantly in freezing temperatures you might be expected to perform below the standard on your final attack by other organisations, in the Royal Marines you're expected to fight at your best when you are physically at your worst. Those who fall below that standard will fail the exercise. It all helps breed those core values as you mentioned. Everyone in the corps knows that their oppo has been through the same rigours of training where they are expected to over achieve and where those values are expected, it doen't just boil down to the tests which is why things should remain unchanged. I think people are quick to underestimate the work that lads put in to earning their place in training. A young lad with not much life experience, or equally an older bloke who is toppers commitments such as a full time job, wife and kids, getting out there and grinding no matter the weather, alone with nobody there to motivate them working towards that goal shows such a commitment, that person is already building those qualities. Anyone can do a few press ups sit ups and a plank in their living room to earn a place in training. It's undeserved. I've seen the recruit wastage first hand from being on a training team. It will be far worse if these living room PJFTs begin to earn a place in training because the only lads who deserve it are those ones training day in day out, goosing themselves in the early hours of the morning and the late hours of the evening around their work/education schedule.