Bottom line up front: One Time PRT Failure Reset. As of The date of this NAVADMIN all active and reserve will be counted as having ZERO PRT Failures.
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NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 6110.1K, PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM.
REF B IS MILPERSMAN-1160-030, ENLISTMENTS AND REENLISTMENTS UNDER CONTINUOUS
REF C IS BUPERSINST 1610.10F CH-1, NAVY PERFORMANCE EVALUATION SYSTEMS.
REF D IS BUPERSINST 1430.16G CH-1, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL
OF THE U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces a one-time reset of all physical
fitness assessment (PFA) failures. As such, all Active Component
(AC) and Reserve Component (RC) officers and enlisted Sailors shall
be counted as having zero past PFA failures prior to the date of
this NAVADMIN when considering authority to reenlist, advance,
promote, or execute other career continuation transitions such as
extensions and duty station transfers. All other programs and
processes that take PFA failures into account, such as officer
commissioning programs, selection or screening boards, special duty
screenings, etc. will continue to consider any past PFA failures in
line with normal procedures.
2. Because the challenges of preparing for and executing the
limited number of PFAs throughout the Coronavirus disease pandemic
potentially placed some Sailors at a disadvantage, this reset is
intended to level the playing field and ensure every Sailor with the
drive to continue has an opportunity to meet fitness standards and
serve in our Navy to the maximum extent desired. This policy does
not supersede the need for an effective command-level culture of
fitness. It remains incumbent upon individual Sailors to invest in
their personal health and wellness in order to maintain warfighting
3. This reset empowers commanding officers (CO) to restore
retention and advancement recommendations, as a modification to
current policy requirements detailed in references (a) and (b) which
mandate their removal after subsequent PFA failures. The decision
to remain in the Navy beyond the normal end of active obligated
service (EAOS) or expiration of obligated service (EOS) is
4. Implementation guidance:
a. Officer personnel:
(1) Career Progression Department (PERS-8) will cease
processing any officers for administrative separation (ADSEP) based
solely on successive failures of the PFA.
(2) Special cases or circumstances may be raised via the
exception to policy process to the Officer Plans and Policy Branch
b. Enlisted personnel. This NAVADMIN serves as the authority
to restore recommendations without the completion of a mock or
(1) To restore retention and advancement eligibility
withdrawn through an adverse evaluation, the command must issue a
non-adverse special evaluation as in line with reference (c), unless
precluded by other policy. With retention and advancement
recommendations restored, Sailors may negotiate for orders, or
extend onboard and obligate service through their full tour of duty.
They may also reenlist and compete for advancement via the Navy-wide
advancement exam (NWAE), or advancement selection board, as
(2) To restore advancement for a Sailor whose selection for
advancement has been withheld due only to PFA failure, commands
should follow the procedures of reference (d) to restore a withheld
advancement recommendation. Contact Naval Education and Training
Professional Development Center (NETPDC) N321 for additional
guidance on restoring advancement eligibility, using the point of
contact in paragraph 6.
(3) Cancelling an approved separation or fleet reserve
request that was based on PFA failures:
(a) Those with approved fleet reserve or retirement
(including AC and Ready Reserve) must create and route a fleet
reserve or retirement cancellation request via Navy Standard
Integrated Personnel System retirements and separations citing this
(b) Those with approved separation orders from Active
Duty must submit a special request or authorization (NAVPERS 1336/3)
to their CO, citing this NAVADMIN requesting to remain on Active
(c) In both cases, it is imperative that the command pay
and personnel administrators submit the requests to cancel
separations or retirements to the Transaction Service Center (TSC)
Norfolk, prior to the separation or retirement date. This will
ensure the cancellation of the transaction to avoid separating a
Sailor who wants to stay Navy.
(d) Selected Reserve Sailors are encouraged to
coordinate separation cancellations or modifications closely with
their Navy reserve activity (NRA) and Navy reserve unit chains of
command. NRAs are encouraged to contact Reserve Officer
Administration (PERS-911) or Enlisted Reserves (PERS-913) via their
reserve readiness and mobilization command for cancellation of
separations that are within 30 days.
(4) Continuing an approved separation or fleet reserve
request that was based on PFA failures:
(a) Sailors who are approved for separation or fleet
reserve due to PFA policy for a date on or before 30 April 2023 may
continue their current plans without change.
(b) Sailors who are approved for separation or fleet
reserve on or after 1 May 2023 may continue their current plans
without change, however, separations will be deemed voluntary.
5. The Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) Manager, (OPNAV N133),
will remain the single point of contact for NNPP personnel PFA
matters including instructor screenings and ADSEPs.
6. Point of contact is the MyNavy Career Center at
askmncc(at)navy.mil or 1-833-330-MNCC (6622). For advancement
eligibility questions contact NETPDC N321: (850) 473-6148/DSN 751,
7. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman Jr., N1.//