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New PRT Update

NAVY PFA CYCLE 2 Cancelled

It comes as no surprise that Cycle 2 of the NAVY PFA has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19. Included in this cancellation are all body composition testing and group fitness training.

The PFA requires large groups of sailors to gather in ways that could be difficult to practice social distancing. Cancelling this cycle is the best way to minimize the risk to personnel. Sailors will be marked “excused” in the Physical Readiness Information Management System.

151110-N-YW024-133 PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 10, 2015) Sailors assigned to Naval Submarine Support Command conduct the Navy’s bi-annual Physical Readiness Test (PRT) which consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a cardio event. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak/Released)

Different from the spring cancellation, however, now some sailors may be tested with a “mock” PFA. This exception would be for those who need the score for advancement.

The next text cycle is scheduled for January 2021. This upcoming test cycle will be the first where sailors will be tested on their plank rather than sit-ups. Rowing will also be offered as a cardio alternative.

Though it may seem like a “snow day” for those of you dreading you next test, don’t waste this extra time. Now is a great time to improve your cardio. Planking is the other obvious way to get ready for January 2021. This is an exercise that can be done almost anywhere and takes only minutes. The minimum score for the plank will be 60 seconds and the max will be 3:30. On the initial test no plank failures will be recorded.

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