Heres what it means for sailors- and what to do instead.
In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 the Navy has decided to completely cancel the spring 2020 Fitness Assessment cycle. The choice was made in effort to align with the center for disease control’s advice to limit gatherings of large groups of people as well as to practice social distancing.
Enlisted Advancement exams have been rescheduled for the following dates
- May, 21, 2020 – Cycle 247 (E-4 only) Active Duty and Full-Time Support (FTS) regular NWAEs
- May 22, 2020 – Cycle 106 (E-4 through E-7) Selective Reserve (SELRES) NWAEs approved for late administration on the first available drill weekend after this date
- June 12, 2020 – Cycle 247 (E-4 through E-6) final date to administer substitute exams
“This is a unique situation that calls for a unique response. We know the coronavirus is highly contagious, and unnecessarily increasing the risk of infection due to the close physical proximity required to complete the PFA is not in the best interest of our Sailors or our overall mission readiness” states Paul Rosen, acting director of the 21st Century Sailor Office, which oversees physical readiness policy for the Navy.
Navy Commands that have already begun their testing cycle should stop immediately. Commands have also been asked to stop all group physical training including the Fitness Enhancement Program.
Training in Coronovirus containment
Gyms may be closed but that’s NO excuse to give up and ignore your fitness goals.
Keeping up on your cardio may be the best way to stay fit during the coronavirus containment period. Running or bike riding are great forms of exerciser and, when practiced safely maintaining social distancing precautions, are recommended ways to stay fit. Don’t forget Fall of 2020 will be the first time rowing is offered as a cardio option for the NAVY-PRT. This may be the perfect time to get your own machine and a head start on this great exercise.
We live in a digital age and the options for home work outs found on line are ENDLESS. Here at Navy-PRT.com we will continue to feature great coaches providing great content and ideas for home workouts.
For inspiration start with these great coaches
Ansley Cummings of Cummings Fitness
Jake Shaw of Be Stronger Today Fitness
We love featuring great coaches- and love reader nominations! If you have a great coach you think should be featured on our site please let us know!
Remember- a cancelled NAVY-PRT cycle is no reason to give up your fitness routine. That Fall cycle will be here soon enough. Gains lost during this down time will be hard to get back.