The Complete Online Resource For the 2017 Navy Physical Fitness Test
BOTTOM LINE: If you score an overall excellent low on the last PRT (with no event lower than
a good low) you are exempt from the next PRT.

R 201258Z JUN 17
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
TO NAVADMIN

NAVADMIN 141/17

SUBJ/PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM POLICY CHANGES//

REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/11JUL11//
REF/B/DOC/NAVPERS/APR17//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN outlines new policies and initiatives to the
Physical Readiness Program and continues our efforts to strike a
better balance between physical readiness and mission accomplishment
while reducing administrative distractions.

2.  The following changes are effective 1 January 2018:
a.  Sailors who pass the body composition assessment (BCA), are
within the Navy age-graduated body fat standards, and score an
overall excellent low or better (with no single event lower than
good low) on the physical readiness test (PRT) will be exempt from
participation in the following PRT cycle.  The first cycle for which
Sailors can be exempt is cycle 2018-1, based upon performance during
the cycle 2017-

2 PRT.  All Sailors, regardless of PRT performance, will still be
required to participate in the BCA each cycle.

(1) For cycle 2018-1, Physical Readiness Information Management
System (PRIMS) will allow command fitness leaders (CFL) the ability
to assign a non-participation status of validated for those Sailors
who earn the incentive during cycle 2017-2.

(2) If a Sailor is validated from taking the PRT, but fails the BCA,
the Sailor is required to participate in the PRT if medically
cleared.   b.  Elliptical will no longer be authorized as an
alternate cardio device beginning with cycle 2018-1 due to the low
number of Sailors (4 percent) who use them during a PRT and the
increasing cost to maintain PRT-compliant ellipticals.  While the
1.5 mile run/walk remains the service standard, commanding officers
(CO) may authorize the use of approved stationary bikes, treadmill
or the swim as alternate cardio.  Navy fitness facilities will
continue to provide ellipticals for training, but will now be free
to modernize equipment.

c.  Based on data from recently completed Navy medical studies and
consistent with recent changes to maternity leave policy,
post-partum Sailors are now exempt from participating in the
physical fitness assessment (PFA) for 6 months following their
maternity leave.  This change reflects an increase to the Navy
maternity leave policy being increased to 84 days following the
birth of a child. After completion of the 6 month period, the Sailor
will then be required to participate in the following PFA cycle
(i.e. if the pregnancy" status ends during cycle 1, Sailors would
not be expected to participate in an official command PFA until
cycle 2). Pregnant and post-partum Sailors are not required to
complete a Physical Activity Risk Factor Questionnaire while in the
pregnancy status.  Their PFA participation status in PRIMS should be
reflected as pregnant for all stages of the pregnancy and
post-partum periods.

3.  CFLS must review the operating guides of the Physical Readiness Program for
additional information.  Additional information can be found on the website:  
http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/physical.

4.  Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//