What if the physical readiness test was made to mimic the candidate physical ability test Navy firefighters must take? There would be no more 1.5 mile run. No more push-ups. No more sit-ups. Piece of cake, right? Well what would the Navy replace these exercises with?
Firefighters have to do a stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry, and rescue drag as part of the physical ability test. The proposed new fitness test would include the fireman's carry, fire-hose drag, ladder climb, plank, and broad jump.
The Navy wants to change the PRT to make it more job specific, but how can you do so if everyone has different duties?
In a recent interview MCPON explained his vision for the new proposed fitness test.
"A lot of people say every Sailor in the Navy is a firefighter, because you can find yourself on board a ship regardless of your source rating," said Stevens. "When you are on that ship, if a fire broke out, for example, everybody would have to be able to fight it. Maybe your test revolves around something like that."
"You have got to find something that is kind of connected to every Sailor in the Navy."
-MCPON Mike Stevens
Before you go getting too excited, Sailors would still be required to do a regular PRT including the run or alternate cardio, sit-ups, and push-ups. Only instead of doing it twice a year, the second PRT would be a shipboard skills-type of test.
MCPON said this test would be a once-a-year supplement to the existing PRT.
The Marine Corps already has a combat fitness test and the Army plans to start requiring an occupational physical assessment test to determine job placement. MCPON wants the Navy to jump on board with the job-related fitness test.