Passing Physical Rediness Test is Essential for Successful Naval Career

Story Number: NNS110129-06Release Date: 1/29/2011 11:50:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Leona Mynes

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO), Command Fitness Leaders (CFL) are scheduled to announce the 10 week warning for the spring 2011 Physical Readiness Test (PRT), Feb. 1.

Sailors without a sustained level of physical readiness recorded in their record can face hampered or halted military career intentions, said Navy Counselor 1st Class Wayne Saffle, GTMO career counselor.

"If you can't pass your PRT, you're not eligible to re-enlist," said Saffle. "A PRT failure impacts transferring to other duty stations, makes overseas and sea duty screenings more complicated."

PRT failures can end a Sailor's career, said Saffle.

"By having a PRT failure, it lessens the probability of being approved for Perform-to-Serve, and if you're separated for PRT reasons, you may not get involuntary separation pay," said Saffle.

In addition to being involuntarily separated from the Navy, PRT failures will make entering another branch of service or the Navy Reserves very improbable, said Saffle.

Sailors can prepare for the PRT using several tools offered by CFLs at command physical training (PT), paired with Navy Fitness Program readiness training offered by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

MWR's Navy Fitness Program promotes physical and mental readiness, develops positive self concepts, and meets the Navy and individual health and fitness requirements in cardiorespiratory, muscular endurance and strength, flexibility, and body composition assessment needs, said Tanya Henigman, GTMO MWR fitness coordinator.

"We do this by providing PRT-compatible equipment that meets Navy standards and offering certified, accredited trainers to provide personalized and group training plans," said Henigman.

Group classes include kickboxing, circuit training, indoor cycling, Yoga, Pilates, abdominal workout classes, track workout classes, and other team-building activities, said Henigman.

Several of these courses are held at least twice per week. In addition to individual workout plans and training programs, MWR's Navy Fitness program offers training for groups from any command, of any branch of service aboard GTMO.

MWR-offered Navy Fitness programs and command PT are great ways to maintain and improve readiness before the PRT, said Navy Diver 1st Class Brent Roberts, GTMO assistant CFL and dive locker leading petty officer.

"Don't wait until last-minute," said Roberts. "If you think you might not be in standards or not quite in the physical shape you should be in, start now."

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Sailors perform curl-ups during a command Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) on Berkey Field at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
May 7, 2010
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