BLUF – This NAVADMIN announces a single Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
Cycle for calendar year (CY) 2023. There will be no excellent or above incentive exemption for CY23.
ROUTINE R 041950Z NOV 22 MID200080418893U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 251/22 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/NOV// SUBJ/PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM CALENDAR YEAR 2023 PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT CYCLE ANNOUNCEMENT// REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/22APR22// REF/B/DOC/OPNAV/APR21// REF/C/DOC/OPNAV/FEB22// REF/D/DOC/BUPERS/01DEC21// REF/E/DOC/OPNAV/JAN22// NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 6110.1K, PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM INSTRUCTION. REF B IS NAVY PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM GUIDE 4, BODY COMPOSITION ASSESSMENT. REF C IS NAVY PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM GUIDE 5, PHYSICAL READINESS TEST. REF D IS BUPERSINST 1610.10F, NAVY PERFORMANCE EVALUATION SYSTEM. REF E IS NAVY PHYSICAL READINESS GUIDE 8, MANAGING PFA RECORDS FOR PREGNANT SAILORS// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces a single Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) Cycle for calendar year (CY) 2023. 1. CY23 PFA Cycle. The PFA cycle will be conducted from 1 February to 30 November 2023 in line with references (a) through (c). Additional Physical Readiness Guides are located at: https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Support-Services/21st-Century- Sailor/Physical-Readiness/Guides/. CY23 PFA cycle will be labeled *PFA Cycle 1 2023* in PRIMS-2. a. CFLs and Assistant CFLs (ACFL) will enter official CY23 PFA cycle results under this label in PRIMS-2 and retain official body composition assessment and physical readiness test score sheets for five years in line with reference (a). CFL and ACFLs are reminded to log into their PRIMS-2 account every 30 days to keep their account from being deactivated. b. Sailors have access to their physical readiness historical data through MyNavy Portal, My Records and will electronically submit their Physical Activity Risk Factor Questionnaire via MyNavy Portal upon receiving their commands 10-week notification. c. There will be no excellent or above incentive exemption for CY23. In line with reference (a), commanders, commanding officers, and officers-in- charge are encouraged to use incentive programs for the physical readiness program (special liberty, award certificates, etc.). d. Fitness Report and Evaluation Guidance. In line with reference (d), commands should enter a 1-letter code indicating the result of each official PFA conducted during the reporting period in block 20. Format for block 20 must be from oldest to most recent PFA performed during the reporting period. 2. Responses to Fleet Feedback. The following items are provided for clarification to frequently asked questions: a. CY22 PFA Closeout. CFLs must enter PFA data by 30 November 2022 in PRIMS-2. b. Postpartum Sailors. In line with references (a) and (e), Sailors remain in a pregnancy status from the time pregnancy is confirmed by a military Health Care Provider (HCP) or civilian HCP until the end of the 12 months following a qualifying birth event. Sailors with pregnancy (postpartum) status which expires during the official PFA cycle are exempt from participation in the PFA cycle. 3. For additional information, members may contact the Physical Readiness Program Office: a. For policy related questions via e-mail at PRP(at)navy.mil. b. For PRIMS-2 related questions via e-mail at PRIMS(at)navy.mil. c. For policy or PRIMS-2 related questions via phone at (901) 874-2210/ DSN 882. 4. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first. 5. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
Here is a new NAVADMIN that changes to a single cycle for 2021 from JUL-DEC and a more helpful fact sheet:
Here is a Navy Times article as well:
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WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy has suspended the fall 2020 Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) to minimize risk of Sailor exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
The suspension was announced in NAVADMIN 193/20 on July 7, and is the second consecutive fitness cycle suspended because of COVID-19 mitigation concerns.
When fitness testing does resume in January 2021, the plank will replace the curl-up for the first time and the rowing machine will become an alternate cardio option as well, the message said.
“The COVID-19 situation requires that we continue to minimize risk to personnel, therefore all personnel will be “EXCUSED” from participation in Navy PFA Cycle 2, 2020,” wrote Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr., the Navy’s top uniformed personnel officer, in the message.
“Suspension includes both the official Body Composition Assessment and Physical Readiness Test components of the PFA.”
Sailors will automatically be marked as “EXCUSED” in the Physical Readiness Information Management System (PRIMS) for the cycle. As a result, Command Fitness Leaders must not make any official PFA entries in PRIMS for the official Navy PFA Cycle 2, 2020 because the Physical Readiness Program (PRP) office will handle those updates.
The suspension also applies to organized or group physical training at the command level, including the Fitness Enhancement Programs, until further notice.
The only exceptions allowed will be for recruit training or if unit mission training requires such physical training sessions. In those cases, the exception must come from the appropriate Echelon II commander, who can also delegate the authority down to the first flag officer in the chain of command.
Unlike last cycle, mock PFA’s will be allowed for Sailors needing to regain advancement and retention eligibility as long as any local area and installation guidance as well as COVID-19 guidelines in effect are followed.
Also, all mock PFA’s must be conducted as outlined in OPNAV Instruction 6110.1J, the governing guidance of the Navy Physical Readiness Program with modifications as detailed in the NAVADMIN. The curl-up will not be performed to minimize risk to Sailors.
Though the fall cycle is now excused, Sailors still must make good choices in maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program to keep within Navy physical fitness standards, Nowell wrote in the message.
The message recommended Sailors use the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling 5-week conditioning plan. This is available online at https://www.navyfitness.org/fitness/5-week-training-plan. The plan was developed by Navy Installations Command’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness Program to help Sailors maintain Navy physical fitness standards while reducing the chances for injuries.
When fitness assessments do resume in 2021, the Navy will begin phasing in previously announced testing changes. This means, for the first time, curl-ups will replace by the plank exercise along and the rowing machine will become an alternative cardio option. To give Sailors time to adjust to the new exercise, no plank failures will be counted during the first cycle the plank is implemented. Separate guidance on the implementation of the new events will be issued separately in September.
Here are all the NAVADMINs that deal with these issues:
- Postponement of Selection Board Schedule
- Physical Readiness Policy Update
- Temporary Relaxation of Hair Grooming Standards
No, you cannot grow a beard. Sorry.