The Navy plans to start conducting its physical fitness assessments (PFA) again next year after canceling the last two rounds of evaluations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the chief of naval personnel.
Vice Adm. John Nowell during the United States Navy Memorial’s speaker series encouraged sailors to stay healthy and fit despite the lack of recent PFAs because the service would resume the assessments in January.
“But what I’ll ask every sailor to do is please make sure that you are getting out there, that you’re taking care of your fitness, because it is important now with about a year under our belt of not doing the PFA that we go ahead and get that restarted,” Nowell said. “And the plan is in January, so please be ready.”
The Navy canceled both the spring 2020 and fall 2020 physical fitness assessment because of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the cancelations and effects of COVID-19, Nowell said sailors should remain active and suggested jogs and planks as ways to exercise even if gyms are closed.