The US Navy cancelled physical fitness exams for all sailors through the end of 2020 amid continued COVID-19 concerns.
The cancellation, noted in an administrative email to sailors, comes after spring physical fitness assessments were cancelled in March as the coronavirus outbreak began unfolding.
New surges in COVID-19 cases across the country have now prompted the cancellation of the Navy’s Personal Fitness Assessment, or PFA, for this fall.
‘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,’ said the Navy in its administrative message released earlier this week.
The Navy specified that the suspension includes both parts of the assessment, known as the Body Composition Assessment and Physical Readiness Test.
The US Navy cancelled physical fitness exams for all sailors through the end of 2020 amid continued COVID-19 concerns. A petty officer (right) leads sailors on a physical training run
The cancellation, noted in an administrative email to sailors, comes after spring physical fitness assessments were cancelled in March as the coronavirus outbreak began unfolding. Sailors from the USS Monterey are pictured undergoing physical fitness training
Sailors from the USS Green Bay are pictured doing push-ups as part of their physical training
Sailors taking the test are scored based on age and their ability to do push-ups sit-ups and a 1 1/2 mile run, Navy Times reports.
Sailors are also being asked to not participate in group or any other form of organized exercise, with exceptions only made for training purposes.
The administrative message did not indicate how many sailors would be affected by the cancellation.
A Naval spokesperson was not immediately available when DailyMail.com reached out. The Navy currently has about 337,000 personnel on active duty.
On Friday, another 63,347 cases of the coronavirus were reported in the US as spikes in infection rates were reported in several states. So far, there have been more than 3.1 million cases in the US of COVID-19, which has been blamed for 133,291 deaths.
The continued rise in cases prompted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and leader of the White House coronavirus, to issue new warnings to Americans.
States experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases should consider shutting down, Fauci said, adding people should also ‘be mindful of what happens when you throw caution to the wind’ and ignore health advice.
The Navy’s Vice Admiral John Nowell Jr., chief of naval personnel, said in a video message about the fitness assessment cancellations that sailors have done a ‘great job minimizing the outbreak,’ but that it was not a time for complacency.
The Navy’s Vice Admiral John Nowell Jr., chief of naval personnel, said in a video message about the fitness assessment cancellations (pictured) that sailors have done a ‘great job minimizing the outbreak,’ but that it was not a time for complacency
‘We can’t back off now. So, that’s why I’m here to to tell you that we’ve decided to suspend the fall physical fitness assessment,’ the vice admiral told viewers in his video message.
All sailors, he said, will be ‘excused’ from taking the assessment, and unlike the previous spring cancellation, ‘mock’ assessments, will be allowed by permission only for those who need them and under strict COVID-19 safety measures.
Nowell warned that the cancellation of the assessments are not an excuse to avoid exercising ‘wherever and whenever possible.’ He encouraged sailors to do plank exercises at home, to go jogging and eat healthy.
‘Do what I do here. I run up and down a stairwell as a poor-man’s elliptical when nobody else is in the building,’ the vice admiral said in the footage taken in a Naval office.
‘Whatever you need to do, to do your best to stay in shape and within our fitness standards is what we expect you to do,’ the vice admiral said.