Sailors due to take their physical fitness assessment this fall will see the requirement waived as novel coronavirus cases continue to spike across much of the country.
The Navy has canceled its fall physical fitness assessment cycle, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell announced in a video Tuesday. The move follows previous leaders' decisions to waive the requirement in the spring when the pandemic started.
The waiver will apply to both the physical readiness test and body composition assessment, which measures body fat percentage.
Everyone will be marked as excused for the fall cycle, Nowell said. But those needing to regain retention or advancement eligibility will be allowed to perform a mock PFA, with approval from installation commanders.
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