The US Navy is flushing millions of dollars down the drain each year due to qualify sailor in vital jobs being discharged out of the Navy prematurely because of Annual Physical Readiness Test failures. To combat this problem there should be mandatory physical fitness training on a daily routine at all commands. By implementing a mandatory physical fitness program this should reduce the number of sailors being discharged from the Navy. Many military personnel would argue that it shouldn’t be mandatory, and they do not always have time to participate in a daily physical fitness program.
Sailors are failing Annual Physical readiness test at an alarming number, according to the Navy Times in 2007, at least 8,633 sailors have been bounced for fitness failures (Stewart 2012). According to the analysis published in Center for Naval Analyses, it cost the Navy $49,290 to train an electronics technician that works on a nuclear-powered submarine or surface warfare ship and cost about $24,301 to replace a first term Sailor (Garcia, Joy, Reese 1998). That is millions tax payer dollars being wasted every year and has forced the military to really take a good look at its Physical Fitness Readiness policy.
At several large Navy commands, senior leadership continue to make this argument an uphill battle, they are against a mandatory daily physical fitness program, because it interferes with productivity and shouldn’t be conducted during normal working hours. Commands do not take physical training seriously enough, and leaders’ attitudes put their sailor’s health at risk and damaged physical readiness, according to the analysis by the Naval Audit Service (Stewart2 013).
MANDATORY DAILY PHYSICAL FITNESS TRAINING IN THE NAVY 3 There’s also a lack of accountability across the fleet when it comes to personal fitness, and Sailors don’t have enough incentive to work beyond a minimum level of fitness, the report found. and perhaps most distressing, some medical records and screening processes tied to fitness were deemed out of sorts, resulting in safety gaps that could kill sailors during workouts.
Senior enlisted leadership at various commands personally feel sailors should work out on their own time and not during vital working hours. At many commands, leader have commented “To stop important work during the middle of the work day to conduct physical fitness training is useless and a loss in productivity”, this is the wrong way of going about the program. Senior leadership should encourage daily physical exercise because it plays an important role in today’s Navy and is vital for maintaining physical readiness in the military.
Studies have shown that elevated body mass index (BMI), an assessment of increased body fat or obesity, is associated with many short- and long-term health problems including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke (Bohnker, Sack, Wedierhold, Malakooti 2005). “Even mildly elevated body mass index (BMI) has been noted to be a risk factor for musculoskeletal injuries such as low back pain and limb injuries”. Without an active physical fitness readiness program, there could be many potential health problems, both physical and mental.
Military Physical Fitness is a good moral booster and creates cohesiveness with-in the Navy and is a good assessment to measure the physical readiness of Navy personnel. Keeping our military forces in tip top shape should be the Navy’s top priority. MANDATORY DAILY PHYSICAL FITNESS TRAINING IN THE NAVY 4 Mandatory Daily Physical Fitness Training in the Navy The success or failure of the Daily Physical fitness program depends upon the quality of its leadership the Navy has to continue to embrace daily physical fitness as a way of life and new fitness culture.
Senior leadership should be influencing sailors, by providing purpose, direction, and motivation. If the Navy is serious about its “culture of fitness,” it should consider other motivation incentives for rewarding sailors for doing well in physical fitness either by advancement points or limiting those sailors to only one test a year. This proposed Mandatory Daily Physical fitness program is an effort to put an end to the three mile club. Fitness is part of the Navy culture and should be treated as part of your job, 24-7, 365 days a year.
Senior leadership should leads, train, motivate, and inspire junior sailors to do well in life and in the Navy, by implementing a daily mandatory physical fitness program for all ranks junior and senior no matter what the op-tempo is, are great boosters for morale and helps sailors be more prepared for the physical demands of their jobs. Wasting money processing sailors out of the Navy prematurely is not an option and costs tax payer millions of dollars each year. This way of doing business in this fiscal challenging environment are sure ways on getting vital programs cut from the Navy.
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