As in the past, the Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT) is a determining factor in your evals. What has changed is the fact that your evals are now more important in advancing in rate. In fact, the importance of your evals have increased while service in pay grade and passed not advanced has decreased as factors in determining advancement.
Your fitness doesn’t just impact promotions. How you are perceived or will be perceived in the future as a leader may be impacted. Overweight and out-of-shape supervisors many times do not command the same respect as a fit Sailor. This perception is not just from the troops the supervisor is in charge of but also up the chain of command.
Another factor is your health. Being fit, especially in the Military, benefits the Sailor even after work. If you are too tired to do things with the family or loved ones after a hard day of work, and it happens often, you may want to start a PRT to benefit yourself. At some point, you can realize that you are serving your country so now it's time to serve yourself by getting in shape.
Starting your PRT training does not require that you do an Olympics style workout. You start easy and keep it that way working to moderate if you can. Consistency is the key in a good PRT program since the majority of people give up before they’ve ever benefited from their fitness program. Long-term consistency in any fitness program ensures you keep your heart rate elevated while working your muscles and burning calories.
The Navy PRT Program in your command may help you get started. Talk to your PRT coordinator about joining or starting a program. You may learn some new exercise techniques and methods in reducing or eliminating injuries. Don’t forget your nutrition. Poor nutrition can have a negative impact on your health and fitness and can help make your PRT successful.
Should you wish to ask any question or discuss any aspect of physical readiness, you can utilize our physical readiness forum. There, we post the latest readiness messages and related material available for members to share.