The Navy’s overhaul of the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) took effect Jan. 1 and will result in notable changes to Cycle 1 of the 2016 PFA.
The re-evaluation of the previous all-encompassing method to physical fitness resulted in policy changes to the body composition assessment (BCA), the failure-separation policy, and the overall approach the Navy takes with physical fitness. The modifications mark a new direction designed to institute a year-round program, assisting those struggling to maintain fitness rather than punishing those who fail.
“Making a lasting change in your fitness takes commitment,” said Chief Legalman James Goza, Navy Region Singapore Command Fitness Leader. “There are no overnight, quick-fix plans that can deliver sustainable results. You have to transform your lifestyle, stick with the plan, and stay vigilant if you want to maintain positive results.”
The BCA alterations shift the focus of the assessment to better evaluate overall health by establishing four new age categories with their own corresponding standards.
“Body styles have changed since the old standards were established,” explained Goza. “People that are fit and healthy were not meeting the BCA standards. People who were able to exceed the PRT standards were failing due to their inability to pass the BCA. The changes to the system were implemented in order to address these issues.”
The BCA will now consist of three opportunities to pass. The first chance is the height to weight ratio, which was used in the old BCA calculation system. If a sailor fails to meet the ratio standards, a new waist-only tape test, with overall maximums of 39 inches for men and 35.5 inches for women, will be conducted.
A test using the previous system of neck and waist measurements used to calculate body fat percentages will be the final opportunity to pass the BCA.
Navy Region Center Singapore members bade farewell and following seas to Kathy Vail, the regional director of Family Readiness, during a going away luncheon at the upper patio of the Terror Club Jan. 19, 2016.
The surprise luncheon gathered more than 40 coworkers, close friends and family members to honor Vail and share kind words as she leaves for Pensacola, Fla., this month. During her farewell, Vail’s appreciation for those who attended was unrestrained while friends and coworkers spoke eloquently of past experiences with the Huntington, New York native. The moving words from those who spoke drew tearful-but-elative emotions from Vail.
“It’s been a really great experience and I am glad that everyone came to say goodbye,” Vail said. I just want to say thank you for making our time here a very memorable one.”
“What she’s done in the last two years is monumental. The programs and initiatives that she’s begun will last for years and years to come and that’s a testament to her work and dedication.” - Capt. Scott Murdock
Vail, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work in 1976 and earned a Masters of Social Work in 1987. Her list of experience includes working at a crisis line, with substance abuse prevention/school intervention and even outpatient counseling. She also conducted training and counseling for employees and their families at Monsanto Chemical Company. Since 1999, she has worked as a counselor for individuals, couples and children at various U.S. Naval installations.
Meanwhile, Vail and her staff, which she dubbed as her “Tiny Mighty Team,” has significantly enhanced the services offered to the Singapore military community. These include quality-of-life programs designed to help newcomers and people departing Singapore.
“We added a local tour day to walk newcomers through the mass transit system, healthcare facilities and grocery stores,” Vail explained in an office interview. “A new ‘Send-Off’ brief was designed to help with the cumbersome administrative processes of leaving Singapore and getting pets safely transported to the next station.”