Millington, TN β€” The Navy is making several policy changes to strengthen the Navy Physical Readiness Program (PRP).

Effective last month, sailors who have failed two Physical Fitness Assessments (PFAs) in the past three years will not be assigned to overseas, pre-commissioning, instructor duty, special programs billets or Global War on Terror (GWOT) Support Assignments (GSA) unless the most recent PFA was passed. Special programs billets include recruit division commander, recruiting duty, joint duty and Washington, DC, staff.

Individuals who have not passed the current PFA and have failed the test three times in four years will not be allowed a short-term extension for the purpose of passing the PFA. Effective Oct. 1, 2009, the Navy will discontinue waivers for progress. The current requirement for processing for administrative separations for three PFA failures within a four-year period remains.

Rear Adm. Daniel P. Holloway, director, Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, N13, says PFA failures have decreased more than 50 percent during the past four years.

β€œThe majority of Navy personnel perform the PFA semi-annually and can easily meet or exceed the minimum physical fitness standards,” Holloway says.