WASHINGTON, DC-- Most sailors agree their command leadership supports a culture of fitness, according to the 2006 Quality of Life (QOL) Survey released in November. The survey has tracked sailors' views on their quality of life since 1999.

The survey, a random sample of 17,151 sailors, provides Navy leadership a snapshot of how sailors view Navy life and provides feedback on issues of importance across the service. For the first time, the survey was conducted via the Internet.

“The information from this survey and others, such as Navywide Personnel Survey and Quick Polls, provide data to support development and improvement of programs and policies that support sailors and their families,” says Wayne Wagner, N1 Survey program management lead, who oversaw the development and implementation of the survey for the Chief of Naval Personnel.

Respondents also indicated that despite the Navy’s culture of fitness emphasis, satisfaction with their personal physical fitness was about the same in 2006 as in 2002, with about 25 percent dissatisfied.


Photo: Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer conduct physical training in the ship's fitness center. Boxer is currently participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of Southern California in preparation for a Western Pacific deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Noel Danseco