By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn.- The newly established Physical Readiness Control Officer (PRCO) program will serve as a vital link between command fitness leaders and Navy Physical Readiness Program coordinators, officials said Oct. 11.
“We decided it would be beneficial to put a link between the commands and the Physical Readiness Program Office (OPNAV N135), where policy is written, to ensure accuracy and fairness to Sailors and commands,” said Bill Moore, director, Navy Physical Readiness Program, OPNAV N135. “It lets us provide command fitness leaders (CFL) with more direct assistance and also gives each one of the echelons an opportunity to monitor the commands within their area to ensure compliance with the program.”
In accordance with NAVADMIN 203/11, echelon III commanders must now appoint a PRCO to liaison with OPNAV and provide assistance to subordinate commands on physical readiness program policy and compliance and also ensure physical fitness assessment (PFA) compliance reporting semi-annually.
The new collateral duty PRCO position and changes to the Physical Readiness Program took effect in July when the Navy announced the revision of OPNAVINST 6110.1J in NAVADMIN 203/11. It was the first major revision to the physical readiness program since 2005.
“Over the last two years we have turned over every component of this program to make sure that it’s fair, equitable and standardized across the board,” said Moore. “We have addressed the PRT, developed PRIMS 2011, and come up with new policy and associated operating guides that can be updated on an as needed basis to ensure a good, accurate program.”
NPC officials hosted training for the first group of PRCOs in September.
“During training, the PRCOs went through everything that CFLs learn during the five-day CFL certification course,” said Moore. “They learned all the major components of policy, frequently asked questions that we receive at headquarters, everything about the PRIMS 2011 and also what their role and responsibilities are as a PRCO.”
“The Navy will benefit by having collateral duty PRCOs in place through the assurance that all commands are in compliance with the physical readiness program, how it is run, that it is administered in a standardized, efficient way and benefits each one of the Sailors, but most of all that it’s fair,” said Moore.
A Physical Readiness Program Operating Guide is also now in place and accompanied by an updated version of the Navy Nutrition Guide and Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) guidance that will reside online at the Navy Physical Readiness webpage.
The new guide incorporates policy guidance from OPNAVINST 6110.1H and NAVADMINs 293/06, 277/08, 073/09, 247/09 and 131/10.
For a full explanation of physical readiness program changes, read NAVADMIN 203/11 or OPNAVINST 6110.1J. You can also visit the Navy Physical Readiness webpage on the Navy Personnel Command website at www.npc.navy.mil.