Not everyone fits perfectly into the “model Sailor” mold we hope for. In these cases, we must demand they do everything in their power to fit the mold while taking their overall performance into consideration.
Such is the case of Master-at-Arms First Class (MA1) Mick Kruger, detailed by Navy Times writer Mark Faram in a 31 January 2011 article. Petty Officer Kruger was a model Sailor in all but one area. Described as having a “superb military appearance,” multiple warfare qualifications and designations, and a tour in Iraq under his belt, he was discharged early last month because he failed the Body Composition Assessment (BCA), or body-fat test, three times in four years.
The problem is, he wasn’t fat; he was just a square peg in the round hole of Navy Physical Readiness. MA1 Kruger routinely passed the performance factors of annual Physical Fitness Assessments (PFA) and completed four marathons, running one and inline-skating the others. Petty Officer Kruger was physically fit by any standard except the Navy’s. Unable to conform to this one-size-fits-all BCA, even after great personal expense and effort, his command was forced to discharge him.