The current discussion of Navy personnel fitness from the Chief of Naval Operations on down is timely. The practical reality of fitness in the military is to be able to perform everyday tasks with sufficient reserve for unforeseen emergencies, and especially to be victorious on the battlefield or at sea.
Seemingly, the Navy’s fitness program has lost its rudder. Fitness should be a personal responsibility, embraced from within and driven by mission requirements. Sailors who are not connected to the job-relatedness of being fit fail to see the linkage between abstract surrogates such as distance running and calisthenics.