Navy brings new software online in time for sailor fitness testing season

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Sailors perform a mock physical fitness assessment aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey in the Arabian Sea, August 27, 2021. (Jaimar Carson Bondurant/US Navy)

New software that tracks physical fitness tests for Navy sailors has arrived just in time for this year’s testing season, according to the Navy.

A delayed delivery of software prompted the rollout of Physical Readiness Information Management System 2, or PRIMS-2, in April, the month the new physical fitness testing season began, according to a command spokeswoman. naval personnel.

PRIMS-2 allows fitness managers to log fitness data and sailors to view their fitness scores.

The Navy said in November that the software was initially expected to be available in the summer of 2021, according to a report posted on Military.com on Dec. 3.

“The Physical Readiness Information Management System 2 is an achievement of what a true transformational system should look like,” Lt. Sarah Niles, spokesperson for Personnel Command, told Stars and Stripes by email Tuesday. “The implementation of PRIMS-2 is a process and as we move forward, more and more system requirements will be integrated into this product in an agile way.”

A push from software provider, Katmai Government Services, a subsidiary of Ouzinkie Native Corp. in Anchorage, Alaska, and MyNavy, the service’s online human resources portal, brought the system online in time, Niles said.

Sailors can access their fitness information through MyNavy, a web portal that combines the service’s extensive human resources and other careers information.

Along with the new software, the official Navy Fitness Assessment app was released with an updated Fitness Assessment Calculator and working physical readiness for policies, requirements, and duty cycles. updated training,” Niles said in the email.

A Navy fitness manager in Japan said he was eager to see how PRIMS-2 performs.

“[I’m] very excited and to see what the new system is all about,” Petty Officer 1st Class Reymer Agojo, 36, a naval fitness manager at Yokota Air Base, Japan, said in an email to the Stars. and Stripes on February 24. using and experimenting with the new system, I’m pretty sure there will be a big difference. »

Last year, the Navy required an annual physical fitness assessment to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. A test is also required this year. The testing season ends on September 30.

The Navy has also done away with curl-ups and introduced the forearm plank and a 2,000-meter row as optional cardio.

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