The 300 Club

By ENS Snow-Hill

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Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN finishes out cycle one of their PFAs, the first under the new guidelines. Geared towards helping more Sailors qualify for the Physical Readiness Test (PRT), the changes in Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) policy would seem to have had a negative influence on the number of personnel who pass. Normally, only a small percentage of a command’s members score a perfect score on the PRT. Under this cycle the numbers didn’t seem to fluctuate much from what has been seen in the past.

During the PRT portion of the PFA the battalion had a sizable number of theirpersonnel score a perfect on the PRT. It is quite evident of the Battalion’s hunger for excellence. This mentality starts at the level of the Commanding Officer flows down through Company Commanders to Fire Team leaders and reflects the commitment the Battalion has to meeting and exceeding standards.

For those who scored perfect, preparation didn’t just start in the weeks leading up to the PRT. There was a shared attribute that all those who maxed out seemed to possess—commitment. Commitment, as a theme, echoed throughout each of the member’s comments.

CECN Pallasigui said “I would drive 45 minutes every day to swim.” He further explained that he choose swimming over the standard run because he’d previously maxed out and wanted to try something different. When further asked how he had previously prepared to max out on the cardio portion he simply replied “I just wanted to beat the XO.”

It’s not something that can be accomplished with doing physical training only 3 times a week, “you can’t cheat it.” says CAPT (sel) Cuadros when asked what he does to prepare. “Make it apart of your lifestyle,” remarked ENS Krulik. “If you just train for the test then you’ll just past the test and nothing is retained but if it is a part of your lifestyle then the ‘test’ is easy.”

Something else noteworthy of those participates who scored a perfect on the PRT is that they have done in the past; they are in fact repeat offenders.

Both personal pride and maintaining the standard, compromising on goals previously hit is never a consideration and out of the question for this group. LCDR Benny Volkmann remarked that “if I’ve accomplished before it’s hard for me to let myself lapse and not maintain it.”

The overall message is clear and one that was mentioned by the 300 club. The message that you can’t just wake up and be prepared, that readiness is something that requires commitment beforehand. Readiness requires hours of preparation prior to the event. This type of preparation contributes to hitting goals and ultimately adds to the combat power and fighting power both in the Seabees and in the Navy.