COUNSELOR.The NDAC provides evaluation and
referral services at ATFs. These counselors are
responsible for helping commanding officers process
individuals identified as drug or alcohol abusers. They
also provide individual and group counseling to drug and
alcohol abusers. The NDAC is a contact point for
commanding officers and individuals seeking help or
information on all matters regarding drug and alcohol
ALCOHOL REHABILITATION CENTERS.
The Navys ARCs provide a program of intense and
comprehensive rehabilitation. ARCs are for active-duty
Navy and Marine Corps personnel who are suffering
from alcoholism. These centers are naval activities under
a commanding officer. Depending on their location, the
centers range in capacity from about 75 to over 200
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL
Health and physical readiness are a matter of great
concern to the Navy. To ensure the operational
effectiveness of the Navy, every member is expected to
achieve and maintain standards of physical readiness and
participate in a lifestyle that promotes optimal health.
This program is designed to support and enhance the
physical readiness of all personnel. Physical readiness
training is a complete conditioning program designed to
reduce excess body fat and develop and maintain
flexibility, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular
strength, and the stamina needed to perform routine and
emergency tasks. The program is a part of the Navys
Health Promotion Program. This program includes
physical fitness and sports, weight/fat control, nutrition
education, high blood pressure identification, stress
management, smoking education and prevention, lower
back injury prevention, and alcohol/drug abuse
Exercise, Physical Fitness,
and Weight Control
Each command is required to ensure personnel meet
the Navys physical readiness standards. All personnel
must pass a semiannual Physical Readiness Test (PRT)
which consists of meeting height/weight or body fat
standards, doing a minimum amount of sit ups and push
ups, and running a 1.5 mile run within a set time.
Personnel who do not meet the Navys standards or fail
the PRT are required to participate in a command
remedial program. Command remedial programs are
coordinated by each commands fitness coordinator and
vary from command to command, but the basic program
is controlled through the Physical Readiness and
Personal Excellence Program, OPNAVINST 6110.1.
Counseling and assistance centers and residential
rehabilitation centers are available to help personnel
conform to Navy PRT standards. Personnel who
continually fail the PRT may be ineligible for promotion
or reenlistment or administratively separated from the
All personnel are responsible for maintaining an
acceptable state of physical readiness at all times.
Participation in a personal physical conditioning
program should occur at least three times a week. The
individual physical conditioning activities should be at
least 40 minutes in duration during which at least
20 minutes is continuous aerobic activity.
Commands provide physical fitness and nutrition
education through General Military Training (GMT).
GMT should stress healthy food choices, exercise, and
Each base has a Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
(MWR) department that coordinates an intramural
sports program for all commands attached to the base.
The intramural sports program promotes morale and
helps personnel obtain and maintain an optimum fitness
level. All personnel are encouraged to participate in their
bases intramural sports program.
The primary goal of this program is to help Navy
personnel become more fit and healthy. We have Navy
remedial programs at the command level, counseling and
assistance centers, and naval drug rehabilitation centers.
These programs educate, counsel, and treat individuals
who do not meet standards.
A comprehensive plan guides Navy personnel
concerning proper nutrition. Improved training for mess
specialists, menu analysis, and increased food options in
chow halls are a part of the nutrition education plan.
High Blood Pressure Identification
The Navy's goal is for all active-duty personnel,
dependents, civilians, and retirees to be aware of the risk