A Japan-based Navy sailor passed away following fitness test, marking third such demise to have taken place within Navy in the current year.
On May 1, 22-year-old Aviation Electrician Airman Jordan C Cook experienced symptoms of illness after undergoing physical readiness test. He was then rushed to a medical clinic located at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Later, he was transferred to an off-base hospital where he breathed his last on 2 May.
The details of the tragic incident were first reported by the Navy Times.
The sad news of Airman Cook’s passing comes in after the death of two Navy recruits- 18-year-old Seaman Recruit Kelsey Nobles who passed away in late April shortly after her physical training test and 20-year-old Seaman Recruit Kierra Evans who also died following her fitness test in February.
In the month of May, the sea services introduced a new revised version of physical fitness test. The new fitness program avoids sit-ups and instead adopts plank position exercise in the fitness drills which are scheduled to begin in the year 2020.
John M Richardson, the chief of Naval Operations Admiral had pressed the initiative as many studies proved the ineffectiveness sit-ups had in comparison to planks. Sit-ups aren’t a good attribute for fitness, said Admiral Richardson on Thursday.