established by and for Navy spouses. Every Navy
spouse is automatically a member of the NWA with no
registration requirement or membership fee.
NWA solicits views, shares solutions, and
supplies information about military life to help
spouses cope with changing environments,
separations from loved ones, and shifting roles of
responsibility. By serving as a point of contact for
military spouses, the association enables spouses to
join together and help each other, which fosters a
sense of belonging.
The NWA can help spouses find the right source
of help in time of need. The NWA has a variety of
informational pamphlets available to spouses. For
information, write NWA, Washington Navy Yard,
Bldg. 172, Washington, DC 20374. You can reach
the NWA by phoning commercial: 202-433-2333 or
Defense Switched Network (DSN): 288-2333.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL READINESS
People in the Navy and people in the civilian
community share common health and physical
problems caused by desk jobs, eating too much, and
not enough exercise. Excessive body fat is a serious
detriment to health, longevity, stamina, and military
We need to maintain a high state of
health and physical readiness. If we do that, combat
readiness, personal effectiveness, and high morale
Health and physical readiness have become a
matter of concern to the Navy. Every Navy person
should strive to achieve and maintain a high standard
of physical readiness. Members who fail to achieve
high standards hurt their units and the effectiveness of
the Navy. Physical readiness training is a complete
conditioning program. It includes weight control and
nutrition, high blood pressure identification and
control, stress management, smoking cessation, and
back injury prevention.
As a leader, be physically fit and educate your
people in the importance of physical readiness
training. People over the age of 50 are not required to
pass the Physical Readiness Test (PRT).
SECNAVINST 6100.5 for more information on
physical fitness, and OPNAVINST 6110.1 for specific
The Navy does not require its personnel to abstain
totally from sexual relations.
However, it does
emphasize the importance of sexual responsibility
and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.
Syphilis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and acquired
immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are all sexually
They are normally spread
through sexual contact.
AIDS can also be spread
through contaminated blood or the sharing of
hypodermic needles. Sexually transmitted diseases
are not spread through inanimate objects such as toilet
seats, door knobs, and eating utensils.
The most serious of these diseases is AIDS. The
AIDS virus attacks the bodys immune system. That
results in the bodys inability to fight infection.
Military persons receive live virus vaccines to protect
them from certain illnesses and possible exposure to
serious infections when deployed outside the United
States. These vaccines may be life-threatening to a
person whose immune system has been damaged by
AIDS. At the present time we have no cure for AIDS.
More than 70 percent of all AIDS cases prove fatal
within 2 years of diagnosis.
All members of the Navy should be aware of the
dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and methods
for reducing the risks of getting them.
effective way of avoiding sexually transmitted
diseases is to abstain from all forms of sexual contact.
The next most effective means is to use your
intelligence by heeding the following rules:
Avoid sexual contact with multiple partners,
anonymous partners, prostitutes, and other
persons with multiple sex partners.
Avoid sexual contact with persons who have a
genital discharge, genital warts, genital herpes
lesions, or other suspicious genital lesions.
Avoid oral-anal sex.
Avoid genital contact with cold sores.
Use condoms and diaphragms in combination
Have a periodic examination for sexually