"Have you hit your 10,000 steps today, shipmate?"
The program is in the very early stages, chief of naval personnel spokeswoman Lt. Jessica Anderson told Navy Times.
ADD DETAILS ON NAVY TESTS HERE -- WHO GETS THEM, WHEN, HOW MANY, WHERE, WHO WILL TRACK THIS, ETC
"They are an interesting piece of information, but they're only a piece of the puzzle," health studies professor Brian Schilling told Navy Times.
A standard fitness tracker like the Fitbit or Jawbone UP can monitor a person's steps taken a day, sleep patterns and heart rate, but they are notoriously limited. If you run on a treadmill or elliptical, for instance, that distance won't be logged.
You can enter your distance on your computer manually after the fact, however. And when it comes to diet, another Navy focus, it's also on each sailor to accurately enter what they eat everyday.
However, the study also found that for those already inclined to take good care of themselves, a fitness tracker helped keep their diet and activity at the front of their minds.
On the other hand, Schilling said, even an adequately active person who needs to drop some weight or clean up their diet might not get anything from wearing a tracker.
"Just because I'm highly active, it might not give me the resolution to actually cause a change in fitness," Schilling said.
"We have to measure it, track it for a full year, but the notion is rather than two annual tests, it's a focus on, are you making improvements and are you meeting standards for weight control, blood pressure cholesterol? Instead of a discussion of, are you inside your height-weight levels and can you pass the PRT? — which is where we are today," he said.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.