By 2nd Lt. Shawn Woodall Jr.
4th Space Operations Squadron
This summer each Airman will need to step up their fitness level and prepare for a change to the physical fitness standards.
Starting today the new standards will take effect.
Air Force members will receive age and gender specific composite scores based on the following maximum component scores: 60 points for aerobic, 20 points for body composition, 10 points for pushups, and 10 points for sit-ups.
According to the Schriever Judge Advocate, the Air Force will use Operational Readiness Inspection-type scoring categories to reflect their results.
Excellent (composite score equal to or greater than 90.0), satisfactory (composite score of 75.0- 89.9), and unsatisfactory (composite score less than 75.0) will replace the current categories of Excellent, Good, and Poor.
For Airmen to pass the test they will be required to have a composite score of 75 and to meet the minimum component requirements in all component categories mentioned above.
“Theoretically, you can pass every component of the test and still fail the test,” Mr. Seth Cannello Fitness Center director and Fitness Assessment Cells supervisor said. “So meeting just the minimum standards isn’t going to cut it.”
In accordance with the new standards, the fitness test will be given twice a year with an exception to the Airmen who pass all four components and receive an “excellent” score overall will only have to test once a year.
Members who score “excellent” but were medically exempt from one or more of the four components must still test twice a year.
“I like the fact they are testing twice a year, you can’t just take six or seven months off and start working out a month or two before your test,” Mr. Cannello said. “You basically have to work out the entire year and I think that’s the intent of the program.
There will be no changes to the scheduling requirements for Air National Guard.”
The ergo cycle, the three-mile walk, and the step test will no longer be used as alternate aerobic tests.
Airmen who cannot run based on a profile will have to perform a one-mile walk that will determine VO2 max capability, a measure of your capacity for aerobic work, According to the new Air Force Instruction 36-2905.
Also, Those with duty limiting conditions prohibiting them from performing one or more components will have a composite score calculated on the assessed components; however they will only receive an overall “Pass” or “Fail” rating.
Commanders may approve Airmen who volunteer to retest prior to the previous AFI’s mandatory 42-day rest period if they are medically able and ready to test.
Airmen that have failed the test will have 90 days to retest but, every Airman is responsible for meeting and maintaining Air Force fitness standards, but will not be mandated to allocate fitness time during “traditional” duty hours.
Now, commanders will be able to take administrative action for the first time failures if they feel it is warranted. They are provided a table in the new AFI that recommends actions based on the number of failed tests.
The revised AFI 36-2406, Officer and Enlisted Evaluation Systems, will guarantee no Airmen with a referral report, for fitness or other reasons, will receive an overall “5” rating. Officers and enlisted members will be required to have a passing and current fitness score to be selected for or attend professional military education. All Airmen will be required to have a current fitness score to be able to deploy. Other restrictions regarding retraining, reenlistment eligibility and assignment eligibility that could be impacted by a failed fitness score, especially if such a score results in a referral OPR or EPR.
“If people look at the AFI they will be aware of all the changes,” said Ms. Krystal Bankard, Fitness Assessment Monitor.
Some changes will include, the high altitude calculation will be removed, the body mass index has been removed, and tests will be conducted at central locations called Fitness Assessment Cells, by trained civilian employees.
For more information on the new fitness standards and revised AFI, please go to the Web site: http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/affitnessprogram/index.asp.