As the new year is underway, the US Air Force fitness program will now see some big changes to the current fitness standards. This means more focus will be put on Airmen to keep up with a well regimented fitness routine, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I was introduced to some of the details recently in briefings within my unit at this past Unit Training Assembly.
The changes to the fitness program will take effect on July 1, 2010. Testing will now take place twice a year for members. The minimum requirements must be passed in each component, including an acheivement of 75 points, which is the actual passing score. Fitness tests will be held at central locations called Fitness Assessment Cells.
Individuals will recieve 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. Airmen who have certain limiting factors that restrict them from completing one or more of the fitness components in the assessment will have a composite score calculated on the assessed components; however they will only recieve an overall "Pass" or "Fail" rating.
The fitness test will consist of these main components:
• Body composition evaluated by abdominal circumference measurements
• Aerobic component evaluated by the 1.5 mile timed run
• Muscular fitness component evaluated by completed pushups and sit-ups within the one minute time period
The body composition assessment will include measurements in height, weight, and abdominal circumference. Instead of obtaining a Body Mass Index, the abdominal circumference is used to get the body composition component score.
Airmen who test in all four components will recieve a score in one of the three following categories: Excellent, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory. Members with exemptions that are testing in one to three components will be categorized as: Pass, Fail, or Exempt.
The Air Force Personnel Center website includes a further in depth description of fitness score categories as well as more overall detail in the new fitness program procedures.