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Westover Airmen demonstrate the push-up, crunch, and the run. New physical fitness regulations in 2010 include biannual testing. (US Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Timm Huffman)
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How will you measure up?

Posted 12/18/2009   Updated 12/19/2009 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Timm Huffman
439 AW/PA

12/18/2009 - WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. - -- The New Year always brings change and with the arrival of the Air Force's new fitness instruction, 2010 is no different.
In addition to the twice-a-year fitness testing that went into effect Jan. 1, Westover Airmen can look forward to new physical training standards that begin July 1.
The most significant change is the arrival of biannual fitness testing.
"This decision promotes a lifestyle of fitness and aligns the Air Force Reserve with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and their reserve components, who already test twice a year," said Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander.
Biannual testing goes into effect six months before the new fitness standards in order to give Airmen the chance to assess their fitness level. During the first test under the new system, Airmen are evaluated under the old standards and given a copy of their scores under the new system. This will allow Airmen to make necessary changes to their fitness level for when the new program begins in July.
The PT tests will be conducted and monitored by a fitness assessment cell, staffed with trained civilian personnel. The FACs are intended to help reduce the administrative burdens placed on squadrons and to maximize objectivity in testing.
Fitness tests the FACs will monitor will look the same as the current test, with push-ups, sit-ups and a one and a half -mile run, but there will be different numbers to crunch.
The new program utilizes a component scoring system, similar to the old one, the only difference is the weight of each component. The run will be more highly valued under the new system, worth 60 percent of the test. Body composition is 20 percent, down from 30, and push-ups and crunches are still worth 10 points each.
Members must achieve a minimum composite score of 75 points to pass and must meet a minimum score for each component. That minimum is age and gender graded. Also, Airmen on medical waivers for one or more areas of the test will have a composite score on the assessed components and will receive either a pass or fail rating.
The new regulations also provide a recognition system for Airmen who achieve and maintain excellent fitness assessment scores. Patches will be awarded for four levels of excellent fitness: Excellent, Sustained Excellence, Maximum Performer and Sustained Maximum.
For more information on changes to the fitness test, visit the Air Force fitness program website at http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/affitnessprogram/index.asp

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