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Air Force fitness changesRevisions to the Air Force fitness program took effect Oct. 21, 2013. Changes include additions to the body composition component of the fitness assessment, delegation of appeal authority for fitness assessments and changes to the walk test.

The Air Force Fitness Program goal is to motivate Airmen to participate in a year-round physical conditioning program that emphasizes total fitness, to include proper aerobic conditioning, strength and flexibility training, and healthy eating. Health benefits from an active lifestyle will increase productivity, optimize health, and decrease absenteeism while maintaining a higher level of readiness.

Fitness assessment standards  


The Air Force uses an overall composite fitness score and minimum scores per component based on aerobic fitness, body composition and muscular fitness components to determine overall fitness. The assessment components are comprised of the following:
  • Body composition evaluated by abdominal circumference measurements 
  • Aerobic component evaluated by the 1.5-mile timed run 
  • Muscular fitness component evaluated by the number of push-up and sit-ups completed within one minute
Members who fail the abdominal component but pass the other components with a score of at least 75 points of the remaining 80 points will be administered a body mass index screen. Members who do not pass the BMI will be administered a body fat analysis.

Members not medically cleared to complete the 1.5-mile run will be assessed through an alternative aerobic test consisting of a 2-kilometer walk, as determined by the exercise physiologist/fitness program manager unless otherwise exempted.

All components of the fitness assessment must be completed within a three-hour window on the same day.

The body composition assessment, to include height, weight and abdominal circumference measurements, is performed by fitness assessment cell staff and must be the first component assessed. The abdominal circumference is used to obtain the body composition component score instead of the Body Mass Index, or BMI. Height and weight are not factored into the composite score.

The muscular fitness components (push-ups and sit-ups) may be accomplished before or after the 1.5-mile run or 2.0-kilometer walk according to the installation FACs established procedures.
 
Fitness assessments will be completed by fitness assessment cell staff. Where no fitness assessment cell exists, assessments will be conducted by a certified unit fitness program manager or physical training leader.

Fitness Scoring


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 push-up and 10 points for sit-ups.

Those with duty limiting conditions prohibiting them from performing one or more components of the fitness assessment will have a composite score calculated on the assessed components. Members must achieve a minimum of 75 adjusted points, based on points available, and meet minimum component standards.

Fitness Categories


Airmen who fitness test will receive a score in one of three categories:
  • Excellent: Composite score equal to or greater than 90 with all minimum components met.
     
  • Satisfactory: Composite score of 75 - 89.99 with all minimum components met.
     
  • Unsatisfactory: Composite score less than 75 and/or one or more minimum components not met.
Fitness Assessment Appeals

The Air Force Fitness Assessment Appeals process was established to provide an avenue for administrative relief to address injustices or errors derived from the administration or execution of the Air Force Fitness Program. There are three levels of appeal:
  • Wing Level Appeal
  • Fitness Assessment Appeals Board
  • Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records
Any active-duty, Guard or Reserve member of the Air Force may apply for appeals consideration.

The first avenue to contest a member's fitness assessment is a Wing Appeal. Members will notify their Unit Fitness Program Manager of potential errors and provide them a signed memorandum, to include all documents the chain of command requires internally. The UFPM will route it through the chain of command to the first level appeal authority (wing commander or equivalent). Please keep in mind that the appeal should be initiated as soon as the error or injustice is discovered.

Once the wing commander or equivalent has approved the member's memorandum, submit the approved package to the base FIM for update into the Airman's record.

If the wing commander or equivalent disapproves the member's wing appeal request, the next avenue will be the Fitness Assessment Appeals Board. Applications reviewed by the FAAB must be filed within two years after the error or injustice was discovered. The two year period does not include the time it takes the application to go through the wing appeals process. Submit the following mandatory documents to AFPC at AFPC.DPSIM.FitnessAssessmentAppeals@us.af.mil: disapproval memorandum from the member signed by the wing commander or equivalent (should include reason for disapproval), fitness screening questionnaire, and the completed and signed fitness assessment score sheet.

The member may submit optional supporting evidence to include any documents the applicant may deem appropriate to support the appeals request. Examples include AF Form 469, Duty Limiting Condition, AF Form 108, Physical Fitness Education and Intervention Processing, and AF Form 422, Physical Profile Serial Report.

Note: In providing documentation you consent to its use in making a determination. When the appeal is approved or disapproved, the applicant will be informed through the fitness assessment cell or chain of command.

If the FAAB disapproves or denies relief for the member, the final avenue will be the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records.  All documents that were previously submitted for a wing appeal and FAAB need to be included in the package to the AFBCMR office. The member may submit additional supporting documents.

For questions regarding the fitness assessment appeals process review the Fitness Appeal Memorandum, visit the frequently asked questions section or email the special programs branch at AFPC.DPSIM.FitnessAssessmentAppeals@us.af.mil.

Resources

Air Force Fitness Management System II User Guide

(Updated as of March 2016)

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