|Revisions 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.
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:
Members who fail the abdominal circumference component but pass the other components will be administered a body mass index screen. Members who do not pass the BMI will be administered a body fat analysis.
- 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 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, including push-up and sit-ups, may be accomplished before or after the 1.5-mile run. The 2-kilometer walk has to be accomplished after the abdominal circumference measurement but before the muscular fitness components. There is a minimum three-minute rest period between components.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Any active-duty, Guard or Reserve member of the Air Force may apply for appeals consideration.
- Wing Level Appeal
- Fitness Assessment Appeals Board
- Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records
Members must submit a memorandum and all supporting evidence to their unit fitness program manager, who will route through the chain of command to first level appeal authority (wing commander or equivalent).
Fitness screening questionnaire and completed and signed fitness assessment score sheet are mandatory. Optional supporting evidence may include any document 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).
The application should be initiated as soon as possible after the error or injustice was discovered. Keep in mind, applications reviewed by the Fitness Assessment Appeals Board must be filed within two years of the error or injustice was discovered. The two years does not include the time it takes the application to go through the wing appeals process.
The applicant will be informed whether the appeal was approved or disapproved through the fitness assessment cell or chain of command.
For questions regarding the fitness assessment appeals process, visit the frequently asked questions section, contact the special programs branch at 210-565-2591 or send an email to email@example.com. To download a draft copy of the Fitness Appeals Memorandum, please click the following link, https://afpims.dma.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-131025-145.pdf.
Correcting Administrative Errors on Fitness Assessment Scores in the Air Force Fitness Management System
According to AFI 36-2905, administrative errors may be corrected without resorting to the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records. An administrative error exists when the AFFMS was updated with obviously inaccurate data. Per the AFI, administrative errors are limited to:
If one or more of these conditions exists, the affected Airmen may request administrative correction of a fitness assement in the AFFMS through their Fitness Assessment Cell. Additionally, if the FAC identifies the error, they may submit requests for corrections. Regardless of who initiates action, the FAC will submit requests for administrative correction as follows:
- Number of repetitions performed does not match number submitted in AFFMS
- Corrections to profile dates and exemption updates
- Deletion of score double entry
- Fitness assessments taken while pregnant
- CONUS - The FAC will submit requests for administrative corrections to AFPC/SVI using the following instructions: once logged into myPers, highlight the component of the individual for which the fitness assment requires correction (Active Duty, Air Force Reserve, or Air National Guard), run the cursor over the "FSS RESOURCES" link, and then select "SV - Sustainment". Once inside the "SV - Sustainment" page, click on the "Submit a case to Sustainment" and complete the required fields. In cases where a FAC does not exist, the administering PTL, UFPM, or member may submit the request. Requests for administrative correction must include the appropriate documentation such as a score sheet or AF Form 422 for verification purposes.
Note: Requests for administrative corrections will be accepted only from FAC or other personnel as authorized above.
- OCONUS - Administrative error requests will be sent to the respective MAJCOM/A1S for action (i.e., PACAF/A1S or USAFE/A1S). In cases where a FAC does not exist, the administering PTL, UFPM, or member may submit the request. Requests for administrative correction must include the appropriate documentation such as a score sheet or AF Form 422 for verification purposes.
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(Updated as of October 2013)