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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 (FAAB). 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 via the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page:

  • Disapproval memorandum from the member signed by the wing commander or equivalent (should include reason for disapproval)
  • Fitness screening questionnaire
  • The completed and signed fitness assessment score sheet

The Airman may submit optional supporting evidence to include any documents the applicant may deem appropriate to support the appeals request. Examples can be found in Air Force Instruction 10-203, Duty Limiting Conditions.

Note: In providing documentation, you consent to its use in making a determination. When the appeal is approved or disapproved, AFPC/DP2SSM Special Programs will inform the applicant via email.
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.

FITNESS ASSESSMENT

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:

  • 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.

BATTLEFIELD AIRMAN FITNESS ASSESSMENTS

This information pertains to Total Force Airmen in the area affected. References to “Airmen” in this article relate to both officers and enlisted personnel.    

 

BA FITNESS ASSESSMENT EXEMPTION POLICY

Effective Nov. 1, 2017, the Air Force has granted a temporary exemption to the aerobic, push-up and sit-up components of the standard Air Force fitness assessment until Dec.1, 2018, for Airmen in Combat Control (1C2X1), Combat Rescue Officer (13DX), Pararescue (1T2X1), Special Tactics Officer (13CX) and Special Operations Weather Technician (1W0X2) Air Force Specialty Codes. 

 

Airmen in these AFSCs are required to complete the abdominal circumference component in addition to their occupational AFSC-specific fitness assessment annually, conducted by a certified physical training leader. 

 

These exemptions are contingent upon each career field manager resuming and continuing development and validation of their new AFSC-specific, operationally specific/relevant fitness assessments.

 

The Air Force Fitness Management System is only postured to manage the standard fitness assessment; therefore, exempted components will be individually marked as "Exempt" and PTLs will input the AC measurement to satisfy the annual requirement. They will also complete AF Form 4446, Air Force Fitness Assessment Scorecard, to reflect exemptions in applicable components and the AC measurement and maintain the form in accordance with AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program. Each CFM will track and maintain all other data related to the Battlefield Airman AFSC-specific fitness tests.

 

ALO/TACP FITNESS ASSESSMENT POLICY UPDATE

The Air Force recently updated guidance on the Battlefield Airmen Fitness Assessment Exemption policy for Air Liaison Officer (13L) and Tactical Air Control Party (1C4) Airmen. Effective June 1, 2018, the Tier 1 FA exemption applies only to ALO and TACP duty AFSC Airmen who have been awarded the 3, 5 or 7 skill-level and/or who are assigned to certain special experience identifier-coded positions (SEIs O9C, 262, 279, 316 and 914) on a unit manning document. All other ALO/TACP personnel must continue to take the Tier 1 FA and follow current test frequency procedures identified in AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program.

 

Those DAFSC/SEI ALO/TACP Airmen must take the Tier 2 Operator Fitness Test, or OFT, with the goal of achieving a component standard score of 2 or more on the 10-point component test scale for all components AND a composite score of 46 or more on the 100-point composite test scale. Airmen will have a 12-month adaptation period, ending May 31, 2019, to accomplish this goal since this is a new test and standard, making them the first career fields in the Air Force to have occupationally-specific and operationally-relevant standards

 

The adoption of the Tier 2 standards will exempt these Airmen from three of the four components of the Tier 1 FA because their occupational fitness assessments already effectively measure the fitness required for their missions. Officials stated these requirements ensure operators have the necessary physical ability to perform critical job-related duties beyond what is required of Airmen on the current FA.

 

ABDOMINAL CIRCUMFERENCE MEASURMENT FOR ALO/TACP FA

While the aerobic and muscle fitness requirements of the Tier 2 OFT surpass Department of Defense standards, the body composition component still requires assessment via an AC measurement, but not as part of the 10-component score. Certified PTLs must conduct the AC measurement PRIOR TO the warm-up for the Tier 2 OFT and Airmen must meet current AC standards as identified in AFI 36-2095. Tier 1 FA-trained and certified PTLs may conduct AC measurements.

Due to the protracted timeline to modify AFFMS with the new Tier 2 requirements, commanders will apply the “Commander’s Exemption” for exempt ALO/TACP Airmen when those Airmen are flagged to take a Tier 1 FA. The AC measurement remains valid until the Airman’s next Tier 2 OFT, which may require a reentry of the passing score when AFFMS flags the Airman for a new score. For example, at the six-month period, PTLs would re-enter the previous six-month AC value.

 

TIER 2 OFT ADMINISTRATION AND SCORING

The ALO/TACP Physical Tests and Standards Guidance are available to PTLs in Air Force Guidance Memorandum 2018-36-02, dated June 1, 2018. Unit PTLs will record the Airman’s Tier 2 OFT data on the scoring spreadsheet supplied by the Air Force Exercise Science Unit until the Air Force establishes further guidance.

 

The ALO/TACP Tier 2 PTL must complete the PTL guidance section prior to administering the test and must audibly read the protocol section verbatim to Airmen taking the test. Airmen must complete the test components in the sequence indicated:

  1. Grip strength (measures muscular strength)
  2. Medical ball toss, back and side (measures muscular power)
  3. Two-cone drill (measures agility, balance, coordination)
  4. Trap bar deadlift (measures muscular strength)
  5. Pull-up (measures muscular endurance)
  6. Lunges (measures muscular endurance)
  7. Extended cross-knee crunch (measures muscular endurance)
  8. Farmer’s carry (measures anaerobic capacity)
  9. Row ergometer (measures muscular endurance, anaerobic capacity and cardiorespiratory endurance)
  10. 1.5-mile run (measures cardiorespiratory endurance)

PTLs will evaluate the 1.5-mile run component within 72 hours, before or after administration of the actual Tier 2 OFT. The run component for Air National Guard Airmen must be administered within one x a regularly scheduled drill.

 

To administer the ALO/TACP Tier 2 OFT, PTLs must obtain training and certification from the AF ESU PTL Course or directly from a unit member that was trained and certified by the course. PTLs trained by a unit member may not train other unit members as only one level of training order is permitted. Find details on PTL training and certification in AFGM 2018-36-02.

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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.

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. These members will receive a Pass or Fail in AFFMSII.