The Air Force has extended the temporary exemption to the aerobic, push-up and sit-up components of the standard Air Force fitness assessment until Nov. 30, 2020, for Airmen in Combat Control (1C2X1), Combat Rescue Officer (13DX), Pararescue (1T2X1), Special Tactics Officer (13CX), Special Operations Weather Officer (15WXH) and Special Reconnaissance (1Z4X1) Air Force Specialty Codes.
Airmen in these AFSCs will continue to be exempt from the standard fitness assessment, but are still 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 recently updated guidance on the Special Warfare Airman 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.
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.
The ALO/TACP Physical Tests and Standards Guidance are available to PTLs in Air Force Guidance Memorandum 2018-36-02, dated June 1, 2018, available under the Resources tab on this page. 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:
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.