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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. 

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

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


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.

Airmen 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. Airmen who do not pass the BMI will be administered a body fat analysis.


Airmen 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. The 2.0-kilometer walk is the only authorized alternate assessment. Both the run and walk will be performed on an approved distance course.


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. Muscular fitness is measured with a 1-minute timed push-up component and a 1-minute timed sit-up component.


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