New distribution of scores, age groups included in Air Force fitness test from July 1


The Air Force will only need push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run when fitness testing resumes on July 1. (Christopher Parr / US Air Force)

WASHINGTON – The Air Force will only need push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run when fitness testing resumes on July 1 using a new split of scores, the service said on Wednesday. .

Push-ups and sit-ups will now be worth 20 points each, up 10 points, and the 1.5 mile run will remain worth 60 points. The point increase is intended to make up for points lost when the service removed waist measurement measurements in December.

An overall score of at least 75 is required to pass and anyone taking the test must also achieve the minimum score in each component. The minimum scores for each component vary by age and sex.

The service announced in early March that it would further delay testing until July due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Tests had previously been postponed until April.

The age groups used for assessment and scoring from the 10-year age categories are now replaced by five-year age groups. For example, the ranking category for 30-39 year olds has been replaced with age groups of 30-34 and 35-39, according to an Air Force press release.

In the coming weeks, the service also plans to announce other strength and cardiovascular testing exercise options. At this point, members will have about six months to practice the exercises and options will be available by early next year, according to the service.

“We are moving away from a one-size-fits-all model,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown said in a statement. “More testing options will put flexibility in the hands of our Airmen – where it belongs.”

While waist measurement is no longer required as part of the test, a separate body composition assessment will continue from October, according to the service. Body composition assessments will not be part of the fitness test. More details could be announced later, but the service did not say when.

The Space Force will also follow Air Force policies until its leadership develops a service specific plan.


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