Armed Forces News

Airmen and Space Force members will no longer have to meet waist-measurement requirements, under fitness-assessment revisions the Air Force put in place. The service also will resume the assessments, which had been delayed from October to January due to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, next April. Height and weight measurements will begin again in October. Should the pandemic linger, the Air Force may again delay the restart of fitness assessments. The decision would hinge upon recommendations by local health officials and access to fitness centers. Meanwhile, fitness center staff, physical training leaders and airmen who would perform fitness assessments are being told to adhere to social-distancing practices once the assessments resume.

“Originally, we hoped to resume testing by January 2021. However, based on the number of cases nationwide, the right thing to do is focus on keeping our airmen and their families safe,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass. “Delaying and reevaluating the PT test is the best option for our people.”

Once PT assessments resume, participants will have to perform a 1.5-mile run, one minute of push-ups, and one minute of sit-ups. Until the changes are fully implemented, composite scores will be calculated with full points for waist measurement. The service is considering options for including alternative strength and cardio components in future PT assessments.