United States Air Force Fitness Assessment
The United States Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) is designed to test the body composition, muscular strength/endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of airmen in the United States Air Force. As part of the Fit to Fight program, the Air Force adopted a more stringent physical fitness assessment in 2004 and replaced the annual ergo-cycle (stationary bike) test that the Air Force had used for several years. Results are stored in the Air Force Fitness Management System (AFFMS) and accessible via the AF Portal.
Some reports state that participation at USAF fitness centers is up 30 percent since the new program was established. In the FA, Airmen are given a score based on performance consisting of four components: waist circumference, situps, pushups, and a 1.5-mile run. Airmen can potentially earn a score of 100; a passing score is anything over 75 points. Members must complete all components unless medically exempted. If medically exempted from any component, the total score is calculated as follows: Total Component Points Achieved X 100 divided by total possible points.
Maximum component points are:
Airmen who are medically recommended not to run may be cleared to participate in an alternative aerobic fitness assessment. Choice of the alternative test rests with the unit commander, based upon medical guidance.
Beginning in late August 2013, if an Airman fails the abdominal circumference portion of the test, and passes each of the other three components, that Airman will be measured using the Body Mass Index (BMI) taping guidance in Department of Defense instructions. Airmen who meet the DoD BMI standards receive a passing score.
The ratings for the FA are as follows
- Excellent: 90 or above
- Satisfactory: 75 to 89.9
- Unsatisfactory: below 75
Originally, Airmen who scored below 70 on the FA scored Poor, and those who scored between 70 and 74.9 received a Marginal rating, while Airmen who scored above 75 passed. In its current state, a score below 75 is considered Poor, and Airmen are required to re-test within 90 days. Scoring 75 or higher is now considered as meeting standards.
- Air Force Fitness Test standards went into effect on 1 July 2010. FAQ, "The effective date for the revised fitness program was pushed back to 1 July 2010, from the original 1 Jan. date. Biannual testing under the current fitness standards are still scheduled to begin Jan."
- "Air Force Fitness Test". Retrieved 7 August 2010.
- Fitness Management System off limits in July
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- Unknown (n.d.). "Air Force Physical Fitness Requirements". PlainFacts.net. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
- Monique Randolph (21 August 2007). "Air Force fitness test now pass, fail". AF.mil. Archived from the original on 12 December 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2008.