Aug 31, 2021 – The Air Force is beta testing new ways to assess fitness. Airmen from Kunsan Air Base were among the many Air Force personnel who helped determine if the proposed components match the changes needed for physical training tests.
Fitness assessment alternatives were announced in July 2021, and beta testing in Kunsan ran from August 9 to August 31.
The four new components include manual release push-ups, cross-legged sit-ups, planks, and a 20-meter-high aerobic multi-shuttle run. All beta tests were voluntary and test scores were not counted as official PT scores.
Despite the low stakes involved in making the components, beta testing is crucial for the future of Air Force fitness testing, according to Tech. Sgt. Akin Hyde, NCO in charge of the Kunsan Fitness Assessment Cell.
“We’re getting as many people as possible to take the test,” Hyde said. “What prompted the Air Force to seek new ideas for PT testing this time was the feedback from the airmen. The proposed new compounds attempt to provide a different and more scientific way to test upper body strength, core strength, and cardiovascular health. “
The proposed new alternative components are the most comprehensive changes to Air Force fitness testing since the replacement of the obsolete cycle ergometry test in 2004 with the current fitness components of the test, which are part of the test. Air Force Fit to Fight initiative.
The latest changes; however, align with the Air Force Chief Staff Sergeant’s action orders to hasten change or loss. Specifically targeting the order of action A: airmen.
“We are moving away from a single model,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. in the initial change announced in May 2021. “More testing options will bring flexibility in the hands of our Airmen – in its place.
Hyde said the aviators who took part in the beta test mostly had good things to say, but some felt the rating standards were “a little behind” for new components, especially for release pumps. manual.
“At the end of the day,” Hyde said, “I don’t think all the new components are perfect, but I’m really proud that the Air Force is taking steps in the right direction and trying something new. I can’t wait for us to work to make things run smarter and better.
With the end of beta testing at Kunsan, Hyde said Airmen should look for new PT guidelines in the coming months.
Story by Tech. Sgt. Jacques Cason
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs