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Q: I am scheduled for a PT test around the start of the New Year and I have been hearing rumors of new options to choose from for different aspects of the test.
My question is, will I have the multiple options based on my date and what do these options consist of?
Also, will some aspects of the test be eliminated like the waist measurement portion? Thank you for your time in advance.
A: Thank you for your question, as this is big news for Airmen going forward.
The Air Force will officially add new alternative components to physical fitness assessment beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
Airmen will be able to choose from the following options to meet the strength and cardiovascular requirements:
- Traditional 1.5-mile run or High aerobic multi-shuttle run
- The two-kilometer walk will remain a fitness component for those who are not medically cleared to perform the two approved aerobic options.
- Traditional push-ups or Hand Release push-ups
- Traditional sit-ups, cross-leg reverse crunch, or plank
You can view the new scoring charts here: https://www.afpc.af.mil/Portals/70/documents/FITNESS/5%20Year%20Chart%20Scoring%20Including%20Optional%20Component%20Standards%20-%2020211111%200219.pdf
Airmen can schedule their assessment and sign up for their desired cardio option via myFitness, which will be available for scheduling starting Dec. 10. While members can select their desired cardio option when scheduling their assessment, you will select your desired strength component at the time of your assessment.
While waist measurement is no longer a component of fitness assessment, Airmen are still required to be measured and maintain a healthy body composition to ensure physical readiness.
The Air Force continues to test future alternatives. Key tenets for new options include ensuring the test is an equivalent measure of fitness, regardless of the testing method.