Analysis Of Air Force's Physical Fitness Program

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POSITION PAPER
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AIR FORCE’S CURRENT PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM
1. The Air Force’s current physical fitness program will produce adequately physically fit Airmen. The current physical fitness program fosters the challenges of a mile and a half run, pushups, sit-ups and a waist measurement. According to gender and age, the scores generated in each category in the graded events are added up to meet a passing Air Force standard. It is a commander’s intent that every Airman be held responsible for maintaining the standards per Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2905, all year round.1 There are not enough measurements in place to hold Airmen accountable for their physical fitness progression. The Air Force’s physical fitness program gets overhauled
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Airmen can lack the motivation to meet the standards of the fitness test. There are many ways Airmen can be inadequately fit in physical fitness in preparation for their annual physical fitness test, after all, for most Airmen the test happens once a year if their performance is excellent or twice a year if their performance falls below excellent. For that one moment a year, all they have to accomplish is a waist circumference, mile and a half run, a couple of push ups, and sit ups. There is no motivation to condition a body for what is about to happen in this short amount of time. This type of behavior can lead to Airmen setting themselves up for failure, risk of injury, or being placed on a profile list. If the member is placed on a profile, this limits what they can perform during a fitness test. For example, if the member is exempt from the run, push-up, and sit-up portions, they only need the waist circumference every six months. Consequently, this disables an Air Force asset to be worldwide deployable and force constraints on unit cohesion, morale, and welfare. Depending on certain commander initiatives, if a member cumulates a number of failures over a certain amount of time, they risk not being retained or being forced out before their contract enlistment expires. In addition, a medical evaluation board (MEB) working together with commanders will determine the final outcome of a member on the …show more content…
Education and training are essential elements in the Air Force’s physical fitness program that assist Airmen to be adequately physically fit. The Comprehensive Airman Fitness Program (CAF) outlines a four-pillar guidance for all Airmen to practice and follow. The four pillars are mental, physical, social, and spiritual. According to AFI 90-506, the CAF enables commanders “a holistic approach to develop over-arching Airman fitness”3 with encompassing the education and training effort standards. If there is a lack of adherence in one of the pillars, the CAF would be deemed useless and the Air Force core values that Airmen live by are compromised. In an article written by Staff Sergeant C. Todd Lopez, General Jumper mentions, “I expect squadron commanders to be out in front of their squadrons, group commanders to be out in front of their groups, and wing commanders to be out in front of their wings as we go through this test cycle.”4 This statement should hold commanders accountable and should be an inspiration for all Airmen to promote a healthier lifestyle for themselves, believe upper leadership cares for their Airmen, and instill resiliency in everyday

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