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Air Force Pararescue and Combat Controller PAST

Physical Ability and Stamina Test

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The below Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST) are for prior service personnel and Air Force personnel who wish to re-train into the Air Force Combat Controller or Pararescue Career Fields. New accessions (i.e., those who take the PAST) prior to completing basic training and technical school take the Combat Controller Non-Prior Service PAST or the Pararescue Non-Prior Service PAST. The following information is derived from Air Force Instruction 36-2626, Attachment 11:

This test must be conducted in the order listed below and within a 3 hour timeframe. Record PAST results on unit letterhead. If member is unable to meet any minimum standard, they have failed the test and the test will end at that point. However, member should continue to take the remainder of the test (if willing) to determine other weak/strong points of his physical condition. Test administrators should sign and have commanders endorse test results with a copy provided to the member.

One 25 meter underwater swim. The 25 meter underwater swim should be demonstrated first either through actual demonstration or by use of the training video that has already been supplied to recruiting squadrons. If members surface or break the water surface during any portion of the swim, the test will be stopped and considered a failure for the entire PAST. Swim suits and swim goggles are the only equipment items allowed. Do allow a 5-10 minute rest before the next event. Members should carefully stretch for the swim during this break time.

One 1000 meter surface swim. This swim is conducted using the freestyle or side stroke. Maximum time limit is 26 minutes (26:00). The swim is continuous (non-stop). If a member stops any time during the swim, the test will be stopped and considered a failure for the entire PAST. Swim suit and goggles are the only equipment items allowed. After completion of the swim, allow a 30 minute rest prior to the next event. Members should carefully stretch for the run during this break time.

One 1.5 mile run. The maximum time is 10 minutes, 30 seconds. PT clothes and good running shoes are the only required items. This run must be continuous (non-stop). If a member stops anytime during this run, the test will be stopped and considered a failure for the entire PAST. Members will be given a 10 minute break prior to the next event. Test should be conducted on a measured running track.

Calisthenics: Four calisthenics exercises are evaluated, each with specific time parameters and specific exercise form mechanics. All members will exercise to either muscle failure or time completion, whichever occurs first. The intent here is to have members do as many "good form" repetitions in the time allotted or when muscle failure is reached. NOTE: in performing all calisthenics, the exercise’s proper form must be followed. Deviation from the form to allow extra repetitions will be to the member’s disadvantage. Exercise form is strictly enforced during the training pipeline.

Allow a 3 minute break between each calisthenics exercise. The Calistenic Exercises consist of the following:

Some of the Above Information Courtesy of USAF

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