Note: The Air Force has made significant changes to the fitness program, effective January 1, 2010.
The Air Force fitness program was established on January 1, 2004. This program replaces the annual ergo-cycle test that the Air Force had used for several years.
These requirements are for after basic training and technical school. Recruits in basic training and non-prior-service recruits in technical school will continue to be tested using the basic training standards (see Surviving Air Force Basic Training ).
Under the Air Force Fitness Program, fitness points are awarded in four areas: aerobic (running), body-composition, push-ups, and crunches. Those who are not medically cleared to run will take the ergo-cycle test for the aerobic portion.
Ratings are as follows:
Excellent-- 90 or above
Good -- 75 to 89.9
Fail -- below 75
Individuals who fail must be re-tested within 90 days. In 2007, the Air Force announced that fitness test results (pass/fail) will be included on all future performance reports, so failing the fitness test can have a significant negative impact on an Air Force member's career (promotions, assignments, retention, etc.).
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:
Aerobic -- 50
Body Composition -- 30
Push-ups -- 10
Crunches -- 10
For example, let's say an airman was medically excused from doing push-ups. The Airman scored 40 points for Aerobics, 25 points for Body Comp, and 8 points for Crunches. The total possible points for these three events are 90. The total points received are 73. Multiply the total points received (73) by 100. The result is 7300. Divide by the total possible points (90). The result is 81.1. Remember, this method is used only if a member is medically excused from one or more of the componants.
For individuals who are not medically excused from any portion, you simply add the points achieved in each category, based on results from the charts linked below.