|Air Force Physical Fitness Requirements|
|Body Composition Points for Females Under Age 25|
The Body Composition Points are determined from measuring the abdominal circumference, and then comparing the measurement to the below chart.
To measure abdominal circumference, locate the upper hip bone and the top of the right iliac crest. Place a measuring tape in a horizontal plane around the abdomen at the level of the iliac crest. Before reading the tape measure, ensure that the tape is snug, but does not compress the skin, and is parallel to the floor. The measurement is made at the end of a normal expiration.
It's interesting to note that the Body-Composition Chart does not take height into consideration. That means, on average, shorter people will score better in this category than taller people. The Air Force's official answer to this is that the measurement is taken above the hip bone, so bone structure or height does not play a part (the measurement is not the same as one's pants size). Additionally, however, the body composition charts are the same for all ages. Most health experts agree that age should be a factor here, because it is entirely natural for older people to have less muscle-mass than younger people.
Body Composition is one part of the Air Force's total fitness test program. Body Composition makes up 30 percent of the total fitness composite points. The other three parts of the program consist of: