New Air Force Basic Training Fitness Standards

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Airmen run as part of physical fitness assessment
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. William Weldon, 145th Mission Support Group, calls out lap times to airmen during the running portion of the physical fitness assessment at the North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Dec. 2, 2017. (Tech. Sgt. Anthony Ballard/North Carolina Air National Guard)

In the past, basic training fitness standards were different than the fitness standards of the operational Air Force. However, that is no longer the case. The fitness test that trainees are required to pass at the end of basic training is the same fitness test that airmen are required to pass throughout their Air Force career on an annual basis.

The new fitness test still consists of three basic activities: push-ups, sit-ups and running.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air Force has postponed physical fitness assessments for the fourth time in about a year, Military.com reported. They are scheduled tentatively to resume on July 1, 2021, and when they do, a new scoring system is set to be used. Exactly what that will look like won't be announced until June. The Air Force said in a release in March that it is figuring out how scores will be calculated and the percentage breakdown for each activity -- one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run.

The service has backtracked on waist measurements, the so-called "tape test.'' Those measurements still will be used to determine whether an airman remains in compliance with body composition standards, but the result won't be counted in the overall PT test, the service said.

Officials also are studying strength and cardio tests that may be included in the future, including the 20-meter high aerobic multi-shuttle run, row ergometry, planks and burpees, the March release states. Leaders previously have said the study is looking at how the service measures body fat.

Airmen and Guardians will have the option of taking the "no-fail" practice PT test, the release states. The diagnostic PT test was unveiled by then-Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright in 2019. An airman must conduct his or her test alongside a unit fitness program manager or physical training leader. If they fail the test, it will not count against them or be documented as their official score. But if they pass, it would count as their official score.

Airmen and space members can check on their next PT test due date via the "Official Physical Assessment Due Date Matrix" on the myPers website.

While exact physical requirements will vary based on gender and age, anyone taking the Air Force physical fitness assessment must make at least an overall score of 75 -- and achieve the minimum score in each component.

Below is a chart showing the score required in each activity to pass the new fitness test with a 75%.

Activity Male Standards Female Standards
1.5-Mile Run 12:54 15:21
Push-Ups 44 27
Sit-Ups 46 42
Abdominal Circumference 37.5 34

While the above chart shows the minimum numbers required to pass the fitness test, it is recommended that anyone preparing for basic training aim to pass above the minimum standards.

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