Air Force tape test decision to be announced soon

Juli Phelps, an exercise physiologist from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., demonstrates how to use a tape measure on Airman 1st Class Shirell Cummings, 931st Security Forces Squadron, to measure waist circumference during a physical training leader certification class at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., last year. (1st Lt. Zach Anderson/Air Force)

A decision on the tape test for airmen could be announced soon, staff writer Jeff Schogol reports in this week’s Air Force Times. He writes:

Expect a decision soon about whether waist measurements should be part of your PT test, said Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody.

“In the next few days, we will be releasing what the changes to the program will be,” said Cody, who could not yet discuss what those changes will be.

Airmen have long complained that they can pass every component of the PT test except for the tape test, causing some to try drastic and dangerous measures to meet the service’s waist circumference limit of 39 inches for men and 35.5 inches for women.

That prompted the Air Force to launch a review into whether the tape test or some other form of health assessment should be separate from the PT test. The review is complete and in the final stage of staffing, Cody said in a July 23 interview.

“Even though we have some changes to announce, and we will, we are finalizing the phase of when those changes go into effect,” Cody said.

Read the rest of Jeff’s story over on Air Force Times.

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 32 ultramarathons -- including her first 100-miler. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .

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