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.