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30,000 airmen have failed waist tape since 2010

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More than 30,000 airmen have failed the waist measurement component of the PT test since 2010. Airmen must pass all four components of the test to pass. (Colin Kelly/Staff)

From Air Force Times staff writer Jeff Schogol:

As airmen wait with bated breath for Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh to decide whether to separate the tape test from the PT test, the Air Force has launched a pre-emptive strike against those who feel the tape test isn’t fair.

For years, airmen have complained that they can max out their pushups and situps but still fail the tape test because they are simply built large. Now the Air Force has released several figures on how many airmen have busted tape since the latest PT standards were implemented back in 2010.

“Recent comments on social media sites show there’s a rumor among airmen that the abdominal circumference component of the Fitness Assessment is where the largest majority of failures come from,” according to a July 31 Air Force News Service story. “This opinion is wrong.”

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 31 ultramarathons. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .