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Failing the Air Force tape test will no longer mean automatic failure of PT test

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The Air Force is keeping the tape test but giving some airmen who fail the abdominal circumference portion of the PT test a second chance, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said today in a message to airmen. (Colin Kelly/Staff)

From Air Force Times Staff writer Jeff Schogol:

The Air Force is keeping the tape test but giving some airmen who fail the abdominal circumference portion of the PT test a second chance, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said today in a message to airmen.

“If an airman fails the AC portion of the test, and passes each of the other three components, we’ll measure that airman using the Body Mass Index (BMI) taping guidance in DoD instructions,” Welsh said in the message, which was obtained by Air Force Times. “If the airman meets the DoD BMI standard, they pass the PFT.”

This and other changes to the physical fitness test will take effect Oct. 1, Welsh said.

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

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