BMI won’t be easier than Air Force tape test


Sgt. Bobby Brewer, 46th Maintenance Group, and more than 20 others perform a side bridge during a physical training leader class March 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Samuel King Jr./Air Force)

Air Force Times writer Jeff Schogol reports this week on the latest tape test news from the Air Force.

He writes:

Soon, failing the waist measurement component of the physical fitness test will not mean an automatic failure for airmen who pass the rest of the test.

As of Oct. 1, airmen who do not meet the waist measurement requirements but pass the pushup, situp and run components of the PT test will be measured using the Body Mass Index taping guidance outlined in Defense Department instructions, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh wrote in an Aug. 21 message to airmen. Airmen who pass the BMI standard will pass the PT test.

The exact BMI measurements that airmen will have to meet have not yet been determined, Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Candice Ismirle said.The Defense Department rules call for a Body Mass Index of no more than 26 percent for men and 36 percent for women. The individual services can set lower maximums, but they cannot be any lower than 18 percent for men and 26 percent for women.

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

Sara Davidson

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