It’s not as hard as you might think, but it still requires training and preparation. Most people fail because they don’t put enough time, energy and effort into preparing for the test.
There are three fitness categories that make up the evaluation:
- Body Composition (worth up to 20 points)
Height and Weight + Waist Measurement for BMI Calculation
- Muscular Fitness (worth up to 20 points)
Maximum Sit-ups in One Minute + Maximum Push-ups in One Minute:
- Aerobic Fitness (worth up to 60 points)
1.5 Mile Timed Run
What are the passing scores for each category? I
It varies by age, in ten year increments (18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-69). The standards are reduced for each subsequent age category.
Example: Minimum Passing Scores Male < 30 Years of Age
Body Composition: 39 inch waist
1.5 Mile Run: 13:36
Example: Minimum Passing Scores Female < 30 Years of Age
Body Composition: 35.5 inch waist
1.5 Mile Run: 16:22
Excellent: Composite score equal to or greater than 90
Satisfactory: Composite score of 75-89.9
Unsatisfactory: Composite score less than 75
A score of Excellent means you only have to complete the fitness assessment 1x per year. A score of Satisfactory means you have to complete the fitness assessment 2x per year. A score of Unsatisfactory implies that you are not meeting Air Force standards, and 4 Unsatisfactory scores within a 2 year period may result in a discharge from the service.
Last weekend, I scored 100% for the 9th year in a row. I did 60 push-ups in one minute and 60 sit-ups in one minute, while completing the 1.5 mile run in 8 minutes 37 seconds. I didn’t max out the push-ups and sit-ups because once you hit the ceiling anything extra does not help your score. After a few weeks of taking it easy after the Chicago Marathon, my legs felt very light and fresh, so I was easily able to meet the maximum score on the 1.5 mile run. Unfortunately, there is no award for fitness achievements, but I believe there should be, since it’s an important component of being in the military.
One last race this year is coming up in two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll be flying out to San Francisco to visit my sister and run with her in the North Face Endurance Challenge Series 10K race!