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5'-5" 152 lbs and 24 years of Active Duty but...

March 21 2012 at 9:10 AM
Kelly Jamison  (Login hellerbust)
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I do remember in my early years some old crusty Master Sergeants that were huge. Those days are gone. Physical Fitness test are done every 6 months. If you score a 90 or better it is one year between test. Push-ups, sit-ups and 1.5 mile runs based on your age. The 1.5 mile run is usually somewhere between 11 and 14 minutes for most people. There are exceptions both directions. That is just a general guess. You can pass every test but if you don't tape measure around the waist to a predetermined measurement based on height, you can fail the whole thing. 4 failures in a predetermined time and you are out of the Air Force.

This has caused people to take dietary supplements, exlax, dehydrate and starvation diets to meet the standards. We have story after story of guys who ace their PT test but can't put a missile on a rail. One failure for whatever reason can end a fast track career based on outstanding performance in tech schools, off duty community involvement, on duty performance, advanced off duty education, etc. One push-up short, one sit-up short, one bad run from an injury in any number of forced field games or forced group runs and you are done.

Then there is some really stupid regulations. I fell into one of these. I had a PT test due by the end of September but I also had 90 days of leave due to a deployment. So I had to start leave at the beginning of September and try to get it to 60 days by October 1st (fiscal year starts and can't have more than 60 days of leave saved by that date.) So I was going to go overdue for a PT test while on leave. This would generate a referral Enlisted Performance Report for failure to meet PT standards. This would end any chance of me making my next rank. Due to a back injury I cannot do push-ups, sit-ups or run the 1.5 miles so all they can do is weigh me and measure my waist. So I came in, while on leave, in PT gear, shaved and haircut in regs. Stood on a scale and got taped. Got a 100% excellent score and continued on my leave. In 5 minutes I went from a career ending bad report to an excellent with no problems.

Don't even get me started on the AF Form 422 and 469 that have to be filled out and signed by everyone and their grandmother to keep from doing the push-ups, sit-ups and 1.5 mile run. That is a whole new story that takes about two weeks.

You guys on AD know what I am talking about. The big champions of this program are the natural athletes that accelerated in school with whatever their chosen sport is. They don't understand that there is a lot of different people "types" that are not natural runners or fitness nuts. They don't like getting all sweaty. Unfortunately these people are the ones in charge so....everyone runs, does push-ups and sit-ups. Weed out those who don't and save money in the medical area. Except for all the sport related injuries that have skyrocketed and missed days of work.

I am a proponent of looking good and feeling good but not at the expense of the mission. But then again, I retire in 6 months.

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