New PT rules and more in this week's Air Force Times


Pay attention to the latest changes to the PT test because they can make the difference between staying in the Air Force and looking for a new job.

You can read more about when you will need to take the test and how much discretion your commander will have to end your career.

Meanwhile, airmen continue to battle wildfires in Colorado. At least four C-130s equipped with modular airborne firefighting systems have been sent to the fight.

The planes have a crew of four or six airmen and can drop 3,000 gallons of flame retardant in an area at any given time. One of the planes crashed on Sunday evening  while battling a fire in South Dakota . Officials have not yet released the status of the crew.

And the Air Force has put on hold a plan to transfer F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Alaska after a Senator blocked the nominations for top Air Force leadership positions.

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said he will now lift his hold on the promotion of Lt. Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle to become the new Pacific Air Forces commander.

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  1. When is the AF going to smarten up about how they compute these test results, especially for personnel on medical waivers/profiles? We have great workers in this unit who are on PT profiles and can’t do anything but a waist measurement; this test is the most unfair method I have ever seen. With the AF maximum waist measurement of 39 on the single component, it is unthinkable why it takes a 37.5 to obtain enough points to pass when that is the only component a person can do. This 37.5 does not take into account anything such as how tall a person is, their body composition or their age. If on the same profile, how does a 67 inch tall 20 year old male have the same criteria to pass a waist measurement as a 72 inch tall 38 year old male?? This makes no sense, but our unit and I’m sure others across the service are doing nothing to correct this injustice but rather taking all steps possible to detrimentally damage a person’s career to the point of discharge. I personally have never failed a PT test; I just hate to see the climate of this organization so negatively affected by one small standard that has in my opinion been used as a “Force Shaping Tool”.

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