Max waist measurement shrinks for injured airmen — this week’s Air Force Times


If you get injured and can’t take the full PT test, you actually have to meet a smaller waist measurement than healthy  airmen.

Read how it’s harder for injured airmen to pass the tape test than it is for airmen who can complete the situp, pushup and 1.5-mile run portions of the test.

In other hot topics: Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody says the money being used to bring tuition assistance back could have been used to keep two squadrons flying.

Tuition assistance was restored on April 10, but the Air Force is still trying to figure out how to fund the program for the rest of the fiscal year.

This week’s edition also has a tribute to Capt. James Steel, who was killed on April 3 when his F-16 crashed in Afghanistan.

His mother recalls how Steel always wanted to be an F-16 pilot like his father, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Steel.

In money news: The Air Force wants to upgrade all of its F-15s and F-16s to keep them flying until the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is operational and new weapon systems are installed.

But the Air Force’s proposed budget for  the  next fiscal year does not reflect the massive cuts to defense spending known as  sequestration that may last for 10 years if Congress cannot reach an agreement on taxes and spending.

Budget cuts for this fiscal year have prompted the Air Force to ask airmen for suggestions on how the service can save money that can be used to for more flying hours, base repairs and tuition assistance, said Gen. Larry Spencer, vice chief of staff.

You  also  can read some of the suggestions submitted by Air Force Times readers about how the Air Force can cut waste.

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