Less Stress PT Test

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — If you’ve ever found yourself stressed about your upcoming physical fitness assessment, you’re not alone. The Air Force is taking steps to give Airmen opportunities to take up to three mock tests before their official test without concern of the results — and McConnell is at the forefront of these efforts.

McConnell’s Fitness Assessment Cell started offering diagnostic fitness assessments on Feb. 1, 2020. Mock tests must be taken up to 15 days prior to the expiration of your current test to be converted to an official score.

McConnell has adjusted the Air Force Fitness Assessment Scorecard to document if the test is a diagnostic FA or an official FA, allowing the post assessment to be converted to an official FA. 

“This policy will also give Airmen greater flexibility to come test and see where they stand before taking their official PFA,” said Capt. Preslee Ellsworth, 22nd Force Support Squadron sustainment services flight commander. “If they fail a diagnostic test, there are no negative consequences.”

Capt. Ellsworth also said the only requirements for AMC are that Airmen must have a current PT test on file, even if that test was a failure, and that the Airmen must be at least 15 days from their expiration date.

Air Mobility Command, which includes McConnell, does not have a limit on when the window for taking mock tests begin. 

“My hope with this policy is that it will relieve some of the pressure Airmen experience with regards to PT testing,” said Ellsworth.

More information about the fitness assessment can be found here: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2054633/afmc-beta-tests-diagnostic-fitness-assessments/