Areas of discussion will include military fitness requirements, Air Force Fitness Program history, and the Fit-to-Fight Era.
Through the decades, the Air Force Fitness Program walked a twisted path to arrive at its present status.
(6) The Air Force Fitness Program remained essentially unchanged from 1947 to 1959, when the Air Force School of Aviation Medicine concluded that "the overall state of physical fitness in Air Force personnel is poor." (7) At that time the Air Force instituted mandatory weekly physical exercise, but set no mandated fitness standards until 1962.
Unfortunately, AFI 40-501, The Air Force Fitness Program, changed only the test process and not the overall Air Force fitness mindset.
Therefore, in 2003, the Air Force Fitness Program Manager needed to run a special query report for the working group designing the Fit-to-Fight Program (at that time called WarFit).
(74.) Deena Ellin, Air Force Fitness Program Consultant, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorad, e-mail, Subject: WarFit Question, 24 October 2008.
(43.) Air Force Audit Agency, Air Force Fitness Program Audit Report, F2009004-FD4000, 11 December 2008, 2.
A special interest item, the inspection of unit fitness programs emphasizes Air Force policies, directives, procedures and documentation requirements for the chief of staff of the Air Force Fitness Program, which went into effect in January.
The Air Force Reserve Command inspector general began evaluating units' implementation of the Air Force Fitness Program during unit compliance inspections in August.
It oversees the worldwide operation of the Air Force fitness program
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