Talk about trimming the force, the AF has relieved an O-6 CO with a good record for failing his physical fitness test, according to this AF Times report here.


3 Responses to “AF Relief For . . . Cause?”

  1. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    I’m curious if it’s his first or fourth failure (the latter of which would trigger the question of whether he should face separation, although with a retirement-eligible officer, that’s unlikely).
    As a wing commander, he’s undoubtedly responsible for signing off on any number of administrative discharges, including ones for 4x PT failures.  I personally think it might have been overkill to relieve him, but I imagine every letter to him as separation authority would read, “Sir, as you yourself know, maintaining a 39-inch waistline is very difficult….”

  2. stewie says:

    I initially read this and thought he failed an actual test, but he just failed the waistline/body fat measurement?
    If first then he should be treated like an other servicemember in that position, given a period of time to come into compliance.  If second, third or indeed fourth then lot harder to have sympathy for him.

  3. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    The USAF has a four-part PT test: a 1.5 mile run (or 1.0 mile walk if you’re medically prohibited from running), waist measurement, 1 minute of pushups, and 1 minute of situps.  The run is 60 points, the waist is 20, and the pushups/situps are 10 each.  You need to score at least a 75, but you also need a “minimum score” in each category.  For men, having a greater than 39 inch waist is an automatic fail.
    This does lead to some odd results–I’ve seen PT failure discharge packages stating “You did fail the Physical Fitness Test with a score of 82.0….”  It’s still a fail, even if they max everything else.  It’s also recorded on your performance report–if you’ve got a failing score at the time of your evaluation, it’s a “referral” performance report which is a giant blot on your record.
    Again, my guess is that this was viewed as a leadership issue: that he can’t be credibly enforcing PT standards on the base if he’s failing it himself.  I don’t necessarily agree with it, but his leadership might have.