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  • AF Sets Weight Restrictions for F-35 Pilots

    The Air Force recently made a decision to restrict pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to safety concerns about the ejection seat in a portion of the flight envelope. In a recent test, analysis identified an unacceptable risk of neck injury during parachute deployment/opening for lighter-weight pilots at low-speed conditions. There is also an elevated level of risk for pilots between 136 and 165 pounds. ... more

  • The Wingman Toolkit for AF Fitness

    Comprehensive Airman Fitness is built on the four domains of fitness — physical, mental, social and spiritual. The Wingman Toolkit ensures Airmen have quick access to the latest resources in maintaining their Comprehensive Airman Fitness. The Wingman Toolkit includes workout reminders, random motivational messages, relaxation techniques, a circle of trust with your "real" Wingman contacts, articles and more. There is also a vast collection of ... more

  • AF Fitness Test Exemption for New Moms

    The six-month deferment for female Airmen to accomplish their fitness assessments following childbirth will be increased to 12 months to align with recent changes to the deployment deferments. The one-year deferment applies to female Airmen who gave birth on or after the effective date of March 6, 2015. As dwell times for deployment, permanent change of station and TDY increase, so too will the exemption from the current fitness assessment for... more

  • Head of New Jersey National Guard Meets Fitness Deadline

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends a military review with Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, N.J., on Sept. 29, 2013. (Photo Tim Larsen)

    TRENTON, N.J. -- The leader of New Jersey's National Guard passed a fitness test, meeting a deadline imposed by the governor to shape up. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff was given 90 days to slim down and meet his obligations in September after he had been reprimanded by the Pentagon about his weight and for repeatedly dodging physical-fitness tests. Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts said Wednesday that Cunniff informed the governor that ... more

  • Airmen Don't Need Referrals for Physical Therapy

    All Air Force military treatment facilities (MTF) have been directed to establish direct access physical therapy clinics for active-duty members. The policy shift will now allow an active-duty member with an acute musculoskeletal injury to make an appointment directly with a physical therapist. Each MTF will implement these changes over the next few months. Active-duty members should contact their local MTF for more information. For more Air ... more

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