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Air Force Materiel Command to offer 'mock' fitness assessments that would count as the real thing if airmen pass - Stars and Stripes

Air Force Materiel Command to offer ‘mock’ fitness assessments that would count as the real thing if airmen pass

The Air Force Materiel Command will this month start offering no-risk “mock” fitness assessments to airmen to reduce the stress of testing and promote year-round fitness, it said in a statement.

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“The practice tests aim to both motivate Airmen to maintain a year-round exercise and fitness program while reducing the stress many face during testing,” AFMC Military Personnel and Programs branch chief Lt. Col. Rachel Marazita said Friday on the command’s website.

“Fear of failed physical training tests and the potential of career-ending disciplinary action is a major stressor that we are looking to eliminate through a sound testing protocol coupled with an organizational culture of fitness,” Marazita added.

Under the new rule, which takes effect Jan. 20, airmen who are current on their fitness assessments may attempt up to three of the mock tests, which the AFMC calls diagnostic assessments, starting as early as 45 days before their official assessment month and up to 15 days before their P Read More

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