There has been some questions about Air Force Fitness
Testing being sprung on them prior to going to Professional Military Education.
The message below came from the Chief, Air Force Enlisted Developmental
Education 8T000 Enlisted PME (EPME) Career Field Manager HAF/A1DLE.
Airmen have been arriving at the EPME schools without
meeting the fitness prerequisites to attend. More specifically, their fitness
test was either (1) not current per
AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program; (2) expired during the course; or, (3) had a
non-passing score. All of these circumstances do not meet PME attendance
BLUF: Effective 1 Jan 2011, enlisted Airmen that arrive at EPME schools
without meeting the fitness (or other) attendance requirements will be returned
to their unit.
AFI 36-2301, Developmental Education (16 Jul 2010), Table 8. EPME Resident
School Eligibility Criteria, note 1: "Enlisted Airmen must have a passing AF
Fitness Test current through course completion to attend resident EPME.
(Exceptions: members medically exempt, deployed and
unable to complete a fitness test prior to attendance as approved by the
commandant of the school they will attend)." Please note, these exceptions are
very unique circumstances and should be an absolute minimum.
Although AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program states that it is the member's
responsibility to ensure he or she has a current fitness test, per the attached
message, units are responsible for validating the currency and passing status
for their members departing TDY to attend Developmental Education (DE).
Additionally, all DE students will provide a copy of their current passing
fitness test to the school staff upon their arrival.
NOTE: If a member does not meet requirements to attend EPME due to failing
fitness test score a WG/CC deferment letter is NOT needed since the member does
not meet requirements for EPME attendance. Follow the instructions in the
attached PME Deferment Checklist from AFPC (formal training offices should be
According to the AFPC Delta Team (EPME scheduling): "PT
failures are processed as an ineligible factor not an actual deferment. The
formal training office will verify the members eligibility. If the member does
not meet the PT requirements they will then send an e-mail notification with the
members name, and SSN. They must also include the recorded copy of the members
failing PT score printout. This is all completed without a deferment letter.
Also, formal training offices should choose wisely when they actually defer
members for a failing or noncurrent PT test because members have the option to
retest again at any time."
Please ensure widest dissemination of this email (and attachments) to wing
command chiefs, unit commanders, first sergeants, formal training offices, and
enlisted personnel to ensure that everyone is aware of the current policy,
rules, and procedures and they can ensure enlisted Airmen comply with the
fitness requirements BEFORE departing for EPME. The SNCOA and NCOAs do not have
the capability to conduct Fitness testing on-site and students who do not meet
fitness requirements will be sent back to their units.
Than you in advance for your leadership and engagement on this issue.