Since the advent of the new fitness program in 2004, overall Air
Force Reserve fitness statistics have been on a steady decline.
In 2003, 76 percent of unit Reservists took the fitness test, with
98.9 percent of those passing their assessment. In 2005, only 68 percent
tested, with 7 percent falling into the marginal category and 12 percent
in the poor category. The Reserve’s failure rate in this category
was six times higher than the rate for active-duty members.
The numbers for individual mobilization augmentees, who recently
came under Air Force Reserve Command management, are slightly better. In
2005, only 4 percent scored in the marginal category, and 6 percent were
classified as poor.
Under the previous fitness program, if a person failed the
three-mile walk assessment, he or she simply took it again a few months
later and generally passed. However, with more stringent force-wide
fitness standards in place, AFRC AFRC Air Force Reserve Command (formerly AFRES)
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