A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron administers the running portion of the physical training test, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., July 23, 2012.The PT process has recently been redefined and is now being applied. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley L. Gardner/ Released)
Airmen line up for the running portion of their physical training test, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., July 23, 2012. The running component of the test is worth the most points out of four testable phases of the assessment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley L. Gardner/ Released)
by Airman 1st Class Ashley Gardner
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
7/24/2012 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- After two years of civilian monitors, enlisted Airmen of the 20th Force Support Squadron have taken over the Fitness Assessment Cell testing.
The testing takes place at the Shaw Fitness and Health Center in the testing room as well as the Shaw Track.
"The transformation from civilian to military FAC testers has gone very smoothly", said Staff Sgt. Antonio Edwards, 20th Force Support Squadron FAC NCOIC.
The reason for the change is to downsize personnel and preserve the integrity system, Edwards explained.
The new responsibilities of the Airmen who are now running the FAC consist of handling physical training terminations, coordinating with the health and wellness center, and a variety of other details that are based around PT testing.
Along with the changes on the military side the civilians are affected as well, but civilian personnel are still working at the FAC with the Airmen until they get on their feet Edwards said.
"It's a tough transition said David Gherke, 20th Force Support Squadron FAC test administrator. I enjoy my job, but we have been enduring a lot of turnovers and have to train everyone up," he continued. "Over all I believe in this program, it works we and it's consistent."
Some advice given by the FAC members to help during the physical training test includes:
· Maintain your fitness level;
· Know Air Force Instruction 36-2905;
· Listen to instructions;
· Work on the components everyday;
· Do as much as you can within the first 30 seconds (pacing only tires you out);
· Always keep yourself at a standard where you could pass at anytime if tested.