THE PARARESCUE, COMBAT CONTROL, AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS WEATHER TEAM PAST TESTUPDATED 15 SEP 09:
1. A Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST) will be used to qualify individuals for AFSC's 1C2X1, Combat Control (CCT), 1T2X1, Pararescue (PJ) and 1W0X02 Special Operations Weather (SOWT). Prior to administering the PAST the applicant must pass a MEPS physical. The MEPS physical requirement will not be substituted by a school sports physical or any other non-MEPS physical.
2. Applicants must pass an initial PAST (see attachment 2), given by a qualified test administrator, prior to reservation. Each Squadron OPS will email the first PAST to Group OPS within 5 calendar days of test completion.
3. The initial PAST must be administered by PJ/CCT/SOWT personnel, or a certified administrator at or above the Flight Chief level. The applicant and test administrator must sign and date the worksheet. The Squadron Commander or Squadron Superintendent must then endorse the test. If an applicant fails their initial PAST they cannot re-test for 30 days and if they fail their second PAST they must be cancelled immediately and cannot be re-tested and reserved again for at least 30 calendar days
4. Prior to matching an applicant with PJ/CCT/SOWT, the applicant must have either a face-to-face or telephonic interview with one of the Special Tactics Recruiting Liaisons (see contact information attachment on PGM website) as well as view the AF Special Tactics video, if available. The interview must be documented in AFRISS.
5. The EAD PAST will be administered to all PJ/CCT/SOWT recruits no later than (NLT) 10 and no earlier than (NET) 20 calendar days prior to their EAD date. After completion of the second test each Squadron OPS must email the results from this test to the Group OPS NLT 5 calendar days after completion of the test. The results of these PAST will be used by the PJ/CCT Indoctrination Course to evaluate the fitness level of the new PJ's and CCT's entering the pipeline.
6. The 1C2X1, 1T2X1 and 1W0X2 career fields are open to male applicants ONLY.
LIABILITY RELEASE AND EXPRESS ASSUMPTION OF RISK
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND FILL IN YOUR NAME BEFORE SIGNING
I, _______________________________, hereby affirm that I have been advised and thoroughly informed of the inherent hazards of the physical activities involved in the Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST).
I hereby state I am in good physical condition and health, and I know of no medical symptoms, conditions, illnesses, or other ailments which would be aggravated, worsened, or in any way adversely affected by my participation in the PAST activities. I am aware that I must pass a MEPS physical prior to taking the PAST. I hereby state that I am voluntarily participating in the PAST because I desire to be reclassified into a Special Forces career field. I agree to follow the directions and orders of the Air Force personnel directing these activities. I agree to immediately notify these personnel of any physical pain, shortness of breath or discomfort during these activities. In consideration for being allowed to participate in these activities, I hereby personally assume all risks in connection with said activities, for any harm, injury, or damage that may befall me while I am taking the PAST, including all risks connected with these activities. Also, I understand that neither the Air Force nor the United States government provides any medical care in the event I am injured while participating in these physical activities.
I hereby exempt, release, and hold harmless the United States government and the United States Air Force from any claim or lawsuit by me, my family, estate, heirs, or assigns, arising out of my participation in this activity. I further state that I am of lawful age and competent to sign this liability release. This agreement shall be interpreted according to federal law. It shall be as broad and inclusive as permitted by pertinent federal law.
COMBAT CONTROL (CCT) / PARARESCUE (PJ) / SPECIAL OPERATIONS WEATHER (SOWT)
Physical Ability Stamina Test (PAST) CRITERIA
A11.1. This test must be conducted in a 3-hour time frame and in the order listed below. Record PAST results on unit letterhead or attached "Evaluation Worksheet". Members are encouraged to complete the test in its entirety to determine weak/strong points in his physical condition. Test administrators should sign and have commanders or squadron superintendents endorse test results with a copy provided to the member. This test is comprised of seven events; the member must pass every event. Failure of any event will result in the overall failure of the PAST.
NOTE: The PAST requirements are designed to test for a minimum fitness level for entry into the CCT/PJ/SOWT training pipeline. CCT/PJ/SOWT candidates should continue to train throughout their cross-training application and the recruiting process, to exceed these minimums in order to enhance their chances of success.
A11.1.1. 2 x 20 Meter Underwater Swim: Provide the member 3-minutes of rest between underwater swims. If members surface or break the water surface during any portion of the swim, the test will be stopped and considered a failure. Swimsuits and swim goggles/scuba mask are the only equipment items allowed. After completion of the underwater allow a 10 minute rest before next event.
A11.1.2. 500 Meter Surface Swim (max. time limit 14 minutes) (PJ - 11 minutes 30 seconds): This swim is conducted using the freestyle, breaststroke or sidestroke. The swim is continuous (non-stop). If a member stops any time during the swim, the test will be stopped and considered a failure for the entire PAST. Swimsuit and goggles/scuba mask are the only equipment items allowed. After completion of the swim, allow a 30-minute rest prior to the next event.
A11.1.3. 1.5 Mile Run (max. time limit 10 minutes 45 seconds) (PJ - 10 minutes 22 seconds): Physical training (PT) clothes and good running shoes are the only required items. The run must be continuous (non-stop). If a member stops anytime during this run, the test will be stopped and considered a failure. Members will be given a 10-minute break prior to the next event. Test should be conducted on a measured running track.
A11.1.4. Calisthenics: Three calisthenics exercises are evaluated, each with specific time parameters and specific exercise form mechanics. All members will exercise to either muscle failure or time completion, whichever occurs first. The intent is to have members do as many "good form" repetitions in the time allotted or when muscle failure is reached. Allow a 3-minute rest between each calisthenics exercise.
NOTE: Exercise form is strictly enforced during the PAST and in the training pipeline. Those repetitions done without proper form will not be counted and be to the members disadvantage.
A126.96.36.199. Pull-ups (6-repetition minimum in 1 minute): Pull-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is hanging from a bar, palms facing away from the candidate with no bend in elbows. Hand spread is approximately shoulder width apart. Count one; pull the body up until the Adam's apple clears the top of the bar. Count two; return to starting position. Legs are allowed to bend, but must not be kicked or manipulated to aid upward movement. If the candidate falls off, stops, or releases the bar, the exercise is terminated.
A188.8.131.52. Sit-ups (45-repitition minimum in 2 minutes): Sit-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is back flat on the surface, fingers interlocked behind the head, head off the surface, and knees bent at approximately a 90-degree angle. Another individual may hold the individual's feet during the exercise. Count one; sit up so that the shoulders are directly above the hip/pelvis area or 90 degrees to surface. Count two; return to the starting position. The exercise is continuous. If the member stops, the exercise is terminated. If the member's buttocks rise from the surface or his fingers are not interlocked behind his head during the repetition, the repetition is not counted.
A184.108.40.206. Push-ups (45-repitition minimum in 2 minutes): Push-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is hands, shoulder width apart, with arms straight and directly below the chest on the surface; the legs are extended, back and legs remain straight. Count one; lower the chest until the elbows are bent at a 90-degree or lower angle. Count two; return to the starting position. The only authorized rest position is the starting position. If the knees touch the ground the exercise is terminated. The member will not raise his buttocks in the air, sag his middle to the surface, or raise any hand or foot from their starting position. If a hand or foot is raised, the exercise is terminated.
A220.127.116.11. Flutter-kicks - removed for all.
NOTE: This test also applies to Air Force Crosstrainees, Prior Service, and Cross-Service personnel.