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PLAYpass gives Airmen up to $1,000 in discounts
Airmen projected to deploy or who have recently returned from deployment can participate in the PLAYpass Get out and Play Program and save $500 to $1,000 on installation programs.
The PLAYpass program is based upon discount cards which provide eligible Airmen and family members the opportunity to participate in force support squadron programs for free or at a reduced cost.
To obtain a PLAYpass card, eligible members must bring a copy of their deployment orders to the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
“This program provides Airmen and Air Force families respite from challenges they face due to deployments and dependent restricted assignments,” said Linda Weston, Air Force Personnel Center marketing specialist. “It offers users the opportunity to save hundreds with discounts in recreational and life skill classes.”
Two types of PLAYpass cards are available — the family card and the single Airman card.
Family PLAYpass cards are available to Airmen who have a spouse or children with Defense Department identification cards.
Waist measurement failures nonfactor for most Airmen
Recent comments on social media sites show there’s a rumor among Airmen that the abdominal circumference component of the fitness assessment is where the largest majority of failures come from.
This opinion is wrong.
Since the Air Force adopted the policy, which automatically fails Airmen with a larger than 39-inch waist (males) and 35.5-inch waist (females), the abdominal circumference measurement has led to the second least failures of the four components — aerobic, push-ups, sit-ups and abdominal circumference.
The numbers speak for themselves.
According to the Air Force fitness, promotion, and evaluation policy office:
Since the implementation of the new PT test in October 2010, 1,277,825 Airmen have been evaluated.
15,788 Airmen, who completed all four components, failed the waist measurement while also failing another component of the test.
5,141 Airmen, who completed all four components, failed their waist measurement, while passing the other three components. Of those, 348 failed their waist measurement and passed the other three components with a composite score of 75.
So, what does this all mean? Out of the 30,714 Airmen who failed the waist measurement, 0.4 percent failed only that component.
AF accepting applications for medical commissioning
Eligible Airmen interested in Biomedical Sciences Corps careers can apply for academic opportunities in the physical therapy, clinical psychology and physician assistant fields. In addition, eligible Airmen can apply for direct accession into one of three other BSC fields, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.
Each program has specific criteria, but applicants for all programs must be U.S. citizens, be medically qualified for worldwide duty, meet minimum commissioning requirements and meet Air Force fitness standards, said Kevin Smith, AFPC medical force management branch.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Training Program:
The U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy provides students entry-level competence in traditional physical therapy skills. Graduates earn a doctor of physical therapy degree from Baylor University. Enlisted applicants accepted for the program are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force Medical Service Corps. Upon completion of the program, all graduates join the BSC.
Open to Air Force active-duty members, program applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or be in the final semester of school for their degree. Course prerequisites include anatomy, physiology, biology, physics, chemistry, psychology, an additional social science and statistics.
24/7 fitness center access coming to bases near you
Getting fit to fight in the Air Force just became more convenient.
As part of an Air Force Services Transformation Initiative test concept, Joint Base Andrews, Md., was one of six installations to implement unmanned hours at their fitness center, making it accessible 24/7.
Since February, there have been roughly 25,000 visits between the test bases and every aspect of the initiative is going well. Now with the test phase at these six bases nearing its end, the program is rolling out Air Force wide.
“The purpose of the initiative is to boost morale and provide access to the gym for service members who work unconventional shifts, such as security forces members,” said 1st Lt. David Smith, the 11th Force Support Services Sustainment Flight officer in charge.