Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST) Criteria for Combat Control
The purpose of the PAST test is to assess an AF candidate’s current physical condition for potential entry into the combat control career field. This test is comprised of several events; the candidate must pass every event. Failure of any event will result in the overall PAST failure.
NOTE: The PAST requirements are designed to test for a minimum fitness level for entry into the various training pipelines. Candidates should continue to train throughout their application process to exceed these minimums in order to enhance their chances of success.
1. 2 x 25 Meter Underwater Swim: Swimsuits and swim goggles/scuba mask are the only equipment items allowed. This exercise consists of a 3 minute cycle: underwater swim and surface swim back to the starting point. Members will take a breath, submerge, push off the pool wall and swim 25 meters underwater. If members surface or break the water surface during any portion of the underwater swim, the test will be stopped and considered a failure. Member will then surface swim, any stroke, to the starting point. The second cycle starts at the end of the first 3 minute period. After completion of the second underwater allow a 10 minute rest before the next event.
Surface Swim: Swimsuit and goggles/scuba mask are the only equipment items allowed.
500 Meter Surface Swim: 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.
Allow a 30-minute rest prior to the next event.
1.5 Mile Run: Physical training (PT) clothes and good running shoes are the only required items. The run must be conducted on an accurately measured course, preferably a running track.
Allow a 10-minute rest before the next event.
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 2-minute rest between each calisthenics exercise.
NOTE: Exercise form is strictly enforced during the PAST and in the training pipeline. Repetitions done without proper form will not be counted and will be to the member’s disadvantage.
Pull-ups (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 (“dead-hang”). Hand spread is approximately shoulder width apart. Count one; pull the body up until the chin is over 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 or releases from the bar, the exercise is terminated. Minimum: 8 repetitions.
Sit-ups (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, or be placed under a “toe-hold” bar. Count one; sit up so that the back is vertical to the 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. There is no authorized rest position. Minimum: 48 repetitions.
Push-ups (2 minutes): Push-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is hands, approximately shoulder width apart, arms, back, and legs must remain locked 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. Minimum: 48 repetitions.