APPLYING LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND'S HUMAN PERFORMANCE PROGRAM TO THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCES COMPREHENSIVE AIRMAN FITNESS
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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With the sustained operational requirements for Overseas Contingency Operations and the fiscally constrained state of the United States Air Force USAF, investment into a Comprehensive Airman Fitness Human Performance Program similar to the United States Special Operations Command Preservation of the Force and Family POTFF Task Forces Human Performance Programs would improve the manning, readiness, and operational effectiveness of USAF critically manned career fields. A case study framework for comparative analysis of POTFFs Human Performance Programs in Naval Special Warfare and the United States Army Special Operations Command was utilized to examine the best practices and procedural improvements for replication in a USAF Comprehensive Airman Fitness Human Performance Program to improve the resiliency, health, and well being of USAFs human capital to better meet operational requirements. Procedural improvements that should be adopted within a Comprehensive Airman Fitness Human Performance Program are devising an assessment capability and metrics to identify relevant career fields or units for advanced physical fitness program implementation, focusing physical training on the mission specific requirements of the individual similar to an athletic sports model, increasing access to higher level subject matter expertise from medical and non-medical support personnel and staff positions, and streamlining the bridge between preventative and rehabilitative mechanisms within the program.
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