A Women-Only Comparison of the U.S. Air Force Fitness Test and the Marine Combat Fitness Test
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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In 2009, Captain Thomas Worden determined the Air Force Physical Fitness Test AFPFT poorly predicted combat capability for his 86 study participants. With only 5 of these 86 volunteers being women, this limited Wordens findings to primarily men. This follow-on research investigated whether these results carried over to women. We recruited 61 female volunteers and compared their performance on the AFPFT to the Marine Combat Fitness Test, the proxy for combat capability. Like Wordens research, we discovered little association between the two R sq of 0.161. However, this association significantly increased adj R sq of 0.572 when utilizing the raw scores of the AFPFT instead of using the scoring tables. Improving upon these associations, we built multiple regression models using Ordinary Least Squares. Similar to Capt Wordens mostly male-study we arrived at comparable conclusions. The best two-event model for combat fitness capability incorporates a half-mile run and 30-lb ammunition can lifts adj R2 of 0.864 and the best three event model adds a Maneuver Under Fire adj R2 of 0.91. By adopting either model, we greatly improve the Air Forces ability to assess combat capability for women.
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