CMSAF talks fitness, force shaping

19 Mar 2004 | Tech. Sgt. Andrew Leonhard

During a visit here March 15, the top enlisted Airman talked about fitness and force shaping.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray explained there was no plan to use the new fitness assessment as a part of the Weighted Airmen Promotion System.

“(Leaders have) talked about a possible change to the enlisted-performance report that might include a new line about physical-fitness standards,” said the chief. “But other than that, right now there is no talk of changing the WAPS.”

Another topic the chief addressed was force shaping.

To clear up confusion, Chief Murray said it should not be looked at as a means to reduce the force, but a way to reshape it to meet the expeditionary needs of today’s Air Force.

He also said the reshaping will not increase the air and space expeditionary forces rotation.

Chief Murray said taskings “are based against our authorization, not against our manning.”

After the first round for Airmen to submit applications to exit active duty under the force-shaping plan, the Air Force fell short of the anticipated goal.

“The good news to this is that people are not rushing to get out of our Air Force -- it’s a great time to serve our nation,” he said. “It’s a testament to the quality of life and the commitment to service.

“We don’t want to lose a single quality Airman from our force who wants to stay in,” he said.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific