Air Force Announces New ‘Tape Under The Fold’ Regulation For PT Test Davies September 12, 2012 Air Force 31 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: SAN ANTONIO, TX – In an unprecedented maneuver, the United States Air Force has decided to modify its Physical Training Test to include taping under stomach folds during the waist measurement portion of the test. The move comes after years of complaints alluding to sexual harassment, unfair testing, and improper measurements. “Truth is,” says Senior Master Sergeant Harry Shneidman, a physical medicine specialist, “most airmen these days have some type of abdominal pouch.” The old regulation stated that the “tester will locate the measurement landmark immediately above the right uppermost hip bone (superior border of the iliac crest) at the side of the body vertically in line with the right armpit (midaxillary line). If desired, Airmen may assist the tester in locating the measurement landmark by resting the right hand on the hip, using rearward facing right thumb to locate the iliac crest.” Many airman have been confused that the wording of these directions alludes to large stomachs being the so called “measurement landmark.” “I literally had one airman turn to me and ask: Do you want me to flip it up?” said Senior Airman Cassie Hebowitz, a physical training leader (PTL) at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. “The airman taking her PT test was a mother of three and just never lost the baby weight. I did not know how to interpret the regulations so I just told her no, and proceeded to tape over the fold.” “She was mad afterward, but I told her there was no way I was going to even try to tape underneath that thing.” This situation has become common place, as thousands of PTLs have been reporting fold taping issues. Even the highest levels of Air Force leadership have gotten involved. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III commented at his recent swearing in that, “the eradication of stomach folds will be one of my top priorities as the Air Force’s top leader.” Secretary Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey were somewhat stunned at the comment given other top priorities for the Air Force, such as the flight safety of the F-22, and the war in Afghanistan. One anonymous airman stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany says the new regulation provides much needed relief. “German beer is heavy, and even though I PT twice a week, I’ve put at least 7 inches on around my waist and have a fold that hangs at least 3 inches over my belt now. Knowing they will just tape under my stomach gives me a little breathing room, and to be honest, will boost my self-esteem while still allowing me to enjoy the local brew when off duty.” Other airmen disagree. “If a person has a fold, they should just continue to tape over it. I mean it’s fit to fight, not fit to drink!” said Technical Sergeant Chris Vajeeja. The new ‘under the fold’ PT regulation will go into effect in October for fiscal year 2013. Cory Keller says: May 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM Man if I knew that, I wouldn’t have gone out and lost 30 pounds and worked so hard to get in shape for the PT test. To think I could be rocking a beer gut right now with other anonymous airmen. Michelle Dawn Lotz-Lynch says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Bwaahhhh Donna Soares Burt says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM I’ve always heard that is called dunlaps disease….belly dun lapped over your belt. Tiffany Duff says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Satire…it’s a thing now. Tell us again how crap the Air Force is though…please…and how other branches are better..argh, damn that Air Force and their technology! Drew Smith says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM This is ridiculous. As an airman I have to say that I agree with the last quote. I am stationed here at Ramstein and I see this all the time. People with huge pot bellies. What kind of image does that give to the American public about one of their military branches! People think that we are just a bunch of fat, lazy people in camo. No we are a military branch who should be constantly fit to fight! Pamela Stallworth says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM it’s called discipline people, it is the MILITARY after all, times have sure changed since I was in and not for the better. Ryan Phillips says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Everyone knows this is fake right? I mean read the other stories. Patrick Cahill says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Just started reading this site and its funny. Julie Gibson Halstead says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Glad to hear the AF is finally accomodating for Dunlap’s Disease (“My belly done lapped over my pants!”). Robert McDaniel says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM seems legit Axel Blaster says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Brilliant. Now, Even the Chief can pass. HUA! Daniel Barton says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM And let the shit talking commence…….this should be good. James Nealley says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM At this point they should just get rid of the waist measurement all together and go back to performance, meaning the ability to complete all of the physical standards in push ups, sit ups and running. Besides not everyone is actually fat just because they do have a large waist. Cesar Carrillo says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Damn now I know why every time I see the Air Force PT it seems like they have no glow belts , its just tucked under their bellies for more support :]. Joc No says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2013/03/air-force-colonel-relieved-for-failing-pt-032013w?fb_comment_id=fbc_158948417597944_380570_158982624261190#f39dd18c08 Barry King says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM This is absolutely ridiculous! I can see making exceptions, but that guy complaining about his belly fold being due to drinking too much German beer…give me a break! That guy needs to hit the gym more than twice a week! You CAN drink beer and not have a “fold”! Seroiusly…this is absurd! Chase Roush says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM These must be AMMO troops. IYAAYAS! Jeffrey MacHott says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM It’s not a pot belly, it’s an “Extended Performance” fuel tank! Polo says: September 25, 2012 at 7:15 AM And I’m still laughing. Funny, but so close to the truth in some cases that it is sad… but still funny! Tony Brown says: September 18, 2012 at 7:25 AM Great story…but one problem…IT’S NOT TRUE!! I just read the entire new AF PT program and this is FALSE!! Busted!! La-a says: September 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM You must be a senior leader KK says: September 20, 2012 at 8:33 PM lol I can’t believe people take this seriously. Osama bon Jovi says: October 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM How DARE you question the Journalistic integrity of The Duffel Blog!!! Juan Valdez says: September 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM Hmmm, this isn’t all that far out there for the USAF; I wouldn’t be surprised if I read this in AF Times or something similar. Maybe they should just eliminate the physical standards all together. Timmy says: September 13, 2012 at 6:44 AM Fuck this, people need to stop being lazy and make healthy choices, and continue to work out longer than 3 weeks before their PT test so they can pass La-a says: September 13, 2012 at 8:13 AM Timmy there is no room for that kind of bigtory in todays Air Force. If this countinues I will have to file an EEO complaint against you. Fat people have feelings too. Lumpstyle says: September 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM Yeah…they have feelings, “under the fold”!!! Rooster says: September 13, 2012 at 5:09 AM yes, of course you wear the glow belt under the FUPA* that way when you relax, no one can see you approaching and that makes you stealthy. The same is true for the sides. The only way they’ll see your glow belt is from behind as your butterfly tramp stamp grows into a california condor. sweet says: September 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM To La-a, That would be the mandatory Glow belt Air Force requires everyone to wear. La-a says: September 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM With this new AFI, will we also be authorized to wear the physical fittness belt under the fold? HolyWOW says: September 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM Too Funny! It looks like it will be beneficial for fat airmen to make sure they have folds instead of that big bulbous drinkers stomach with no folds. Keep that fat jiggly and loose men.