US Air Force Tier 2 (Job-Specific) PT Tests

Job-specific PT tests are coming to 10 career fields in the US Air Force over the next two years. They will be tough and will be very different from what personnel had to do before to pass their fitness test. These so-called Tier 2 tests are designed to be gender-neutral, and emulate specific physical challenges… Read More

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What is the Prevalence of Myopia in Newly Enlisted USAF Airmen?

Research Paper Title Prevalence of Myopia in Newly Enlisted Airmen at Joint Base San Antonio. Background Myopia is the most common type of refractive error and can lead to significant visual impairment. The frequency of myopia has risen considerably, and its worldwide prevalence is expected to continue to increase. Myopia is present in an increasing… Read More

Do Suicide Typologies have Clinical & Policy Implications for Military Suicide Prevention?

Research Paper Title Suicide Typologies in the United States Air Force: A Hierarchical Cluster Analysis. Background This study describes characteristics of United States Air Force (USAF) suicide decedents and determines subgroups. Methods Retrospective review of demographic, psychiatric, event-related, and psychosocial variables for USAF suicide decedents in the Suicide Event Surveillance System database was conducted between… Read More

What is the Influence of Occupation, Diet, & Lifestyle Factors on Occupant & Built Environment Microbial Ecology?

Research Paper Title Longitudinal homogenization of the microbiome between both occupants and the built environment in a cohort of United States Air Force Cadets. Background The microbiome of the built environment has important implications for human health and wellbeing; however, bidirectional exchange of microbes between occupants and surfaces can be confounded by lifestyle, architecture, and… Read More

Researching & Contrasting Concussion Non-Disclosure in Military Pilots & Athletes

Research Paper Title Pilots and athletes: Different concerns, similar concussion non-disclosure. Background Concussion non-disclosure research has focused almost exclusively on athletes. The focus on athletic populations has been sensible considering athletes’ demonstrated susceptibility to sustaining and concealing concussions. Nevertheless, the habitual use of athletic populations has allowed researchers and practitioners to omit the development of… Read More

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)?

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)? FACP, a programme of the United Stated Air Force (USAF), is designed to help aircrew members develop a personalised, comprehensive approach to G-fitness early in their flying career. Sound physical conditioning habits not only improve performance in the G-environment, but may reduce or prevent injuries such as… Read More

Tough Guys…

“I don’t mind being called tough, since I find in this racket it’s the tough guys who lead the survivors.” Curtis E. LeMay (1906 to 1990) Curtis Emerson LeMay was a General in the US Air Force whose expertise in strategic bombardment techniques was important during World War II and the Cold War. As commander… Read More