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US Air Force abandons pilot waist measurements for fat

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The US Air Force was the first in the country's armed forces to abandon the use of measuring tapes for medical examinations of its military personnel for their physical compliance with service standards.


American pilots have long resented the inadequacy of this test, which is necessary to measure body fat. In their words, waist measurements do not reflect the actual physical condition of the pilots. As Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Brown noted, American pilots are responsible for their physical condition, for which there are many means.

Waist measurement, along with weight and height tracking, is used to calculate body fat percentage, but some pilots complain that this method does not reflect the exact ratio of muscle to fat, as body types vary widely, and this indicator can even depend on time of day. Meanwhile, "unacceptable" results can harm pilots' careers due to the rigorous physical standards cultivated in the US Air Force.

In addition to measuring your waist with a tape measure, your fitness assessment includes a mile and a half run, one minute of push-ups, and one minute of squats.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 9 December 2020 05: 14
    +8
    So what to do?
    If planes cannot carry such weight.
    Only the most severe diet will save giant of thought American pilots!
    In general - you need to eat less!
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 9 December 2020 05: 38
      +4
      a mile and a half run, one minute of push-ups and one minute of squats.

      Fell - wrung out! lol
      1. Senka naughty
        Senka naughty 9 December 2020 06: 32
        +3
        Yes, their standards are of course tough, the main thing is to suck in the stomach on the test, otherwise they may not be allowed on the plane laughing And they don't overstrain themselves when squatting so that nothing comes out.
    2. Profiler
      Profiler 9 December 2020 05: 40
      +6
      Quote: Victor_B
      eat less!

      Overweight, or simply obesity, is a long-standing medical and social problem in the United States.
      The army, as a section of society, is no exception.
      1. Aerodrome
        Aerodrome 9 December 2020 05: 42
        +2
        we, too, have not thin pilots ... what to do.
        1. Mavrikiy
          Mavrikiy 9 December 2020 05: 56
          +2
          Quote: Aerodrome
          we, too, have not thin pilots ... what to do.

          To make a choice. Profession or opa. repeat
          1. Mastrer
            Mastrer 9 December 2020 06: 07
            +5
            I advise you to look at the pictures of our test pilots. Thin there on the fingers of one hand count the CDM

            As my nephew says, "skill with belly size does not correlate if the belly is of a sane size."
        2. Mikhail m
          Mikhail m 9 December 2020 06: 33
          +5
          Quote: Aerodrome
          we, too, have not thin pilots ... what to do.

          And not only pilots. What to do? Fire obese people with disabilities. An officer in any rank, including the highest, is obliged to keep fit.
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 9 December 2020 06: 02
    +3
    It climbs into the cockpit and okay. The United States Air Force does not have an excess of pilots, therefore, they went on the principle of refusing to measure the waist.
    1. grandfather_Kostya
      grandfather_Kostya 9 December 2020 12: 04
      0
      It climbs into the cockpit and okay.

      We'll shove 200kg of the pilot into the cockpit and the ammunition will have to be reduced by one bomb.
  3. Lord
    Lord 9 December 2020 06: 15
    0
    When overloaded, it spreads over the chair and amartizes
    1. Mikhail m
      Mikhail m 9 December 2020 06: 35
      +5
      A little more overload - and amortization goes into aromatization.
  4. 2 Level Advisor
    2 Level Advisor 9 December 2020 06: 36
    +5
    well, they are partly right - the size of the waist, it’s not at all a fact that it speaks about fat - if the w / sl is pumped up and growth over 180, his waist is free for 100 cm and will be without fat ..
    1. Nosgoth
      Nosgoth 9 December 2020 07: 38
      +1
      Can you read? It says in Russian that both height and weight are measured. Those. the proportion of fat is calculated from the height too.
      1. 2 Level Advisor
        2 Level Advisor 9 December 2020 08: 36
        +2
        This calculation was adopted 50 years ago - is no longer relevant! Do you think that thin and muscular people (lean) of the same height have the same waist? So also there are 4 types of male figures and everyone has different waist, stupidly different pelvis .. This is from the series - the weight of a newborn should be 3,5 kg .. who should he, why 4 kg is not the norm? maybe his parents are big .. people are generally different .. now the measurement formula is much more complicated, taking into account the muscles and shape ..
        1. Nosgoth
          Nosgoth 9 December 2020 08: 46
          +1
          Someone threw you off the formula according to which they count, or again fantasies. reborn into reality?
          1. 2 Level Advisor
            2 Level Advisor 9 December 2020 09: 02
            +2
            earlier fantasies, where have I been seen? I started from this - "pilots complain that this method does not reflect the exact ratio of muscle and fat, since body types very different "
            but okay .. consider arguing ..
      2. alexmach
        alexmach 9 December 2020 11: 38
        0
        Can you read? It says in Russian that both height and weight are measured. Those. the proportion of fat is calculated from the height too.

        It's still not the most accurate method. But it will certainly do roughly by eye.
  5. sgr291158
    sgr291158 9 December 2020 06: 39
    +3
    And they also gave up makeup and manicure.
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 9 December 2020 07: 00
      +3
      ... Pedicure, permanent, scrub, peeling, highlighting and many more things, the names of which I do not know repeat
      1. Profiler
        Profiler 9 December 2020 07: 05
        +6
        Quote: sgr291158
        And they also gave up makeup and manicure.

        Quote: Uncle Lee
        ... Pedicure, permanent, scrub, peeling, highlighting and many more things, the names of which I do not know


        You should know the measure in your requirements, you can't be so cruel.
        1. Uncle lee
          Uncle lee 9 December 2020 07: 08
          +2
          Quote: Profiler
          you can't be so cruel.

          Good ! Allow me to use Chypre cologne! bully
          1. Profiler
            Profiler 9 December 2020 07: 10
            +4
            Quote: Uncle Lee

            Good ! Allow me to use Chypre cologne!

            Better this one.
            1. Uncle lee
              Uncle lee 9 December 2020 07: 13
              +2
              And this is Soviet propaganda! So all their pilots will fly to us! wink
            2. Sidor Amenpodestovich
              Sidor Amenpodestovich 9 December 2020 08: 38
              +1
              The pre-revolutionary Empress's Bouquet was called "Red Moscow".
  6. Slipper 2
    Slipper 2 9 December 2020 07: 27
    0
    The dream of modern warriors, to win by poking buttons on the sofa
  7. Bshkaus
    Bshkaus 9 December 2020 07: 59
    0
    I have a blog in Yandex Zen dedicated to high-altitude aviation and astronautics. So, last week a colleague suggested a topic for an article to attract new readers. In his opinion, the title should have sounded like this: what will happen to Niki Minaj in the event of a bailout? "I did not know who Niki Minaj was, but when they explained to me, knowing a colleague, he immediately replied that he would break the spine."
    But seriously, then
    I am also for the liberalization of many stupid and reinforced rules. If the weight is within the normal range and the equipment fits well, then what's the problem? Pilots, in contrast to virtual flyers, are adequate luli and in the event of the slightest deviation, this will affect the tolerance of the same overload. So the pilot will make the conclusions himself.
  8. venik
    venik 9 December 2020 10: 34
    0
    "... the US Air Force was the first in the country's armed forces to abandon the use of measuring tapes for medical examinations of its military ..."
    =========
    Well yes! Not enough roulette !:

    lol
  9. iouris
    iouris 9 December 2020 11: 54
    0
    "I recognize my Natalia by her waist.
    Where my two waists are, there is my Natalia. "
  10. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 9 December 2020 14: 59
    0
    Disorder! Everyone, to one Hollywood standard, 90 x 60 x 90.
  11. Virus-free crown
    Virus-free crown 9 December 2020 17: 22
    0
    And interestingly, they take measurements of the waist before or AFTER the sortie ?! repeat
    As far as I am aware, for 1 combat mission in a stressful situation, a pilot can lose up to 2 kg of weight ... from the data of Soviet military doctors ...
  12. Boris ⁣ Shaver
    Boris ⁣ Shaver 10 December 2020 01: 08
    0
    Vitaly's cat now has a waist.
  13. DAQ
    DAQ 11 December 2020 00: 12
    0
    The photo attached to the article is the same US Air Force general who threatened to attack Kaliningrad and bombed the "Wagnerians" in Syria.