BLUF: The Air Force offers two options for testing Aerobic Fitness, 1.5 mile run or a 2 km walk.
Reference: The reference for the Air Force 1.5 mile run standards are outlined in Air Force Instruction 36-2905 which can be found on our reference page
1.5 Mile Timed run Verbal Instructions
The Test Administrator must read the following instructions to all Airmen and demonstrate the proper technique, or show the Air Force instructional video. If the instructional video is shown, instructions reading and demonstration is not required.
This 1.5 mile timed run is used to measure cardio-respiratory fitness. Prior to beginning the 1.5 mile run, you may complete up to a 3 minute warm up. You will line up behind the starting line and will be instructed to begin running as I start the stopwatch. No physical assistance from anyone or anything is permitted. Pacing is permitted if there is no physical contact and is not a hindrance to other runners. You are required to stay on and complete the entire marked course. Leaving the course is disqualifying and terminates the test. Your completion time will be recorded when you cross the finish line and you are required to complete a cool down for approximately 5 minutes. If at any time you are feeling in poor health, you are to stop running immediately and you will be given assistance
Note: When this run is performed at elevation levels of 5,250 feet and higher refer to Annex 17 of the AFI 36-2905