An Air Force colonel was relieved of command this week because he failed the tape test portion of the physical fitness test.
The wing commander accepted the decision to end his career, saying he failed to meet his service’s standards. But he had a sparkling record as an officer, described by some as a standout leader who would go the extra mile for his troops.
He could pass the situps, pushups and run on the PT test, but it was the tape test that got him.
What about you? Do you have a tape-test horror story? Have you, or someone you know, had a career derailed by a matter of inches?
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