ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Georgia —
Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Commander of Air Force Reserve Command and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, approved an indoor alternative to the 1.5-mile running fitness assessment for Citizen Airmen of the reserve.
In the past, the AFRC granted a waiver of physical fitness testing to facilities that were subjected to extreme weather conditions. As a result, cardiorespiratory exemptions increased throughout the command and many Airmen went long periods of time without performing a composite fitness assessment.
“General Scobee recently endorsed the 20m Elevated Aerobic Multi-Shuttle Run (20m HAMR) as an alternative indoor fitness assessment,” said Jason Ham, Fitness Promotion Program Coordinator. physical/command health and resilience. “The 20m HAMR will be administered whenever a location experiences extreme weather conditions that would prevent a safely administered 1.5 mile outdoor running test.”
Ham said the 20m HAMR can be done safely on an indoor basketball court and has the same ability to predict aerobic capacity as the 1.5-mile run. The new test matches age/gender requirements and is scored the same as the 1.5 mile run.
He went on to say that the HAMR alternative will be phased in over a two-year adaptation period.
“During this period, all Airmen will be required to take the 20M HAMR when weather conditions do not permit outdoor testing,” Ham said. “Airmen will be allowed to count the rating as a 1.5 mile correlated travel time. During this period, the 20m HAMR rating will operate as an all-win, no-loss option. Members who do not meet the minimum standards will not be graded and will receive an exemption.
Reserve host facilities began rolling out the new 20m HAMR test on January 1. Tenant locations will start implementing it on July 1.
“The goal of the fitness program is to motivate all Airmen to participate in a year-round fitness program,” Ham said. “The health benefits of an active lifestyle will increase productivity, optimize health and reduce absenteeism while maintaining higher levels of readiness.”
Reservists with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact [email protected]