Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Air Force Reserve Chief, approved an alternative inside 1.5 mile fitness assessment for Reserve Citizen Airmen.
In the past, the AFRC granted a physical fitness assessment waiver for facilities subject to extreme weather conditions. As a result, cardiorespiratory exemptions increased throughout the command, and many Airmen went for extended periods without performing a composite fitness assessment.
âGeneral Scobee recently endorsed the 20 meter high aerobic multi-shuttle run (20m HAMR) as an alternative to the indoor fitness assessment,â said Jason Ham, Fitness / Promotion Program Coordinator. leadership health and resilience. âThe 20m HAMR will be administered whenever a location experiences extreme weather conditions that would preclude a safely administered 1.5 mile outdoor test run. “
Ham said the 20m HAMR can be safely performed on an indoor basketball court and has the same ability to predict aerobic capacity as the 1.5 mile run. The new test matches the age / gender requirements and is scored similarly to the 1.5 mile run.
He went on to say that the HAMR alternative will be phased in over a two-year adjustment period.
âDuring this time, all Airmen will be required to take the 20M HAMR when weather conditions do not allow outdoor testing,â Ham said. âAirmen will be allowed to count the evaluation as a correlated run time of 1.5 miles. During this time, the HAMR 20m valuation will function as an all win no loss option. Members who do not meet the minimum standards will not be rated and will be granted an exemption. “
Reserve host facilities began implementing the new 20m HAMR test on January 1. Tenants’ locations will start putting it in place on July 1.
âThe goal of the fitness program is to motivate all Airmen to participate in a fitness program throughout the year,â Ham said. âThe health benefits of an active lifestyle will increase productivity, optimize health and reduce absenteeism while maintaining higher levels of preparation. “
Reservists with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact [email protected]