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Reserve implements changes to fitness assessments

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A member of the 919th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron prepares for his annual fitness assessment at Duke Field, Fla. The Air Force Reserve has resumed fitness assessments for the month of August after impleneting changes to the Fitness Screening Questionnaire. The focus is on screening for sickle cell traits in light of incidents involving servicemembers who have collapsed during the tests.(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Monique Roux).

ROBINS AFB, Ga. -- Air Force Reserve has resumed Fitness Assessments for the month of August to comply with changes to the Fitness Screening Questionnaire that are effective immediately.

Changes were made to the FSQ to improve the safety, health, and welfare of all Citizen Airmen. Changes to the questionnaire allowed members the opportunity to validate sickle cell traits and comply with the new FSQ requirements, according to officials from Air Force Reserve Command.

The FSQ has been changed to add a provision for SCT and includes the following:
• Can you verify that you know your sickle cell trait screening test result and that if you have SCT, you completed at least two counseling sessions with a health care provider and watched the educational video within the past year (https://www.hprc-online.org/articles/sickle-cell-trait-awareness). SCT screening results can be located at (https://imr.afms.mil/imr/myIMR.aspx).

Seven calendar days prior to taking a FA, an FSQ must be completed. Again, if a member has the SCT, they are required to complete two counseling sessions by a health care professional and watch a video prior to taking an FA. Members can validate their sickle cell trait on My IMR/ASIMS – Medical Readiness through the Air Force Portal. This requirement will be updated in the instruction upon revision of AFI 36-2905 (Fitness Program).

Members, Physical Training Leaderss, Unit Fitness Program Managers and Fitness Assessment Cell staff must ensure they use the current/corrected version of the FSQ.

Where to find the corrected FSQ:

• Fitness Screening Questionnaire hyperlink: https://www.afpc.af.mil/Portals/70/documents/06_CAREER%20MANAGEMENT/03_Fitness%20Program/FITNESS%20SCREENING%20QUESTIONNAIRE%202019.pdf

• AFFMS II Navigation: Fitness Tools, Fitness Questionnaire, click OK. The FSQ will come up in a new window, click OK.

The Air Force FSQ Change message can be found on myPers at: https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/40524

For additional details, contact unit supervisors or anyone in the chain of command.