FORT EUSTIS, VA. – The ink has dried on the Army’s updated doctrine on physical fitness, which now includes a part on holistic health aimed at preventing injuries, increasing soldier lethality, and being an integral part of individual preparedness. Holistic Health and Fitness, or H2F, is published Thursday in Army Field Manual 7-22, which covers the armed forces doctrine of physical readiness training, said Maj. Gen. Lonnie G. Hibbard, commander of the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training Hibbard, Taking its place in Army doctrine, hopes to gain a foothold by fiscal year 2021, especially as the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) is set to become the record-breaking fitness test next month. “These will be the supporting blocks of the ACFT,” he said, adding that H2F will be launched at the same time as the new ACFT with six events. The updated doctrine is limited to “the individual soldier” and includes postpartum training for the first time. “We made leaps and strides [with H2F]by viewing soldiers not as copies of one another but as individuals. That is the point of health and holistic fitness. “ReadinessH2F is a comprehensive human, equipment, facility, programming, and training integration initiative to produce physically and mentally strong soldiers ready to defeat enemies in future wars. Said Hibbard.[H2F] is the framework that encompasses all aspects of human performance, including physical, sleep, nutritional, mental and spiritual fitness, ”he said. This “optimizes soldier readiness, reduces injury rates, improves rehabilitation after injury, and increases the overall effectiveness of the entire army.” The initiative is part of the army’s cultural change in the way commanders train their key ones and maintain the weapon system – their soldiers, he said. H2F’s unified governance structure consolidates other Army health campaigns – such as Performance Triad, Go for Green, Army Wellness Center, and others – into one. The commanders have subject matter experts in their staff who advise them on the implementation of doctrines that support the H2F system. These H2F performance teams, consisting of physiotherapists, registered dietitians, occupational therapists, certified sports trainers, experts in cognitive performance as well as strength and conditioning trainers, will support brigade-sized elements and offer far-reaching medical care and performance skills. According to Hibbard, the key is preventing injury and increasing lethality. By February 2019, more than 56,000 soldiers were not operational – comparable to more than 13 brigade combat teams. In addition, more than 21,000 soldiers were in a temporary profile and more than 15,000 were in a permanent profile. In 2018, more than half of all soldiers were injured at some point, and 71% of those injuries were micro-traumatic injuries to the lower musculoskeletal system. The 2018 report also reported that more than 12% of soldiers had some form of sleep disorder and 17% of soldiers on active duty were obese, which can lead to injuries. In other words, the soldiers’ training in and out of the gym produced counterproductive results. This health care burden not only impacted operational readiness, but the musculoskeletal injuries incurred half a billion dollars in patient care costs for soldiers on active duty. These readiness issues were just a few of the reasons H2F was developed, Hibbard said and will “increase the overall effectiveness of the entire army.” Army Combat Fitness Test – The holistic health boost comes when the Army revises its fitness assessment tests. The changes couple with H2F providing the help soldiers need to make the changes needed to the overall health and wellbeing of the Army, Hibbard said. In October, the ACFT will officially replace the decades-old Army Fitness Test. The ACFT is designed to reduce injuries and to best prepare soldiers for the modern demands of warfare, Hibbard said. The gender and age-neutral six-event ACFT will be the largest overhaul to assess a soldier’s physical fitness in 40 years. In contrast to the outdated fitness standards for three events, the ACFT won’t be “one size fits all,” said Hibbard. “Your strengths and my strengths will be different.” This is where the H2F program comes in, he said. It is an integrated health approach to physical training that is tailored to “the individual soldier” at all levels of his career. Over the past decade, recruits have done fewer physical activities than before before they are hired, Hibbard said. This is due to several reasons, e.g. For example, physical education is being cut off from the requirements of public schooling: “If you or your family are not doing sport, you are not allowed to do anything,” he said. “H2F will empower and equip soldiers to take care of their health and fitness.” Soldier Performance Readiness Centers In the future, H2F training facilities, so-called Soldier Performance Readiness Centers (SPRCs), will serve as 40,000 square foot fitness one-unit-owned hubs to deliver integrated health experiences to the individual soldier, Hibbard said. The hubs include a standardized obstacle course, a test field for physical fitness, protected strength training stands, strength equipment in containers and training fields for physical readiness with climbing sleeves. The modernized fitness studios will be built from the 2023 financial year. By then, performance teams will be built using existing facilities. Once construction begins, it will take between six and 18 months to complete, he said. It is expected that new devices will be delivered to army halls of the entire armed forces sooner or already. “We already have test equipment for the ACFT [delivered to] most of the brigades, ”said Hibbard. “Especially at [U.S. Army Forces Command]“With an extradition rate of“ 18 brigades a year give or take. ”National Guard and Army Reserve Leaders at CIMT, who fall under the Army’s training and doctrine command, know that these changes may not affect every soldier in the Army at the same time. “When you start looking at the National Guard or the Army Reservation, it gets a little more complicated,” said Hibbard. “The teams want to provide H2F resources by implementing creative solutions including partnerships, technology applications, mobile platforms , and other subject matter experts in their states or regions. “Both components are also implementing pilot programs to assess functionality in their units. The National Guard has 14 programs in different states, and the Reserve will begin its pilot program in the third quarter of 2021. The pilot programs include fitness apps, virtual education, buying commerce ller off-the-shelf training equipment, university partnerships, industrial and government programs. Army leaders continue to research how best to customize the H2F system to meet their specific needs, Hibbard said. H2F is here, but the assessment of information and data is far from complete. “We will keep developing [H2F]mainly because the guard and the reserve developed their programs, ”he said. “Soldiers are the ‘why’ behind it all. We are asking a lot of them physically and as we are changing the fitness culture in the army, H2F is here to help them succeed. Related LinksArmy News ServiceARNEWS ArchivesArmy.mil: Army Combat Fitness Test

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