NEWS | July 14, 2015

The impact of your IMR status

By Senior Airman Hannah Leonard 628th Aerospace Medicine Squadron

Being physically capable to support the Air Force mission is critical for all military personnel. Monitoring medical requirements is vital to ensuring the Air Force goal of 80 percent Individual Medical Readiness compliance rate is met. Viewing your IMR status regularly allows commanders and medical support providers to monitor the medical readiness status of personnel, ensuring a fit force medically ready to deploy.

Three easy steps allow all members to view their IMR status: Step 1, log on to the AF Portal. Step 2, under quick links, click "My IMR/ASIMS" and Step 3, click "My Individual Medical Readiness Status". Your IMR status shows seven elements; Preventative Health Assessment, Dental readiness, Immunization status, Laboratory studies, Profile's (AF 469)/Duty Limiting Conditions, Individual Medical Equipment, and annual Occupational Health dates for those members in hazardous duty shops. Each of the seven elements serves a significant purpose to not only Air Force goals, but for the individual's own health. If any of the seven elements are red, you are considered overdue and should take care of that requirement as soon as possible.

The PHA identifies potential risk factors that could lead to decreased health; and allows for an annual record review and medical history updates. Dental readiness is important because only classes one and two are considered "medically ready" to deploy and dental health is important to overall health as well. It is Department of Defense and Air Force policy to keep all CDC recommended immunizations current. Immunizations are vital to building immunity and preventing disability or even death. Laboratory studies consist of blood type, G6PD, Sickle cell trait, DNA specimen, and HIV. Lab studies are completed once, except for HIV, which is drawn every two years or, when necessary for deployment. Profiles and Duty Limiting Conditions determine if a member is medically fit to deploy (for example, pregnant members and those who have asthma are not deployable). Gas mask inserts, for members with visual deficiencies, are necessary medical equipment so that eye wear can fit effectively under the gasmask. Occupational health requirements are based on the specific hazards found within high risk shops. Audiograms are performed once a year to monitor changes in hearing for individuals who work around constant loud noise. Audiograms, special vision testing, skin tests are all examples of annual occupational health requirements.

With the Air Force high operations tempo, working as a team to keep IMR status in the "green" increases a healthy and fit force, medically ready to deploy as the need arises. If personnel are not ready when short taskings arise, it puts a strain on the member and medical facility to accommodate certain medical requirements and a last minute replacement, who is current with the all medical requirements, may be a last resort. For any questions regarding your IMR, please contact Public Health at 963-6962. As a reminder, you can view your IMR status anytime: https://asims.afms.mil/webapp/MyIMR.aspx