Military Personnel: Top Management Attention Is Needed to Address Long-Standing Problems with Determining Medical and Physical Fitness of the Reserve Force
DIANE Publishing, Mar 1, 2006 - 75 pages
DoD's operations in time of war or national emergency depend on sizable reserve force involvement & DoD expects future use of the reserve force to remain high. Operational readiness depends on healthy & fit personnel. Long-standing problems have been identified with reserve members not being in proper medical or physical condition. PL 108-375 required a study DoD's mgmt. of the health status of reserve members activated for Operations Enduring Freedom & Iraqi Freedom. This report assessed DoD's: (1) ability to determine reserve force compliance with routine exams; & (2) visibility over reserve members' health status after they are called to duty & the care, if any, provided to those deployed with preexisting conditions. Includes recommend. Illus.
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