Improving Medical and Dental Readiness in the Reserve Components
Jun 5, 2012
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The reserve components (RCs) of the U.S. military must ensure that reservists are not only properly equipped and trained, but also medically ready to serve. Medical readiness means that service members are free from health-related conditions, including dental conditions, that could limit their ability to carry out their duties. Medically ready reservists require less medical and dental support in theater and fewer medical evacuations from theater, both of which save money and free assets for other purposes. This volume identifies existing medical readiness requirements, quantifies the current status of RC medical readiness, identifies obstacles to achieving compliance, and suggests options for improving medical readiness in a cost-effective manner. The authors find that time and expense are major barriers to the RCs achieving their overall goals for medical readiness. Recommendations include standardizing medical readiness criteria across services, improving data reporting and archiving processes, providing incentives to individuals and units to achieve medical readiness, and continuing to extend TRICARE coverage to reservists prior to deployment.
Who Are the Reserves?
Achieving Individual Medical Readiness
Are DoD Medical Readiness Standards Sufficient for Military Operations?
Alternative Approaches for Meeting Medical and Dental Readiness Requirements
The Cost of Achieving Medical and Dental Readiness
Conclusions and Key Recommendations for Improving Reserve Individual Medical Readiness
Active Component and Selected Reserve End Strength
Active Component and Reserve Component Physicians and Dentists as a Percentage of the Total End Strength
Information and Systems Available to Members and Commanders for Tracking IMR Requirements and Compliance
Army First-Term Dental Readiness
Active Component Statistics.
Active Component Individual Medical Readiness Rates
Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Treatment for Demobilizing Reserve Component Members
Matrix: Detailed Requirements for Meeting Individual Medical Readiness Requirements Across DoD
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