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A series of Army Medical Command workshops assessed the effect of the Future Force doctrine on the Health Service Support system’s ability to deliver medical care on the battlefield. The authors summarize the findings from the five workshops. Based on the scenarios and the data gathered during the five workshops, the authors conclude that the distances envisioned for the Future Force battlefield pose problems for medical support. The dispersion creates a situation in which it will be unlikely that a medic will be nearby when a soldier is wounded and in which ground evacuation of casualties will be difficult. Given the challenges posed by these scenarios, it also appeared that the medical echelons above the Unit of Action could expect a substantial patient load. Finally, they concluded that better simulations are needed to help the Army Medical Department explore questions of medical force structure in more detail.

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