FAMILY HEALTH EDUCATION AND ITS PLACE IN THE TRAINING OF STUDENT AVIATORS. A METHOD
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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Flight Surgeons are often poorly understood and their real missions are not realized by military aviation students and their families. The flight surgeon, because of his prominent position in selection and retention of the student aviator, may represent a threat to the aviators career. The Army Aviation Training Program is rapidly expanding. Formal student-flight surgeon was realized by the Department of Aeromedical Education and Training, Army Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Alabama. A method of health education discussions with the wives of student aviators was developed. The aims of the discussions were twofold. In the first place, improving the image of the flight surgeon by early and informal contact and enlisting the help of the wives in the care of their husbands as part of the flight surgeons mission, and the presentation of a number of vital aviation topics pertinent to the health and safety of the husband-aviators.
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