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Accession Medical Standards Analysis and Research Activity (AMSARA) 2015, Annual Report, and four Supplemental Applicants and Accessions Tables for: Army, Air Force, Marine, and Navy

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Technical Report,01 Oct 2009,01 Sep 2013

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AMSARA, Department of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine Branch Silver Spring United States

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The Accession Medical Standards Analysis and Research Activity AMSARA has completed its nineteenth year of providing the Department of Defense with evidence-based evaluations of accession medical standards. AMSARA evaluates medical standards and retention programs to improve military readiness by maximizing both the accession and retention of motivated and capable recruits. This report provides findings from selected special studies and descriptive data on fiscal year FY 2014 accessions. Section 1 of this report, Special Studies, presents brief reports on selected research conducted at AMSARA. Special studies in this annual report include analysis of the cost effectiveness of using the Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System TAPAS to screen applicants for military service descriptive analyses of the prevalence of disqualifications and waivers for curvature of spine, sexual and gender identity disorders, and anaphylaxis in military applicants and an analysis of the distribution of body fat percentage in the ARMS population. Section 2 of this report includes the descriptive statistics AMSARA compiles and publishes annually for historical and reference value. Descriptive statistics are for applicants who enlisted in FY14 and are compared to the five-year aggregate data from FY 2009-2013. Data are collected while the recruits are in their first year of service. By convention, the annual report is dated for the first complete year after enlistment FY 2015. Comparisons can be made between services and between enlisted components active, reserve, National Guard.

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