Medical Readiness of Air Force Members Not on Deployment for Shortfall Deployments
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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After the Cold War the military deployment rate has increased dramatically despite the 39 decrease of armed forces personnel. One of the goals established in the Global Engagement A Vision for the 21st Century Air Force document, is that all active duty airmen will be required to maintain a high level of medical readiness. Presently only Air Force members on deployment status are routinely screened for medical readiness. This descriptive research concentrated on the Air Forces core competency of Rapid Global Mobility. The goal of this study was to assess a sample population for the percent of medical readiness for a shortfall mobilization, describe pertinent discrepancies if any, and to determine if there was a significant differences in medical readiness by gender, rank or age. The hypothesis is that 100 of active duty Air Force personnel, not on deployment status, who meet worldwide qualifications, will be medically ready for a less than 72-hour notice deployment. A total of 300 outpatients medical records were randomly chosen and reviewed, 100 from each of the three different major commands. Only 64 of the sample population was medically ready for a shortfall deployment. Thirty-two percent of the sample required further evaluation. If documentation was made as to whether the members still met worldwide qualifications after each outpatient visit the overall readiness percentage could be greatly improved.