Improving U.S. Military Accession Medical Screening Systems
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
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Every year, the U.S. military evaluates hundreds of thousands of applicants to determine their eligibility to serve, including their medical fitness. Two Department of Defense DoD organizations conduct medical screenings of the applicants during the accession process using somewhat different methods and different medical providers for two different groups enlisted and officer applicants. The quality of these screenings is important because they have a direct impact on armed forces recruiting and readiness. The services want to retain all dedicated applicants who are medically fit and qualified to serve and to avoid costs associated with those unfit to serve e.g., training losses from medical separations.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research