Accession Number:

ADA229643

Title:

Sustaining Health and Performance in the Desert: Environmental Medicine Guidance for Operations in Southwest Asia

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA

Report Date:

1990-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

56.0

Abstract:

Southwest Asia SWA is a harsh and unfamiliar environment for American soldiers. SWA poses a set of hazards unfamiliar to most of the leaders and soldiers who have trained in the temperature and hygienically advanced environments of CONUS or Europe. The primary environmental hazard of SWA is the desert, which has a climate that spans from hot-dry to cold-damp depending on the season and time of day. Yet, there are also coastal areas featuring marshlands which increase the risk of cold injury during the winter. This technical note discusses the environmental hazards of SWA and how to deal with them. Armies have operated in SWA for thousands of years. Some have been successful and some have experienced disaster. An important difference between success and disaster has been the degree to which armies have stayed fit and healthy in the face of the disease and injury threats of SWA. emk

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology
  • Geography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE