Commander's Impact on Preventing Disease During Military Conflicts
Master's thesis, 1 Aug 1991-5 Jun 1992
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study investigated the commanders impact on preventing disease during military conflicts. There are numerous factors affecting wartime personnel losses resulting from disease. One of the more significant, yet often overlooked, factors is the commanders impact on preventing disease. In this study the pivotal role played by commanders in preventing disease is evaluated through the use of statistical data and case studies. The case studies presented in this study addressed commanders from the American Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War, from General Washington to General Franks. A common thread emerged from the case studies. Commanders who took an active interest in the health of their command by emphasizing health discipline achieved a relatively high degree of success in preventing diseases. Conversely, commanders who did not emphasize health discipline were beset with a relatively high disease incidence rate. Although medical technology is rapidly advancing, the commanders impact on preventing disease is as significant today as it was during the American Revolutionary War. Preventive Medicine, Leadership, Military Commanders, Disease, DNBI Disease and Non-Battle Injury, combat Effectiveness, Military Medicine, Warfare, Combat Readiness.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics