Military Personnel. Army Needs to Better Enforce Requirements and Improve Record Keeping for Soldiers Whose Medical Conditions May Call for Significant Duty Limitations
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The increasing need for warfighters for the Global War on Terrorism has meant longer and multiple deployments for soldiers. Medical readiness is essential to their performing needed duties, and an impairment that limits a soldiers capacities represents risk to the soldier, the unit, and the mission. Asked to review the Army s compliance with its guidance, GAO examined the extent to which the Army is 1 adhering to its medical and deployment requirements regarding decisions to send soldiers with medical conditions to Iraq and Afghanistan, and 2 deploying soldiers with medical conditions requiring duty limitations, and assigning them to duties suitable for their limitations. GAO reviewed Army guidance, and medical records for those preparing to deploy between April 2006 and March 2007 interviewed Army officials and commanders at Forts Benning, Stewart, and Drum, selected for their high deployment rates and surveyed deployed soldiers with medical limitations.
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