Odds of Hospitalization Among Marine Corps Personnel by Military Occupational Specialty and Causative Agends During OEF and OIF
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This study investigated the risk of hospitalization among Marines deployed during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom by Military Occupational Specialty MOS. Trends in risk of hospitalization as a function of injury cause explosive munitions and small arms EMSA, anatomical location, and injury type were analyzed to identify which MOSs were more likely to have open wound injuries or trauma to the extremities. The study population consisted of 163,939 Marines deployed at any time during the study period September 11, 2001 January 31, 2007.Hospitalized Marines n 2,718 were matched to nonhospitalized Marines on rank, time deployed, and number of deployments. Non-Infantry MOSs had lower risk of hospitalization compared with Infantry, regardless of injury cause or location. Trends differed for EMSA versus other injury causative agents, but did not differ by anatomical location among EMSA. This information allows for quantitative assessment of risk by MOS in combat situations.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Ammunition and Explosives