The Army Selected Reserve Dental Readiness System (ASDRS): Historical Overview, Assessment and Recommendations
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
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The Army Selected Reserve Dental Readiness System ASDRS is a key dental program directed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower Reserve Affairs starting in Fiscal Year FY 09. The Army National Guard and Army Reserve have steadily implemented ASDRS over the past three years as a means to improve the historically abysmal Dental Readiness of the Army Reserve Component RC Dental Readiness is essential for sustaining an Army RC Operational Force. ASDRS is a tool for RC commanders to provide contract Dental Readiness care in support of over 558 thousand nonmobilized Selected Reserve Citizen-Soldiers dispersed throughout the 54 states and U.S. territories, at home station before alert, and if necessary after alert throughout the Army Force Generation cycle. This paper examines the status of ASDRS implementation, assesses its effectiveness in improving Army RC Dental Readiness, and provides Army leadership recommendations regarding the following focus areas 1 Command emphasis, 2 Program execution, and 3 Synergy with the Military Health System MHS and Department of Veterans Affairs DVA.
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