Updating military physical profiles
The Army was not consistent in assigning numerical designations reflecting soldiers abilities to perform functional activities.GAO estimates from a random projectable sample that 7 percent of soldiers from these three installations had profiles indicating their inability to perform certain functional activities, yet carrying numerical designators below 3.Occasional exceptions have occurred when a profile did not reflect all necessary medical information or a soldiers special skill was difficult to replace.Officials said soldiers sometimes understate their conditions to be deployed with their units, or overstate them to avoid deployment.To view the full product, including the scope and methodology, click on [hyperlink, The Army has been the major source of servicemembers supporting continued operations, and the increasing need for able warfighters has meant longer and multiple deployments for its soldiers.
Without timely board evaluations and retention of profile information for deploying soldiers with medical conditions, the Army lacks full visibility and commanders must make medical readiness, deployment, and duty assignment decisions without being fully informed of soldiers medical limitations.
This is the accessible text file for GAO report number GAO-08-546 entitled 'Military Personnel: Army Needs to Better Enforce Requirements and Improve Record Keeping for Soldiers Whose Medical Conditions May Call for Significant Duty Limitations' which was released on June 10, 2008. Every attempt has been made to maintain the structural and data integrity of the original printed product.
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Once soldiers receive a permanent profile indicating that they have a permanent or chronic medical condition that may require significant limitations in assignment, Army guidance generally requires further evaluation of the soldiers' ability to perform duties in their current job assignments.
Moreover, DOD guidance requires soldiers to be evaluated for medical readiness prior to deployment.
Why GAO Did This Study: The increasing need for warfighters for the Global War on Terrorism has meant longer and multiple deployments for soldiers.