2018-01-12 / Viewpoint

Managing deployability with medical readiness

Master Sgt. Michael D. Copper
Office of the Inspector General

Medical readiness plays a critical role in a unit’s ability to accomplish its mission. Army Directive 2016- 07, Redesign of Personnel Readiness and Medical Deployability, redefines the administrative and medical deployment determination with a new readiness reporting process that will allow commanders to manage, communicate, and report the readiness of their Soldiers more effectively.

In accordance with AR 40-501, A Soldier is deployable when he or she is in compliance with all required personnel readiness standards and not restricted from deploying to perform the unit’s core designed and assigned mission. A Soldier is nondeployable when they are restricted from worldwide deployment due to one or more of the following reasons:

(1) The Soldier does not meet the baseline individual readiness standards for worldwide deployment.

(2) The Soldier does not meet a combatant commander’s mission-specific individual readiness standard when tailored for accomplishment of an assigned mission.

(3) The Soldier cannot be under the direct operational control of the reporting unit within 72 hours.

(4) The Soldier has not graduated from a course awarding an area of concentration or military occupational specialty.

(5) The commander determines that the Soldier is nondeployable for any other reason not previously stated.

Company commanders manage and report medical readiness through the Medical Protection System, known as MEDPROS, utilizing the Commander’s Portal to integrate all essential medical readiness information in one application.

This system allows commanders to determine the deployability status of their personnel by reviewing Profiles, Integrated Disability Evaluation System status, Deployment Health Assessment Program status, Periodic Health Assessment, dental readiness and medical readiness.

A commander’s MEDPROS determination of deployable personnel will automatically feed the commander’s unit status report in the Defense Readiness Reporting System-Army.

The Army’s new physical profile, DA Form 3349, took effect June 1, 2016. The new profile consolidates all of a Soldier’s physical profiles on one form by describing each of their medical conditions (both temporary and permanent) and corresponding functional limitations. All temporary profiles will expire within 90 days unless Army policy authorizes otherwise.

Revisions to DA Form 3349 include:

(1) Soldiers will no longer have an automatic recovery period after the termination of their temporary profiles

(2) DA Form 3349 no longer includes the military Physical Profile Serial System (PULHES) characterization

(3) Army commanders will review physical profiles within 14 days for active Army and within 30 days for ARNG/USAR

(4) Profiling officer will list their contact information on the same line as the medical condition so that the Soldier’s commander can correspond with them directly within the Commander’s Portal.

Under the new profile system, Soldiers will no longer have an automatic recovery period after the termination of their temporary profiles. Army commanders will review physical profiles within 14 days for active Army and within 30 days for Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve.

Specifics on this topic can be found in Army Directive 2016-07, dated March 1, 2016.

Soldiers can assess a copy of their profile by clicking the ‘My Medical Readiness’ tab under the Self Service drop down menu on Army Knowledge Online.

If you have any questions regarding this topic, please visit us at: The Command Support Center located at building 35201, 275 3rd Avenue, Fort Gordon, Georgia or call the IG hotline at (706)791-4565.

View video on topic at https://youtu.be/xgpUZBhG7I4.

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