Direct access to Commander, as a personal staff officer, as required.
Figure 5-3. Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment Medical Group.
b. It is important to know that there is no standard or specific number or type of
medical units to be attached to a medical group. The number and type of medical units
attached to a medical group are based on the group's assigned mission, estimated
workload, and availability of units. It is allocated base on one of per 3 to 7 subordinate
battalions, battalion-size units, or hospitals.
c. When available and so designated, a forward medical group is normally
located forward in the corps area near the rear boundary of the divisions. This group
with its attached medical units provides corps level health service support to the division
in addition to supporting the corps troops in the area.
d. When the size of a corps does not warrant the assignment of a medical
brigade headquarters, a medical group headquarters may function as the major
command and control headquarters over medical units in the COSCOM.
5-12. THE MEDICAL BATTALION
The headquarters and headquarters detachment, medical battalion, provides
command, control, logistical support, and staff planning for a nondivisional medical
battalion. It is usually attached to a medical group. The normal allocation is based on
one per three to seven nondivisional medical companies or equivalent size units. The
composition of a given medical battalion depends on its mission and the attachment of
medical units by the medical group or other command controlling its task organization
(see Figure 5-1). The headquarters and headquarters detachment of the medical
battalion consists of a battalion headquarters, a detachment headquarters; a plans,
intelligence, and operations section; a supply section; and a battalion maintenance
section. Company-size units frequently attached to a medical battalion headquarters
are discussed in Section IV.