c. Medical Intelligence. This involves communication links with many
organizations, both military and civilian, and with allied/host nation organizations as well.
This involves reporting information in overseas areas. It also involves setting priorities for
inspection of food products under various types of combat conditions.
CIVIC ACTION PROJECTS
Military civic action projects are sponsored in overseas areas. They are people-to-
people projects designed to maintain good relations between the US military forces and
the people of the allied/host nation. Civic action projects assist in the social and
economic development of the country, with emphasis on self-help programs. For
example, the veterinary service can assist the local food industry to establish sanitary
standards and processing procedures that will permit sales to the US Armed Forces. The
veterinary service (but not the 91R) can also teach the people how to properly care for
and treat livestock.
DISASTER PLANNING/CIVIL DEFENSE AND DISASTER OPERATIONS
The veterinary service must be able to function after natural disasters, such as
floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and also during conventional warfare. For this reason,
already-established veterinary disaster plans are necessary. Veterinary enlisted
personnel will continue to function in their assigned duties. Field exercises provide
training in the proper procedures for civil defense and disaster operations. Included is
training in the use of all equipment assigned to a unit that could be used in disaster
operations. Upon implementation of unit disaster plans, enlisted personnel will inspect
food sources, determine other food sources, inspect water sources and coordinate with
local civilian agencies. It is possible that civil authorities will request assistance and
guidance from military veterinary units.
DEFENSE PLANNING/REAR AREA PROTECTION
The weaponry of modern warfare makes rear areas susceptible to enemy action.
Distance from the combat area does not assure safety from attack. For this reason,
defense plans are kept up-to-date. Field exercises provide training for the unit and for
individuals to become proficient in performing their assigned tasks. For example,
veterinary units are required to furnish their own internal security and also their share of
mutual defense guards in an assigned area of responsibility.