functions of this clinic are performed by the MEDCEN or MEDDAC hospital or by the US
Army health clinic, thus eliminating the need for a separate civilian employee health
b. United States Army Dental Clinic. A US Army dental clinic is the primary
health care delivery organizational element of the Dental Activity (DENTAC). The clinic
provides diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic outpatient dental services.
Section II. THE HEALTH RECORD
PURPOSE OF THE HEALTH RECORD
The Health Record (HREC) is a permanent, continuous, and locally available file
that documents the medical and dental care a service member has received. The
primary purpose of the HREC is to ensure that, except during active combat, a concise
and comprehensive medical history of each individual on active duty or in a Reserve
Component is constantly available to Army Medical Department (AMEDD) personnel.
The HREC is designed to minimize repetition of diagnostic procedures and reduce the
correspondence necessary to obtain records of previous treatments. It also assists
medical officers in advising commanders concerning the retention and utilization of
personnel. Similarly, the HREC is of interest to physical evaluation boards appraising
the physical fitness or eligibility for benefits of Army personnel. The HREC can also
provide data used to settling claims, in medical research, and in identifying deceased
persons when other methods are not adequate. The Army prepares and/or maintains
HREC on the following personnel:
a. Army personnel on active duty.
b. United States Army Reserve (USAR) and Army National Guard (ARNG)
c. Members of the US Navy/Marine and the United States Air Force (USAF)
when such records are transferred to Army custody.
d. Cadets of the US Military Academy.
e. Military prisoners confined in US military facilities.
HEALTH RECORD COMPONENTS
The HREC consists of two components. The primary (health) component of the
HREC is maintained by the MTF providing primary medical care (usually a US Army
troop medical clinic). The other (dental) component of the HREC is maintained by the
dental treatment facility providing dental care (usually a US Army dental clinic). When a
soldier on active duty is engaged in active combat, his HREC is maintained by a military
personnel officer unless the HREC has been requested by a fixed hospital treating the