ARMY PREVENTIVE MEDICINE IN THE FIELD
Section I. ORGANIZATION OF ARMY PREVENTIVE MEDICINE IN THE FIELD
Preventive medicine for the field Army units naturally focuses on the health and
sanitation aspects of field conditions. Army preventive medicine for the field includes
communicable disease control, environmental sanitation, personal hygiene,
occupational health, and vector control. Particularly in a field situation, everyone must
actively support the preventive medicine program in order to achieve and maintain good
health. Great emphasis then is placed on practicing individual protective measures.
MISSION OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE IN THE FIELD
The mission of preventive medicine in the field is to keep each soldier in fighting
condition. This is done by protecting the soldier as much as possible from disease and
injury. There are three general levels of responsibility for preventive medicine programs
in the field: the individual level, the unit level, and the supportive level. The preventive
medicine program will succeed only if personnel at each level fulfill their responsibilities.
THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY
a. Each individual soldier must take simple protective countermeasures against
Take protection against the heat.
Take protection against the cold.
Take protection against biting insects.
Take protection against diarrhea and dysentery.
b. The soldier who fails to take these countermeasures
against disease and injury may become a casualty.