THE UNIT LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY
a. The unit commander is responsible for preventive medicine at the company
and battery. The unit commander appoints a field sanitation team (FST) to supervise
the unit preventive medicine program. Army Medical Department personnel train the
FST members, evaluate them, and provide them with technical assistance. Field
sanitation team members conduct control operations within the unit area while on field
maneuvers or other missions.
b. At the unit level, the following individual preventive medicine measures are
emphasized and supervised:
Disinfection of water in the canteen and Lyster bag.
Sanitary disposal of waste to eliminate insect and rodent infestations.
Use of individual insecticide.
Use of individual protective clothing.
Preventive of heat and cold injuries.
Supervision and enforcement of individual hygiene measures.
Use of individual chemoprophylactic measures.
c. All military personnel in the Army Medical Department should be
knowledgeable of these measures.
THE SUPPORTIVE LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY
When the unit commander and unit personnel cannot accomplish a preventive
medicine function, they request assistance. This assistance is called supportive
preventive medicine. Supportive preventive medicine is provided by the division
a. The Division Medical Battalion. The division surgeon is the commander of
the division medical battalion in light divisions, airborne divisions, and air assault
(1) In heavy divisions, medical assistance fall under the main support
battalion and the three forward support battalions. In these divisions, the division
surgeon principally serves as a staff officer of the division commander.