medicine detachments: Preventive Medicine Detachment (Sanitation) and Preventive
Medicine Detachment (Entomology).
(1) Both types of detachments contribute to the preventive medicine mission
of providing services and support within a theater of operations in the areas of
epidemiology, entomology, environmental science, and engineering.
(2) The Preventive Medicine Detachment (Entomology) has an additional
entomological control capability for providing large area surveillance, to include aerial
(3) Assistance in conducting entomological surveillance beyond the
capabilities of these detachments is provided by the Theater Area Medical Laboratory
(4) These detachments are assigned on a basis of allocation, which may be
altered by analyzing the medical threat. The rule of thumb for allocation is two
sanitation and one entomology detachment per division supported. This number and
mix will depend on the specific theater and the anticipated DNBI threat.