Figure 3-2. Armed Services blood distribution system.
a. Blood Donor Centers (BDCs). BDCs collect, process, and provide blood
products for local or wider use. They also train medical personnel in blood product
preparation. The BDC is service staffed, Army, Navy, and Air Force (except the
ASBBC, which is tri-service staffed and located at Ft Lewis, WA).
(1) Operations of each BDC is the responsibility of the military medical
commander at the installation where the BDC is located. It is the commander's
responsibility to ensure that:
(a) Proper medical care is given to all blood donors.
(b) Persons are deferred as donors who do not meet the requirements
established by regulatory or accreditating agencies or who are disqualified for other
(c) Technical operation of the BDC is carried out by qualified personnel.