(1) The goals of the Army's CHS system in support of warfighting are to:
(a) Reduce the incidence of disease and nonbattle injuries (DNBI)
through sound preventive medicine programs.
(b) Provide medical and surgical treatment for acute illnesses, injuries,
(c) Evacuate patients through the echelons of care to the appropriate
medical treatment facility (MTF) commensurate with requisite care.
(d) Maintain soldiers on duty or promptly return to duty (RTD) those who
(e) Maintain a robust and aggressive science and technology base to
enhance all capabilities related to health and the delivery of health care.
(2) These goals are the embodiment of the CHS battle field rules:
(a) Maintain medical presence with the soldier (be there).
(b) Maintain the health of the command.
(c) Save lives.
(d) Clear the battlefield.
(e) Provide state-of-the-art care.
(f) Ensure early return to duty.
b. Combat health support is arranged in levels or echelons of care. Each level
of care reflects an increase in capability, yet the functions of each lower level of support
are contained within the capabilities of all higher levels. The basic levels of health
service support are the unit level, the division level, the corps level, the communication
zone (COMMZ) level, and the CONUS support base.
c. The health service support system represents a continuum of care, beginning
at the FLOT (forward line of own troops) and ending in the CONUS base. Each soldier
is evacuated rearward only to that level of health service support having the medical
treatment capabilities necessary to treat that patient's injuries. The objective of health
service support in the field is to treat the soldier as far forward as possible and to return
him to duty as soon as he is able.
d. Unit and division level medical care organizations are based on a modular
design. In the future, modular components will even be employed at the corps and