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ARNG Periodic Health Assessment (PHA)

What is it?
With units regularly mobilizing and deploying, there is an increased need to monitor and track Soldiers’ medical readiness, with a special emphasis on preventive measures. In order to improve Individual Medical Readiness (IMR) rates, the Army has implemented the Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) program, which requires an annual physical exam that replaces the requirement for the five year retention physical.

The PHA consists of two parts. Part one is a self-assessment completed by the Soldier; Part two is the provider assessment, which is entered into MEDPROS as the Soldier’s updated PULHES.

The PHA is considered current if it has been less than 15 months since the last PHA. PHA results consist of the health assessment, height, weight, PULHES, and potential for deployability within six months. These items will be entered into MEDPROS at the point of service.

What has the Army done?
Upon development of the PHA policy, the ARNG created PHA “sets” to distribute to each of the 54 states and territories. A single set consists of 14 laptop computers and one printer (with all required accessories) to be utilized to complete PHAs. Small states received one set; medium states received two or three sets; large states received up to four sets. States are currently using these sets both for providers during the health assessment and to give Soldiers the opportunity to complete their self-assessment.

Additionally, the ARNG is offering training to medical managers and healthcare providers to ensure they are fully trained and knowledgeable about the PHA process. The ARNG will continue to provide training classes at future conferences, while also ensuring we are available for site visits if required.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The ARNG will continue to improve the PHA program, while facilitating states in any way possible. We are currently discussing and evaluating new systems and initiatives that will assist the states in completing PHA requirements. The ARNG is committed to both the PHA program and remediating IMR across the National Guard.

Why is this important to the Army?
The five year retention physical has served the military well in previous years; however the overwhelming increase in deployments and mobilizations requires closer tracking of a Soldier’s individual medical readiness to ensure he or she is available for deployment at any time. The PHA will ensure that all Soldiers, including members of the ARNG, regularly see a provider to evaluate their deployability, as well as to address any preventive healthcare measures that need to be taken.