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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, February 13 2012

Today's Focus:

Dental Readiness

Senior Leaders are Saying

To me, it's about talent management. It's about using our best talent in the best positions and I don't ever want to limit our ability and hinder the talent that we have in our Army.

- Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, emphasizing that new policies, regarding women in combat roles, are about using the Army's best talent in the best positions, at a House Army Caucus breakfast, Capitol Hill, Feb. 9, 2012.

New Soldiering roles for women ensure best use of talent

What They're Saying

Every time a Soldier dons his gear and steps up to protect his loved ones, it makes my dedication to spreading their story a little stronger. They sacrifice so much for their loved ones back home, and to bring less than my very best to what they do would be a disservice.

- Sgt. Breanne Pye, a public affairs noncommissioned officer, assigned to 4th Infantry Division, whose photo won out against 119 fantastic military photographs, selected from thousands of photos submitted by military photographers throughout the year.

Army.mil 2011 Photo of Year credit to Soldier's passion, dedication

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

February

Black History Month: African Americans in the U.S. Army

Patient Recognition Month


Feb. 1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb. 3: National Patient Recognition Day

Feb. 20: Presidents Day

Today's Focus

Dental Readiness

What is it?

Dental readiness is one of the components of Medical Readiness. Dental readiness supports three of the Army's four ARFORGEN imperatives, namely Sustain, Prepare, and Reset, because dental problems may impair a Soldiers' ability to function.

The Dental Readiness Information Center (DRIC) is a comprehensive information website designed to assist any Soldier - Active, Reserve, or National Guard - and their unit commanders in maintaining their own dental readiness.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Dental Command (DENCOM) has created the DRIC website that contains up-to-date information on dental readiness requirements, available resources for examinations and treatment, and procedures to update a Soldier or unit's dental readiness status. Soldiers can access the website from anywhere via smartphone. The DRIC supports the U.S. Army Medical Command's Soldier Medical Readiness Campaign Plan.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

DENCOM will continue to maintain and improve the DRIC website to ensure that Soldiers and commanders have the most current information on resources to attain and maintain Soldier dental readiness.

Why is this important to the Army?

A sample survey of military personnel conducted in the Fall of 2010, found that 33 percent of Soldiers had experienced pain from dental problems in the last six months. Dental issues caused sleep loss and difficulty in eating for 25 percent of Soldiers, impaired duty performance for about 21 percent, and work loss for 18 percent. Deployed Soldiers with oral disease often require medical evacuation for treatment, endangering themselves and others. The likelihood of a Soldier having lost duty time, due to a dental emergency, increases as their oral disease worsens. Commanders can now use the DRIC to enhance Soldier readiness and combat effectiveness.

Resources:

Dental Readiness Information Center

U.S. Army Dental Care System

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