Ready and Resilient: Post-Deployment Health Reassessment

Monday April 7, 2014

What is it?

The Post Deployment Health Reassessment (DD Form 2900), commonly known as the PDHRA is the third and final deployment health assessment administered to Soldiers and Department of the Army (DA) Civilians during the deployment cycle.

The PDHRA addresses physical, mental and behavioral concerns 90-180 days after redeployment. Once a Soldier completes the DD Form 2900, the unit schedules a one-on-one appointment with a health care provider to discuss their responses in a confidential and private setting. During the confidential conversation, the Soldier is given the opportunity to discuss any concerns and may be referred to specialty care, treatment or rehabilitation services to treat any identified health threats and/or injuries.

What has the Army done?

Since 2006, over 1.2 million Soldiers and DA Civilians have taken the PDHRA to overcome deployment related physical injuries and behavioral health conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance abuse.

The PDHRA is a critical tool for commanders to increase unit readiness in support of continental United States/ outside the continental United States (CONUS/OCONUS) deployments, to include humanitarian missions, training events and operational deployments.

Why is this important to the Army?

  • (1) The PDHRA connects Soldiers with medical care and services to address deployment-related health conditions that may have evolved since redeployment.
  • (2) Commanders rely on the PDHRA as a health prevention tool - a way to mitigate health threats and more importantly, promote Soldier resilience and provide his/her Soldiers the medical care they need to be healthy and mission ready.
  • (3) The PDHRA, along with the Pre-Deployment Health Assessment (Pre-DHA) and Post-Deployment Health (PDHA), is uniquely tailored to address health issues that develop during a critical period after deployment.
  • (4) Deployment Health Assessments, along with periodic mental health assessments, are critical tools in support of the Army's Ready and Resilient initiative.

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

In a collaborative effort between the Deployment Health Assessment Program, Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness (CSF2) Program, and the U.S. Army Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) (WRAIR), the Army is promoting the importance of taking Deployment Cycle Resilience Training (DCRT), a tailored resilience training series that promotes life, performance and psychological skills for Soldiers, commanders and unit staff going through the deployment cycle.

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