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Army Force Health Protection

Friday, January 28, 2022

What is it?

Force health protection is one of the U.S. Army’s most critical priorities. The Army has a responsibility to keep the forces medically ready and protected from health and safety threats, both on and off-duty.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

Healthy and safe units and individuals lead to combat readiness across the Army. In conjunction with the Military Health System, the Army has robust capabilities, processes and systems to increase unit and individual health and safety measures, including, but not limited to:

  • Army Wellness Centers (AWCs) provide standardized prevention programs to promote healthy lifestyles and improve the overall wellbeing of Army personnel and families by leveraging state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.

  • Performance Triad (P3) strengthens individual readiness and optimizes performance of the Total Army Family through the combination of sleep, physical activity and proper nutrition.

  • Field Manual 7-22, Holistic Health and Fitness, establishes the Army’s doctrine for the readiness training of Soldiers. The goal of the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) System is building physical lethality and mental toughness to win quickly and return home healthy.

  • The Army Public Health Center releases a series of periodic publications and surveillance reports, including the annual Health of the Force Report and Health of the Army Family Report.

  • The Army’s Combat Readiness Center provides the Joint Risk Assessment Tool, Travel Risk Planning System, and the Army Readiness Assessment Program to assist leaders and Soldiers gain a comprehensive assessment of their risk and safety culture.

In accordance with the Dec. 15, 2021 deadline, over 98% of the Army’s active-duty force had been at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army will continue to use its annual health and safety campaigns to bolster unit and individual awareness of Army safety regulations and systems.

Additionally, the Army has mandated that all Army National Guard and Army Reserve personnel become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by June 30, 2022.

Why is this important to the Army?

Force health protection enables strategic readiness across the Army and allows the Army to win quickly and return home safely. Soldiers and leaders need to remain proactive about protecting the force.


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