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Last Updated: November 19, 2018
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Army G-1 Uniform Policy for Pregnant Soldiers

Authorization for Pregnant Soldiers to Mix Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) Items with the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) Maternity Army Combat Uniform, 6 Sep 17.  Army G-1 Uniform Policy for Pregnant Soldiers External Link (CAC required) Pregnant Soldiers are authorized to wear the following items in the Operational Camouflage Pattern with the Universal Camouflage Pattern Maternity Army Combat Uniform and Patrol Cap: Nametape, U.S. Army Nametape, Rank Insignia, current Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, Shoulder Sleeve Insignia for Former Wartime Service. Pregnant Soldiers may also wear the Coyote Brown T-shirt and Coyote Brown Boots with the Universal Camouflage Pattern Maternity ACU. This change only applies to the Maternity Army Combat Uniform.

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Cancer Prevention

New Breast Cancer Mammogram Screening Recommendation External Link (Oct 15) (non-government) Breast cancer is a leading cause of premature mortality among US women. Early detection has been shown to be associated with reduced breast cancer morbidity and mortality. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has changed its breast cancer mammogram screening recommendations based on a systematic evidence review of the breast cancer screening literature.  The updated ACS recommendations include:
  1.  Women at average risk of breast cancer should begin annual mammograms at age 45 -- five years later than the ACS had previously recommended.
    1. Women aged 45 to 54 years should be screened annually.
    2. Women 55 years and older should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually.
    3. Women should have the opportunity to begin annual screening between the ages of 40 and 44 years.
  2. Women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer.
  3. The ACS does not recommend clinical breast examination for breast cancer screening among average-risk women at any age.

Carter Opens All Military Occupations to Women

Carter Opens All Military Occupations to Women External Link (Dec 2015)  Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able to contribute to the Defense Department mission with no barriers at all in their way. 

Community Preventive Services Task Force, 2017 Annual Report to Congress: Providing the Science to Support Military

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) released its 2017 Annual Report to Congress: Providing the Science to SupportMilitary Readiness and Resilience External Link. The 2017 report highlights ways CPSTF recommendations can be used to support the readiness and resilience of United States Armed Forces, and features examples from the Department of Defense, the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.

Particular emphasis is placed on the challenges of obesity, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol use among active Service and Reserve personnel: 

  • Obesity among Active Duty Service Members increased 61% between 2002 and 2011, and is impacting recruitment, as the Pentagon projects that by 2030, 64% of potential recruits will not qualify for service because of their weight.
  • Tobacco use has been implicated in higher dropout rates during and after basic training, poorer visual acuity, and a higher rate of absenteeism in Active-Duty military personnel, in addition to a multitude of health problems.
  • In 2015, there were nearly 59,000 instances when Service Members were unable to deploy due to alcohol misuse. This cost the Department of Defense approximately $35 million in lost productivity.

The CPSTF is an independent, non-federal, nonpartisan panel of experts in public health appointed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CPSTF helps improve the health of all Americans by identifying community preventive programs, services, and other interventions that save lives and dollars, increase longevity, and improve quality of life. In all aspects of its work, the CPSTF seeks input from partner organizations, individual policy makers, practitioners, scientists, and businesses. The United States Army is one of the 32 leading public health and health care agencies and organizations who serve as official Liaisons to the CPSTF.

Performance Triad

Performance Triad (P3) External Link  Want to build and sustain personal strength, endurance, and mental agility? Did you know you can achieve these goals by improving your sleep, activity, and nutrition habits? Your daily routine in these three basic areas can increase or decrease your physical and mental performance and affect unit performance. Learn how to train like elite athletes. Begin your journey to optimal health with the strategies on the P3 website.

Coach, teach, and mentor in the areas of Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition with these Performance Triad Counseling Forms (samples) External Link (milBook - restricted access)

Women's Health Medline Plus

Women's Health/Medline Plus External Link  Some diseases or health conditions are more common in women or affect women differently.  NIH provides overviews, current news, and information on prevention/ screenings, research, and specific conditions related to women's health.

Women's Health Readiness

Women's Health Readiness Updates (milSuite/CAC required) (15 DEC 2016) External Link The Women's Health Service Line (WHSL) created a slide deck highlighting key women's health readiness updates to the following topics:

  • Female-specific deployment information
  • Women's Wellness
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health