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Last Updated: December 18, 2017
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   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.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! External Link The theme is "Sustaining Breastfeeding -Together"

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW)  is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future, and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.

WBW celebrates its 25th year and is officially celebrated from 1-7 August by over 170 countries. The 2017 WBW theme relates to how breastfeeding is a key component to sustainable development.  Sustainable development is essentially about ecology, economy, and equity.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month External Link

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer among women, no matter race or ethnicity.  It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The key to breast cancer survival is early detection through breast cancer screening External Link.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) External Link website for more information and resources on breast cancer. 

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

Updated Mammogram Screening Recommendation from ACS (20 OCT 2015) External Link

The ACS recommends that women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45 years (strong recommendation). Women aged 45 to 54 years should be screened annually (qualified recommendation). Women 55 years and older should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually (qualified recommendation). Women should have the opportunity to begin annual screening between the ages of 40 and 44 years (qualified recommendation). Women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer (qualified recommendation). The ACS does not recommend clinical breast examination for breast cancer screening among average-risk women at any age (qualified recommendation). 

Performance Triad

"The Performance Triad is a comprehensive plan to promote Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition among Army Family Members in order to improve health and wellness. The Triad engages Army Family Members through various modes of messaging (social media, educational materials, etc.)." 

Learn more and find useful resources on the Army Medicine Performance Triad web page. External Link

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

 Performance Triad Facebook page We challenge you to do at least 10,000 steps a day for the next 30 days. Let us know how you are doing and encourage others to do the same. It's all about health!

  • (APHC) - Be Active for Life!
  • (APHC) - Eating Smart Promotes Health!
  • (APHC) - Make Sleep a Priority

Articles on Women's Health

Defense Department Expands Women's Combat Role

Women have fought in the US military in every major conflict since the American Revolution. Recent legislation will expand the roles of women in combat External Link by allowing for formal integration of women into every job field in the military.

Women throughout the Army are reminded to take small, manageable steps to lead longer, healthier, and happier lives.    Women are challenged to take charge of their "white space" which is their "life space" and to make their health a top priority.   

 Listen to this public service announcement External Link from LTG Patricia Horoho.


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.