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Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

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Covered Personnel

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/12/2022

Individuals who have been identified as HIV-positive, are asymptomatic, and who have a clinically confirmed undetectable viral load.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6485.01: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Military Service Members

DOD Entities with DOD Medicare Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund Concerns

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/19/2022

  • Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
  • Director, Defense Health Agency
  • Chief Actuary, DOD Office of the Actuary (through ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6070.01: DoD Medicare Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund

Profile

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A document used to communicate to commanders the individual medical restrictions for Soldiers and Airmen.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Light Duty

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A period when a Service member reports to their work space but is excused from performing certain aspects of military duties. Individuals are placed on light duty when they have conditions that are temporary in nature and when recovery or ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Health Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

Health assessment encounters include, but are not limited to, DOD PHA, DRHA, mental health assessments, and other specified Service and military occupation–related medical encounters.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Limited Duty (LIMDU)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

The assignment of an AC Sailor, Marine, or Coast Guardsman, in a duty status for 30 days or more, with certain medical limitations or restrictions concerning the duties the Service member may perform. Also known as LIMDU.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Dental Readiness Classification 3 (DRC 3)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A classification for Service members who require urgent or emergent dental treatment and require resolution to be FMR, if no other IMR deficits exist.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Fully Medically Ready (FMR)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A category for Service members who are current in DOD PHA, have a dental readiness assessment classified as DRC 1 or DRC 2, have received all required immunizations based on assignment location, have received all required readiness laboratory ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Permanent Non Deployable

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A category that describes a Service member who has a medical reason that precludes them from deployment, when there is a Service expectation that the reason will not be resolved and the Service member will never be deployable.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Dental Readiness Classification 4 (DRC 4)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A classification for Service members who are overdue for their annual dental readiness assessment.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Dental Readiness Classification 1 (DRC 1)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A classification for Service members with a current dental readiness assessment who do not require dental treatment or re-evaluation. 

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

DOD Health Care Provider

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, advanced practice nurse, independent duty corpsman, independent duty medical technician, independent health services technician, special forces medical sergeant, or dentist who works for ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

DOD Periodic Health Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A health assessment tool used to evaluate and document a Service member’s medical condition, medical readiness status, and deployability status. It is the cornerstone of force health protection, as it is an opportunity for medical ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Deployability Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

A clinical assignment of a deployability category, at any DOD health care provider encounter, based on the Service member’s current health condition(s) and medical history. 

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Reserve Component (RC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
7/13/2022

The Armed Forces of the United States RC consists of the Army National Guard of the United States, the Army Reserve, the Navy Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve, the Air National Guard of the United States, the Air Force Reserve, and the Coast ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6025.19: Individual Medical Readiness Program

Related Glossary Terms:

Reserve Component | Reserve Components | Reserve Components
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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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