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Post-Deployment Health Reassessment is Critical

July 21, 2011

By Department of the Army

The Army Post-Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) is a critical Army and commander’s tool that promotes the health and well-being of Soldiers and DA civilians. As a comprehensive health screening, the PDHRA helps maximize unit personnel readiness by examining for physical and behavioral health concerns associated with deployment. Conducted 90-180 days post-deployment, the PDHRA supports the early identification of health issues; prioritizes the treatment of potentially serious conditions and promotes Soldier's well-being and operational readiness.

All Soldiers and DA civilians who deploy outside the continental United States (OCONUS) for 30 days or more to a location with a non-fixed Military Treatment Facility (MTF) must complete the PDHRA. The PDHRA includes the three-six month Post-Deployment Resilience Training; the DD Form 2900 self-assessment and a confidential, one-on-one conversation with a health care provider. It is only completed once a health care provider signs off on it. Beyond a requirement, the PDHRA offers Soldiers and DA civilians an opportunity to proactively identify and then"if necessary"treat deployment-related health concerns that may negatively impact daily life, family, career and future.

The PDHRA program was launched in 2005 as the final phase of the deployment cycle support. The program is managed by unit commanders and staff who educate Soldiers and DA civilians about the PDHRA. Commanders work with installation, state, and regional PDHRA coordinators to schedule screenings and monitor compliance. Research indicates that commanders who actively and regularly discuss the PDHRA and its importance can positively influence honest participation, which could lead to early identification of a health concern. The G1 and component PDHRA Program Management Teams continue to actively educate and engage commanders and staff through a variety of modalities, to include the S1 NET, to promote the positive impact PHDRA has on Soldier well-being and personnel readiness. G1’s and S1’s should work in partnership with medical staff officers to ensure the PDHRA is coordinated, promoted and completion status monitored within the unit.

The PDHRA is beneficial to both the Army-at-large and its personnel by promoting Soldier well-being, identifying potentially non-deployable health-related conditions, and maximizing unit operational readiness.

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