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TITLE:  DoD Instruction 6490.3, "Implementation and Application of Joint Medical Surveillance for Deployments", 08/07/1997

SUMMARY: This Instruction: 1. Implements policy, prescribes procedures, and assigns responsibilities under DoD Directive 6490.2, August 30, 1997 for joint military medical surveillance in support of all applicable military operations. Medical surveillance of all Military Service members during active Federal service, including Reserve components, especially before, during and after military deployments, is mandated. The identification of health threats and the routine, uniform collection, analysis, and rapid dissemination of information relevant to troop heath has proven of inestimable value in recent operations. The intent of this Instruction is to expand the concept of joint deployment medical surveillance to amore comprehensive approach to monitoring and assessing health consequences related to participation of service members in deployments. 2. Describe routine military medical surveillance activities during major deployments, or for deployments in which there is a significant risk of health problems, as identified by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA)).

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OPR:  ASD(HA), 703-697-2112