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U.S. Department
of Transportation
United States
Coast Guard

MEDICAL MANUAL

COMDTINST M6000.1B
Includes Change 17

2100 2nd Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Staff Symbol: G-WKH-1
Phone: (202) 267-0767

Commandant
U.S. Coast Guard

COMDTINST M6000
March 27, 2002
CANCELLED:
March 27, 2003
COMMANDANT NOTICE 6000
Subj:

CH-17 TO MEDICAL MANUAL, COMDTINST M6000.1B

1. PURPOSE. This Notice publishes revisions to Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1B. Intended
user of this directive are all Coast Guard Units that maintain Medical Manuals.
2. ACTION. Area and district commanders, commanders of maintenance and logistics commands,
commanding officers of Headquarters units, Assistant Commandants for directorates, Chief Counsel and
special staff offices at Headquarters shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this Notice.
3. DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1B.
4. SUMMARY. Newly revised material and editorial changes are denoted by a line on the outside of the
page. Enclosure (1) summarizes the substantial changes throughout the Manual provided as enclosure
(2).
5. PROCEDURES. No paper distribution will be made of this Manual. Official distribution will be via the
Coast Guard Directives System CD-ROM and the Department of Transportation Website
http://isddc.dot.gov/. An electronic version will also be made available via the Commandant (G-WK)
Publications and Directives website (see # 6, below).
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Chapter 1 CH-16 pg 39-40
Chapter 2 CH-16 pg 9-10
Chapter 3 CH-16
Chapter 4 CH-16
Chapter 7 CH-15
Chapter 8 CH-15 pg 13-14

Chapter 1 CH-17 pg 39-40
Chapter 2 CH-17 pg 9-10
Chapter 3 CH-17
Chapter 4 CH-17
Chapter 7 CH-17
Chapter 8 CH-17 pg 13-14

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Chapter 10 CH-15 pg 17-18
Chapter 11 CH-15
Chapter 12 CH-16
Chapter 13 CH-13 pg i-iii
Chapter 13 CH-13 pg 11-14
Chapter 13 CH-13 pg 27-28
Chapter 13 CH-13 pg 97-104

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Chapter 11 CH-17
Chapter 12 CH-17
Chapter 13 CH-17 pg i-iii
Chapter 13 CH-17 pg 11-14
Chapter 13 CH-17 pg 27-28
Chapter 13 CH-17 pg 97-104
Chapter 14 CH-17

6. FORMS AVAILABILITY. All forms listed in this Manual with the exception noted in this paragraph
are available from stock points listed in the Catalog of Forms, COMDTINST 5213.6. Local
reproduction authorized for the Modified Physical Examination. Availability of DD-2808 Report of
Medical Examination and DD-2807-1 Report of Medical History is only by .pdf format, a web link is
provided on the Pubs and Directives web page. Some forms referenced in this Manual are also available
on SWSIII Jet Form Filler. Web links to forms in .pdf format have been provided on the Pubs and
Directives page; http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-w/g-wk/g-wkh/g-wkh-1/Pubs/Pubs.Direct.htm.

Encl (1) Summary of substantial changes
(2) CH-17 to Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1B

Enclosure (1) to COMDTNOTE 6000.1B
CH-17 to Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1B
Chapter 1
Chapter 1-B-21
Adds new sub-section 1-B-21, and provides guidance for (Volunteers).
Chapter 2
Chapter 2-A-6-(4)
Provides clarification of Elective Health Care and fitness for duty.
Chapter 3
Chapter 3-A-7-d
Provides new guidelines for Overseas Transfer, Sea Duty Deployment and
Port Security Units.
Figure 3-A-1
Revised Modified Physical Exam Form. Form authorized for local
reproduction.
Chapter 3-C
Section revised to match sequence of the new DD-2808 (Report of
Medical Exam) and 2807-1 (Report of Medical History). No content was
changed.
Chapter 3-B-1&2
Revised paragraphs to reflect new physical exam forms.
Chapter 3-C-21Revised paragraph to read HIV testing is every 5 years.
b(9)(b)4
Chapter 3-C-21Added new sub-paragraph to identify tuberculin reactors.
b(9)(b)8
Removed reference to Reportable Disease Data Base (RDDB) no longer
Chapter 3-C-21-b(i)
used.
Chapter 3-C-20Revised paragraph to provide narrative summary to be obtained by the
b(9)(e)
referring medical officer.
Chapter 3-CRevised paragraph to reflect update to the process of color perception
22.j(1)(a)(5)
testing.
Provides new guidance for the List of Disqualifying Conditions and
Chapter 3-F-2
Defects.
Chapter 3-F-22
Revised definition for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Chapter 3 –G-4-d.
Added required self-balancing test for aviation physicals.
Replaced all references to the new DD-2808 (Report of Medical
Examination) and DD-2807-1 (Report of Medical History)
Chapter 3
Chapter layout re-formatted.
Chapter 4
Chapter 4-A-6-b
Provides guidance for the transfer of Active Duty Health records.
Updated section to provide placement of the audiogram microprocessor
Chapter 4-A-2(5)(g)
test strip in the Health Record.
Revised section to delete form SF-88 (Report of Medical Examination)
Chapter 4-B-6
and replaced form with new form DD-2808 (Report of Medical
Examination)
Revised section to delete form SF-93 (Report of Medical History) and
Chapter 4-B-7
replaced form with DD-2807-1 (Report of Medical History).
Chapter 4-D-8-b
Provides guidance for the transfer of Dependant Health Records
Revised section to include NKDA (no known allergies) in section 1-a of
Chapter 4-B-3-b(2)
the DD-2766 (Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet)
Revised section to make the DD-2215 (Reference audiogram and DDChapter 4-B-9&10
2216 (Hearing Conservation Data Sheet and optional form.
Chapter 4-B-11
Updated section to include placement of audiogram results into the health
record.
Chapter 4Reformatted Chapter 4 adding (Enclosure (1) Medical/Dental Record
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Enclosure (1)

Chapter 7-B-2-b(3)
Figure 7-B-1
Chapter 7-B-3-b
Figure7-B-3
Chapter 7-C-4-f

Chapter 8-E-3.b(2)
Chapter 10-B-2b(1)(a)
Chapter 11-C-3-a(1)
Chapter11-C-5-b(2)

Chapter12-A-2-c(3)
Chapter 12-C-3d(2)b.c.d.

Forms(.jpegs)). Developed this new enclosure to prevent having to
download forms, when new text is added to Chapter 4.
Chapter 7
Revised paragraph to send a Coast Guard intranet e-mail message Disease
Alert report.
Revised List of Reportable Conditions.
Revised subsection (1) to submit Initial Report to MLC(k), copy to
WKH-1.
Revised line 5 to read: Laboratory test done, if any, and results.
Revised paragraph for the administration of vaccines.
Re-formatted Chapter 7 page numbers have changed.
Chapter 8
Removed Optical Fabrication Laboratory form table.
Chapter 10
Revised paragraph to reduce letters of designation for the Controlled
Substance Audit Board.
Chapter11
Removed reference to CG-5534 (Non-Fed Med form) form removed with
CH-16
Removed reference to CG-5534 (Non Fed Med form) form removed with
CH-16
Chapter reviewed for accuracy and re-formatted.
Chapter12
All references to the SF-88 Medical Examination & SF-93 Medical
History have been removed. These forms are replaced with the DD-2808
Report of Medical Examination and DD-2807-1 Report of Medical
History
Revised text to include new (Note) section to cover new OMSEP
enrollees.
Revised text to provide new guidelines for acute exposure examination.

Revised text to include: blood or breath benzene level (optional-if
available)
Chapter12-C-7-d-(5)
Revised paragraph to clarify guidance for audiogram STS.
Chapter 12-C-9-d
Paragraph revised to clarify Examination protocol.
Chapter12 re-issued, page numbers have changed.
Chapter13
Chapter –13-B-4-f
Revised section to provide guidelines for: Proof of current competences.
Revised section to submit documentation of CME credentials every other
Chapter 13-B-5-b(4)
year.
Chapter 3-G-1-c(2)
Revised paragraph to increase “other element” from 60% to 80%.
Chapter 13-M-2-c(4)
Deleted Practicum Guide for HS’s
Chapter 14
Introducing new Chapter 14 - Medical Information System (MIS) Plan
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2100 2nd Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Staff Symbol: G-WKH-1
Phone: (202) 267-0767

Commandant
U.S. Coast Guard

COMDTINST M6000
27 June 2001
COMMANDANT NOTICE 6000
Subj:

CH-16 TO MEDICAL MANUAL, COMDTINST M6000.1B

1. PURPOSE. This Notice publishes revisions to Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1B. Intended
user of this directive are all Coast Guard Units that maintain medical Manuals.
2. ACTION. Area and district commanders, commanders of maintenance and logistics commands,
commanding officers of Headquarters units, Assistant Commandants for directorates, Chief Counsel and
special staff offices at Headquarters shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this Notice.
3. DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1B.
4. SUMMARY. Newly revised material and editorial changes are denoted by a line on the outside of the
page. Enclosure (1) summarizes the substantial changes throughout the Manual provided as enclosure
(2).
5. PROCEDURES. No paper distribution will be made of this Manual. Official distribution will be via the
Coast Guard Directives System CD-ROM and the Department of Transportation Website
http://isddc.dot.gov/. An electronic version will also be made available via the Commandant (G-WK)
Publications and Directives website (see # 6, below).
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Chapter 1 CH-15
Chapter 2 CH-14
Chapter 3 CH-15
Chapter 4 CH-15
Chapter 5 CH-15
Chapter 6 CH-14
Chapter 9 CH-15
Chapter 12 CH-15

Chapter 1 CH-16
Chapter 2 CH-16
Chapter 3 CH-16
Chapter 4 CH-16
Chapter 5 CH-16
Chapter 6 CH-16
Chapter 9 CH-16
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6. FORMS AVAILABILITY. All forms listed in this Manual with the exception noted in this paragraph
are available from stock points listed in the Catalog of Forms, COMDTINST 5213.6. The stock number
for DD Form 2766 (Rev 01-00), Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet, Sponsor (Navy) is 27660102-LF-984-8400 (pkg 100). The DD-877, Request for Medical/Dental Records no longer has a stock
number. Availability of this form is only by .pdf format, a web link is provided on the Pubs and
Directives web page. Some forms referenced in this manual are also available on SWSIII Jet Form
Filler. Web links to forms in .pdf format have been provided on the Pubs and Directives page;
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-w/g-wk/g-wkh/g-wkh-1/Pubs/Pubs.Direct.htm.

JOYCE M. JOHNSON
Director of Health and Safety

Encl (1) Summary of substantial changes
(2) CH-16 to Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1B

Enclosure (1) to COMDTNOTE 6000
CH-16 TO MEDICAL MANUAL, COMDTINST M6000.1B
Chapter 1
Specifies the patient will be notified of all abnormal test results.
Chapter 1-B-1.a.i:
Chapter layout re-formatted for uniformity.
Chapter 1

Chapter 2-A-6
Chapter 2-A-7
Chapter 2-F-3.a
Chapter 2-I-1-e:
Chapter 2

Figure 3-A-1
Figure 3-B-2
Chapter 3-B-c.(3)

Chapter 3-C-19
Chapter 3,
Figure 3-C-2
Chapter 3,
Figure 3-C-3
Chapter 3-D
Chapter 3-F-5Chapter 3-F-7-b.(2)
Chapter 3-F-8-a.(5)
Chapter 3-F-8.b.(9)
Chapter 3-F-10-a.(8)
& (13)
3-F-10.e
3-F-15.e
3-F-18.e
3-F-22
3-G-4.d
3-G-6.a.(1).(a)
Chapter 3

Chapter 2
Provides guidelines for Elective Health Care.
Provides guideline for Other Health Insurance (OHI).
Provides new guidelines for Members of Foreign Military Services.
Provides definition for Super Sickbay
Chapter layout re-formatted for uniformity.
Chapter 3
Revised Overseas Modified Screening to reflect DNA sample.
Revised to show current routing symbol. Re-added (5) to NOTES.
Revised text to read: Upon completion of flight training and assignment to a
Coast Guard unit, the NOMI approved physical will be considered valid until the
last day of the member’s next birth month.
Item 18 (Dental) portion of the SF 88, Report of Medical Exam, updated to show
current accession standards in 3-D.
Dental Carious Teeth Standards removed from chapter. Reflects current
standards in section 3-D.
Reduced height standard for (Candidate for Flight Training) from 64 to 62 inches.
Revised Section D to reflect DOD Directive 6130.4 dtd Dec 14,2000, P.E.
Standards for Entrance into the Coast Guard.
Provides guidelines for Corneal Refractive Surgery.
Provides new definition for Bronchial Asthma.
Provides new definition for Myocarditis and degeneration of the myocardium.
Revised text to read: Any condition requiring anti-thrombotic medication other
than aspirin.
Provides new definition for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Provides new definition for Diabetes Mellitus.
Provides new definition for Convulsive Disorders.
Provides new definition for Purpura and other bleeding diseases.
Revised definition for HIV to read identical to HIV ALCOAST #425/00
Provides new height standards for Class 1 Aviators (62) inches.
Provides new guidelines for anthropometric measurements for Candidates for
Flight Training.
Chapter layout re-formatted for uniformity

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Chapter 4-A-5.a.(8)
Chapter 4-A-6
Chapter 4-B-3
Chapter 4-B-32
Chapter 4-D-8
4-G
Chapter 4

Chapter 5-C
Chapter 5

Chapter 6-A-6
Chapter 6-B-8
Removed CG5534
Chapter 6

Chapter 9-A-4.a.(10)
Chapter 9-A9.b.(2).(a)
9.A.7.h.

Chapter 4
Provides definition for Custody of Health Records.
Provides new guidance for Transfer of Health Records.
Provides guidance and adds new form DD-2766 (Adult Preventive and Chronic
Care Flowsheet) Note: Problem Summary List is now obsolete.
Provides guidance and adds form DD-877 (Request for Medical/Dental Records
or Information).
Provides guidelines for the Transfer of Clinic Records.
Provides guidelines for Mental Health Records (a new section).
Chapter layout re-formatted for uniformity. Most forms updated to show current
form available as a word document..
Chapter 5
Provides new section C. Command directed Mental Health Evaluation of CG
Members.
Chapter layout re-formatted for uniformity.
Chapter 6
Provides new guidance for Inpatient Hospitalization message to include ICD-9
code for diagnosis.
Provides guidelines for the DD-2766 Adult Preventive and Chronic Care
Flowsheet.
Removed CG 5534 Non Fed Med as per ALCOAST #129/01,
cancellation of COMDTINST 6010.20.
Chapter layout re-formatted for uniformity.
Chapter 9
Provides guidelines for unit instruction or SOP in the event of family violence.
Provides guidelines for signs on interior surfaces of cutters.

Chapter 9

Removes the reference to Chapter 10 of the Coast Guard Rescue and Survival
Systems Manual for guidance on inspection and maintenance of the Rescue EMT
Set and requirements for documentation of those procedures in a Preventive
Maintenance Schedule (PMS) log.
Removes requirement to maintain a Preventive Maintenance Schedule (PMS) log.
The requirement for this has been removed from the Coast Guard Rescue and
Survival Systems Manual (COMDTINST M10470.10 (series).
Chapter layout re-formatted for uniformity.

Chapter 12-A-2.c
Chapter 12-A-3.a.(1)
Chapter 12-A-3.b
Chapter 12-A-5
Chapter 12-A-5.a

Chapter 12
Provides guidelines for Enrollment Criteria.
Provides guidance for using the most current OMSEP Physical Form (6-00).
Provides guidance for the OMSEP database.
Provides new guidance for Roles and Responsibilities.
Provides new guidance for OMSEP Coordinators.

9-A-8.b.(2)(f)

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Chapter 12-A-5.e
Chapter 12-A-5.f
Chapter 12-A-g
Chapter 12-B-2.d.(1)
& (2)
Chapter 12-B-2.e
Chapter 12 forms
Chapter 12

Provides new guidance for Medical Officer’s responsibilities.
Provides guidance for Medical Administrators.
Provides guidelines for civilian OMSEP enrollees.
Provides new section (1) and (2), End of Exposure guidelines.
Provides guidance for time intervals between OMSEP examinations.
Table 12-C-1 to 12-C-12 were revised and updated to show current requirements.
Chapter layout re-formatted for uniformity.

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CHAPTER 1. ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL
Section A - Organization.
1.

Mission of the Coast Guard Health Services Program.
a. The Health Services Program supports Coast Guard missions by providing quality
health care to maintain a fit and healthy active duty corps, by meeting the health care
needs of dependents and retirees to the maximum extent permitted by law and
resources, and by providing authorized occupational health services to civilian
employees.

2.

Director of Health and Safety.
b. Mission. The mission of the Director of Health and Safety is to:
(1)

serve as advisor to the Secretary of Transportation;

(2)

serve as advisor to the Commandant; and

(3)

develop and implement the Coast Guard’s overall health care program.

c. Duties and Responsibilities. Under the general direction and supervision of the
Commandant, Vice Commandant, and the Chief of Staff, the Director of Health and
Safety shall assume the following duties and responsibilities:
(1)

serve as Program Director (PD) for the Health Services Program (G-WKH),
and the Safety and Environmental Health Program (G-WKS);

(2)

act as advisor to the Commandant in providing counsel and advice on:

(3)

(a)

health care issues affecting operational readiness and quality of life in the
Coast Guard;

(b)

interdepartmental and interservice agreements for health care of Coast
Guard personnel;

(c)

the significance of legislative matters affecting the Coast Guard Health
Services and Safety and Environmental Health Programs; and

(d)

important developments in the Department of Defense and the
Department of Health and Human Services which affect the Coast Guard
Health Services and Safety and Environmental Health Programs;

serve as advisor to the Secretary in developing and implementing departmental
national defense emergency medical, health, and sanitation policies and plans
(except those involving civil aviation) and such other advisory services that
may be required or requested;

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(4)

plan, develop, and administer a comprehensive, high quality health care
program (quality is defined as the desired level of performance against
established standards and criteria) for all authorized beneficiaries;

(5)

plan, develop and administer a comprehensive program for the prevention of
illness and injury of Coast Guard personnel and dependents, to reduce losses,
and protect the environment in Coast Guard working facilities and living
spaces/by establishing and maintaining adequate safety and environmental
health standards for aircraft, vessel, shore facilities, and motor vehicle;
providing information and encouragement to beneficiaries for personal
wellness programs and providing healthy and pleasing meals at Coast Guard
dining facilities;

(6)

administer TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), including the
appropriation of funds, on behalf of the Coast Guard as provided in the
Dependents Medical Care Act and regulations pursuant thereto;

(7)

monitor and protect the health of personnel attached to the Coast Guard
through the Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program
(OMSEP);

(8)

direct the administration of funds in those appropriations or allotment fund
codes under the control of the Office of Health and Safety, including furnishing
total budget estimates and apportionment or allotment recommendations to the
Chief of Staff;

(9)

advise responsible offices concerning establishing physical standards for
military duty and special operational programs;

(10) procure and recommend assignments to the Commander, Coast Guard
Personnel Command (CGPC), and review the performance of Public Health
Service personnel detailed to the Coast Guard;
(11) provide professional health care guidance to all health services personnel;
(12) maintain liaison with the Public Health Service, the Department of Veterans
Affairs, the Department of Defense, and other Federal agencies and serve on
interservice boards and committees as appointed;
(13) set policy and guidelines for the subsistence program;
(14) provide technical advice to operating program managers;
(15) set policy and guidelines for health care quality assurance; and act as the
Governing Body for Coast Guard health care;
(16) set policy and guidelines for the Alcohol Abuse Prevention program; and
(17) serve as a member of the Human Resources Coordinating Council.
(18) administer the Coast Guard Emergency Medical system.

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(19) Public Health Service. The responsibility of the Public Health Service for
providing physicians, dentists, and other allied health personnel support to the
Coast Guard is set forth in 42 USC, 253. These personnel are provided on a
reimbursable basis and are subject to Coast Guard regulations and the Uniform
Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
3.

Health and Safety Division, Maintenance and Logistics Commands MLC (k).
a. Mission. The mission of MLC (k) is to:
(1)

interpret and implement health care policies as set forth by the Commandant;

(2)

develop and implement the Coast Guard’s overall Health Services, and Safety
and Environmental Health Programs for the Area; and

(3)

serve as Health Care Advisor to Commander, Maintenance and Logistics
Command.

b. Functions and Responsibilities. Under the direction and supervision of the
Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC), the Chief, Health and
Safety Division shall:
(1)

act as Medical Advisor to the Area commander in providing counsel and
advice on:
(a)

interagency and interservice agreements for health care of Coast Guard
personnel;

(b)

the significance of legislative matters affecting the Coast Guard health
care program; and

(c)

important developments in the Department of Defense which affect the
Coast Guard health care program.

(2)

serve as advisor to the Area commander in developing and implementing
national defense emergency medical, health, and sanitation policies and plans;

(3)

plan, develop, and administer a comprehensive health care program for all
beneficiaries;

(4)

develop health services mobilization requirements and support documents;

(5)

review and act on requests for contract health care services;

(6)

act as contract technical representative in reviewing health care contract
proposals;

(7)

administer the health care quality assurance program;

(8)

administer the Safety and Environmental Health Programs;

(9)

administer the Alcohol Abuse Prevention program;

(10) develop and implement pharmaceutical support services;
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(11) be responsible for providing funding for direct health care expenditures;
(12) be responsible for the general oversight of health care budgets;
(13) be responsible for the oversight of general clinic policy to include setting
standards for clinic operations and prioritizing of clinic functions;
(14) designate clinics as catchment area patient management sites;
(15) maintain liaison with U. S. Public Health Service, the Department of Veterans
Affairs and the health departments of the Department of Defense and other
Federal agencies within you area of responsibility; and
(16) be responsible for the general oversight of the subsistence program by
providing assistance to Coast Guard units (ashore and afloat) to ensure the
maintenance of high quality food service operations.
c. In addition, the MLC (k)s shall have the right, in coordination with unit commanding
officers, to detail health services personnel (officer and enlisted, Coast Guard and
Public Health Service) for special assignments including meeting short-term staffing
needs.
4.

Responsibilities of Commands with Health Care Facilities. Unit commanding officers
shall be responsible for:
a. oversight of clinic procurements;
b. ensuring adherence to policies, military regulations and general administrative
procedures,
c. funding for administrative and non-health care expenditures for clinics;
d. maintenance, repair and general support of clinic facilities;
e. ensuring compliance with action items required by quality assurance site surveys;
and
f. working with the appropriate MLC in fostering quality, productivity, and operating
efficiencies.

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Section B.- Personnel.
1.

General Duties of Medical Officers. The principal duty of medical officers is to
understand and support the operational missions of the Coast Guard. Medical Officers
include Physicians, Physician Assistants (PA/PYA), and Nurse Practitioners (NP) who
are members of the Coast Guard or Public Health Service detailed to the Coast Guard.
Medical officers are required to have appropriate certification or licensure while assigned
to the Coast Guard. Physicians must have an unrestricted state license to practice
medicine. See 1-B-11 for nurse practitioner and physician assistant credential
requirements. Civilian medical practitioners (under contract to the Coast Guard or GS
employees) assigned to a medical treatment facility are considered medical officers to the
limits defined by the language of their contract and/or job description. Civilian medical
practitioners who have a contract with the Coast Guard to see patients in their private
offices are not considered medical officers for the purpose of this instruction.
a. General Responsibilities.
(1)

Medical officers must keep informed in all fields of general and military
medicine and shall:
(a)

ensure the fitness for unrestricted worldwide duty of active duty
personnel;

(b)

provide health care for all eligible beneficiaries as authorized by
applicable laws and regulations;

(c)

make appropriate referrals of eligible beneficiaries following existing
policy and regulation;

(d)

treat sick and injured personnel;

(e)

prevent and control disease;

(f)

promote health;

(g)

give advice on such matters as hygiene, sanitation, and safety;

(h)

recommend duty status of active duty personnel and Coast Guard civil
service employees;

(i)

ensure that each patient is notified of results of all PAP smears,
mammograms, biopsies, pregnancy tests, and all tests that are abnormal
or whose results indicate a need to initiate or change treatment.

(j)

thoroughly understand all operational missions of the unit, units within
the local area, and the human factors involved in performing them;
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(k)

ensure that personnel are physically and psychologically fit for duty and
attempt to learn of any unusual circumstances which might adversely
affect their proficiency;

(l)

maintain an active interest and participate in the local unit’s safety
program, assist the safety officers in planning, implementing, and
coordinating the unit safety program, and advise the command on safety
issues;

(m) be thoroughly familiar with the types of personal protective and survival
equipment carried at the unit. Assist the engineering officer in
maintaining and issuing the equipment, and be familiar with the Rescue
and Survival System Manual, COMDTINST M10470.10 (series);
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actively participate in the unit physiology training program to ensure that
personnel are capable of coping with the hazards of mission performance
by presenting lectures and demonstrations which include, but are not
limited to:
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survival,

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disorientation,

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night vision,

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stress, and

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drug and alcohol use and abuse.

(o)

ensure that HSs who participate in EMT operations maintain their
certification, knowledge and Health Services skills in EMT operations,
physiology;

(p)

provide Health Services refresher training on emergency procedures; and

(q)

participate in a program of continuing education in operational medicine
including familiarity with information published for other branches of the
Armed Forces.

(2)

Medical officers act as medical members in physical disability evaluation
cases.

(3)

Medical officers are responsible for advising commanding officers on: health
status of personnel; nutritional adequacy, food handling and preparation;

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heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; housing; insect, pest, and rodent
control; water supply and waste disposal; safety; items sold in exchanges,
commissaries, and other CGES facilities; the physical fitness of personnel; and
immunization standards.
b. Physical Examinations. Medical officers shall conduct physical examinations in
accordance with Section 3-C of this Manual and in cases involving disability
evaluation be guided by the Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST
M1850.2 (series), and the Department of Veterans Affairs Publication, Physician’s
Guide for Disability Evaluation Examinations.
c. Reports to Command. Report injuries to, or deaths of, personnel; damage,
destruction, or loss of health services department property; and any other important
occurrence, to the officer of the day or other command official for entry into
appropriate log. Report any suspected child/spouse abuse to the commanding officer,
family advocacy representative, and local law enforcement/child protective agency in
accordance with Family Advocacy Program, COMDTINST 1750.7 (series), and
other local, state, or Federal law. Report patients in serious or critical condition to
the commanding officer or officer of the day, together with the information needed to
notify the next of kin. Death imminent procedures are contained in the Physical
Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
d. Educational Measures. Conduct health education programs, including disseminating
information about preventing disease and other subjects pertaining to hygiene and
sanitation.
(1)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Conduct or supervise the instruction of
personnel regarding sexually transmitted diseases and advise them of the
associated dangers.

(2)

First Aid Instruction. Conduct or supervise a program which will ensure
knowledge and ability in first aid.

(3)

Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OMSEP).
Conduct or supervise a program to indoctrinate personnel in the various aspects
of occupational health and the OMMP.

(4)

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Conduct or supervise the instruction
of personnel regarding (HIV) and advise them of the associated dangers.

(5)

Wellness. Conduct or supervise a program to emphasize the importance of
life-styles in maintaining health.

(6)

Human Services. Conduct or supervise the instruction of Health Services
personnel to ensure they are aware of all the services available to maintain a
state of well being for personnel.

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e. Cooperation With Other Agencies. Cooperate with Federal, state,
and local agencies for preventing disease, reporting communicable diseases, and
collecting vital statistics.
f. Designated Supervising Medical Officer (DSMO). Medical officers assigned as
“designated supervising medical officer” (DSMO) will assume clinical responsibility
for the treatment provided by each health services technician in their clinic for whom
they are responsible. Assignments shall be made in writing and signed by the
DSMO’s commanding officer. Clinical supervision and accountability is defined as
follows:
(1)

during normal clinic hours, HS consultation with the DSMO as determined by
that medical officer, review 20 percent of each day’s new patient encounters
seen only by the HS, and review 100 percent of all patient encounters seen only
by the HS who return with no improvements. (Ideally these reviews would
include the patient’s presentation to the medical officer.) The DSMO shall
countersign all records reviewed.

(2)

outside normal clinic hours, direct or telephone consultations as determined by
the DSMO or duty MO; and, the following working day, a review of 100
percent of all visits seen only by the HS. The DSMO or duty MO shall
countersign all records reviewed.

g. Designated Medical Officer Advisor (DMOA). Health Services Technicians on
independent duty (IDTs) shall have a “designated medical officer advisor” (DMOA)
identified. The DMOA shall provide professional advice and consultation to the
IDT. The cognizant MLC (k) shall apportion units with IDTs to units with medical
officers attached. The cognizant MLC (k) shall make changes as necessary and
forward such information to the affected units and Commandant (G-WKH). At the
unit level, assignments shall be made in writing (addressed to the DMOA) and
signed by the DMOA’s commanding officer, with copies to the IDT unit and the
cognizant MLC (k). Assignment letters shall be addressed to the specific individuals
involved, and new letters shall be issued following a change of DMOA or IDT.
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Telephone or radio consultation regarding specific cases as necessary between
the HS and the DMOA. This does not preclude consultation between the HS
and another Coast Guard medical officer, a medical officer of the Army, Navy,
Air Force, or USPHS, or a physician under contract to the Coast Guard whose
contract provides for such consultations; and

(2)

Treatment record review: At the end of each quarter, the commanding officer
of the independent duty HS or his designee (cannot be the HS) shall select at
random 15 health records which have at least one entry made by the HS during
the previous quarter. For each of these records, copies shall be made of all SF
600 entries during the quarter. Copies of the SF-600's shall be sealed in an
envelope and marked for the DMOA's Eyes Only. The copies are then
forwarded to the DMOA for review. The DMOA shall review these record
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entries according to established criteria for record review at his/her facility.
Each record entry (copy) shall be annotated “reviewed,” dated, and stamped
with the DMOA’s name and pertinent comments concerning the record entry.
One copy of the reviewed record entries shall then be returned to the HS via
the unit’s commanding officer. A second copy of the reviewed entries shall be
retained by the DMOA. Both the HS and DMOA copies shall be retained at
the respective commands for a period of three years, for MLC review during
QA site surveys. The record review shall be discussed with the HS in the
quarterly phone contact between the DMOA and the HS. The DMOA is
encouraged to provide input to the unit CO or XO regarding the professional
performance of the independent duty HS.
(3)

2.

Review of MLC quality assurance site survey reports for the independent duty
site: The DMOA and HS shall review the MLC quality assurance site reports
for the site. They shall collaborate on the required written plan of corrective
actions which must be submitted to the MLC following the site survey. The
DMOA should also consult with the unit commanding officer regarding the
findings of the survey report.

Duties of Senior Medical Officers. The senior medical officer attached to a unit is
responsible to the commanding officer of the unit for the provision of health services. In
addition to the general duties of a medical officer, the senior medical officer is
responsible for:
a. performing those duties as prescribed in Coast Guard Regulations, COMDTINST
M5000.3 (series) if designated by Commander, Coast Guard Personnel Command
(CGPC) as division chief;
b. advising the commanding officer of any deleterious environmental health factors;
c. supervising any assigned PYA/PAs and NPs including, on a monthly basis, random
review of approximately five percent of the PYA/PA/NP’s charts for adequacy and
appropriateness of treatment rendered;
d. in the absence of a pharmacy officer, maintaining antidotes for narcotics and poisons
and ensuring only properly trained personnel are assigned to the pharmacy;
e. acting as the commanding officer’s representative on local emergency planning
boards, and, during emergencies or disasters, furnishing advice to the commanding
officer, formulating plans, and helping civilian authorities meet health care needs;
f. managing the quality of health care services provided;
g. maintaining liaison with the hospital commander or senior medical officer of nearby
(75 miles) USMTF’s;
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i. ensuring efficient and effective use of all assigned medical officers and civilian
consultants;
j. preparing, through training and experience, health services technicians for
independent duty assignments;
k. recommending to the command a designated supervising medical officer (DSMO)
for each HS who provides medical treatment to patients; and
l. convening medical boards as appropriate in accordance with Chapter 3, Physical
Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series)
m. ensuring that all ancillary service areas (e.g., laboratory, radiology, etc.) maintain
adequate policy and procedures manuals;
n. in conjunction with the MLC, providing professional oversight and establishing
qualifications standards and privileging for assigned personnel, including contract,
reserve and student providers;
o. assigning personnel and ensuring position and billet descriptions are accurate and
that credentials and privileging requirements are met;
p. within general Coast Guard and unit guidelines, determining the priority and range of
services for each beneficiary group;
q. maintaining liaison with counterparts in MTF, USTF, VA and private sector
facilities;
r. preparing performance appraisals for assigned staff;
s. reviewing and ensuring accuracy of Clinic Automated Management System
(CLAMS) and other statistical and informational reports;
t. ensuring that appropriate training is conducted on a regularly scheduled basis;
u. ensuring active participation and compliance with the Quality Assurance Program;
v. ensuring strict adherence to current infection control procedures and standards;
w. keeping the division chief informed;
x. other duties assigned by the Chief, Health Services Division.
3.

Duties of Flight Surgeons. In addition to fulfilling the general duties of medical officers,
flight surgeons must:
a. thoroughly understand all operational missions of the aviation unit and participate as
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set forth in the Coast Guard Air Operations Manual, COMDTINST M3710.1
(series);
b. be familiar with the operational missions of other Coast Guard units in the local area;
c. obtain a general understanding of the flight characteristics of the aircraft assigned to
the unit and be thoroughly familiar with the human factors involved in pilot and crew
member interaction with the aircraft;
d. be familiar with the Air Operations Manual, COMDTINST M3710.1 (series), with
specific emphasis on Chapter 6, Rescue and Survival Equipment; Chapter 7, Flight
Safety; and the sections of Chapter 3 (Flight Rules) dealing with protective clothing
and flotation equipment;
e. ensure that aviation personnel are physically and psychologically fit for flight duty
and attempt to learn of any unusual circumstances which might adversely affect their
flight proficiency, this includes getting acquainted with each pilot and crew member;
f. make recommendations to the commanding officer concerning the health status of
aviation personnel, and in particular, only a flight surgeon or aviation medical officer
(AMO) shall issue “up” chits, except as noted in Section 3-G-2;
g. maintain an active interest and participate in the air station flight safety program and
assist the flight safety officer in planning, implementing, and coordinating the station
flight safety program, and advising the command on the aeromedical aspects of flight
safety;
h. participate as the medical member of Aircraft Mishap Analysis Boards and, when so
assigned, be responsible for completing the Medical Officer’s Report in accordance
with Chapter 2 of Safety and Environmental Health Manual, COMDTINST
M5100.47 (series);
i. be thoroughly familiar with the types and uses of personal pro-protective and
survival equipment carried on aircraft at the unit [The flight surgeon shall assist in
inspecting the equipment, shall advise the engineering officer and aviation survival
members in maintaining and issuing the equipment, and shall be familiar with
Rescue and Survival Systems Manual, COMDTINST M10470.10 (series)];
j. actively participate in the unit aviation physiology training program to ensure that
aviation personnel are capable of coping with the hazards of flight by presenting
lectures and demonstrations which include, but are not limited to:
(1)

fatigue,

(2)

emergency medicine,

(3)

survival,

(4)

disorientation,
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(5)

night vision,

(6)

reduced barometric pressure,

(7)

crash injury avoidance,

(8)

stress, and

(9)

drug and alcohol use and abuse.

k. advise the command on MEDVAC operations:
l. ensure that HSs who participate in aviation operations maintain their knowledge and
skills in aeromedical physiology, and provide refresher training lectures and
demonstrations to emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and health services
technicians on emergency medical procedures; and
m. participate in a program of continuing education in aviation medicine including
familiarity with information published for flight surgeons by other branches of the
Armed Forces.
4.

General Duties of Dental Officers. The principal duty of dental officers is to support the
Coast Guard operational mission by determining each member’s fitness for unrestricted
duty on a worldwide basis. Coast Guard dental officers are assigned to perform duties as
general dental officers. Exceptions will be authorized in writing by Commander, Coast
Guard Personnel Command (CGPC).
a. General Responsibilities.
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Coast Guard dental officers must stay informed in all fields of general and
military dentistry and be responsible for:
(a)

ensuring the fitness for unrestricted duty of active duty personnel on a
worldwide basis;

(b)

providing dental care for all eligible beneficiaries as authorized be
applicable laws and regulations (ensure non-enrollment in United
Concordia or Delta Dental before providing covered services);

(c)

preventing and controlling dental disease (this includes performing
dental prophylaxis);

(d)

promoting dental health;

(e)

referring eligible beneficiaries for dental treatment per MLC (k) SOP;

(f)

prioritizing the delivery of dental care to meet Coast Guard unit
operational readiness requirements;

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(g)

ensuring that patients with gingivitis or periodontal disease have the
opportunity to receive follow up care;

(h)

ensuring that results of all biopsies are received and reviewed by a dentist
to ensure that the appropriate action is taken;

(i)

ensuring that when dental externs are assigned to the clinic, that a
protocol is developed detailing lodging and subsistence arrangements,
types of procedures allowed, available population to be treated and
supervising dental officer responsibilities. The protocol must be signed
by the Commanding Officer and provided to all participating dental
schools;

(j)

ensuring that procedures for handling medical emergencies within the
dental clinic are clearly written and emergency drills are practiced
periodically; and

b. Dental examinations. Dental officers shall conduct the dental examination portion of
physical examinations in accordance with Chapter 3 of this Manual. Dental
examinations shall be conducted as soon as practical on personnel who report for
duty so as to determine the need for dental treatment and to verify their dental
records. Annual Type 2 dental examinations shall be conducted on all active duty
personnel collocated with dental examiners (i.e., Coast Guard DOs, DOD DOs, or
civilian contract dentists).
c. Care of Mass Casualties. Dental officers shall be qualified to perform first aid
procedures in order to treat or assist in treating mass casualties.
d. State Licensure. While assigned with the Coast Guard, dental officers are required to
have an unrestricted state license to practice dentistry.
e. Continuing Education. Participate in a program of continuing training in operational
medicine/dentistry including familiarity with information published for other
branches of the Armed Forces.
5.

General Duties of Senior Dental Officers. The senior dental officer is responsible for:
a. performing duties outlined in Coast Guard Regulations, COMDTINST M5000.3
(series) if designated by Commander, Military Personnel Command as division chief;
b. conducting an organized preventive dentistry and dental health education program
for all eligible beneficiaries;
c. preparing, through training and experience, health services technicians for
independent duty assignments;
d. overseeing the preparation of reports, updating the dental clinic policy and
procedures manual, and maintaining records connected with assigned duties;
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e. overseeing the overall working condition, cleanliness and infection control of the
dental clinic, which includes sterilization procedures, dental supply, equipment,
publications maintenance, and the establishment of a preventive maintenance
program for dental equipment and supplies;
f. maintaining custody, security, and records of the dispensing of dental stores
including all controlled substances and poisons under the cognizance of the dental
branch, and maintaining antidotes for narcotics and poisons;
g. issuing prescriptions for, and supervising the dispensing of controlled substances
used in the dental branch;
h. maintaining custody, security, and records of precious metals dispensed and ensuring
that precious metals are reclaimed as required and necessary forms are filed with the
Department of Treasury;
i. managing the quality of dental care services provided;
j. in conjunction with the MLC (k), providing professional oversight and establishing
qualifications standards and privileging for assigned personnel, including contract,
reserve and student providers;
k. assigning personnel and ensuring position and billet descriptions are accurate and
that credentials and privileging requirements are met;
l. within general Coast Guard and unit guidelines, determining the priority and range of
services for each beneficiary group;
m. maintaining liaison with counterparts in MTF, USTF, VA and private sector
facilities;
n. preparing performance appraisals for assigned staff;
o. and reviewing and ensuring accuracy of CLAMS and other statistical informational
reports;
p. ensuring that appropriate training is conducted on a regularly scheduled basis;
q. ensuring active participation and compliance with the Quality Assurance Program.
r. ensuring strict adherence to current infection control procedures and standards;
s. keeping the division chief informed;
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6.

General Duties of Chief, Health Services Division. The Chief, Health Services Division
will:
a. act as an advisor to the commanding officer regarding all health related matters;
b. under the unit executive officer, carry out the plan of the day as it pertains to the
Health Services Division;
c. ensure that clinic performs Supporting Clinic duties for units designated by the
cognizant MLC in their area of responsibility (AOR) IAW this instruction, cognizant
MLC Instructions and SOP, and other pertinent directives. These duties include but
are not limited to the following:
(1)

Ensure the medical/dental readiness of all active duty personnel within their
area of responsibility. This includes the review of health records and
correction of deficiencies issues such as:
(a)

Immunizations

(b)

physical examinations

(c)

annual dental exams

(d)

HIV testing

(e)

DNA specimen submission

(f)

tuberculosis testing

(2)

Provide pharmacy oversight to designated units via collateral duty Pharmacy
Officer.

(3)

Provide prime vendor pharmaceutical services to designated units via collateral
duty Pharmacy Officers.

(4)

Provide prime vendor medical/surgery services to designated units.

(5)

Ensure that a Designated Medical Officer Advisor program is in place for
designated units. This should include CPR/Lifesaver training to designated
individuals.

(6)

Provide physical examination review (approval/disapproval) to designated
units.

(7)

Ensure that health care delivery is provided in a timely manner to units for
which a clinic is designated as their primary management site.

(8)

Provide health benefits advice to designated units.

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(9)

Assist with nonfederal medical and nonfederal dental preauthorization
processing for designated units.

(10) Assist with nonfederal invoice processing for designated units.
(11) Assist with the timely completion of Medical Boards.
d. ensure the medical/dental readiness of all active duty personnel within their area of
responsibility;
e. review the division AFC-30 and AFC-57 budget submittals;
f. be responsible for the allocation of resources (personnel, funds, space, and
equipment) within the division;
g. when directed by the command, represent the division at staff meetings and ensure
timely dissemination of the information to division personnel;
h. prepare performance appraisals as appropriate and ensure that performance
evaluations for all health services personnel are prepared and submitted in
accordance with current directives;
i. review all division reports;
j. be responsible for the division training program, including rotation of personnel
assignments for training and familiarization, in the health care delivery system;
k. oversee clinic policies, procedures and protocols for compliance with this Manual,
COMDTINST M6000.1B, MLC Instructions and S.O.P, and other pertinent
directives;
l. provide oversight with regard to applicable Federal, state, and local statutes and
regulations;
m. seek opportunities for cost reduction and enhancement of patient care through billet
conversions, resource sharing, contracting, etc.;
n. designate a clinic Quality Assurance Coordinator and ensure that the QA program is
carried out;
o. proctor student extern programs;
p. proactively support and promote the command wellness program;
q. participate in health care initiatives with local/regional DOD delivery systems, under
Headquarters and MLC guidance;
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s. ensure strict compliance to current infection control procedures and standards;
t. serve as chair of the Patient Advisory Committee;
u. oversee DSMO and DMOA programs;
v. in coordination with their respective MLC (k), establish their clinic as a Patient
Management Site for units within their area of responsibility;
w. And perform other duties as directed by the Commanding Officer.
7.

General Duties of Pharmacy Officers. While assigned with the Coast Guard, pharmacy
officers are required to have an unrestricted state license to practice pharmacy.
Pharmacy officers shall ensure that medications are acquired, stored, compounded, and
dispensed according to applicable Federal laws in their primary and collateral duty
clinics. This includes the direct supervision and management of the following:
a. dispensing and labeling of all drugs, chemicals, and pharmaceutical products;
b. maintaining signature files for all health care providers;
c. providing patient-oriented pharmaceutical services including monitoring for
appropriate drug therapy, allergies, therapeutic duplication, and medication
interactions. Significant patient interactions should be documented on the SF-600;
d. providing verbal and written patient medication counseling when appropriate;
e. maintaining routinely stocked items at levels consistent with anticipated usage
between regularly scheduled procurements of pharmacy supplies and determining the
most effective expenditure of funds;
f. ensuring that security measures are instituted to prevent unauthorized entrance into
the pharmacy or misappropriation of pharmacy stock;
g.

receiving, safeguarding, and issuing all controlled substances as the commanddesignated custodian of controlled substances;

h. ensuring adequate quality control of all pharmaceuticals locally compounded;
i. maintaining current drug information files and a reference library of pertinent
textbooks and professional journals;
j. implementing the decisions of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and serve
as secretary of that committee;
k. inspecting monthly all clinic stocks of drugs and biologicals;
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m. informing the clinical staff of new drug information, policy changes, or other
pertinent data on drugs;
n. participate in a program of continuing education in pharmacy or related fields;
o. maintaining, updating, and documenting monthly inspections of poison antidote and
emergency drug supplies;
p. providing technical advice to the unit concerning drug testing, substance abuse, and
other pharmaceutical matters;
q. providing guidance and advice to the medical staff on current immunization
requirements,
r. serving as a resource for designated therapeutic categories of medications as they
relate to the Coast Guard Health Services Allowance Lists, Core formulary, HS Drug
Formulary and other drug lists, and.
s. participate in a program of continuing training in operational medicine/pharmacy
including familiarity with information published for other branches of the Armed
Forces.
8.

Maintenance and Logistics Command Pharmacy Officers. Under the general direction
and supervision of the Chief, Quality Assurance Branch, MLC, the MLC pharmacy
officer shall:
a. plan, develop and implement, within the resources available, an MLC-wide
pharmacy quality assurance program to:
(1)

eview and evaluate the delivery of pharmaceutical services in support of
mission operations, implement established policies pertaining to
pharmaceutical services, and recommend appropriate changes, and

(2)

monitor pharmacy operations, via quality assurance site visits, financial
monitoring, and other workload indicators to ensure optimum utilization of
personnel and financial resources.

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(1)

review, analyze, and recommend the most efficient and cost effective means
for providing pharmaceutical services throughout the Area, including the
financial resources to be allocated to each operating facility under MLC
oversight;

(2)

monitor the procurement of controlled substances by Coast Guard units within
the Area;

(3)

provide to MLC (kqa) a system for the random monitoring of drugs procured
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c. serve as pharmaceutical consultant on pharmacology, pharmacy, and drug utilization
and provide technical pharmacy expertise, assistance, and advice to the MLC
Commander and command elements within the Area;
d. provide guidance and advice regarding the evaluation, training, and justification for
pharmacy personnel to meet operational needs of units within the Area;
e. provide liaison or representation to regional Federal and professional pharmacy
groups and committees; and
f. administer and monitor the collateral duty assignments of pharmacy officers in their
respective Area.
9.

Environmental Health Officers.
a. Duties: Environmental health officers are responsible for recognition, evaluation,
and control of biological, chemical, physical, and ergonomic factors or stresses
arising from the environment which may cause sickness, impaired health and wellbeing, or significant discomfort and inefficiency, property damage, or which could
adversely affect the Coast Guard’s industrial hygiene, pest management, radiological
health, and sanitation. Specific responsibilities can include:
(1)

planning, budgeting, implementing and directing an environmental health
program to support commands within their geographic area of jurisdiction.

(2)

conducting environmental health audits of Coast Guard facilities and
operations in order to detect health hazards and noncompliance with applicable
safety and environmental health laws, regulations, standards, and procedures.
Facilities and operations include:
(a)

work environments;

(b)

storage, handling, treatment, and disposal of hazardous materials and
hazardous waste;

(c)

storage, handling, treatment, and disposal of infectious medical waste;

(d)

food preparation, service and storage operations;

(e)

solid wastes storage, handling, treatment, and disposal;

(f)

pest management operations;

(g)

potable water treatment, storage and distribution systems;

(h)

waste water collection, treatment, and disposal system;

(i)

housing facilities;

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(j)

ionizing radiation sources;

(k)

non-ionizing radiation sources;

(l)

recreational facilities;

(m) health care facilities;
(n)

child care facilities;

(o)

laundry and dry-cleaning operations; and

(p)

barber shop operations

(3)

providing technical assistance to units to abate deficiencies identified by the
environmental health officer during the audit.

(4)

monitoring ongoing hazard abatement actions to ensure that identified hazards
are being eliminated promptly.

(5)

providing environmental health training to commands within their jurisdiction.

(6)

providing technical assistance to units on request to identify and abate health
risks.

(7)

reviewing engineering plans and specifications for new facilities and
modifications to existing facilities to ensure conformance with environmental
health standards and practices.

(8)

serving as technical advisor to commands within their jurisdiction.

(9)

initiating and conducting special health risk assessment studies.

(10) maintaining liaison with Federal, state, and local government agencies
concerning environmental health for commands within their jurisdiction.
(11) advising commands when medical monitoring data indicates the possibility of
occupationally-induced or aggravated disease and investigating possible causes
so that corrective measures can be initiated.
(12) providing consultation, advice, and training on the occupational medical
monitoring program to Coast Guard commands within their area of
jurisdiction.
(13) enrolling personnel in the OMSEP when they meet the criteria of occupational
exposure as defined in paragraph 12-A-2.
(14) disenrolling personnel from the OMSEP when they do not meet the criteria of
occupational exposure as defined in paragraph 12-B-4.
b. Reports. Environmental health officers shall submit reports to the appropriate MLC
(k) about environmental health conditions observed during their surveys.

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c. Duty Limitations. Environmental health officers shall carry out all management
functions required to operate the safety and environmental health program within
their AOR. They may be required to perform only those technical duties for which
they are trained. They may represent health services at various staff meetings in
matters relating to the management and budgetary aspects of their assignment. They
will be primarily responsible for special studies as in the case of monitoring chemical
spill response and enforcement personnel. They will be responsible to the
Commander, MLC (k) for proper implementation of the safety and environmental
health program.
10. Clinic Administrators. Officers, Chief Warrant Officers (experience indicator 19), or
senior enlisted personnel assigned to manage and administer health care facilities.
a. Under the direction of the Chief, Health Services Division, manage the
administrative functions required to operate the health care facility. The Clinic
Administrator will not be required, nor attempt, to perform clinical duties for which
he/she is not trained.
b. General Responsibilities. The Clinic Administrator will:
(1)

plan, supervise, and coordinate general administration of the health services
facility;

(2)

prepare, submit, manage, and exercise fiduciary control and accountability over
the health services division AFC-30 and AFC-57 funds;

(3)

provide fiscal oversight over the acquisition of equipment and supplies;

(4)

maintain a planned program of equipment maintenance and replacement;

(5)

provide physical security of health services division supplies and
pharmaceuticals;

(6)

maintain liaison with other local agencies (military and civilian) in all health
care related matters;

(7)

provide resources to assist medical and dental officers in emergency care of the
sick and injured when necessary;

(8)

prepare the disaster preparedness plan as it relates to the health services
division;

(9)

prepare the heavy weather bill as it relates to the health services division;

(10) seek opportunities for cost reduction and enhancement to patient care through
billet conversions, resource sharing, contracting, etc.;
(11) serve as an advisor to the chief, health services division on all administrative
matters;
(12) oversee the supervision of enlisted personnel assigned to the health services
division;

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(13) ensure that correspondence, reports, and records comply with appropriate
instructions (i.e. Paperwork Management Manual, Coast Guard
Correspondence Manual, etc.);
(14) maintain an adequate health services division reference library;
(15) train subordinates, conduct classes, instruct enlisted personnel in their duties,
and supervise their study of regulatory and professional publications and
courses for advancement in rating;
(16) participate in a program of continuing education in Health Care
Administration;
(17) assist beneficiaries with health benefits information;
(18) enforce standards of appearance and conduct of health services division
personnel;
(19) ensure that accurate, appropriate data is submitted to the CLAMS information
system, CHCS system, etc.;
(20) oversee clinic rotation assignments of Health Services Technicians;
(21) implement clinic policies, procedures, and protocols, for compliance with
Coast Guard regulations, the Medical Manual, MLC INST/SOP, and other
pertinent directives;
(22) ensure compliance with all applicable Federal, state, and local statutes, together
with the medical, dental and pharmacy officers;
(23) oversee and promote work-life issues pertaining to health care
(24) serve as assistant chair for the Patient Advisory Committee;
(25) ensure that enlisted personnel evaluations for members assigned to the health
services department are prepared and submitted in accordance with the Coast
Guard Personnel Manual;
(26) provide administrative oversight in the areas of NONFED health care,
contracts, and BPAs;
(27) ensure that health care invoices are processed in accordance with MLC
INST/SOP;
(28) ensure that physical examinations comply with current standards;
(29) promote and administer the unit’s environmental sanitation program (in the
absence of an environmental health officer); and
(30) oversee the unit’s Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program
(OMSEP), in the absence of an environmental health officer.

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11. Physician Assistants (PA/PYA(s)) and Nurse Practitioners (NP).
a. General Responsibilities. PA/PYA(s) and NP(s) responsibilities are defined in
Section 1-B-1. Under the supervision of the senior medical officer they are subject to
the duty limitations listed below.
b. Duty Limitations.
(1)

(2)

Senior Medical Officers (SMO) of units with mid-level providers (physician
assistants or nurse practitioners) assigned shall assign clinical duties and
responsibilities to each provider and shall be accountable for the actions of
those providers.
(a)

To determine the extent of oversight required, SMOs shall be guided by
this section, the provider’s clinical training and previous experience, by
personal observation, and Chapter 13-C, Clinical Privileges.

(b)

The SMO may delegate supervisory responsibility to another staff
physician or certified mid-level provider (mentor). A copy of this
delegation shall be filed in the non-certified provider’s Professional
Credentials File (PCF).

(c)

Physicians responsible for supervising mid-level providers shall perform
and document reviews of at least five percent of the mid-level provider’s
charts each calendar month for accuracy of diagnosis and appropriateness
of treatment rendered.

Physician assistants who are not certified by the National Commission on
Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), recent graduates who have not
taken or passed the NCCPA examination, and nurse practitioners who have not
taken or passed a specialty board examination offered by the pertinent nurse
practitioner certifying organization, shall practice in Coast Guard facilities only
under the following conditions:
(a)

all health record entries shall be co-signed by a licensed or certified
provider by the end of the next working day;

(b)

all prescriptions, except for those on the Coast Guard HS formulary,
shall be co-signed by a licensed or certified provider by the end of the
next working day;

(c)

when a supervisory provider is not present at the unit, noncertified midlevel providers shall be restricted to providing medical care, except for
emergencies, to active duty members only;

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(d)

noncertified mid-level providers may stand clinic watches providing a
standby licensed or certified provider is available via telephone to
discuss any questions or concerns; and,

(e)

with the exception of operational emergencies, noncertified mid-level
providers are not eligible for independent TAD assignments at locations
where a supervisory provider is not present.

c. Nothing in this section limits PA/PYA's or NP’s access to any available source of
information or advice during an emergency.
12. TRICARE Management Acitivity-Aurora (TMA) Liaison Officer.
a. Responsibilities. The Coast Guard TMA liaison officer maintains liaison between
TRICARE and Commandant (G-W) on matters of policy, operations, and program
administration. This function will not involve the responsibility for formulating
department policies. Departmental policies will continue to be developed by
members of the liaison group for the Uniformed Services Health Benefits Program.
b. Duties.
(1)

(2)

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Specific Duties. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
(a)

coordinate and assist, as necessary, in preparing and submitting uniform
workload data for use in budgetary programming at departmental level;

(b)

ensure timely notification to Commandant (G-W) concerning changes in
TRICARE operational or administrative procedures;

(c)

identify gaps in the TRICARE information program and recommend
solutions;

(d)

represent Coast Guard viewpoints on matters relating to TRICARE
operational and administrative procedures;

(e)

assist in developing future TRICARE information programs;

(f)

keep the Coast Guard informed of problem areas relating to service
beneficiaries and service health care facilities, where appropriate, and
recommend changes which will benefit the TRICARE operation; and

(g)

monitor purchases of high-cost equipment for use by TRICARE
beneficiaries and make recommendations concerning future purchases as
opposed to rental.

Duties within TMA Liaison Division.

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(3)

(a)

Investigate and respond to Presidential, Congressional, and beneficiary
inquiries and complaints. Investigate and respond to inquiries
concerning eligibility.

(b)

Make public presentations concerning program benefits to various
groups.

(c)

Prepare special studies relating to program activities.

(d)

Serve as liaison representative for USPHS, DVA, and NOAA.

Other Duties. Participate in contract performance appraisal visits to the fiscal
administrators. This function involves a comprehensive review and evaluation
of the operations of the civilian agencies which, under contract, administer the
program within each region.

13. Health Services Technicians.
a. Rating Structure. The rating structure for health services technicians is contained in
Group VIII, Enlisted Qualifications Manual, COMDTINST M1414.8 (series).
b. General Duties of Health Services Technicians.
(1)

The primary purpose of a health services technician is to provide supportive
services to medical and dental officers and primary health care in the absence
of such officers. In accordance with Paragraph 7-5-4, Coast Guard
Regulations, COMDTINST M5000.3 (series), health services technicians shall
not be detailed to perform combatant duties.

(2)

In particular, health services technicians are responsible for all administrative
aspects of health care and health record maintenance for both their command
and subordinate commands without health services personnel attached.
Geographically separate subordinate commands will retain responsibility for
security (i.e. physical custody) of health records. In addition to the military
duties common to all enlisted personnel, health services technicians perform
health services department functions, such as:
(a)

respond to calls for emergency medical assistance or evacuations
(MEDEVACS);

(b)

maintain appointments and appointment records;

(c)

perform occupational medical monitoring duties;

(d)

render first aid;

(e)

perform tentative diagnosis and emergency treatment (In doing so,
appropriate drugs, oral or injectable, may be administered as required in
emergency situations to prevent or treat shock or extreme pain. In all
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other incidents where injection of controlled substances is required,
permission must be obtained from a physician prior to administration. In
either case, the commanding officer shall be notified immediately and
entries shall be made in the patient’s health record.);
(f)

provide nursing care where trained;

(g)

provide definitive treatment;

(h)

provide prophylactic treatments;

(i)

instruct crew members in first aid and oral hygiene;

(j)

prepare materials (including sterile instruments) and medications for use;

(k)

maintain military readiness of the health services division by complying
with the appropriate Health Services Allowance List;

(l)

perform administrative procedures in health care matters, maintain health
and dental records current in all aspects;

(m) adhere to regulations, instructions, and control of precious metals,
controlled substances, and poisons;

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(n)

exercise responsibility for all equipment and stores placed in their
charge, and exercise personal supervision over their condition,
safekeeping, and economic expenditure;

(o)

maintain cleanliness of all health services spaces;

(p)

provide services as a health benefits advisor; and

(q)

assist in the processing of nonfederal health care requests and invoices.

(3)

Each HS who provides medical treatment to patients at a Coast Guard clinic
staffed by one or more medical officers shall have a medical officer from that
facility assigned in writing as his/her designated supervising medical officer
(DSMO). The DSMO shall assume responsibility for all clinical treatment
provided by the HS. Each independent duty HS, and HSs assigned to clinics
without a medical officer, shall have a medical officer assigned in writing as
his/her “Designated Medical Officer Advisor” (DMOA), to provide
professional advice and consultation when needed. Refer to 1-B-1.f. and 1-B1.g. for further details concerning DSMO/DMOA. Health services technicians
assigned to units without a medical officer shall provide only “first response”
emergency care to non-active duty personnel.

(4)

Care shall be taken during medical examinations which involve chest, genital,
and rectal areas to afford maximum privacy and minimum exposure of the
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patient. An attendant of the same gender as the patient may be requested by
the patient during examination or treatment. Health services technicians are
authorized to conduct examinations to include: auscultation, palpation,
percussion, and visual inspection as indicated by the medical complaint.
Exceptions to the above are:
(a)

(b)

(5)

health services technicians shall not perform:
1

routine digital examinations of the prostate;

2

routine examinations through instrumentation of the urethra; or

3

routine gynecological examinations.

such routine examinations shall be referred to a medical officer. In
situations where no medical officer is readily available and such
examination is necessary to provide emergency care, the health services
technician is authorized to do so. If the HS and patient are of different
gender, an attendant of same gender as the patient shall accompany the
patient during the examination or treatment.

Participate in a course of continuing education, either clinical or
administrative, through correspondence courses, resident courses, etc.

14. Health Services Technicians - Dental (HSDs).
a. The primary responsibility of HSDs is to provide chairside assistance to dental
officers.
b. Additional duties include:
(1)

Cleansing, sterilization, maintenance, and preparation of dental instruments;

(2)

Cleansing, disinfecting, and maintenance of dental equipment and dental
operatories;

(3)

Preparing of dental materials;

(4)

Assessing, referral, and treatment (under direct supervision of a dental officer)
of common dental conditions;

(5)

Charting dental conditions;

(6)

Maintaining dental records;

(7)

Exposure and development of dental radiographs;

(8)

Providing oral hygiene instruction;

(9)

Taking impressions and fabricating study models; and

(10) Performance of emergency intervention as necessary.

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c. HSDs may be assigned to supplement HS duty sections, HSDs may not stand watch
independently.
15. Independent Duty Health Services Technicians.
a. Duties.
(1)

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General Duties.
(a)

Health services technicians on independent duty perform the
administrative duties and, to the extent for which qualified, the clinical
duties prescribed for medical officers of vessels and stations. (See Coast
Guard Regulations, COMDTINST M5000.3 (series) and Section 1-B of
this Manual.) They shall not attempt nor be required to provide health
care for which they are not professionally qualified. They shall provide
care only for active duty personnel, however they may provide care to
non-active duty patients on an emergency basis. The filling of
prescriptions for other than active duty personnel shall be strictly limited
to emergency situations and to authorized stock on hand under the
allowance list for the unit. They may, under the guidance set forth in
Paragraph 10-A-6-h. of this Manual, establish non-prescription
medication handout programs for eligible beneficiaries.

(b)

Health services technicians shall not be detailed to perform combatant
duties in accordance with Paragraph

(c)

7-5-4, Coast Guard Regulations, COMDTINST M5000.3 (series).

(d)

In accordance with the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6
(series), commanding officers are authorized to use health services
technicians for general duties except noted below:
1

Health services technicians shall not be used for duties that require
bearing arms (except for the limited purposes allowed by the Geneva
Convention for their own defense or protection of the wounded and
sick in their charge) even though the bearing of arms may be purely
ceremonial.

2

Health services technicians shall not be used for combat duties that
are unrelated to health care or administration.

Specific Duties.
(a)

Sanitation of the Command. Make daily inspections to ensure that
appropriate sanitation practices are maintained.

(b)

Health of Personnel. Establish and maintain a system for determining
those who need immunizations, tuberculin tests, X-rays, dental services,

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and routine physical examinations. The system shall include all return
appointments requested by physicians or dentists from outside referrals
requested by the command.
(c)

Care of Sick and Injured. Hold daily sick call. Diagnose and treat
patients within capabilities. When indicated, refer cases to facilities
where medical or dental officers are available or, if this is not practical,
obtain help and advice by radio or other expeditious means.

(d)

Procurement, Storage, and Custody of Property. All parts of the Health
Services Allowance List (HSAL) Afloat, COMDTINST
M6700.6(series), and Health Service Allowance List Ashore,
COMDTINST M6700.5 (series) contain information needed for ordering
and procuring supplies. The HSAL also contains procedures for storage
and custody of property.

(e)

Reports. Prepare and submit reports required by Chapter 6 of this
Manual and other directives.

(f)

Health Records. Maintain health records as required by Chapter 4 of this
Manual. Ensure that all treatment records and/or consults from outside
referrals are obtained and placed in the health record. In addition, ensure
that each patient is notified of all physical exams, consultations, and
diagnostic tests (i.e., pap smears, mammograms, biopsies, x-rays, etc.)
performed at any facility prior to filing in the health record.

(g)

Training. Prepare and carry out a program for training non-medical
personnel in first and self-aid, personal hygiene, sexually transmitted
disease prevention, medical aspects of CBR warfare, cardiopulmonary
resuscitation, etc., as part of the unit’s regular training program.

(h)

Other Duties. As assigned by the commanding officer.

b. Reporting Procedures.
(1)

Policy. Upon reporting for independent duty, the health services technician
shall consult with the commanding officer and executive officer to determine
their policies regarding health care and the administration of the health services
department.

(2)

Inventory. Obtain the unit Health Services Allowance List and inspect the
inventory of all health services department equipment, supplies, and
publications. Initiate action for repair, survey, or replenishment of equipment,
supplies, and publications. Verify inventory records and check logs of
controlled substances. Report any discrepancies to the commanding officer
without delay. Amplification of requirements and procedures is contained in
Chapters 8 and 10 of this Manual.

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(3)

Health Records. Check health records against the personnel roster. Any
missing records should be accounted for or requested from previous duty
stations. If records cannot be accounted for within one month’s time, open a
new health record. Check health records for completeness, and if not current,
obtain and enter all missing information to the fullest extent possible. (See
Chapter 4 of this Manual for instructions pertaining to health records.)

(4)

Operational Readiness. Ascertain the state of operational readiness of the
health services department and advise the commanding officer. Operational
readiness refers to the immediate ability to meet all health care demands within
the unit’s capabilities.

c. Responsibilities. The commanding officer is responsible for the health and readiness
of the command. The health services department is charged with advising the
commanding officer of conditions existing that may be detrimental to the health of
personnel and for making appropriate recommendations for correcting such
conditions. Meticulous attention to all details and aspects of preventing disease must
be a continuing program. It is imperative that shipboard and station sanitation and
preventive health practices be reviewed constantly in order that any disease
promoting situation may be discovered immediately and promptly eradicated.
d. Routines.
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Daily Routines.
(a)

Sickcall. Hold sickcall daily at a time prescribed by the commanding
officer.

(b)

Binnacle List. Prepare the unit Binnacle List and submit it to the
commanding officer. (See section 6-B of this Manual for instructions
pertaining to the Binnacle List.)

(c)

Inspections. The following shall be inspected daily:
1

coffee messes;

2

living spaces;

3

heads and washrooms;

4

fresh provisions received (particularly milk and ice cream);

5

scullery in operation;

6

drinking fountains;

7

garbage disposals;

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(3)

8

sewage disposals;

9

water supplies;

10

and industrial activities. (See Chapter 7 of this Manual and the
Food Service Sanitation Manual, COMDTINST 6240.4(series)).

(d)

Testing of Water. Perform water tests for chlorine/bromine content daily
outside of CONUS and at all units that make or chlorinate/brominate
their own water and record the results in the Health Services Log.
Consult the Water Supply and Wastewater Disposal Manual,
COMDTINST M6240.5 (series).

(e)

Cleaning. Health services department spaces shall be cleaned daily and
all used instruments cleaned and stored until sterilization can be
accomplished.

Weekly Routines.
(a)

Health Services Logs. A health services log shall be kept by all activities
and shall be submitted to the commanding officer for review, approval,
and signature. Section 6-B of this Manual contains the information
needed for maintaining the log.

(b)

Inspections. Conduct sanitation inspection of the ship or station with
emphasis on food service, living spaces, and sanitary spaces, specifically
including food handlers, refrigerators and chill boxes, and galley spaces
and pantries. Submit a written report to the commanding officer and
make an appropriate entry in the health services log.

(c)

Training. Conduct training in some aspect of health care or treatment
unless required more frequently by the commanding officer or other
directive.

(d)

Hold field day.

(e)

Resuscitators. Inspect and test resuscitators to ensure proper functioning.
Record results in the health services log.

Monthly Routines.
(a)

Reports. Submit all required health services monthly reports, outlined by
Chapter 6 of this Manual and other appropriate directives.

(b)

Inspection of Battle Dressing Station Supplies. Monthly, inspect battle
dressing station supplies to ensure adequate and full inventory. Check
sterile supplies and re-sterilize every six months (refer to Health Services
Allowance List Afloat, COMDTINST M6700.6 (series). Replace
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expired or deteriorated supplies and materials. Enter an appropriate entry
in the health services log indicating that the inspection was conducted
and the action taken.
(c)
(4)

First Aid Kits. Inspect hinges and hasps to ensure that they are free from
rust, corrosion, or excessive paint.

Quarterly Routines.
(a)

Inventory of Controlled Substances. The Controlled Substances
Inventory Board shall conduct an inventory, as required by Chapter 10 of
this Manual, and submit a written report of the findings to the
commanding officer.

(b)

Reports. Submit all required health services reports as outlined in
Chapter 6 of this Manual and other appropriate directives.

(c)

Inventory. Conduct a sight inventory of all health services consumable
supplies/equipment as required by Chapter 8 of this Manual and the
Health Services Allowance List.

(d)

First Aid Kits. Inspect the contents to ensure adequate and full
inventory. Replace expired and deteriorated supplies and materials.
Make an appropriate entry in the health services log.

16. Coast Guard Beneficiary Representatives at Uniformed Services Medical Treatment
Facilities (USMTF).
a. Duties. Health Services Technicians may be detailed to duty as representatives at
USMTF’s where the Coast Guard patient workload warrants. The purpose of these
assignments is to ensure, for active duty personnel:
(1)

that Coast Guard authorities are provided prompt and current information
concerning the status of Coast Guard personnel being treated;

(2)

that Coast Guard personnel being treated receive necessary command
administrative support;

(3)

that the USMTF use the patient’s Coast Guard health record and that entries
are made in it or on forms that are filed in it; and

(4)

that necessary health records and forms either accompany the patient or are
forwarded to the command having custody of the health record.

b. Responsibilities. The representative is responsible for the following:
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Notification of Patient Status. It is essential that the representative keep
cognizant command levels advised of the status of Coast Guard patients
admitted for inpatient treatment. The following procedures shall be used:

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notify commands, by the most expedient means possible, within 24 hours
of admission or discharge of members of their command.

(2)

Health Record Entries. The representative is responsible for ensuring that all
information concerning inpatient hospitalization, (e.g., admissions, operative
summaries, discharge summaries) which is required to be entered in the health
record, is furnished to the command which maintains the patient’s health
record. The representative shall also make the USMTF aware that all entries or
forms associated with outpatient medical and dental activity must be entered in
the patient’s Coast Guard health record.

(3)

Copies of Forms. The USMTF is responsible for completing and furnishing at
least one copy of the following forms to the representative. The representative
is responsible for preparing any additional copies needed.
(a)

(b)

(c)

Inpatient hospitalizations:
1

SF-502, Narrative Summary (or other discharge summary form), and

2

Operative summary if surgery was done.

Physical examinations:
1

SF-88, Report of Medical Examination.

2

SF-93, Report of Medical History.

3

ANY specialty reports obtained pursuant to the physical
examination.

Initial and Disposition Medical Boards:
1

NAVMED 6100/1, Medical Board Report Cover Sheet;

2

SF-88, Report of Medical Examination;

3

SF-93, Report of Medical History;

4

SF-502, Narrative Summary;

5

ANY specialty reports obtained pursuant to the physical
examination;

6

CG-4920, Patient’s Statement Regarding the Findings of the
Medical Board, signed by the patient;

7

The command endorsement, Line of Duty/Misconduct Statement (if
any), and members rebuttal (if any) should normally be done at/by
the command.
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(4)

Liaison and Assistance. The representative shall:
(a)

(5)

Maintain liaison between the Coast Guard units in the area and the
USMTF as follows:
1

Clinical services to obtain timely appointments for Coast Guard
personnel;

2

Pharmacy to facilitate drug exchange with Coast Guard units; and

3

Biomedical repair to help originate and maintain agreements for
repair and maintenance of local Coast Guard medical equipment.

(b)

Whenever possible, personally meet with each hospitalized Coast Guard
active duty member and meet or phone the immediate family of the
member, offering them assistance.

(c)

In appropriate cases, channel other Coast Guard and DOD resources such
as Mutual Assistance, Family Programs, Red Cross, etc. to assist
hospitalized members and their dependents.

Assignment and Duties. Health Services technicians assigned to a USMTF as
Coast Guard Beneficiary Representatives are attached to MLC (k) which will
exercise military control over them. The representative is expected to comply
with the rules and orders of the USMTF to which assigned, and is subject to
the orders of the hospital commander. However, it is expected that any duties
assigned will be consistent with the purpose noted in subparagraph 13a. above.

17. Coast Guard Representative at the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review
Board (DODMERB).
a. General. DODMERB is located at the USAF Academy, CO and is a joint agency of
the military departments responsible for scheduling, reviewing, and certifying service
academy and ROTC scholarship applicant medical examinations, and other programs
assigned by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs.
b.

Responsibilities.
(1)

(2)

As a member of DODMERB, the Coast Guard:
(a)

establishes entrance standards for the Coast Guard Academy; and

(b)

makes its health care facilities available for completing entrance physical
examinations for all service academies.

As a member of DODMERB, the Coast Guard liaison:
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(b)

participates in implementing plans and organizational procedures for
board actions.

c. Duties.
(1)

Maintain a current list of examining centers which includes dates and
examination quotas.

(2)

Schedule examinations for the applicants.

(3)

Notify applicants and program managers of scheduled examinations.

(4)

Review and apply medical standards.

(5)

Notify applicants and program managers of the status and qualifications of
applicants.

(6)

Provide copies of medical examinations and medical information to the various
programs on applicants until they are no longer eligible.

(7)

Provide copies of medical examinations and medical information to eligible
applicants as requested.

18. Health Benefits Advisors (HBA).
a. Responsibilities. Individuals designated as Health Benefits Advisors (HBAs) at
CGMTFs are responsible for advising and assisting beneficiaries concerning their
health benefits. This individual shall:
(1)

keep current on the TRICARE Program, Uniformed Services Family Health
Benefits Program (USFHBP) and on all other health benefits programs
available for members, former members, and their eligible dependents;

(2)

advise all beneficiaries on matters pertaining to healthcare benefits, including;

(3)

(a)

obtaining Nonavailability Statements,

(b)

using the local appeal system for Nonavailability Statements, and

(c)

conducting a local information program on healthcare benefits;

advise TRICARE beneficiaries on the relationship between TRICARE, DVA
programs, Social Security, Medicare, insurance provided through employment,
and the effect of employment and private insurance on benefits available under
TRICARE:
(a)

stress availability of TRICARE and explain financial implications of
using non-participating providers,

(b)

explain provider participation in TRICARE and explain financial
implications of using non-participating providers,

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(c)

provide beneficiaries the names and addresses of participating providers
of the specific services the beneficiary requires, and

(d)

caution beneficiaries to verify that the provider participates in TRICARE
at the time the services are provided;

(4)

coordinates TRICARE problem cases with MLC HBAs, TRICARE contractors
and the Coast Guard liaison officer at TMA-Aurora when required;

(5)

assist beneficiaries in properly completing TRICARE claim forms;

(6)

serve as a single point of contact for all health benefits programs available to
active duty and retired members and their dependents;

(7)

provide information and assistance based upon personal, written, or telephone
inquiries concerning healthcare benefits;

(8)

keep beneficiaries informed of changes within the various programs, e.g.,
legislative changes affecting benefits available or other policy/procedures
impacting upon the usage of civilian medical care. Provides for an ongoing
program of lecture services, informational seminars, and group counseling to
various beneficiary groups, service clubs, retirement briefings, etc.;

(9)

maintains liaison with local providers and encourages them to increase their
acceptance of the TRICARE program, and;

(10) maintains liaison with cognizant MLC HBA, and unit collateral duty HBAs in
local area.
b. Training.

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(1)

Individuals designated as HBAs must be trained in TRICARE benefits,
exclusions, claims preparation, processing, cost sharing formulas, eligibility
criteria, and alternatives to TRICARE.

(2)

Training Schedule.
(a)

Requests for attendance at the TRICARE course should be submitted via
the Chain of Command to the CG TRICARE Liaison Officer at TMAAurora.

(b)

TRICARE course registration form is available at
http://www.TRICARE.osd. mil. This form may be submitted
electronically or by mail.

(3)

TMA-Aurora Liaison Staff Seminars. The Liaison Office at TMA-Aurora
provides seminars for large beneficiary groups, e.g., recruiter, career counselor,
etc. Arrangements for seminars should be made directly with CG Liaison.

(4)

Funding. Training requests for the TRICARE course will be funded by the
cognizant unit, MLC, or Headquarters component.

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c. Sources of Reference Materials. HBAs shall acquire and become familiar with
specific reference materials on Federal and nonfederal health programs. Specifically,
as TRICARE policies change, the HBA shall maintain an updated reference library
through distribution channels as outlined below:
(1)

TRICARE Information.

(2)

Contact: Coast Guard Liaison Officer
Commercial: (303) 676-3538
Website: http://www.TRICARE.OSD.MIL
Coast Guard Headquarters Distribution.
Stock Point: Commandant (G-WKH-3)
Via: Rapidraft Letter
Tel: (COMM) (202) 267-0846
TRICARE Standard Handbook 6010.46-H

(3)

TRICARE Claim Forms (DD-2642, OCT93)
Now available at Website: http://www.TRICARE.OSD.MIL or by contacting:
Stock Point: Navy Publications and Forms Center
5801 Tabor Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19120
U/I: PD

(4)

Referral for Civilian Medical Care (DD-2161).
May be printed locally by accessing CG Standard Workstation III, Jetform
Filler Database or by contacting:
Stock Point: Navy Publications and Forms Center
5801 Tabor Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19120
U/I: PD

(5)

Fiscal Intermediary Distribution by Region. Fiscal Intermediary Newsletter

(6)

Local Community. Local Publication - Social Services Directory

19. Dental Hygienists. Dental hygienists are licensed graduates of American Dental
Association accredited schools of dental hygiene. Whether contract or active duty
providers, they are authorized to treat beneficiaries in Coast Guard dental clinics under
the oversight of a dental officer. Restrictions on the degree of required oversight and the
scope of services vary from state to state.
a. In the interests of standardization, quality assurance, and risk management, dental
hygienists in Coast Guard health care facilities shall, in most circumstances, treat
patients only when a dental officer is present for duty at the command. At the

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discretion of the SDO, and in the interest of expediency, this guideline may be
overridden if each of the following conditions is met on each patient:
(1)

Only active duty members are treated;

(2)

A medical officer is present in the building;

(3)

Patients’ Periodontal Screening and Recording (PSR) scores are 10 or less; and

(4)

The licenses of the SDO and dental hygienist are not jeopardized by this action.

b. In every case, patients must receive a Type 2 examination by a dental officer no more
than six months prior to treatment by a dental hygienist.
c. The Senior Dental Officer (SDO), or a staff dental officer designated by the SDO,
shall review no fewer than 5% of the dental hygienist’s patients for completeness of
plaque/deposit removal and damage to hard/soft tissues. The responsible dental
officer shall document these reviews in the patients’ dental records.
d. The scope of the dental hygienist’s services shall be governed by either the state in
which the license is held or the state in which the clinic is located, whichever is more
restrictive, and shall be itemized in the clinic’s Standard Operating Procedures
(SOP).
e. In some cases the state license may contain an addendum certificate which
“privileges” the dental hygienist to administer injections of local anesthesia under the
direct oversight of a licensed dentist. If the state in which the clinic is located also
allows this, then the dental hygienist may deliver local anesthesia under the direct
oversight of the dental officer. In all cases, the dental hygienist must possess specific
credentials from the state of licensure allowing him/her to administer local
anesthesia. “Direct oversight” shall mean that the dental officer personally has
authorized the dental hygienist to administer local anesthesia to the specific patient
being treated at the specific time (i.e., “blanket approvals” are not authorized). The
dental officer shall be physically present in the clinic while local anesthesia is
administered by the dental hygienist. While direct oversight does not require the
dental officer to be physically present in the dental hygienist’s operatory, the dental
officer must be in the clinic and be capable of responding to an emergency
immediately.
20. Red Cross Volunteers. Red Cross Volunteers are persons who have completed a formal
training program offered by a Red Cross Chapter and have a certificate of successful
completion. Red Cross training is a screening and educational tool that enables
individuals with an interest in helping others to function as supervised medical assistants
in the clinic.
a. Responsibilities. Red Cross Volunteers are responsible for scheduling their time in
the clinic with clinic staff, accepting supervision, and carrying out activities mutually
agreed upon by themselves and the clinic. These duties must fall within the scope of
duties for which Red Cross training has prepared the volunteer. Duties may include:
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patient transport via gurney or wheelchair within the clinic; assessing and properly
recording temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate, and blood pressure; acting as a
chaperone during exams or treatment; assisting in specialty areas, i.e., laboratory
(with appropriate additional training and supervision); answering telephones, filing
and other clerical duties; cleaning and wrapping instruments.
b. Supervision. Supervision of Red Cross volunteers is the responsibility of the Clinic
Administrator and may be delegated.
c. Orientation. Each volunteer must have an initial orientation to the clinic
documented. Orientation shall include at least the following topics:
(5)

Fire Safety,

(6)

Emergency procedures (bomb threats, mass casualty, power outages,
hurricanes/tornadoes),

(7)

Universal precautions and infection control,

(8)

Proper handling of telephone emergency calls,

(9)

Phone etiquette, paging, proper message taking,

(10) Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, to include confidentiality, and
chaperone duties in accordance with Chapter 2-J-3-b of this Manual.
21. Volunteers
a. Volunteer health care workers (HCW) who are not health care providers and who are
members of the U. S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Department of Defense
(DOD) or Coast Guard Auxiliary (AUX) shall work under the supervision of clinic
staff and will provide support services that include but are not limited to: patient
transport via gurney or wheelchair within the clinic, assessing and recording vital
signs, acting as a chaperone during examination or treatment, clerical duties such as
answering telephone or filing, cleaning and wrapping instruments, etc.
b. Health care providers who are members of the USPHS or DOD who volunteer to
work in Coast Guard clinics for up to fourteen days per year will not be required to
apply to G-WK for clinical privileges.
(1)

Volunteer providers in this category will submit a copy of a current active state
license, copy of current clinical privileges and a current CPR card to the local
clinic when they report in. They will also complete a request for clinical
privileges appropriate to their category and submit to the local SMO/SDO.
Volunteer providers can also submit a Credentials Transfer Brief in lieu of
their license and CPR card.

(2)

The SMO/SDO will evaluate the clinical privileges requested and by signing
the request will authorize the provider to perform those health care services.

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c. Health care providers who are members of the USPHS or DOD who volunteer to
work in Coast Guard clinics for more than fourteen days per year will be required to
apply for clinical privileges from G-WK as described in Chapter 13-B, and C of this
Manual.
d. Health care providers who are members of the AUX will be required to apply for
clinical privileges from G-WK as described in Chapter 13-B, and C of this Manual.
e. Volunteer providers will work under the direct or indirect supervision of Coast
Guard clinic providers.
f. Each volunteer must have an initial orientation to clinic standard operating
procedures which must be documented and must include at the minimum:

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(1)

Fire safety

(2)

Emergency procedures (e.g., bomb threats, mass casualty, power outages,
hurricanes/tornadoes)

(3)

Universal precautions and infection control

(4)

Proper management of telephone calls, emergency calls

(5)

Telephone etiquette, paging, taking messages

(6)

Patient sensitivity and confidentiality

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CHAPTER 2.
HEALTH CARE AND FACILITIES
Page
SECTION A - HEALTH CARE FOR ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNL……………………………………………..1
CARE AT UNIFORMED SERVICES MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES. ........................................................................ 1
EMERGENCY CARE AT OTHER THAN CG OR DOD FACILITIES.................................................................................. 2
DENTAL CARE AND TREATMENT............................................................................................................................... 4
CONSENT TO AND REFUSAL OF TREATMENT. ............................................................................................................ 7
ELECTIVE SURGERY FOR PRE-EXISTING DEFECTS..................................................................................................... 9
ELECTIVE HEALTH CARE ........................................................................................................................................ 10
OTHER HEALTH INSURANCE ............................................................................................................................................. 10

PROCEDURES FOR OBTAINING NON-EMERGENT HEALTH CARE FROM NONFEDERAL SOURCES. ............................. 11
OBTAINING VASECTOMIES AND TUBAL LIGATIONS. .................................................................................................. 13

CARE AT DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (DVA) MEDICAL FACILITIES. ....................................................... 13
SECTION B - HEALTH CARE FOR RESERVE PERSONNEL. ....................................................................... 17
CARE AT UNIFORMED SERVICES MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES. ...................................................................... 17
EMERGENCY CARE AT OTHER THAN CG OR DOD FACILITIES................................................................................ 19
NON-EMERGENT CARE AT OTHER THAN CG OR DOD FACILITIES. ........................................................................ 19
SECTION C - HEALTH CARE FOR RETIRED PERSONNEL......................................................................... 20
CARE AT UNIFORMED SERVICES MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES. ...................................................................... 20
CARE UNDER THE TRICARE EXTRA AND STANDARD OPTIONS (FORMERLY CHAMPUS). ................................... 20
CARE AT VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL FACILITIES.................................................................................. 20
SECTION D - HEALTH CARE FOR DEPENDENTS. ........................................................................................ 21
CARE AT UNIFORMED SERVICES MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES. ...................................................................... 21
CARE UNDER COAST GUARD CIVILIAN CONTRACTS. .............................................................................................. 21
RIGHTS OF MINORS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES. ................................................................................................... 21
SECTION E - CARE FOR PREADOPTIVE CHILDREN AND WARDS OF THE COURT........................... 22
GENERAL. ............................................................................................................................................................... 22
SECRETARY'S DESIGNATION.................................................................................................................................... 22
SECTION F - HEALTH CARE FOR OTHER PERSONS................................................................................... 24
MEMBERS OF THE AUXILLARY. .......................................................................................................................... 24

TEMPORARY MEMBERS OF THE RESERVE. .............................................................................................................. 24
MEMBERS OF FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICES........................................................................................................... 25

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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. ............................................................................................................................................ 25
SEAMEN.. ................................................................................................................................................................ 25
NONFEDERALLY EMPLOYED CIVILIANS ABOARD COAST GUARD VESSELS. ............................................................ 26
SECTION G - MEDICAL REGULATING. ........................................................................................................... 27
TRANSFER OF PATIENTS AT COAST GUARD EXPENSE............................................................................................. 27
TRAVEL VIA AMBULANCE OF PATIENTS TO OBTAIN CARE...................................................................................... 27
AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION OF PATIENTS............................................................................................................. 27
SECTION H - USE OF THE DEFENSE ENROLLMENT ELIGIBILITY REPORTING SYSTEM (DEERS)
IN COAST GUARD HEALTH CARE FACILITIES. ........................................................................................... 28
DEFENSE ENROLLMENT ELIGIBILITY REPORTING SYSTEM (DEERS) ...................................................................... 28
RESPONSIBILITIES.................................................................................................................................................... 28
SECURITY................................................................................................................................................................ 28
PERFORMING DEERS CHECKS. .............................................................................................................................. 30
REPORTS.: ............................................................................................................................................................... 33
ELIGIBILITY/ENROLLMENT QUESTIONS, FRAUD AND ABUSE. .................................................................................... 33

DENIAL OF NONEMERGENCY HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR INDIVIDUALS NOT ENROLLED IN DEFENSE ENROLLMENT
ELIGIBILITY REPORTING SYSTEM (DEERS). ............................................................................................................. 34
DEERS ELIGIBILITY OVERRIDES.: .......................................................................................................................... 34
SECTION I - HEALTH CARE FACILITY DEFINITIONS. ............................................................................... 46
COAST GUARD FACILITIES. ..................................................................................................................................... 46
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MEDICAL FACILITIES. ................................................................................................... 46
UNIFORMED SERVICES TREATMENT FACILITIES. .................................................................................... 47
SECTION J - POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REQUIRED AT COAST GUARD HEALTH CARE
FACILITIES.............................................................................................................................................................. 49
ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ........................................................................................................ 49
OPERATIONAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES............................................................................................................. 49
PATIENT RIGHTS...................................................................................................................................................... 50
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IDENTIFICATION.............................................................................................................. 51
SECTION K - GENERAL STANDARDS OF CARE............................................................................................ 53
GENERAL STANDARDS OF CARE: .............................................................................................................................. 54

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CHAPTER 2. HEALTH CARE AND FACILITIES
Section A - Health Care for Active Duty Personnel.
1.

Care at Uniformed Services Medical Treatment Facilities.
a.

Authority for Health Care. Title 10 USC, 1074(a) provides that under joint
regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of
Transportation, a member of a uniformed service who is on active duty is entitled to
health care in any facility of any uniformed service. Members of the reserve
components who are on active duty (including active duty for training) are entitled to
the same health care in any facility of the uniformed services as that provided for
active duty members of the regular services.

b.

Use of Own Service Medical Treatment Facilities. Under ordinary circumstances,
members shall receive health care at the Uniformed Services Medical Treatment
Facility (USMTF) which serves the organization to which the member is assigned.
However, Commanding Officers may request assignment to another USMTF through
the cognizant MLC. Members away from their duty station or on duty where there is
no USMTF of their own service may receive care at the nearest USMTF.

c.

Use of Other Services Medical Treatment Facilities and/or Civilian Facilities. The
closest USMTF having the appropriate capabilities shall be used for non-emergency
health care. Health care in civilian medical facilities for non-emergent conditions is
not authorized without prior approval of MLC (k). All health care received at other
than a CG Clinic shall be recorded in the Coast Guard health record.

d.

Definitions.
(1) Uniformed Services are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast
Guard, Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, and the
Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration.
(2) Active Duty means full-time duty in a Uniformed Service of the United States.
It includes: duty on the active list; full-time training duty; annual training duty;
and attendance, while in the service, at a school designated as a service school
by law or by the Secretary of the Uniformed Service concerned.
(3) Health Care means outpatient and inpatient professional care and treatment,
nursing care, diagnostic tests and procedures, physical examinations,
immunizations, prophylactic treatment, medicines, biologicals, other similar
medical services, and ambulance service. Prostheses, hearing aids, spectacles,
orthopedic footwear, and similar adjuncts to health care may be furnished only
where such adjuncts are medically indicated.

e.

Application for Care. Members of the Coast Guard on active duty may be provided
health care at a USMTF when requested by appropriate Coast Guard authority, a

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Public Health Service medical officer detailed to the Coast Guard, or by application
of the member by presenting an Armed Forces Identification Card (DD-2-CG).

2.

f.

Subsistence Charges. All active duty members of the uniformed services are
required to pay subsistence in a USMTF at a rate prescribed by the Department of
Defense.

g.

Loss of Entitlement. A member of the Coast Guard who is separated from active
duty, for any reason other than retirement, is not eligible for health care at a USMTF
by reason of that previous service unless otherwise noted on the Certificate of
Release or Discharge from Active Duty form DD-214.

Emergency Care at Other Than CG or DOD Facilities.
a.

Definition of Emergency Condition.
(1) An emergency medical condition exists when the patient's condition is such
that, in a medical officer's opinion, failure to provide treatment or
hospitalization would result in undue suffering or endanger life or limb.
(2) In an emergency, the patient's safety and welfare, as well as that of the
personnel around the patient, must be protected. When a USMTF cannot
render immediate care, other local medical facilities, Federal or civilian, may
be used. The decision to admit the patient to any of these facilities shall be
made by the command with regard for only the health and welfare of the
patient and the other personnel of the command.

b.

Eligibility for Emergency Treatment. The following members of the Coast Guard are
eligible for emergency medical treatment:
(1) active duty personnel of the regular Coast Guard;
(2) reserve personnel on extended active duty or temporary active duty (ASWAC);
and
(3) reserve personnel who become ill, injured, or contract a disease in line of duty
while on active duty for training or inactive duty for training, including
authorized travel to or from such duty. [see Reserve Policy Manual,
COMDTINST M1001.28 (series)]

c.

Responsibilities.
(1) Patient.
(a)

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The patient is responsible for notifying the civilian physician or dentist
that he or she is in the:
1

Regular Coast Guard;

2

Coast Guard Reserve on active duty or active duty for training; or

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Coast Guard Reserve in an inactive duty training drill or appropriate
duty status.

(b)

It is also the responsibility of the patient or someone acting in the
patient's behalf to request that the physician or dentist notify the
member's command or the closest Coast Guard organization that he or
she is undergoing emergency treatment at a civilian medical facility.

(c)

The patient shall provide to appropriate authority all information needed
to verify the course of treatment received and authorize release of all
records associated with the episode of care.

(2) Commanding Officer. When notified that a member of the Coast Guard is
hospitalized, transferred to another facility, or discharged from inpatient status,
the commanding officer shall notify MLC (p) and (k) via message in
accordance with MLC directives.
(3) Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command. When notified that a
member of the Coast Guard is hospitalized, MLC (k) shall:
(a)

Be responsible for authorizing additional inpatient care at a civilian
medical facility prior to transferring the patient to a USMTF. It is
imperative, in the interest of good management, that the patient be
transferred as soon as medically feasible. However, nothing in the above
should be construed as precluding the necessary care for the patient
concerned. MLC (k) shall notify the member's unit of any authorization
action.

(b)

Assist in ascertaining all necessary background information about the
case, when the patient can be moved, and the location of the nearest
CGMTF or USMTF which can accept the case. Patients shall be
transferred in accordance with the provisions of Medical Regulating to
and Within the Continental United States, COMDTINST M6320.8
(series).

(4) Commanding Officers of Reserve Units.
(a)

A Reservist needing emergency treatment while performing inactive duty
training shall be taken to a USMTF. If the nature of the case is so
emergent as to preclude such transportation, a civilian medical facility
may be used. If outpatient follow-up treatment is required, (i.e., office
visits, tests, etc.) such treatment must be preauthorized by MLC (k) after
issuance of a Notice of Eligibility by Commander, Integrated Support
Command (FOT).

(b)

The commanding officer of the reserve unit shall comply with Chapter
11 of the Reserve Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28 (series) in
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engaged in inactive duty training is admitted to a civilian hospital or
USMTF, and subsequent follow-up.
(5) Government Responsibility. Non-adherence to these notification directives
cannot limit the Government's liability to pay bills for emergency medical and
dental treatment provided to authorized Coast Guard beneficiaries. However,
if prior approval is not obtained for NON-EMERGENT treatment in
nonfederal facilities, the member receiving the care will be liable for payment.

3.

d.

Elective Surgery or Medical Treatment. Elective surgery or medical treatment is
only authorized in USMTFs.

e.

Emergency Care Outside the Continental United States. Coast Guard active duty
personnel outside the continental limits of the United States are entitled to health
care at USMTFs, where available. If such facilities are not available, emergency
health care may be obtained at Coast Guard expense, without prior authorization.

f.

Absentees or Deserters. Charges incurred by Coast Guard personnel for civilian
health care when absent without authority or in desertion are the sole responsibility
of the individual. However, charges for civilian health care after actual or
constructive return of the individual to Coast Guard or military control may be paid
from Coast Guard funds. Refer questions on payment of health care in regards to
constructive return to MLC (k).

Dental Care and Treatment.
a.

Extent of Dental Services.
(1) Active duty Coast Guard personnel are entitled to emergency, routine, and
accessory dental treatment at all USMTFs. Dental care from contract dentists
is authorized only as prescribed in Chapter 11 of this Manual.
(2) Reserve Coast Guard personnel ordered to active duty with their consent for
less than thirty days are eligible for emergency dental treatment only, and are
also subject to the following modifications;

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(a)

Reserve personnel are responsible for all dental diseases and conditions
in existence prior to the initiation of or call to active duty. They must be
in a class 1 or 2 dental status. (see section 4-C-3.c.)

(b)

Reserve personnel shall not be eligible for routine or accessory dental
treatment which cannot be completed prior to termination of or release
from active duty status.

(c)

Reserve personnel are responsible for maintaining their dental fitness for
duty while on inactive status or during periods of active duty less than 30
days.

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(3) Coast Guard Reserve personnel ordered to active duty for 30 days or more, are
eligible for emergency, routine, and accessory dental treatment at all USMTFs,
and are also subject to the modifications listed above. Reservists with active
duty orders for 30 days or more are encouraged to obtain a dental exam as part
of their check-in process at their newly assigned unit.
b.

Definitions of Types of Dental Treatment.
(1) Emergency Dental Treatment. Emergency dental treatment includes those
procedures directed toward the immediate relief of pain, the removal of oral
infection which endangers the health of the patient, and repair of prosthetic
appliances where the lack of such repair would cause the patient physical
suffering.
(2) Routine Dental Treatment. Routine dental treatment includes the following:
examinations, radiographs, diagnosis and treatment planning, amalgam fillings,
synthetic fillings, prophylaxis, extraction, treatment of root canals, treatment
for allaying pain, treatment of oral pathological conditions, periodontal
conditions, other infections and related conditions detrimental to the patient's
health, and repairs and adjustment of dentures and prosthetic appliances.
(3) Accessory Dental Treatment. Accessory dental treatment includes prosthetic
replacement of missing teeth in cases where insufficient occlusal surfaces
prevent proper mastication and where missing anterior teeth prevent correct
phonation.
(4) Implants.
(a)

Implant placement by Coast Guard dental officers (DOs) shall be
performed only by:
1

those DOs specifically privileged to do so by DOD facilities, or

2

those DOs who have received implant training as part of a formal
specialty program.

(b)

Implant maintenance is the responsibility of all DOs. Each DO shall be
familiar with the techniques and armamentarium of implant maintenance,
as well as diagnosis of successful and unsuccessful implants.

(c)

Requests for implants from nonfederal providers for active duty members
shall be approved or denied on a case-by-case basis by the cognizant
MLC. Factors to be considered include:
1

oral hygiene;

2

treatment alternatives;

3

feasibility and expectations for long-term success;

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length of service and anticipated rotation; and

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qualifications of the provider(s).

c.

Dental Care of Recruits. Only emergency dental treatment should be provided those
recruits who are to be separated from the Service prior to completing recruit training.
It is important that recruits in this category do not have teeth extracted in preparation
for prosthetic treatment and then be separated from the Service prior to the time
prosthetic appliances are provided.

d.

Emergency Dental Treatment in Nonfederal and Non-contract Facilities.
(1) If a contract dentist is not available, emergency dental treatment required for
the immediate relief of pain or infection may be obtained by active duty Coast
Guard personnel from any available dentist. Once the emergency has been
alleviated, all follow-up treatment must be from a USMTF or contract dentist
unless preauthorized by MLC (k).
(2) Process all bills in accordance with Chapter 11 of this Manual.

e.

Criteria To Be Followed When Requesting Orthodontic/Orthognathic Surgical Care.
(1) Orthodontic/orthognathic surgical treatment can affect release from active duty,
rotation dates, and fitness for duty. Therefore, written authorization to
commence all orthodontic/orthognathic surgical treatment (whether elective or
not, and whether provided by Federal or nonfederal practitioners) must be
requested from Commander (CGPC-epm) for enlisted and (CGPC-opm) for
officers via the cognizant MLC (k) prior to its initiation. Command
endorsement must include a copy of Administrative Remarks CG-3307
documentation described in article 2-A-3.e.(3)(b) below. Request nonfederal
care from appropriate MLC (k) following established guidelines. If authorized
by MLC (k), the request will be forwarded to Commander (CGPC-epm or
opm).
(2) Preexisting conditions are the member's responsibility.
(3) Treatment not required to maintain the member's fitness for duty is elective in
nature and is not authorized for payment by the Coast Guard. If the member's
condition does not impair job function, the treatment shall be considered
elective.
(4) Elective care may be obtained, if available, from USMTFs. If obtained from
nonfederal providers, payment is the member's responsibility. In addition, the
member is financially responsible for any care arising from complications that
require additional treatment, even if it is non-elective. Because complications
could lead to subsequent action by the Physical Disability Evaluation System
(PDES), and to protect the interests of both the service member and the Coast
Guard, the member's command is responsible for Service Record
Administrative Remarks CG-3307 documentation detailing:

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(5) The personnel action to be taken by the command regarding the granting of
absence.
(6) That the service member was instructed regarding the provisions contained
herein and other applicable directives; and
(7) That the service member must obtain copies of all treatment records from the
provider for inclusion into the Coast Guard dental record, including (for
example) initial evaluation, treatment plan, progress notes, and follow-up care.
(8) If elective treatment is approved, PDES processing shall be suspended pending
the outcome of the elective treatment. Aviation personnel and divers are
required to have a waiver request approved by CGPC - opm or epm. In
addition, members whose duties preclude regular visits to an orthodontist (e.g.,
icebreakers crews, isolated LORAN duty etc.) fall under this category.
(9) If the condition is service-related, the Coast Guard shall be responsible to
acquire care sufficient to return the member to fit for full duty status (e.g., that
which existed at the time of the member's entry to the service), but not
necessarily to ideal conditions not impacting on performance of duties. If
treatment is not available at a local MTF, use of a nonfederal provider may be
authorized.
(10) If pain is the only symptom causing the member to be not fit for full duty, then
it must be treated. Treatment may include, but is not limited to physical
therapy, bite plates to improve occlusion, stress management, and medications.
Since orthodontic treatment is of long duration, it is not an appropriate method
to relieve acute pain.
(11) All treatment must be completed, inactivated, or terminated prior to transfer or
release from active duty. Personnel who are being transferred or released from
active duty, and who request inactivation of orthodontic appliances, shall sign
an entry in the SF-603/603-A stating their intention to seek orthodontic therapy
at their own expense.
4.

Consent to and Refusal of Treatment.
a.

Regulatory Restrictions. Coast Guard Regulations, COMDTINST M5000.3 (series),
state in Section 8-2-1 that:
(1) "Persons in the Coast Guard shall not refuse to submit to necessary and proper
medical or dental treatment to render themselves fit for duty, or refuse to
submit to a necessary and proper operation not endangering life."
(2) "Persons in the Coast Guard shall permit such action to be taken to immunize
them against disease as is prescribed by competent authority."

b.

Policy Concerning Refusal of Treatment.
(1) Policy.

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(a)

It is the Commandant's policy that compulsion is not permissible at any
time to require Coast Guard personnel to submit to various types of
medical or dental treatment, diagnostic procedures, or examinations.

(b)

Surgery will not be performed on persons over their protest if they are
mentally competent.

(c)

Individuals who refuse to submit to measures considered by competent
medical or dental officers to be necessary to render them fit for duty, may
be processed for separation from the Coast Guard in accordance with
applicable regulations. Individuals may be subjected to disciplinary
action for refusal of necessary treatment or surgery if the refusal is
determined to be unreasonable. Refusal of medical care by vegetative or
comatose individuals in accordance with a Living Will shall not be
considered unreasonable.

(2) Non-Emergent Operations on Minors. A minor who enlists or otherwise enters
active duty with parental or guardian consent is considered emancipated during
the term of enlistment. There is, therefore, no legal requirement that the
consent of any person, other than the minor, be obtained prior to instituting
surgical procedures.
(3) Refusal of Emergency or Lifesaving Treatment or Emergency Diagnostic
Procedures. The refusal of recommended emergency or lifesaving treatment or
emergency diagnostic procedure required to prevent increased level of
impairment or threat to life is ordinarily determined to be unreasonable.
However, refusal of medical care by vegetative or comatose patients under the
authorization of a Living Will is not considered unreasonable. A medical
board shall be convened in accordance with the Physical Disability Evaluation
System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series) for unreasonable refusal of
emergency or lifesaving treatment or emergency diagnostic procedures.
(4) Refusal of Non-Emergent Treatment. If a member of the Coast Guard refuses
non-emergent medical, surgical, dental, or diagnostic procedures that are
required to maintain a fit for full duty status, a determination of reasonable
basis for this refusal is required. A medical board shall be convened in
accordance with Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST
M1850.2 (series).
c.

Advance Directives (Living Wills).
(1) Federal law enacted in 1993 requires hospitals to ask about advance directives
at the time of admission and provide patients with information to create
advance directives. Advance directives, commonly known as living wills,
express a person's wishes regarding certain aspects of treatment and care,
including but not restricted to CPR, mechanical life support measures, etc.,
which may arise in the course of hospitalization.

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(2) Coast Guard health care facilities are not required to provide such information
under the law. Clinics may elect to provide standardized information to
patients on request. Information given out shall conform to the implementing
laws of the state in which the clinic is located. Clinics providing such
information shall notify patients of its availability either by posted notice or via
patient handout materials.
(3) Clinic staff members usually do not have the required training and experience
to advise patients on the legal issues concerning creation of advance directives.
Patients shall be referred to the appropriate source of legal support, e.g.,
command or district legal officers.
(4) Clinic staff members, where allowed by state law, may serve as witnesses to
advance directive signatures.
(5) Advance directive documents shall be held by the member and/or the member's
next of kin. Advance directive documents shall not be filed in the member's
health record since health records are not universally available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, for reference by a treating hospital.
5. Elective Surgery for Pre-Existing Defects.
a.

General. In many medical/dental procedures undertaken to correct defects that
existed prior to entrance (EPTE) into the Service, the likelihood of return to full duty
is questionable. In addition, such cases have often resulted in long periods of
convalescence with subsequent periods of limited duty, outpatient care, and
observation which render the Government liable for benefits by reason of
aggravation of these defects.

b.

Criteria. The following conditions must be met before attempting surgical correction
of an EPTE defect.
(1) It interferes with the member's ability to perform duty.
(2) The procedure being considered is an accepted one, carries a minimal risk to
life, and is not likely to result in complications.
(3) There should be a 90 percent chance that the procedure will correct the defect
and restore the member to full duty within a reasonable time (three months)
without residual disability. If the defect does not meet the above conditions
and the member is, in fact, unfit to perform the duties of grade or rate, action
shall be taken to separate the member from the Service.

c.

Discussion. Whether elective medical/dental care should be undertaken in any
particular case is a command decision which should be decided using the above
guidelines. In questionable cases, the member may be referred to a medical board for
final decision prior to undertaking elective treatment for an EPTE defect.

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6. Elective Health Care.
a.

Medical/Dental treatment not required to maintain the member’s fitness for duty is
elective in nature and is not authorized for payment by the Coast Guard. If the
member’s condition does not interfere with their ability to perform duty, the
treatment shall be considered elective.
(1) Elective care may be obtained, if available, from USMTF’s.
(2) If obtained from nonfederal providers, payment is the member’s responsibility.
In addition, the member is financially responsible for any care arising from
complications that require additional treatment, even if it is non-elective.
(3) Because complications could lead to subsequent action by the Physical
Disability Evaluation System (PDES), and to protect the interests of both the
service member and the Coast Guard, the member’s health record must contain
a SF-600 entry detailing:
(a)

the personnel action to be taken by the command regarding the granting
of absence;

(b)

that the service member was counseled regarding the provisions
contained herein and other applicable directives. Counseling will be
provided at the local Coast Guard primary care facility, or if there is no
near by Coast Guard primary care facility, then the cognizant MLC (k)
via phone. SF-600 will be faxed to the cognizant MLC (k) for
appropriate entries, then faxed or mailed back to the unit for
incorporation into the member’s health record.

(c)

that the service member must obtain copies of all treatment records from
the provider for inclusion into the Coast Guard health record, including
initial evaluation, treatment plan, progress notes, and follow-up care.

(4) Members shall understand that once they have received an elective treatment or
procedure, they may be adversely effected for present or future assignments or
specialized duty. For example, Laser In-situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is
disqualifying for divers, aviation personnel, and landing signal officers (LSO).
7. Other Health Insurance (OHI)

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a.

General. In some situations a member may desire to utilize their spouses’ health
insurance (OHI) to obtain health care outside of the Military Health Care System.
Whether elective health care or all other areas of health care, this decision has an
impact on the command and possibly on a member’s access to the Physical Disability
Evaluation System (PDES).

b.

Criteria. The following conditions must be met before utilizing a spouse’s health
insurance or OHI,

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(1) ALL payment is the member’s responsibility. In addition, the member is
financially responsible for any care arising from complications that require
additional treatment, even if it is non-elective.
(2) Because complications could lead to a loss of access to the Physical Disability
Evaluation System (PDES), and to protect the interests of both the service
member and the Coast Guard, the member’s Coast Guard health record must
contain a SF-600 entry detailing:
(a)

the personnel action to be taken by the command regarding the granting
of absence;

(b)

that the service member was instructed regarding the provisions
contained herein and other applicable directives. Counseling will be
provided at the local Coast Guard primary care facility, or if there is no
near by Coast Guard primary care facility, then the cognizant MLC (k)
via phone. SF-600 will be faxed to the cognizant MLC (k) for
appropriate entries, then faxed or mailed back to the unit for
incorporation into the member’s health record.

(c)

that the service member must obtain copies of all treatment records from
the provider for inclusion into the Coast Guard health record, including
initial evaluation, treatment plan, progress notes, and follow-up care.

8. Procedures for Obtaining Non-Emergent Health Care from Nonfederal Sources.
(Guidance reflecting current TRICARE procedures for obtaining Non-Emergent Health
Care will be promulgated in future changes to this Manual).
a.

Nonfederal sources for active duty care are intended to supplement and not substitute
for care that is available through the federal system. USMTF's or DVA facilities, if
located within a 40 mile radius of the member's unit (except a 30 mile radius for
maternity care), shall be used first for non-emergent, non-elective health care before
nonfederal sources are used. Each case must be evaluated for:
(1) appropriateness of care;
(2) urgency of treatment;
(3) time and cost factors associated with obtaining such care from a USMTF;
(4) the member's anticipated length of stay at the given station; and,
(5) operational need of the unit for the member.

b.

Before active duty personnel are treated in a nonfederal medical facility for nonemergent conditions, prior approval must be obtained. Non-elective conditions are
those which, without repair or treatment, would render the member unfit for duty.

c.

MLC (k) may approve requests for nonfederal health care (both medical and dental)
and may delegate, in writing, limited authority to qualified clinic administrators.
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d.

Requests for nonfederal health care beyond a clinic administrator's authority will be
submitted by following the cognizant MLC(k) policy. Telephone authorization will
not be provided without a hard copy of the request. As a minimum, the following
information must be provided, as applicable:
(1) name, grade/rate, social security number;
(2) anticipated rotation date and expiration of enlistment;
(3) whether care will be completed before transfer or separation;
(4) diagnosis reported by International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision,
Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) code number and a brief explanation;
(5) history of patient's condition;
(6) total amount of local/MLC approved nonfederal expenditures to date for this
condition;
(7) the necessity of treatment to maintain fitness to perform duty;
(8) treatment plan: length, type of therapy/treatment, and estimated cost (Cost
estimates must include total scope of care not just primary provider or hospital
costs.);
(9) name of facility where treatment will be done;
(10) attending physician's or dentist's prognosis with and without treatment,
including likelihood of medical board action;
(11) treatment plan and justification, radiographs and copy of dental records for all
dental requests (Study models will be submitted for all cases requiring crown
and bridge work and partial dentures;
(12) name of nearest USMTF capable of providing care:
(a)

distance to facility (miles);

(b)

earliest appointment available (not available is unacceptable);

(c)

travel/per diem cost;

(d)

estimated total lost time; and

(e)

other factors for consideration, i.e., travel time, road conditions,
operational impact, etc; and

(13) indicate date of original submission and reason for resubmission, if previous
requests were submitted for this procedure.
e.

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If approval is granted, MLC (k) will provide the requester with an authorization
number. This authorization number must be noted on all bills submitted. Bills will
be submitted to MLC (k). If approval is denied, MLC(k) will outline the appropriate
appeals process to follow in their denial transmittal.
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When personnel are transferred prior to completing the approved care, the request is
canceled. Personnel are required to submit another request after reporting for their
new assignment.

g.

Amounts authorized shall not be exceeded without further authorization from MLC
(k) which requires additional justification.

h.

Inpatient hospitalization in nonfederal facilities shall be monitored closely by the
MLC (k) responsible for the geographical area in which the facility is located.
Normally, an inpatient stay will not exceed seven days duration without
consideration of movement to a USMTF. Cases suspected to extend past the sevenday limit shall not be placed in a civilian facility, but shall be initially referred to a
USMTF.

i.

If prior approval is not obtained for non-emergent treatment in nonfederal facilities,
the member receiving the care will be liable for payment.

j.

EMERGENCY health care does not require prior approval.

9. Obtaining Vasectomies and Tubal Ligations from Nonfederal Providers.
a.

Preauthorization is required. Submit all request for vasectomies and tubal ligations
by nonfederal providers to cognizant MLC(kma) following the guidelines for
requesting above. Request must show the provider of care decided on the procedure
based upon applicable local and state guidelines.

b.

Request must contain evidence that the patient has been counseled by a physician and
has given informed consent to the procedure.

c.

The request must contain evidence that the patient has completed a SF-600 entry
acknowledging that the Coast Guard will not pay for reversal of this procedure in a
non-federal facility.

d.

The request must contain current information concerning the availability of the
requested procedure from federal sources.

e.

Request for tubal ligation to be performed at the time of delivery should be submitted
with the request for nonfederal maternity care.

f.

Sick leave may be granted for this procedure.

10. Care at Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Medical Facilities.
a.

From time-to-time, acute medical, surgical, or psychiatric facilities are required for
Coast Guard personnel where transportation to the nearest USMTF will place the
individual's health or welfare in jeopardy. To preclude this and other similar
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support agreement between the Coast Guard and the Department of Veterans Affairs
was completed in 1979 and remains in effect. FIGURE 2-1 is a copy of the medical
service agreement.

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b.

DVA care must be requested by the member's commanding officer. The agreement
is limited to active duty Coast Guard personnel and does not include dependents.

c.

MLC commanders and commanding officers should establish local contact with
DVA facilities to determine mission and facility capabilities and patient admission
procedures.

d.

Forward all bills received from DVA facilities to the service member's unit for
certification prior to forwarding to MLC (k) for payment.

e.

When a USMTF and a DVA facility are collocated, the USMTF shall be used unless
it cannot provide the required services.

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Section B - Health Care for Reserve Personnel.
1.

Care at Uniformed Services Medical Treatment Facilities.
a.

Authority for Reserve Personnel. Section 2-A of this Manual contains the authority
for medical care. Information concerning entitlement to various benefits is contained
in Chapter 11 of the Reserve Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28(series).
Information concerning eligibility for benefits from the Department of Veterans
Affairs is included therein.

b.

Application for Care. A member of the Coast Guard Reserve may be admitted to
USMTFs upon written authorization from an appropriate Coast Guard authority (e.g.,
Commanding Officer's letter, Notice of Eligibility, or appropriately endorsed orders).

c.

Definitions. The following definitions apply throughout this section:
(1) Active duty means full-time duty in a Uniformed Service of the United States.
It includes duty on the active list, full-time training duty, annual training duty
and attendance, while in the service, at a school designated as a service school
by law or by the Secretary of the Uniformed Service concerned.
(2) Active Duty for Training is defined as full-time duty in a uniformed service of
the United States for training purposes.
(3) Inactive Duty Training.
(a)

Duty prescribed for reservists by the Secretary concerned under 37 USC
206 or any other provision of law.

(b)

Special additional duties authorized for reservists by an authority
designated by the Secretary concerned and performed by them on
voluntary basis in connection with the prescribed training or maintenance
activities of the units to which they are assigned.

(4) Disability. A temporary or permanent physical impairment resulting in an
inability to perform full military duties or normal civilian pursuits.
(5) Employed. Reservists are employed on duty during the actual performance of
duty, while engaged in authorized travel to or from active duty for training, and
while on authorized leave or liberty.
(6) Line of Duty. An injury, illness, or disease shall be deemed to have been
incurred in line of duty, if a reservist at the time of debilitating incident is
performing active duty or active duty for training, or is on authorized leave or
liberty, provided the disability is not the result of misconduct.
d.

Injury Incurred in Line of Duty. A member of the Coast Guard Reserve who is
ordered to active duty or to active duty for training, or to perform inactive duty
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employed is entitled to the same hospital benefits as provided by law or required in
the case of a member of the regular Coast Guard. For the purpose of these benefits, a
member who is not in a pay status is treated as though receiving the pay and
allowances to which entitled if serving on active duty.
e.

Disease Incurred in Line of Duty While on Active Duty. A member of the Coast
Guard Reserve who is ordered to active duty for training for a period of more than 30
days, and is disabled while so employed, is entitled to the hospital benefits as are
provided by law or regulation in the case of a member of the regular Coast Guard.
An exception is that a member of the Coast Guard Reserve ordered to perform
involuntary active duty for training under the provision of 10 USC 270 is only
eligible for the limited medical benefits described below, following termination of
the training duty period.

f.

Illness or Disease Contracted in Line of Duty in Peacetime. A member of the Coast
Guard Reserve who, in time of peace, becomes ill or contracts a disease in line of
duty while on active duty for training or performing inactive duty training is entitled
to receive medical, hospital, and other treatment appropriate for that illness or
disease. The treatment shall be continued until the disability resulting from the
illness or disease cannot be materially improved by further treatment. Such a
member is also entitled to necessary transportation and subsistence incident to
treatment and return home upon discharge from treatment. The treatment may not
extend beyond ten weeks after the member is released from active duty, except:
(1) upon an approved recommendation of a medical board or
(2) upon authorization of the MLC (k), based on a physician's certification that the
problem is a continuation of that for which the member was initially treated,
and that benefit will result from further treatment. Refer to Section 11-B-3 of
the Reserve Administration Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28(series),
for specific instructions regarding the extension of medical treatment beyond
10 weeks for those who are receiving treatment under a Notice of Eligibility
(NOE).

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g.

Injury or Disease En Route to or from Active Duty. A member of the Coast Guard
Reserve is authorized medical care for an injury or disease incurred while en route to
or from active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training.

h.

Injury or Disease Not in Line of Duty. A member of the Coast Guard Reserve is not
entitled to medical care for an injury or disease not incurred in the line of duty.

i.

Pregnancy. Pregnancy in the Coast Guard, COMDTINST 1900.9, contains guidance
regarding pregnancy and reserve members. Use of reserve servicewomen who are
pregnant for ASWAC assignment is not encouraged. Reserve servicewomen may
accept Special Active Duty for Training (SADT) with the understanding that duty
must be completed by the 24th week of gestation.

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Emergency Care at Other Than CG or DOD Facilities. Section 2-A-2 contains the
requirements for treating reserves in emergency situations.

3.

Non-Emergent Care at Other Than CG or DOD Facilities. Any non-emergent,
nonfederal care must be authorized in advance by MLC (k) through contract, blanket
purchase agreement or pre-authorization.

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Section C - Health Care for Retired Personnel.
1.

Care at Uniformed Services Medical Treatment Facilities. As set forth in 10 USC,
1074(b), retired members of the uniformed services, as specified in that Act, are entitled
to required medical and dental care and adjuncts thereto to the same extent as provided
for active duty members in medical facilities of the uniformed services. However, access
to care is subject to mission requirements, the availability of space and facilities, and the
capabilities of the medical staff as determined by the cognizant medical authority in
charge. Patients enrolled in TRICARE Prime Options are not eligible for non-emergent
care in Coast Guard clinics. These patients shall be referred to their TRICARE primary
care manager (PCM). The PCM is responsible for appropriate care and referral of such
patients.

2.

Care Under the TRICARE Extra and Standard Options (formerly CHAMPUS). Subject
to the cost sharing provisions set forth in 10 USC, 1086, retired members who are not
qualified for benefits under Title I of the Social Security Amendments of 1965
(Medicare) are entitled to receive inpatient and outpatient care from civilian sources.

3.

Care at Veterans Administration Medical Facilities.
a.

Eligibility for DVA Hospitalization. Coast Guard military personnel are eligible for
hospitalization in DVA facilities after separation from active duty or while in
retirement under one of the following circumstances:
(1) For injuries or diseases incurred or aggravated while on active duty during any
war, the Korean conflict period 27 June 1950 through 31 January 1955) or the
Vietnam conflict period (5 August 1964 through 7 March 1975).
(2) For service-connected or nonservice-connected disabilities, if receiving
disability compensation from the DVA, or if entitled to receive disability
compensation from the DVA, but has elected to receive retirement pay from
the Coast Guard instead of the compensation from the DVA.

b.

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Medical Care Benefits. Eligible veterans may receive hospitalization, outpatient
medical care, outpatient dental care, prosthetic appliances, etc., from the VA.

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Section D - Health Care for Dependents.
1.

Care at Uniformed Services Medical Treatment Facilities.
a.

Authority for Health Care. Title 10 USC, 1076 provides basic authority for medical
and dental care for:
(1) dependents of active duty members and dependents of members who died
serving on active duty; and
(2) dependents of retired members and the dependents of members who died while
in a retired status.

b.

Availability of Care.
(1) Medical and dental care for dependents in uniformed services medical
treatment facilities is subject to the availability of space and facilities and the
capabilities of the medical and dental staff. With the approval of the
commanding officer, the senior medical officer and senior dental officer are
responsible for determining the availability of space and capability of the
medical and dental staffs. These determinations are conclusive. Patients found
enrolled in TRICARE Prime Options are not eligible for non-emergent care in
Coast Guard clinics. These patients shall be referred to their TRICARE
primary care manager (PCM). The PCM is responsible for appropriate care
and referral of such patients.
(2) Dependents entitled to medical and dental care under this section shall not be
denied equal opportunity for that care because the facility concerned is that of a
uniformed service other than that of the sponsor.
(3) Types of Care Authorized. Subject to the provisions set forth in 10 USC, 1079
and 1086, dependents who are not qualified for benefits under Title 1 of the
Social Security amendments of 1965 (Medicare) are entitled to receive
inpatient and outpatient care from civilian sources. Refer to your cognizant
MLC (k) for details and instructions.

2.

Care Under Coast Guard Civilian Contracts. Under certain circumstances, dependents
are entitled to medical and dental care provided through Coast Guard civilian contracts.
See Chapter 11 for guidance.

3.

Rights of Minors to Health Care Services. Where not in conflict with applicable Federal
law or regulation, unit commanding officers shall follow State law defining the rights of
minors to health care services and counseling in contraception, sexually transmitted
disease prevention and treatment, and pregnancy. Any protection with regard to
confidentiality of care or records afforded by applicable law or regulation will be
extended to minors seeking care or counseling for the above mentioned services or
conditions in Coast Guard facilities.

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Section E - Care for Preadoptive Children and Wards of the Court.
1.

2.

General.
a.

A child placed in a sponsors home as part of a pre-adoption procedure, or by courtordered guardianship, is not eligible for care under the Uniformed Services Health
Benefits Program unless specific authority has been granted. Such authority may
come from the final adoption decree, a court-ordered legal custody determination (for
a period of at least 12 consecutive months), or through a Secretary's Designation
authorization for limited health care in a USMTF.

b.

Eligibility for TRICARE benefits, the Uniformed Services Family Health Benefits
Plan (USFHBP), or the Uniformed Services Active Duty Dependents Dental Plan is
established upon the issuance of a uniformed services dependent ID card and DEERS
enrollment. Authorization for these health care programs, or for direct care (USMTF
use), will be reflected on the ID card and through DEERS.

c.

Prospective dependents must meet the following eligibility rules: be unmarried; have
not attained the age of 21 (or 23 if a full-time student); be dependent on the sponsor
for over one-half of their support; or be incapable of self-support due to mental or
physical incapacity and were otherwise eligible when incapacity occurred.

d.

If legal custody or placement is for 12 months or more, a uniformed services
dependent ID care, DEERS enrollment, and health care eligibility may be authorized.
Personnel are encouraged to contact their servicing personnel office for assistance.

Secretary's Designation. The following procedures apply in situations where a preadoptive or court ordered guardianship or placement is for less than 12 consecutive
months.
a.

Children under a prospective parent or guardians care may use a USMTF by
acquiring authority from the Secretary of the uniformed service to which the USMTF
belongs. This authority is normally called a Secretary's Designation. For example,
requests for care in a U. S. Navy facility must be authorized by the Secretary of the
Navy or their designee. The same holds true for U. S. Army and U. S. Air Force
facilities. When seeking care from a Department of Defense MTF, contact that
facilities Patient Affairs or Health Benefits Advisor staff for assistance.

b.

In cases involving Coast Guard facilities, authority has been delegated to the
Commandant by the Secretary of Transportation to authorize treatment of preadoptive children and wards of the court. Letter requests must be forwarded to
Commandant (G-WKH) and include the following information:
(1) member's name, grade/rate, SSN, and duty assignment or retired status if
applicable;
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(3) name and age of the proposed adoptive child or court-ordered ward; and
(4) a copy of the court order, legal decree, or other applicable instrument issued by
a court or adoption agency which indicates the child has been placed in the
house for adoption or with the intent to adopt, or the court order granting
guardianship of the ward to the service member and any amounts of income to
which the ward is entitled.
c.

Upon approval, the respective uniformed service will issue a letter of authority for
care in one or more of their USMTFs located in the United States. This letter is the
only authority for care (since designees are not DEERS-eligible) and must be
presented (or on file) when seeking authorized care. These letters have expiration
dates and may require the sponsor to request to reissue.

d.

When there is a need for medical care outside the United States, the sponsor should
contact the nearest USMTF requesting humanitarian consideration. The Service
Secretaries have limited authority for designation of beneficiaries outside the United
States.

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Section F - Health Care for Other Persons.
1.

Members of the Auxiliary.
a.

Authority for Care of Auxiliary Members. Basic authority for health care for
members of the Auxiliary injured while performing Coast Guard duty is contained in
14 USC 832. Section 5.59 of Chapter 1, Title 33, CFR, states: "When any member
of the Auxiliary is physically injured or dies as a result of physical injury incurred
while performing patrol duty or any other specific duty to which he has been
assigned, such member or his beneficiary shall be entitled to the same benefits as are
now or as may hereafter be provided for temporary members of the Coast Guard
Reserve who suffer physical injury incurred in the line of duty. Members of the
Auxiliary who contract sickness or disease while performing patrol duty or any other
specific duty to which they have been assigned shall be entitled to the same hospital
treatment as is afforded members of the regular Coast Guard." Claims for Auxillary
healthcare shall be submitted to:
U. S. Department of Labor
OWCP Special Claims Branch (District 25)
800 North Capitol Street, NW, Room 800
Washington, DC 20211

b.
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Compensation Under Federal Employee's Compensation Act (FECA) Program. See
the Detail of Civilian Employees, COMDTINST M12300.7 (series).

Temporary Members of the Reserve.
a.

Composition of the Reserve. The Coast Guard Reserve is a component part of the
United States Coast Guard and consists of two classes of reservists: Regular and
Temporary. Temporary members of the Reserve may be enrolled for duty under such
conditions as the Commandant prescribes, including but not limited to part-time and
intermittent active duty with or without pay, and without regard to age. Members of
the Auxiliary, officers and members of the crew of any motorboat or yacht placed at
the disposal of the Coast Guard, and persons (including government employees
without pay other than compensation of their civilian positions) who by reason of
their special training and experience are deemed by the Commandant qualified for
such duty. The Commandant is authorized to define the powers and duties of
temporary reserves, and to confer upon them, appropriate to their qualifications and
experience, the same grades and ratings as are provided for regular members of the
Reserve.

b.

Authority for Care of Temporary Reservists. Section 760, Title 14, USC, contains
authority for health care and/or compensation of temporary reserves under conditions
set forth therein.

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4.

5.

c.

Care at Coast Guard Expense. 14 USC 760(d) states: "Temporary members of the
reserve who incur physical disability or contract sickness or disease, while
performing any specific duty to which they have been assigned by competent Coast
Guard authority, shall be entitled to the same hospital treatment afforded officers and
enlisted men of the Coast Guard."

d.

Compensation Under Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA) Program. See
Detail of Civilian Employees, COMDTINST M12300.7

Members of Foreign Military Services.
a.

General. Members and dependents of foreign services assigned or attached to a
Coast Guard unit for duty or training (such as Canadian Exchange Officers) or who
are on active duty with a foreign military unit within the United States (such as the
crew of a vessel being taken over at the Coast Guard Yard under the Military
Assistance Program) are eligible for inpatient health care at DoD MTF's provided by
US Code: Title 10, Section 2559. As there are several categories of foreign service
members for whom medical care benefits vary, both for themselves and their
dependents, if any doubt exists as to eligibility for health care and the authorized
sources from which it can be obtained, contact Commandant (G-WKH) for advice.

b.

Care at Uniformed Services Medical Treatment Facilities. Members of foreign
military services and their dependents who are eligible, therefore, shall be provided
inpatient health care at DoD MTFs upon request of the member's commanding
officer or consular official, or by application of the member or dependent upon
presentation of proper identification.

Federal Employees.
a.

Benefits Under Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) Program. All Federal
Employees assigned to Coast Guard vessels, e.g., National Marine Fishery Service
(NMFS), Drug Enforcement Agents, etc., are civilian employees of the United States
Government, and as such, are entitled to health care and compensation under FECA.
See Detail of Civilian Employees, COMDTINST M12300.7 (series).

b.

Care Aboard Ship and Outside CONUS. Federal Employees may be given medical
care while serving with the Coast Guard in a locality where civilian health care is not
obtainable, such as on board a Coast Guard vessel or outside the United States.
Outpatient and inpatient care may be provided at Navy medical facilities outside
CONUS, if reasonably accessible and appropriate nonfederal medical facilities are
not available.

Seamen. Sick and disabled seamen may receive emergency health care aboard Coast
Guard vessels.

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Nonfederally Employed Civilians Aboard Coast Guard Vessels.
a.

Authority for Care. There is no statute which either prohibits or authorizes the Coast
Guard to provide health care to civilians while aboard Coast Guard vessels. There is
no objection to furnishing emergency health care, but routine care should not be
furnished. When these civilians are aboard Coast Guard vessels for relatively
lengthy periods, the commanding officer must determine what treatment is to be
given.

b.

Responsibility. Commanding officers of vessels deployed for extended periods shall
ensure that nonfederally employed civilians who are carried aboard Coast Guard
vessels under their cognizance are physically capable of withstanding the trip
contemplated and that they are free from medical conditions which could cause an
interruption of the vessel's mission. Nonfederally employed civilians must furnish
such evidence from a physician at no expense to the Coast Guard or Federal
Government.

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Section G - Medical Regulating.
1.

2.

3.

Transfer of Patients at Coast Guard Expense.
a.

Details for the transfer of Coast Guard personnel to, from, or between hospitals and
the responsibility for the expenses involved are contained in Chapter 4 of the
Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series).

b.

Information and requirements for the transfer of patients to, from, or between
medical facilities is contained in COMDTINST M6320.8 (series), Medical
Regulating to and Within the Continental United States.

Travel Via Ambulance of Patients to Obtain Care.
a.

Active Duty Personnel. The Coast Guard is responsible for providing ambulance
service (Government or civilian), for active duty members when medically necessary.
Bills related to ambulance service provided to active duty personnel, shall be
processed as outlined in Chapter 11 of this Manual.

b.

Retired and Dependent Personnel. Retired personnel and dependents are not
provided ambulance service for initial admission, except that a Government
ambulance may be used in an emergency situation as determined by the cognizant
medical authority. If an ambulance is ordered by a military hospital, TRICARE
Standard can not pay for it; the military hospital must pay. TRICARE Standard cost
–shares ambulances only when medically necessary; that is, the patient’s condition
does not allow use of regular, private transportation or taxis, “medicabs” or
“ambicabs.” Ambulance transportation must be needed for a medical condition that
is covered by TRICARE Standard. Should either the provider or patient have
additional questions regarding this issue check with the cognizant MLC(k), HBA or
TRICARE Service Center.

Aeromedical Evacuation of Patients. When the condition of the patient requires
aeromedical evacuation, the transfer shall be arranged in accordance with Medical
Regulating To and Within The Continental U.S. (Joint Pub), COMDTINST M6320.8
(series). If there is no USMTF in the area, a message prepared in accordance with the
above instruction shall be forwarded to MLC (k).

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Section H - Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) in Coast Guard Health
Care Facilities.
1.

Defense Eligibility Reporting System. This Section provides guidance for Coast Guard
health care facilities on the use of the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
(DEERS) to verify patient eligibility to receive care.
a.

2.

DEERS was established in 1979 by the Department of Defense to comply with a
Congressional mandate. The two initial objectives of DEERS were to collect and
provide demographic and sociographic data on the beneficiary population entitled to
DOD health benefits, and to reduce the fraud and misuse of those benefits. The
original scope of DEERS has since been broadened to include the maintenance and
verification of eligibility status for all uniformed services beneficiaries. Worldwide
implementation of DEERS and its registration were completed in 1985.

Responsibilities.
a.

Commandant (G-WKH) provides overall functional management of the Coast Guard
DEERS program for health services facilities. In this role, Commandant (G-WKH)
provides guidance to field activities, represents the Coast Guard to the DEERS
Central Systems Program Office (DCSPO), and on the DEERS Central Systems
Project Officers Committees.

b.

Commanders, Maintenance and Logistics Commands (k) shall appoint an MLC
DEERS medical project officer and alternate, who shall ensure that facilities in their
respective areas participate in and comply with DEERS program requirements.

c.

Commanding officers of units with health care facilities shall ensure that the Chief of
the Health Services Division appoints the following individuals in writing:
(1) DEERS Project Officer and alternate who are responsible for the overall
management of the DEERS system in the clinic;
(2) Site Security Manager (SSM) and alternate who are responsible for system
security as outlined in paragraph 3; and
(3) individuals authorized to deny care.

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Security.
a.

The Site Security Manager (SSM) should be the health services division or unit
computer systems administrator. The security manager is responsible for
maintaining passwords, authorized user list, etc., and advising the DEERS contractor
when changes occur.

b.

The SSM also requests site identification (site-ID) codes for the clinic. These codes
are requested through the MLC DEERS Project Officer to Commandant (G-WKH).
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As a rule, there is only one site ID required per clinic. The SSM also ensures
information systems security awareness training/briefing is given to new DEERS
users prior to allowing them access to DEERS and to all DEERS users annually.
c.

If the clinic DEERS project officer is not the SSM, the security manager must closely
coordinate activities with the DEERS project officer. Immediately after
appointment, the SSM must telephone the DEERS Security Maintenance Office at
(703) 820-4850 to notify that office of the appointment. When making this
notification, include the following information:
(1) Site ID number;
(2) Rank or grade of SSM;
(3) Name (last, first, middle initial);
(4) Social Security Number (SSN);
(5) Duty location;
(6) Duty title; and
(7) Telephone number.
(8) After telephone notification, submit a letter of appointment and a Request for
Data Base Additions, Deletions, or Changes (Figure 2-H-1) to:
(9)

d.

Security Maintenance Office
DEERS East Coast Center
1600 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311

User Password Maintenance.
(1) The DEERS security system requires a six-character user-ID and a six to eight
character password. The user-ID is assigned by DEERS, and is permanent. An
initial password is assigned by the DEERS government contractor. The
password expires at 30 day intervals. At the end of each 30 day period, the
user is required to change the initial password to one of his or her own
choosing, so long as it meets the six- to eight-character requirement. Access to
the data base is granted by using a unique user-ID, password, and the
transaction identifier (TRAN-ID). The TRAN-ID for medical/dental is GIQD.
(2) To add a new user, submit a Request for Data Base Additions, Deletions, or
Changes. Be sure to include the site-ID and SSN of any new personnel.
(3) To delete a current user, submit a Request for Data Base Additions, Deletions,
or Changes requesting the deletion to the DEERS Security Maintenance Office.
(4) User IDs not used for 60 days are automatically deleted and access is not
possible. To regain access, the SSM must reapply for a new user-ID by
submitting a new Security Manager Update.

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(5) Authorized users must be kept to the absolute minimum, consistent with job
requirements.
4.

Performing DEERS Checks.
a.

Whom to check: All beneficiaries of the military health care system are subject to
DEERS eligibility verification, with the following exceptions:
(1) Coast Guard cadets, officer candidates, and recruits while undergoing training;
(2) Active duty personnel receiving dental care at a military facility; and
(3) Secretarial Designees, including pre-adoptive children and wards of the Court,
ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for care under the TRICARE programs. They are also
not enrolled in DEERS. Verification of the eligibility of Secretarial Designees
for care in a military facility is accomplished through the individual's actual
letter of designation. Refer to Section 2-E for further information.

b.

When to check: Coast Guard health services facilities should verify the eligibility of
all beneficiaries prior to providing health care. The following minimum eligibility
checks shall be made:
(1) 100% of all outpatient medical visits:
(2) 25% of all dental visits;
(3) 10% of pharmacy visits to fill "in-house" prescriptions;
(4) 100% of pharmacy visits with prescriptions written by civilian providers;
(5) 100% of all inpatient admissions; and
(6) 100% of dental visits when the patient may be eligible for the TRICARE
Family Member Dental Program;
(7) 100% of retired members at the initial visit to a dental facility, and annually
thereafter at the time of treatment.
(8) Upon initial presentation by dependents for evaluation or treatment. This
check will be valid for 30 days, if the period of eligibility (dates of treatment)
requested from DEERS is 30 days.
(9) When a non-active duty patient is referred to a civilian provider for
supplemental care.
(10) When active duty personnel are referred to a civilian provider under the Active
Duty Claims Program.
(11) When any patient (active duty, retired, dependent, or survivor) is referred to a
Military Treatment Facility (MTF) or a Uniformed Services Treatment Facility
(USTF).
(12) When in doubt verify enrollment and eligibility.

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(13) Coordinated/Managed Care: Verification of eligibility will be conducted
according to the policies and procedures of the sponsoring
hospital/organization. Coast Guard facilities participating in
coordinated/managed care programs are considered, by that participation, to be
in compliance with the eligibility verification requirements of the DEERS
program for medical patients. Dental patients will still be subject to the above
checking requirements until a dental coordinated care program is established.
(14) Each clinic is required to perform a published number of checks each month.
These requirements are based on the outpatient visits of each clinic from the
previous year. Updated annual requirements will be published each January by
Commandant Notice.
c.

How to check. DEERS checks for patient registration and eligibility can be done in a
number of ways. The following examples are the most common ways to verify
eligibility:
(1) Telephone-Based System. Eligibility checks are done by contacting DEERS
direct by telephone. Procedures for performing DEERS checks by telephone
are found in Figure 2-H-2.
(2) Computer Link Using the Coast Guard Standard Terminal. Procedures for
using the Standard Terminal are attached as Figure 2-H-3.
(3) DEERS-owned Computer and Software (On-Line) System. Procedures for
using DEERS-owned equipment are contained in DOD DEERS Eligibility
Inquiry/Nonavailability Statement Users Guide [Pub # UG 0100EL (series)].
(4) Use of PERSRU/Admin RAPIDS Terminals. Personnel in health care
facilities are discouraged from performing DEERS checks using the RAPIDS
terminal that may be available in their unit's Administration Office or
PERSRU. Using this resource places an unnecessary burden on the
PERSRU/Admin personnel, and using these terminals does not indicate that
the required medical checks are being accomplished.

d.

How to request site-ID, data base access, or equipment.
(1) Site ID.
(a)

Site ID numbers are assigned to a facility by the DOD DEERS Office.
These numbers are used to identify the origin of activity in the DEERS
system, and to generate reports of system activity. Site IDs are a
mandatory part of the initial request to access DEERS. The request form
is attached as Figure 2-H-4. Site IDs are permanent; they need not be
renewed.

(b)

Health Care facilities requesting an initial Site ID, or changing the status
of their existing ID shall complete Section I of Figure 2-H-4 and forward,
via MLC (k), for further endorsement to:

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(c)

Commandant (G-WKH-3)
U. S. Coast Guard
2100 Second St., SW.
Washington, DC 20593-0001
ATTN: DEERS MEDICAL PROJECT OFFICER
Telephone: (202) 267-0835

(2) Data Base Access.
(a)

Authorization for individual access to DEERS is done by written request
from the clinic/unit Site Security Manager to the DEERS Security
Maintenance Office using the "Request for Data Base Additions,
Deletions, or Changes" form.

(b)

Clinic personnel who should be considered for access to the DEERS
Data Base include those working in medical/ dental records,
appointments, pharmacy, patient affairs, and the health benefits advisor.

(c)

Information available from the DEERS data base is subject to the
provisions of the Privacy Act.

(3) Equipment Requests or Changes.

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(a)

Telephone Access. Requests for access to DEERS via telephone is the
simplest and most user friendly means. This method is recommended for
facilities making fewer than 20 checks per day. Requests for initial
facility and personnel access is done by completing Figures 2-H-1 and 2H-4 and forwarding them to DEERS security via the MLC and
Commandant (G-WKH).

(b)

Computer link using the Coast Guard Standard Terminal. Use of the
Standard Terminal, with the proper software emulation package installed,
allows facilities with a greater number of required checks to perform
those checks without making repeated telephone calls. Equipment
required includes a Standard Terminal workstation, Bell 212A
compatible modem, appropriate emulation software (VT 100), and an
outside commercial/FTS touch-tone telephone line. Facility requests for
access using this equipment is done by completing Figure 2-H-4 with an
attached statement that the facility has the appropriate hardware and
software as listed above. The facility must also state that it will be
responsible for any telephone charges incurred using this means of
access. Figure 2-H-5 lists complete equipment requirements.

(c)

DEERS-owned computer hardware and software system. This top of the
line system features a direct, on-line, computerized link with the DEERS
data base. The minimum justification for requesting this equipment is
performing more than 100 DEERS checks per day. A limited number of

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Coast Guard health care facilities have this equipment. For further
information on this system, contact the Medical Project Officer at
Commandant (G-WKH-1).
5.

6.

Reports. No reports from field units documenting DEERS activity are required. Two
commonly generated reports concerning DEERS activity are described below:
a.

Monthly Statistical Reports. Upon receipt from DEERS, Commandant (G-WKH)
will forward the Monthly Statistical Reports to each MLC (k). These reports list
DEERS activity for each clinic during the preceding month. Clinics may also use the
on-line statistical report screen to monitor its activity.

b.

Field Representative Visit Report. These report the findings of each training visit by
the DEERS Field Representative to a clinic. These reports reflect the compliance of
the facility to DEERS requirements, and whether or not further training for facility
personnel is needed. Copies are provided to each MLC (k) and
Commandant (G-WKH).

Eligibility/Enrollment Questions, Fraud and Abuse.
a.

Eligibility/Enrollment Questions: Beneficiaries of the military health care system,
including active duty and retired personnel, their dependents, and survivors must
provide positive proof of eligibility before being provided health care. Eligibility is
determined by (a) presenting a valid ID Card and (b) verifying enrollment and
eligibility in DEERS.
(1) If an individual presents an ID card that is no longer valid (expired), the
individual should be refused care and the ID card confiscated.
(2) If the individual has a valid ID card, but is not enrolled in DEERS, they should
be refused routine care, and referred to their sponsor and/or service ID card
activity to be enrolled in DEERS. Following enrollment into DEERS, the
patient may prove temporary eligibility (pending their enrollment showing up
in the DEERS computer) by presenting a certified copy of Application for
Uniformed Services Identification Card DD Form 1172 from the ID card
activity. Upon presenting of this DEERS enrollment verification, the
individual should be considered as fully eligible, and treatment provided.

b.

Fraud and Abuse: If, in the process of verifying eligibility through DEERS, clinic
personnel have reason to believe the person requesting care is doing so even though
that person is no longer eligible (e.g. a divorced spouse with a valid ID card, but
DEERS shows NOT ELIGIBLE), care should be refused, and the details of the
situation should be reported to the appropriate personnel activity and investigation
office. Clinic personnel reporting suspected fraud should document as much
information about the individual as possible (name, former sponsor's name, SSN,
service and status, as well as the individual's current address and telephone number if
known). Do not attempt to confiscate the ID card, or in any way restrict the

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individual. Recovery of invalid or no-longer-appropriate ID cards is the
responsibility of the parent service's investigation/law enforcement personnel.
Reports of possible fraud should be reported to the command of the clinic, and to the
DEERS Support Office (DSO) in Monterey, CA at (408) 646-1010.
7.

Denial of Nonemergency Health Care Benefits for Individuals Not Enrolled in Defense
Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
a.

Policy.
(1) All CONUS USMTFs will deny nonemergency health care to dependent
beneficiaries not enrolled in DEERS. The DOD considers USMTFs located in
Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico as being in CONUS. Patients presenting for
care are required to have a valid ID card in their possession and meet DEERS
enrollment requirements.
(2) This policy effects only the delivery of nonemergency health care. Under no
circumstances are Coast Guard health service personnel to deny emergency
medical care or attention because a patient is not enrolled in DEERS.
(3) Health service personnel in CGMTF's are to conduct the minimum eligibility
checks for their facility as set annually by Commandant (G-WKH-1).
Whenever possible, prospective checking should be accomplished soon enough
to allow for notifying the patient and correcting enrollment problems before a
scheduled appointment.
(4) Patients with valid ID cards, but not enrolled in DEERS, presenting for
nonemergency medical care at CGMTFs will be denied care and instructed to
seek proper enrollment through their cognizant personnel office.
(5) Patients who present for nonemergency treatment without a valid ID card and
are in the DEERS data base, will not be provided health care without first
providing a statement, signed by a verifying personnel officer indicating that
they are eligible and providing a reason why a valid ID card is not in their
possession. A copy of this statement will be maintained in the clinical record
until the individual's eligibility is determined.
(6) If the beneficiary presenting with or without an ID card is suspected of fraud,
refer the case to the district (ole) branch for appropriate investigation.
(7) Denial of health care benefits represents a serious application of new and
complex regulations. Under no circumstances will a person be denied care by
the clerk performing the initial eligibility check. The decision to deny care will
be made only by clinic administrative officers or by a responsible person so
designated in writing by the command.

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DEERS Eligibility Overrides. The below listed situations will override DEERS data
which indicates that a patient is not enrolled or eligible. Unless otherwise stated, all
situations assume that the beneficiary possesses a valid ID card:

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a.

Dependents Recently Becoming Eligible for Benefits. Patients who have become
eligible for benefits within the previous 120 days may be treated upon presentation of
a valid ID card. In the case of children under age 10, the parent's ID card may be
used. Examples of patients expected to fall under this provision are: spouses
recently married to sponsors, newly eligible step children, family members of
sponsors recently entering active duty status for a period over 30 days,
parents/parents-in-law, or divorced spouses (not remarried) recently determined to be
eligible. After 120 days, these beneficiaries will no longer be considered recent.

b.

DD-1172. Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card form. The patient
presents an original or a copy of the DD-1172 used for DEERS enrollment and
possesses a valid ID card over 120 days old, but is not enrolled in DEERS. This
copy of the DD-1172 should be Certified to be a True Copy by the ID Card issuing
authority which prepared it. It should also contain a telephone number where the
certifying individual can be contacted for verification. The person conducting the
DEERS check shall contact the issuing personnel office to verify enrollment.

c.

Sponsors Entering Active Duty Status for a Period of Greater than 30 days. If the
sponsor is a reservist or guardsman recently ordered to active duty for a period of
greater than 30 days, a copy of the active duty orders may be accepted as proof of
eligibility for up to 120 days after the beginning of the active duty period.

d.

Newborns. Newborns will not be denied care for a period of one year after birth
provided the sponsor is DEERS enrolled and the parent accompanying the infant
presents with a valid ID card.

e.

Ineligible due to ID Card Expiration. When the data base shows a patient to be
ineligible due to ID card expiration, care may be rendered as long as the patient has a
new ID card issued within the previous 120 days.

f.

Sponsor's Duty Station is Outside the 50 United States with an FPO or APO address.
Dependents whose sponsors are assigned outside the 50 United States or to a duty
station with an APO or FPO address will not be denied care as long the sponsor is
enrolled in DEERS.

g.

Survivors. In a small percentage of cases, deceased sponsors may not be enrolled in
DEERS. This situation will be evidenced when the MTF does an eligibility check on
the surviving beneficiary and does not find the sponsor enrolled or the survivor
appears as the sponsor. In either of these situations, if the survivor has a valid ID
card, he/she should be treated and referred to the local personnel support activity to
correct the DEERS data base. In some situations, surviving beneficiaries who are
receiving SBP annuities will be listed in DEERS as sponsor and will be found under
their own social security number. These are eligible beneficiaries and should be
treated.

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h.

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Foreign Military Personnel. Foreign military personnel assigned via the personnel
exchange program are eligible through public law or other current directives, though
not enrolled in DEERS they will be treated upon presentation of a valid ID card.

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Figure 2-H-2
TO: Security Maintenance Office
DEERS East Coast Center SITE ID: __ __ __ __ __ __ (DEERS)Date: __________________
1600 N. Beauregard St.(Fill in six digits)
Alexandria, VA 22311
SUBJECT: Request for Data Base Additions, Deletions, or Changes
FROM: Site Security Manager: _____ ________________________________ ________________ _____________________
Rank Name (Last, First MI)
SSAN
Title
Phone #: AV: ______________ COM: (_____)____________________
Request the indicated actions be taken for the following individuals:
Action
SSAN Name (Last, First, MI)Duty Location
(MTF Records, HBA, Etc.)
Action
SSN
name
Add
Delete
Change

duty location

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________
Unit OPFAC Code: _____________________(Signature) _____________________________________
Base/Installation/Facility
Site Security Manager
• All Site Security Manager's mailing address changes should be entered in this space.
• All items must be completed. Omission of any items may prevent or delay the processing of this form.
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Figure 2-H-2 (con’d)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DEERS TELEPHONE USERS
A. Telephone Users.
1. Provide your LOGON-ID and Password to the Eligibility Telephone Center operator at:
(800) 336-0289 or (800) 368-4416. The hours of operation are 0400-1700 (Pacific Time),
Mon-Fri.
2. Approximately every 30 days the Telephone Center operator will ask you to establish a
new password. At that time, you will provide the operator a new Password of 5 to 8
characters. It is very important that you remember the new Password you have chosen.
3. If you forget your password, the operator in the Telephone Center will refer you to the
Security Maintenance office at (703) 578-5306, or AUTOVON 289-1953. At this time,
you will be provided a Temporary Password, which you will then provide to the Eligibility
Telephone Center operator on your next inquiry call.
4. The Eligibility Telephone Center operator will enter this Temporary Password into the
operator's terminal and then ask for your new password (as in [2] above).
B. Telephone-Based System.
1. Telephone type. The telephone line used for eligibility checks is a rotary In-WATS
telephone system. A rotary system means that when one of the lines at the eligibility
center is not being used, the incoming call will automatically be transferred to that line. If
a busy signal on the rotary line is received, all lines at the eligibility center are being used.
If this happens, hang up and try again later.
a.

Eligibility Check Procedure. When an eligibility center operator answers the
telephone, the following procedures to perform a patient's eligibility check will be
used:

b.

Note: When calling, greet the operator and identify the center from where you are
calling.
(1) You will supply the following information to the operator:

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(a)

Site name and site security code, UCA code (from medical, dental, or
pharmacy)

(b)

DEERS ID (an optional family member prefix and sponsor's Social
Security Number)

(c)

Date of birth of beneficiary if known. If not known, then 999999

(d)

FROM date (YYMMDD) of medical treatment

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Figure 2-H-2 (con’d)
(e)

TO date (YYMMDD) of medical treatment

(2) The operator will then perform an eligibility inquiry.
(3) If the patient is found to be on file, the operator will indicate that the patient is
enrolled in DEERS and is/is not eligible. When checking eligibility for more
than one member of a family, each of the family members must be identified
individually.
(4) If the patient is not found on file, the operator will indicate that the patient does
not appear as enrolled in DEERS.
(5) The procedure is repeated until all patients have been checked, and then the
call is ended.
SAMPLE ELIGIBILITY CHECK CALL
The following is an example of DEERS Eligibility Center Telephone Inquiry format:
Operator: Good Morning - DEERS Eligibility Center - May I help you?
Inquirer: Good morning, this is Support Center Alameda, Security Code AC, UCA Code BA,
Site Code 10123, inquiring the eligibility of 123 45 6789. The date of birth is 560324.
This is a single beneficiary request.
Operator: (enters SSN, DOB, SC, UC, and SITE CODE) What period of eligibility do you wish
to check?
Inquirer: 801201 through 801215 (December 1 - 15, 1980)
Operator: The beneficiary is Jane Smith, and she is enrolled and eligible for the period
requested. Any more inquiries?
Inquirer: Not at this time. Thank you, good-bye.
Operator: Thank you for calling the DEERS Eligibility Center.

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Figure 2-H-3
PERFORMING DEERS CHECKS USING THE COAST GUARD STANDARD TERMINAL
Ref: (a) DEERS Users Guide (UG0100ELR5) of Oct 1987
1. At the Standard Terminal "Command Bar", Type VT100, (Go). If you don't have a
"Command Bar", see your computer System Manager.
2. To dial-up the DEERS microcomputer access, enter ATDT8,7033795860, then press
(Return). This command tells the modem to dial the DEERS access number, and should
result in a message reading "connect 1200" on your screen. This means your computer and
the one at DEERS are talking to on another.
3. Upon "handshake" with the DEERS computer, enter M (for Menu), then VT100 (return).
4. At Security Protection Screen, enter DEERS (Return). See also page 2-2 of reference (a).
5. At Transaction Code Screen, enter LOGN (Return). Also see page 2-3 of reference (a).
6. At Security Screen, enter your User ID in the "LOGON-ID" space, then press TAB. See
page 2-4 of reference (a).
7. Enter your personal password in the designated area, then press TAB. See page 2-4, Step 5
of reference (a).
8. Enter GIQD in the "TRAN ID" space, then press Return. See pages 2-4 and 5, steps 6 & 7
of reference (a).
9. At the Main Menu, select the desired activity. For Eligibility checks, see pages 4-1 through
4-19 of reference (a), or as follows:
10. In Activity Code (AC) space, no entry is necessary if you wish to make an eligibility check.
See page 4-11 of reference (a). Press "Tab" to continue.
11. Enter your 6 character Site ID, then press "Tab".
12. In "UC" block, enter BA for Ambulatory Medical Care checks, CA for Dental checks, DA
for Pharmacy checks, or FN for TRICARE/HBA checks, then press "Tab". See page 4-12
of reference (a) for other codes.
13. Enter Sponsor's SSN, then press "Tab".
14. Enter PATIENT's Date of Birth (DOB) in the following format: YYYYMMDD, then press
"Tab".
15. In "DDS" block, enter DEERS Dependent Suffix as follows:
01-19 Eligible Dependent Children
20 Sponsor
30-39 Spouse of Sponsor
40-44 Mother of Sponsor
45-49 Father of Sponsor
50-54 Mother-in-Law of Sponsor

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55-59 Father-in-Law of Sponsor
60-69 Other Eligible Dependents
70-74 Unknown by DEERS
75 DDS is unknown by Inquirer
98 Service Secretary Designee
NOTE
If the DDS code for sponsor (20) is used, only sponsor data will be displayed on the Eligibility
Inquiry and Family Display Screens.
In the Treatment Date block, if the treatment dates are not the current date, enter the correct
dates in YYYYMMDD format, then press Tab.
16. After completing the SITE, UC, SPON SSN, PAT DOB, and DDS fields, press the
ENTER/RETURN key. If there is a record on the data base with the same SSN and patient
DOB or a multiple DOB match and a single DDS match, the DEERS Eligibility Screen will
be redisplayed, showing the pertinent data on the patient in the lower portion of the screen.
17. Once patient eligibility has been verified, that patient's data can be cleared from the screen
by pressing Return.
18. To exit from the DEERS Eligibility Inquiry System:
a. Select the appropriate two-character code and enter it into the AC field. The codes are:
MM - DEERS Inquiry System Main Menu Screen
SO - Sign Off
(1) If the MM code is used to return to the Main Menu, enter 10 in the activity field to
Sign Off, then press Return.
b. Press, Enter (Return) when prompted by the sign-off screen.
c. When at the Original screen, enter +++ (return), then AT H (return). (Steps b and c
"hang up" the modem link/telephone connection with the DEERS computer)
d. Press, Finish to return to the Command Bar.

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Figure 2-H-4
SITE-ID INITIAL REQUEST (DEERS)
SECTION I. (To be completed by the base/installation/facility Site Security Manager).
A new Site-ID is requested__________(base name).
SERVICE/ORGANIZATION (Check X One)
Air Force = F ___DOD = D
___ NOAA = O
___
Army = A
___Marine Corps = M ___TRICARE = C ___
Coast Guard = P__Navy = N
___ Public Health = W ___
Other = X
___
TYPE OF FACILITY (CHECK X One) FACILITY SECTION (Check X One)
Dental Clinic = D ___AAFES = S
___ FINCTR W/Title III = FT ___
Health Clinic = M ___AQCESS = G
__ Med/Dent Rec = R
___
Hospital = H
___ Army Fin Off = F ___Tumor Registry = T
___
Personnel Office = P __Civ Pers Office = C ___ Other = Z
___
OPFAC code is ____________
Sample:
Commander
Integrated Support Command New Orleans
Attn: Medical Records
4640 Urquhart St.
New Orleans, LA 70017-1010

Full Mailing Address:
Point of Contact (Title not person’s name)

** This line of address must include a location identifier. For example, "USCG Clinic"
is not acceptable; USCG Clinic New Orleans is acceptable.
Requested by (Rank/Name Signature)
DATE:_______
, FTS
.
(Telephone) Comm ( )
SECTIONS II/III. (To be completed by Service Project Officer)
Recommended by: (Rank/Name/Signature)
Date:
.
APPLICATIONS: (Check X One)
ACTUR ___ ARED ___ DOLI ___ OLGR ___ RAPIDS ___
AQUESS ___ DMRIS ___ GIQD ___ OLPU ___ Other ___
EQUIPMENT (Check X One) *Note: Justification must be attached if equipment is required.
CRT
___
RAPIDS ___
Telephone Center ___
Facility Equipment ___
Timeshare
___
III. 12-Month Workload: (A) Avg Admissions: ____, (B) Avg Outpat Visits: ___; (C) Dental: ___

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Figure 2-H-4 (con’d)
SECTIONS IV/V. (To be completed by DCSPO representative
V.
Director, Benefits Policy Division
Inpatient_________
DEERS and Central Systems Program Office
Outpatient _______
Six Skyline Place
Dental _______
5109 Leesburg Pike, Suite 502
Falls Church, VA 22041-3201
The applications above are correct (or changed as indicated), and the equipment is confirmed.
Eligibility checking requirements are in Section V. Issue Site-ID.
Director, Benefits Policy Division_____________________________Date:______________

SECTION VI. (To be completed by Security Maintenance, DEERS East Coast Center)
Entered on DEERS Site-ID File by (initials)
DATE
.
Site-ID: __ __ __ __ __ __
State or Country (OCONUS).
Field Service Region

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Figure 2-H-5
DEFENSE ENROLLMENT ELIGIBILITY REPORTING SYSTEM (DEERS)
DIAL-UP ACCESS POLICY
MICROCOMPUTER ACCESS
DEERS can be accessed by telephone by using an IBM PC or AT compatible microcomputer, or
the Coast Guard Standard Terminal with the proper software emulation package installed. There
are four criteria for microcomputer access to DEERS:
1. Site must have access to an outside commercial touch-tone telephone line.
2. The modem connected to the computer must be Bell 212A compatible.
3. Individuals must have DEERS assigned user-IDs and passwords,
4. An asynchronous communication software package must be installed in the computer. The
most common software for the Standard Terminal is the VT-100 emulator.
An asynchronous dial-up environment is used to allow existing asynchronous terminals at
military installations to interface with DMSSCNET through a modem. The required modem
must be compatible with a Bell 212A capable for 300 or 1200 baud. This equipment will be
communicating with a Renex Converter at the DEERS offices. The display terminal should be
set up as follows:
1. Line width of 80 characters
2. 24 line screen height.
The asynchronous communications program should be configured as follows:
1. Baud rate of 300 or 1200.
2. Parity of EVEN or MARK
3. Stop bits of one (1)
4. Terminal emulation selections are listed on the Renex menu
5. Word length of seven (7)
The following telephone number is used to dial into the Renex converter box at DEERS. This
number has 16 trunk lines, and should normally be available:
(703) 379-5860

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Figure 2-H-5 (con’d)
ENSURING HANDSHAKE
The following criteria must be met during the interface test to ensure the handshake
(communication between your computer/modem and the DEERS system) is successful:
1. Verify correct hardware and software configuration
2. Conduct a dial-up test using the above telephone number
3. Perform system access procedures to display the DEERS sign-on screen
4. If any problems or questions arise during the initial setup and testing of equipment, call the
DMSSC Technical Support Group at (703) 578-5021, -22, or -23.

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Section I - Health Care Facility Definitions.
1.

2.

Coast Guard Facilities.
a.

Clinic. A health care facility primarily intended to provide outpatient medical
service for ambulatory patients. A clinic must perform certain non-therapeutic
activities related to the health of the personnel which are necessary to support the
operational mission of the unit, such as physical examinations, immunizations,
medical administration, and preventive medical and sanitary measures. A clinic staff
consists of at least one permanently assigned medical officer and health services
technician. The staff may include dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants
and other specialists as required. A clinic may be equipped with beds for observation
of patients awaiting transfer to a hospital, and for overnight care of patients who do
not require complete hospital services (e.g., isolation of patients with communicable
diseases) if accredited for that purpose by an external accreditation agency
(JCAHO/AAAHC).

b.

Satellite Facility. A health care facility which is administered by a Coast Guard
clinic but is located off-site from the clinic.

c.

Dental Clinic. A facility at a Coast Guard unit for the dental care and treatment of
active duty personnel. Dental clinics are staffed with one or more dental officers and
health services technicians.

d.

Sick Bay. A small medical treatment facility (afloat or ashore) normally staffed only
by health services technicians for the care and treatment of active duty personnel.
Civilian health care providers contracted to provide in-house services at these
facilities, like any facility, may provide care only within the scope of their contracts.
The fact that these civilian health care providers are on board will not change the
status of the medical facility.

e.

Super Sickbay. An intermediate size medical care facility (ashore) intended to
provide outpatient medical care for active duty personnel. A super sickbay will
perform activities related to the health of the personnel, which are necessary to
support the operational missions of all units within AOR, such as physical
examinations, immunizations, medical administration, and preventive medical and
sanitary measures. A super sickbay staff will normally be staffed with one medical
officer and three or more health service technicians.

Department of Defense Medical Facilities.
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Nomenclature and Definitions. There are three types of DOD fixed medical
treatment facilities medical centers, hospitals, and clinics. The nomenclature and
definitions applicable to the classification of these facilities, as set forth below, are
used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

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(1) Medical Center. A medical center is a large hospital which has been designed,
staffed and equipped to provide health care for authorized personnel, including
a wide range of specialized and consultative support for all medical facilities
within the geographic area of responsibility and post graduate education in the
health professions.
(2) Hospital. A medical treatment facility capable of providing definitive inpatient
care. It is staffed and equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services
in the field of general medicine and surgery, preventive medicine services, and
has the supporting facilities to perform its assigned mission and functions. A
hospital may, in addition, discharge the functions of a clinic.
(3) Clinic. A medical treatment facility primarily intended and appropriately
staffed and equipped to provide emergency treatment and outpatient services.
A clinic is also intended to perform certain non-therapeutic activities related to
the health of the personnel served, such as physical examinations and
preventive medicine services necessary to support a primary military mission.
A clinic may be equipped with beds for observation of patients awaiting
transfer to a hospital, and for care of cases which cannot be cared for on an
outpatient status, but which do not require hospitalization.
b.

Primary Mission. The primary mission of Department of Defense medical facilities
is to provide adequate medical care for members of the uniformed services on active
duty.

3. Uniformed Services Treatment Facilities (USTFs).
a.

Public Law 97-99 (1981) authorized several former USPHS hospitals (sometimes
called Jackson Amendment facilities) to provide health care to active duty and retired
members and their dependents. The law was modified in 1991 and the USTF
program was mandated to implement a managed care delivery and reimbursement
model in order to continue as part of the Military Health Services System (MHSS).
This managed care plan went into effect on October 1, 1993 and is called the
Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHBP).

b.

USFHBP is a health maintenance organization-type of plan exclusively for the
dependents of active duty, retirees and their dependents. Where available, the
USFHBP serves a defined population, through voluntary enrollment, and offers a
comprehensive benefit package. The capacity at USFHBP sites varies and is limited.
Beneficiaries enroll in the USFHBP during a yearly open season, and may disenroll
after one year. Enrollment is confirmed by each USFHP site. Those not accepted
during the open season may be enrolled as openings occur on a first come-first
served basis. USFHBP enrollees are not authorized to use the TRICARE
Program or the direct care system (DOD and Coast Guard health care/dental
facilities included) while enrolled in the USFHP.

c.

Dependents and retirees who do not enroll in the USFHBP or who are denied
enrollment because the USFHBP is at capacity can only be treated at USTFs on a
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preferred providers.
d.

Active duty personnel are not eligible to enroll in the USFHBP, however, they can
still be treated at USTFs under the following conditions:
(1) for emergency care,
(2) when referred by a military treatment facility, or
(3) when authorized by the cognizant MLC for non-emergent care.

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When active duty care is rendered, the USTFs are not authorized to bill or collect
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Section J - Policies and Procedures Required at Coast Guard Health Care Facilities.
1.

2.

Administrative Policies and Procedures. All facilities shall develop and maintain the
following written administrative policies and procedures which shall be reviewed
annually and updated as needed.
a.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) defining objectives and policies for the facility.

b.

Organizational Chart if there is a Health Services Division or Branch. The Health
Services Division/Branch or Medical Department should also be shown on the
command's organizational chart.

c.

Clinic protocols, posted in the respective department, for pharmacy, medical
laboratory, and medical and dental radiology.

d.

Notices posted in pharmacy and radiology advising female patients to notify
department personnel if they are or might be pregnant or breast feeding (pharmacy
only).

e.

Written guidelines advising patients how to obtain after-hours emergency medical
and dental advice or care. These must be readily available and widely publicized
within the command and the local eligible beneficiary community.

f.

Quality Assurance (QA) program guidelines including assignment of a QA
coordinator and QA focus group members in writing. The QA focus group shall
meet at least quarterly and maintain written minutes.

g.

Guidelines for a patient advisory committee (PAC) comprised of representatives of
the health care facility and each major, identifiable, patient interest group. The PAC
shall meet periodically and maintain written minutes.

h.

Persons authorized to deny care shall be so designated in writing by the command.

Operational Policies and Procedures. Facilities shall also develop and maintain the
following written operational policies and procedures. These require annual review and
signature by all health services personnel.
a.

Emergency Situation Bill including Health Services Division response to fire,
earthquake, bomb threat, heavy weather, etc.

b.

Health Services Emergency Response Protocols for suicide attempt/threat,
rape/sexual assault, family violence and medical emergencies in the dental clinic.

c.

Protocol for managing after-hours emergencies. Clinics at accession points and at
Coast Guard units with on-base family housing shall maintain a 24-hour live watch
schedule.

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3.

Patient Rights. Health care shall be delivered in a manner that protects the rights,
privacy and dignity of the patient. Sensitivity to patient needs and concerns will always
be a priority.
a.

Clinics shall post the Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities poster in clear view
in all patient waiting and urgent care areas (see Figure 2-J-1). Copies are available
from Commandant (G-WKH-1).

b.

Chaperones shall provide comfort and support to patients during exams or treatment.
All patients shall be informed of the availability of chaperones.
(1) Chaperones are defined as persons who attend patients during medical exams
or treatment. Chaperones shall be of the same gender as the patient being
examined. Any nursing staff member, HS or volunteer may serve as a
chaperone as part of their duties. The Chief, Health Services Division shall
ensure that chaperones have appropriate training or experience (such as Red
Cross Orientation/Training) to enable them to carry out their duties properly.
Although a patient's request for a family member or friend to be present during
examination may be honored, that person is not a substitute for a chaperone.
(2) Patients who request the presence of a chaperone shall have their request
honored unless, in the opinion of the medical officer, the risk to the chaperone
outweighs the benefit to the patient (e.g., during x-ray exposures).
(3) Female patients undergoing breast examination or genital/rectal examination or
treatment must have a chaperone present during the examination. Male
patients may have a chaperone present at the patient's request.
(4) If a provider thinks a chaperone is necessary, and the patient refuses to permit
the services of a chaperone, the provider must consider whether to perform the
examination or treatment or to refer the patient to another source of care.
(5) Clinics shall have a written policy for reporting any episode of alleged
misconduct during medical/dental examinations to the unit commanding
officer. Unit commanding officers shall investigate such complaints in
accordance with regulations.

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c.

Chief, health services division shall enforce the patient chaperone policy and ensure
chaperones are qualified to perform their duties.

d.

Chief, health services division shall ensure that allegations of misconduct are
forwarded to the command in a timely manner.

e.

Clinics shall ensure that patient educational materials concerning gender-related
health issues (PAP smears, cervical cancer, mammography and breast disease,
testicular and prostate cancer, etc.) are readily available.

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Health Care Provider Identification.
a.

In accordance with the Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, all patients have
the right to know the identity and the professional qualifications of any person
providing medical or dental care. The recent addition of Nurse Practitioners and
commissioned Physician Assistants to our health care staffs has increased the
chances of misidentification. Accordingly, health care providers shall introduce
themselves and state their professional qualifications (level of provider) at each
patient encounter.

b.

The standard Coast Guard name tag does not reflect any information concerning the
professional qualifications of the health care provider. Additionally, the standard
Coast Guard name tag is often not visible to patients with poor eyesight, or it may be
hidden by the provider's smock or lab coat. In lieu of the standard Coast Guard name
tag, all health care providers, civilian and military, shall wear a specific health care
provider identification tag on their outer smock or lab coat when engaged in direct
patient care in Coast Guard Clinics and Dental Clinics. The health care provider
identification tag shall be worn above the right breast pocket (or equivalent). The
following criteria shall be used by local commands and clinics in manufacturing the
health care provider identification tags:
(1) Size. The identification tag shall be 1" high by 3" wide.
(2) Materials. Standard plastic name tag blanks which may be purchased locally or
from Government sources.
(3) Color. Standard Coast Guard blue or black with white lettering.
(4) Contents. The identification tag shall contain the following information:
(a)

The rank, first initial, and last name shall be centered on the
identification name tag and placed on the top line.

(b)

One of the following professional titles, or any other commonly
recognized professional name, centered below the name line.
Abbreviations shall not be used.
1

Physician

2

Dentist

3

Physician Assistant

4

Nurse Practitioner

5

Pharmacist

6

Physical Therapist

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Optometrist

8

Registered Nurse

9

Health Services Technician

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Section K - General Standards of Care. Patients at Coast Guard clinics and sickbays shall be
treated in accordance with the following general standards of care:
1.

Diagnosis and therapy shall be performed by a provider with appropriate credentials.

2.

Diagnoses shall be based upon clinical findings and appropriate tests and procedures.

3.

Treatment shall be consistent with the working diagnosis, and shall be based upon a
current treatment plan.

4.

Treatment shall be rendered in a timely manner. Providers should use their professional
judgement in accounting for the specific needs of patients and military readiness
obligations while attempting to meet the following goals for timeliness:
a.

Sick call – If provided, the patient should be triaged immediately and be seen based
on urgency of the condition. The patient should be advised of the wait time to be
seen and offered a later appointment if the condition does not warrant immediate
attention.

b.

Acute Illness (medical) - The wait time should not exceed 1 day. The condition
must be addressed, not necessarily resolved, within this time frame.

c.

Routine Visit (medical) - The wait time should not exceed 1 week.

d.

Specialty Care (medical) - To be determined by the primary care manager making
the referral based on the nature of the care required and the acuteness of the injury,
condition, or illness, but should not exceed a wait time of 4 weeks to obtain the
necessary care.

e.

Well Visit - The wait time should not exceed 4 weeks.

f.

Urgent Care (dental) - The wait time should not exceed 1 day. The condition must
be addressed, not necessarily resolved, within this time frame.

g.

Routine Visit (dental) - The wait time should not exceed 4 weeks.

h.

Scheduled Appointment (medical or dental) - The wait time should not exceed 30
minutes of appointed time. This may sometimes be delayed by the need to address
prior scheduled patients, emergency care, or unforeseen military obligations.

i.

Pharmacy - Prescription available within 30 minutes.

5.

Treatment shall be provided using currently accepted clinical techniques.

6.

Patients shall participate in deciding among treatment alternatives available to them.

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CHAPTER 3
PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND EXAMINATION
PAGE
SECTION A - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES.................................................................................................................. 1
APPLICABILITY OF PHYSICAL STANDARDS. ................................................................................................................... 1
PRESCRIBING OF PHYSICAL STANDARDS. ....................................................................................................................... 1
PURPOSE OF PHYSICAL STANDARDS. ............................................................................................................................... 1
APPLICATION OF PHYSICAL STANDARDS........................................................................................................................ 1
INTERPRETATION OF PHYSICAL STANDARDS ................................................................................................................ 2
DEFINITIONS OF TERMS USED IN THIS CHAPTER........................................................................................................... 2
REQUIRED PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND THEIR TIME LIMITATIONS. ................................................................. 2
WAIVER OF PHYSICAL STANDARDS.................................................................................................................................. 9
SUBSTITUTION OF PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS............................................................................................................. 11
SECTION B - REPORTING, REVIEWING, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN ON REPORTS
OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION (DD-2808) AND MEDICAL HISTORY (DD-2807-1)....................................................... 15
DD-2808 (REPORT OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION). .......................................................................................................... 15
DD-2807-1 (REPORT OF MEDICAL HISTORY)................................................................................................................... 15
REVIEW AND ACTION ON FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF REPORT OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION
(DD-2808). ................................................................................................................................................................................ 15
CORRECTION OF DEFECTS PRIOR TO OVERSEAS TRANSFER OR SEA DUTY DEPLOYMENT. ............................ 19
OBJECTION TO ASSUMPTION OF FITNESS FOR DUTY AT SEPARATION.................................................................. 20
SEPARATION NOT APPROPRIATE BY REASON OF PHYSICAL DISABILITY............................................................. 20
PROCEDURES FOR PHYSICAL DEFECTS FOUND PRIOR TO SEPARATION. .............................................................. 20
SECTION C - MEDICAL EXAMINATION TECHNIQUES AND LAB TESTING STANDARDS……………………… 25
SCOPE. ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 25
SPEECH IMPEDIMENT. ......................................................................................................................................................... 25
HEAD, FACE, NECK, AND SCALP ....................................................................................................................................... 25
NOSE, SINUSES, MOUTH, AND THROAT .......................................................................................................................... 26
EARS (GENERAL) AND DRUMS ......................................................................................................................................... 26
EYES (GENERAL), OPHTHALMOSCOPIC, AND PUPILS.................................................................................................. 27
OCULAR MOTILITY .............................................................................................................................................................. 29
LUNGS AND CHEST .............................................................................................................................................................. 32
HEART AND VASCULAR SYSTEM ..................................................................................................................................... 29
ABDOMEN AND VISERA ...................................................................................................................................................... 35
ANUS AND RECTUM ............................................................................................................................................................ 35
ENDOCRINE SYSTEM ........................................................................................................................................................... 42
LUNGS AND CHEST .............................................................................................................................................................. 32
ANUS AND RECTUM ............................................................................................................................................................. 35

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ABDOMEN AND VISCERA ................................................................................................................................................... 35
GENITOURINARY SYSTEM ................................................................................................................................................. 35
EXTREMITIES......................................................................................................................................................................... 35
SPINE AND OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL ....................................................................................................................... 38
IDENTIFYING BODY MARKS, SCARS, AND TATTOOS .................................................................................................. 39
NEUROLOGIC ......................................................................................................................................................................... 39
PSYCHIATRIC......................................................................................................................................................................... 41
ENDOCRINE SYSTEM ........................................................................................................................................................... 42
DENTAL................................................................................................................................................................................... 42
LABORATORY FINDINGS .................................................................................................................................................... 43
HEIGHT, WEIGHT, AND BODY BUILD............................................................................................................................... 51
DISTANT VISUAL ACUITY AND OTHER EYE TESTS). ................................................................................................... 51
AUDIOMETER......................................................................................................................................................................... 62
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOMOTOR ......................................................................................................................... 62

SECTION D - PHYSICAL STANDARDS FOR ENLISTMENT, APPOINTMENT, AND INDUCTION.

................ 67

SCOPE. ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 67
APPLICABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITIES. ....................................................................................................................... 67
ABDOMINAL ORGANS AND GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM. ...................................................................................... 68
BLOOD AND BLOOD-FORMING TISSUE DISEASES........................................................................................................ 69
DENTAL. .................................................................................................................................................................................. 70
EARS......................................................................................................................................................................................... 70
HEARING. ................................................................................................................................................................................ 70
ENDOCRINE AND METABOLIC DISORDERS. .................................................................................................................. 71
UPPER EXTREMITIES............................................................................................................................................................ 71
LOWER EXTREMITIES.......................................................................................................................................................... 73
MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS OF THE EXTREMITIES.. ............................................................................................. 74
EYES......................................................................................................................................................................................... 75
VISION. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 78
FEMALE GENITALIA............................................................................................................................................................. 79
MALE GENITALIA……………………………………………………………………………………………………………80
URINARY SYSTEM. ............................................................................................................................................................... 80
HEAD........................................................................................................................................................................................ 81
NECK. ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 81
HEART...................................................................................................................................................................................... 81
VASCULAR SYSTEM............................................................................................................................................................. 82
HEIGHT. ................................................................................................................................................................................... 83
WEIGHT. .................................................................................................................................................................................. 83
BODY BUILD. ......................................................................................................................................................................... 85
LUNGS, CHEST WALLS, PLEURA, AND MEDIASTINUM................................................................................................ 83

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MOUTH. ................................................................................................................................................................................... 84
NOSE AND SINUSES.............................................................................................................................................................. 84
NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS............................................................................................................................................. 85
DISORDERS WITH PSYCHOTIC FEATURES...................................................................................................................... 87
ANXIETY, SOMATOFORM, DISSOCIATIVE, OR FACTITIOUS DISORDERS................................................................ 87
PERSONALITY, CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR DISORDERS............................................................................................ 88
PSYCHOSEXUAL CONDITIONS. ......................................................................................................................................... 88
SUBSTANCE MISUSE. ........................................................................................................................................................... 88
SKIN AND CELLULAR TISSUES.......................................................................................................................................... 89
SPINE AND SACROILIAC JOINTS. ...................................................................................................................................... 91
SYSTEMIC DISEASES............................................................................................................................................................ 92
GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS AND DEFECTS. ............................................................................... 93
TUMORS AND MALIGNANT DISEASES. ........................................................................................................................... 94
MISCELLANEOUS.................................................................................................................................................................. 94
SECTION E - PHYSICAL STANDARDS FOR PROGRAMS LEADING TO COMMISSION........................................... 97
APPOINTMENT AS CADET, UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ACADEMY................................................................. 97
COMMISSIONING OF CADETS. ........................................................................................................................................... 98
ENROLLMENT AS AN OFFICER CANDIDATE. ................................................................................................................. 98
COMMISSIONING OF OFFICER CANDIDATES. ................................................................................................................ 99
DIRECT COMMISSION IN THE COAST GUARD RESERVE............................................................................................. 99
DIRECT COMMISSION OF LICENSED OFFICERS OF U. S. MERCHANT MARINE. ................................................... 100
APPOINTMENT TO WARRANT GRADE. .......................................................................................................................... 100
SECTION F - PHYSICAL STANDARDS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERSONNEL (REGULAR AND RESERVE) FOR:
REENLISTMENT; ENLISTMENT OF PRIOR SERVICE USCG PERSONNEL; RETENTION; OVERSEAS DUTY;
AND SEA DUTY......................................................................................................................................................................... 101
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS................................................................................................................................................. 101
USE OF LIST OF DISQUALIFYING CONDITIONS AND DEFECTS. .............................................................................. 101
HEAD AND NECK. ............................................................................................................................................................... 101
ESOPHAGUS, NOSE, PHARYNX, LARYNX, AND TRACHEA........................................................................................ 101
EYES....................................................................................................................................................................................... 102
EARS AND HEARING. ......................................................................................................................................................... 105
LUNGS AND CHEST WALL. ............................................................................................................................................... 105
HEART AND VASCULAR SYSTEM. .................................................................................................................................. 107
ABDOMEN AND GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM........................................................................................................... 109
ENDOCRINE AND METABOLIC CONDITIONS (DISEASES) ........................................................................................ 111
GENITOURINARY SYSTEM. .............................................................................................................................................. 112
EXTREMITIES....................................................................................................................................................................... 113
SPINE, SCAPULAE, RIBS, AND SACROILIAC JOINTS. .................................................................................................. 117
SKIN AND CELLULAR TISSUES........................................................................................................................................ 117

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NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS........................................................................................................................................... 119
PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. (SEE SECTION 5-B CONCERNING DISPOSITION) ....................................................... 120
DENTAL. ................................................................................................................................................................................ 121
BLOOD AND BLOOD-FORMING TISSUE DISEASES...................................................................................................... 121
SYSTEMIC DISEASES, GENERAL DEFECTS, AND MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS.............................................. 121
TUMORS AND MALIGNANT DISEASES. ......................................................................................................................... 123
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE.............................................................................................................................. 123
HUMAN IMMUNODEFFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) ................................................................................................................ 123
TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT.................................................................................................................................................. 123
SECTION G - PHYSICAL STANDARDS FOR AVIATION................................................................................................. 127
CLASSIFICATION OF AVIATION PERSONNEL............................................................................................................... 127
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR AVIATION EXAMINATIONS..................................................................................... 127
RESTRICTIONS UNTIL PHYSICALLY QUALIFIED. ....................................................................................................... 133
STANDARDS FOR CLASS 1.. .............................................................................................................................................. 134
STANDARDS FOR CLASS 1R. ............................................................................................................................................ 136
CANDIDATES FOR FLIGHT TRAINING............................................................................................................................ 136
REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS 2 FLIGHT OFFICERS....................................................................................................... 138
REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS 2 AIRCREW. ..................................................................................................................... 138
REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS 2 MEDICAL PERSONNEL............................................................................................... 139
REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS 2 TECHNICAL OBSERVERS. ......................................................................................... 139
REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS 2 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. .................................................................................. 139
REQUIREMENTS FOR LANDING SIGNAL OFFICER (LSO)........................................................................................... 140
CONTACT LENSES. ............................................................................................................................................................. 140
SECTION H - PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR DIVING DUTY. ............................................... 147
EXAMINATIONS. ................................................................................................................................................................. 147
STANDARDS. ........................................................................................................................................................................ 147

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CHAPTER 3. PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND EXAMINATIONS
Section A - Administrative Procedures.
1.

Applicability of Physical Standards.
a. The provisions of this chapter apply to all personnel of the Coast Guard and Coast
Guard Reserve on active or inactive duty and to commissioned officers of the Public
Health Service assigned to active duty with the Coast Guard.
b. Members of the other Armed Forces assigned to the Coast Guard for duty are
governed by the applicable instructions of their parent Service for examination
standards and for administrative purposes.

2.

Prescribing of Physical Standards.
Individuals to be enlisted, appointed, or commissioned in the Coast Guard or Coast
Guard Reserve must conform to the physical standards prescribed by the Commandant.
Separate standards are prescribed for various programs within the Service.

3.

Purpose of Physical Standards.
Physical standards are established for uniformity in procuring and retaining personnel
who are physically fit and emotionally adaptable to military life. These standards are
subject to change at the Commandant's direction when the needs of the Coast Guard
dictate.

4.

Application of Physical Standards.
a. Conformance with Physical Standards Mandatory. To determine physical fitness,
the applicant or member shall be physically examined and required to meet the
physical standards prescribed in this chapter for the program or specialty and grade
or rate involved. An examinee who does not meet the standards shall be
disqualified.
b. Evaluation of Physical Fitness. The applicant's total physical fitness shall be
carefully considered in relation to the character of the duties to that the individual
may be called upon to perform. Physical profiling is not a Coast Guard policy.
Members shall be considered fit for unrestricted worldwide duty when declared
physically qualified. The examiner must be aware of the different physical standards
for various programs. Care shall be taken to ensure an examinee is not disqualified
for minor deviations that are clearly of no future significance with regard to general
health, ability to serve, or to cause premature retirement for physical disability.
However, conditions that are likely to cause future disability or preclude completing
a military career of at least twenty years, whether by natural progression or by
recurrences, are also disqualifying. This policy shall be followed when an authentic
history of such a condition is established, even though clinical signs may not be
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Interpretation of Physical Standards. Examiners are expected to use discretion in
evaluating the degree of severity of any defect or disability. They are not authorized to
disregard defects or disabilities that are disqualifying in accordance with the standards
found in this chapter.

6.

Definitions of Terms Used in this Chapter.
a. Officers. The term "officers" includes commissioned officers, warrant officers, and
commissioned officers of the Public Health Service.
b. Personnel. The term "personnel" includes members of the Coast Guard and Coast
Guard Reserve, and the PHS on active duty with the Coast Guard.
c. Medical and Dental Examiners. Medical and dental examiners are medical and
dental officers of the uniformed services, contract physicians and dentists, or civilian
physicians or dentists who have been specifically authorized to provide professional
services to the Coast Guard. Some USMTFs have qualified enlisted examiners who
also conduct medical examinations and their findings require countersignature by a
medical officer.
d. Flight Surgeons and Aviation Medical Officers. Officers of a uniformed service who
have been so designated because of special training.
e. Command/Unit. For administrative action required on the Report of Medical
Examination (DD-2808), the command/unit level is the unit performing personnel
accounting services for the individual being physically examined.
f. Reviewing Authority. Commander Coast Guard Personnel (CGPC-adm) and
MLC (K) are responsible for approval of physical examinations as outlined herein.
Clinic Administrators may act as reviewing authority for physical examinations
performed in their AOR as designated by the cognizant MLC, except for those that
are aviation or dive related. Reviewing authority shall not be delegated below the
HSC level. Medical Administrative Officers (LDO and CWO-Meds) may review
physical examinations performed by contract physicians and USMTFs within their
AOR.
g. Convening Authority. Convening Authority is an individual authorized to convene a
medical board as outlined in Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST
M1850.2 (series).
h. Time Limitation. The time limitation is the period for which the physical
examination remains valid to accomplish its required purpose. The time limitation
period begins as of the day after the physical examination is conducted.

7.

Required Physical Examinations and Their Time Limitations.
a. Enlistment. A physical examination is required for original enlistment in the Coast
Guard and the Coast Guard Reserve. This physical examination will usually be
performed by Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) and is valid for twenty-

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four months. Approved MEPS physicals do not require further review.
Recommendations noted on separation physical examinations from other services
must have been resolved with an indication that the individual meets the standards.
A certified copy of that physical examination must be reviewed and endorsed by the
reviewing authority Commander (CGRC). The reviewing authority must indicate
that the applicant meets the physical standards for enlistment in the USCG.
(1) Recruiters who believe that applicants have been erroneously physically
disqualified by MEPS, may submit the DD-2808 and DD-2807-1 (original or
clean copies) along with supporting medical records to Commander (CGRC)
for review.
(2) Waiver of physical standards for original enlistment may also be submitted as
above, and in accordance with paragraph 3-A-8 of this instruction.
(3) Separation physical examinations from any Armed Service may be used for
enlistment in the Coast Guard, provided the examination has been performed
within the last twelve (12) months. The physical examination must be as
complete as a MEPS exam, include an HIV antibody test date (within the last
24 months) and result, and a Type II dental examination. An DD-2807-1 must
also be included with elaboration of positive medical history in the remarks
section (item #25). Forward all documents for review by Commander
(CGRC).
(4) Prior Service enlisted aviation personnel must obtain an aviation physical
examination from a currently qualified uniformed services flight surgeon or
AMO within the previous 12 months. This physical examination will be
submitted with the rate determination package to Commander (CGRC).
(5) Occasionally, applicants for initial entry into the Coast Guard will need to be
examined at Coast Guard MTFs. In these cases, the physical examination will
be performed per section 3-C. The examining medical officer may defer item
#46 of the DD-2808 to the Reviewing Authority. Otherwise, the physical
standards for entry (sections 3-D and 3-E, as appropriate) must be meticulously
applied when completing this item. The completed DD-2808 and DD-2807-1
will be forwarded to the reviewing authority, Commander (CGRC).
b. Pre-Commissioning/Appointments. A physical examination is required within 12
months prior to original appointment as an officer in the Coast Guard or Coast Guard
Reserve for personnel in the following categories:
(1) appointment to Warrant Grade, except that physical examinations for members
of the Coast Guard Ready Reserve must be within 24 months prior to the date
of execution of the Acceptance and Oath of Office, form CG-9556.
(2) appointment of a Licensed Officer of the U. S. Merchant Marine as a
commissioned officer (examination required within 6 months); and
(3) upon graduation from the Coast Guard Academy.
c. Separation from Active Duty.

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(1) A complete physical examination is required within 12 months for retirement,
involuntary separation, or release from active duty (RELAD) into the Ready
Reserves (selected drilling or IRR). The physical examination shall follow the
guidelines set forth for quinquennial physicals.
(2) Other members separating from the Coast Guard e.g., discharge or transfer to
standby reserve (non-drilling) may request a medical and/or dental
examination. The medical examination must include: notation of any current
problems, a blood pressure measurement, and address items on the preventive
medicine stamp. In addition to the above, the practitioner shall ascertain the
health needs of the member and undertake measures deemed necessary to meet
those needs. The dental examination, if requested, must at least be a Type III
exam. These examinations may be annotated on a SF-600, and upon
completion, do not require approval.
(3) For members enrolled in the Occupational Medical Surveillance and
Evaluation Program (OMSEP), see chapter 12 of this Manual for guidance.
(4) See chapter 12 of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6(series), for
amplification on administrative discharge procedures.
d. Overseas Transfer, Sea Duty Deployment and Port Security Unit (PSU) Health
Screening. A modified physical examination, utilizing Figure 3-A-1, is required for
all personnel departing for an overseas assignment for 60 consecutive days or
greater, PCS transfer to an icebreaker, vessel deployment for 60 consecutive days or
or more (out of 365), and annually for PSU personnel. This will help identify and
resolve health related issues prior to transfer or deployment, if no significant medical
status changes have occurred. Members who are transferring from one overseas
assignment to another overseas assignment do not require another overseas physical
examination. The completed modified physical examination and a copy of the last
completed/approved Report of Physical Examination (DD-2808) and Report of
Medical History (DD-2807-1), shall be submitted to the Reviewing Authority. The
modified physical examination will include the following:
(1) a health history completed by the evaluee. (The evaluee will certify by
signature that all responses are true);
(2) documentation of the previous approved physical examination to include the
status of recommendations and summary of significant health changes;
(3) review of the health record to ensure routine health maintenance items are upto-date to include: routine gynecologic examinations, two pairs of glasses and
gas mask inserts for PSU personnel if required to correct refractive error, DNA
sampling, G-6-PD screening, immunizations, and a Type 2 dental examination;
(4) review malaria chemoprophylaxis, PPD, and special health concern
requirements. Contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at
http://www.cdc.gov or http://www.travel.state.gov for information;

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(5) if PCS transferring to a foreign country [refer to 3-C.20.b(9)(b)], HIV antibody
test must have been conducted within the past 6 months with results noted
prior to transfer;
(6) if an evaluee is enrolled (or will be enrolled based on new assignment) in the
Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OMSEP), ensure
appropriate periodic/basic examination is performed.
e. Applicant.
(1) Commissioning Programs. A physical examination is required for applicants
for entry into the Coast Guard as follows:
(a)

Coast Guard Academy: DODMERB physical examination within 24
months;

(b)

Officer Candidate School: MEPS physical within 24 months of entry
date, except:

(c)

1

Coast Guard personnel on active duty may obtain the physical
examination at a USMTF within 24 months of entry date, and

2

Members of other Armed Services may submit a physical
examination from a USMTF provided the examination has been
performed within the past twelve (12) months and is as complete as
a MEPS physical examination.

Direct commission: MEPS physical within 24 months of entry date or
oath of office for Ready Reserve Direct Commission, except aviation
programs, where examination by a uniformed service flight surgeon or
AMO is required within 12 months of entry date.

(2) Aviation. An aviation physical examination is required for applicants for
training in all categories of aviation specialties. This physical examination is
valid for 24 months for Class II applicants and 12 months for pilot applicants.
(3) Diving. A physical examination is required for all applicants for duty
involving diving, and is valid for twelve months.
f. Pre-Training Screening Examinations. A screening examination is required within 1
week of reporting to the Coast Guard Academy, Officer Candidate School, Direct
Commission Officer orientation, or the Recruit Training Center. This screening
examination shall be sufficiently thorough to ensure that the person is free from
communicable and infectious diseases, and is physically qualified. The results of
this examination shall be recorded on an SF-600 and filed in the health record.
g. Retired Members Recalled to Active Duty. A physical examination is required for
retired personnel who are recalled to active duty. This physical examination is valid
for twelve months. A physical examination performed for retirement may be used

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for recall providing the date of recall is within six months of the date of the physical
examination.
h. Annual. An annual physical examination is required on all active duty personnel
who are 50 years of age or older and all air traffic controllers.
i. Biennial.
(1) Biennial physical examination is required every 2 years after initial
designation, until age 48, for the following:
(a)

all aviation personnel (except air traffic controllers); and

(b)

all Landing Signal Officers (LSO).

(2) The biennial exam will be performed within 90 days before the end of the birth
month. The period of validity of the biennial physical will be aligned with the
last day of the service member’s birth month. (Example: someone born on 3
October would have August, September, and October in which to accomplish
his/her physical. No matter when accomplished in that time frame, the period
of validity of that exam is until 31 October two years later.)
(3) This process of aligning the biennial exam with the birth month is a new
process effective immediately. In order to phase in this process the valid
period of future biennial exams may be extended up to a total of thirty months
(6 months from the current valid date) to align the valid date with the birth
month. (See Table 3-A-1).
(a)

Example 1: A member with an October birth month accomplishes
biennial exam in May 2000 (previously valid until May 2002). Biennial
exam is now valid until October 2002 (29 months total) to allow the
member to align biennial exam with birth month.

(b)

Example 2: A member with a June birth month accomplishes a biennial
exam in October of 1999 (previously valid until October 2001). Biennial
exam is now valid until June 2001 (20 months total) to allow the member
to align biennial exam with birth month.

(4) The requirement to perform a biennial exam will not be suspended in the event
of training exercises or deployment. Aircrew with scheduled deployment
during their 90 day window to accomplish their biennial exam may accomplish
their biennial exam an additional 90 days prior and continue with the same
valid end date. This may result in a member having a valid biennial for 30
months. Members unable to accomplish a biennial exam prior to being
deployed will be granted an additional 60 days upon return in which to
accomplish their physical. Align subsequent biennial exam with the aircrew
member’s birth month using Table 3-A-1.
(5) Additionally, a comprehensive physical may be required during a post-mishap
investigation, FEB, or as part of a work-up for a medical disqualification.

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(6) Personnel designated as aircrew are expected to maintain a biennial exam
schedule regardless of current aviation duty status.
Table-3-A-1
Number of months for which a biennial exam is valid
Month in which last biennial exam was given
Birth
Month

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

JAN

24

23

22

21

20

19

30

29

28

27

26

25

FEB

25

24

23

22

21

20

19

30

29

28

27

26

MAR

26

25

24

23

22

21

20

19

30

29

28

27

APR

27

26

25

24

23

22

21

20

19

30

29

28

MAY

28

27

26

25

24

23

22

21

20

19

30

29

JUN

29

28

27

26

25

24

23

22

21

20

19

30

JUL

30

29

28

27

26

25

24

23

22

21

20

19

AUG

19

30

29

28

27

26

25

24

23

22

21

20

SEP

20

19

30

29

28

27

26

25

24

23

22

21

OCT

21

20

19

30

29

28

27

26

25

24

23

22

NOV

22

21

20

19

30

29

28

27

26

25

24

23

DEC

23

22

21

20

19

30

29

28

27

26

25

24

Notes:
Read down the left column to the examinee’s birth month; read across to month of last biennial
exam; intersection number is the maximum validity period. When last biennial exam was within
the 3 month period preceding the end of the birth month, the validity period will normally not
exceed 27 months. When the last biennial exam was for entry into aviation training, for FEB,
post-accident, post-hospitalization, etc., the validity period will range from 19 to 30 months.
Validity periods may be extended by 1 month only for completion of an examination begun
before the end of the birth month.
j. Quinquennial/Quinquennial Diving. A physical examination is required every five
(5) years after entry on all active duty personnel, age 25 through age 50, and for all
personnel maintaining a current diving qualification (also note "Diving" in item #5 of
DD-2808). Quinquennial physical examinations are also required for:
(1) all Selected Reservists within 30 days of their birth date starting at age 25
continuing until retirement, and
(2) reserve officers assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) who are on a
promotion list.

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(3) Officers in 3-A-7.e.(1)(a) and (b) above must have a current approved physical
examination documented by PMIS data base entry prior to being promoted
(i.e., a quinquennial physical examination within the last 5 years).
k. Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OMSEP). Those
individuals who are occupationally exposed to hazardous substances, physical
energies, or employed in designated occupations must undergo physical
examinations as required by Chapter 12 of this Manual.
l. Miscellaneous Physical Examinations.
(1) Retention. This examination is done at the direction of the commanding
officer when there is substantial doubt as to a member's physical or mental
fitness for duty.
(2) Pre-confinement Physical Screening. In general, personnel who are presented
for this screening, who do not require acute medical treatment or
hospitalization, are fit for confinement. Cases where a member requires more
than routine follow-up medical care, or has certain psychiatric conditions, that
may make them unfit for confinement, should be discussed with the chief
medical officer (or his/her representative) at the confining facility. Personnel
requiring detoxification for alcohol or drug dependency are not fit for
confinement; however, members that have been detoxified or that may require
rehabilitation alone are fit for confinement. This screening shall be recorded on
an SF-600 (per FIGURE 3-A-1) and, together with a copy of the last complete
and approved Report of Physical Examination (DD-2808) and Report of
Medical History (DD-2807-1), shall be submitted to the Reviewing Authority.
(3) Post Confinement Physical Examination. Ensure a separation physical
examination has been completed prior to the member departing the confining
facility. The separation physical shall meet the standards of section 3-F and
must be approved by the appropriate MLC(k).
(4) Reservists. A district commander may require any reservist attached to a
command within that area to undergo a complete physical examination if
reasonable doubt exists as to the reservist's physical or mental fitness for duty.
(5) Non-Fitness for Duty Determination Physical Examinations. The Chief of
Health Services retains the authority and responsibility to determine capability
and capacity to conduct non-fitness for duty physical examinations for all
eligible beneficiaries.
m. Annual Command Afloat Medical Screening. Officers and enlisted personnel
scheduled to assume command afloat shall undergo a medical screening prior to
assignment. The initial screening may be conducted by a medical officer where
applicable, or an HS not in the prospective chain of command of the member being
screened. Thereafter, all commanding officers and officers-in-charge of afloat units
will have an annual command afloat medical screening. This screening will also be
performed by a medical officer where available, otherwise, the screening may be
performed by a Health Services Technician who IS NOT in the chain of command of
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the person being screened. The screening process will include a medical history
completed by the member, a visual acuity check, blood pressure measurement, and a
thorough review of interval history in the member's health record. Results are to be
recorded using the format in Figure 3-A-2. The medical screening form (Figure 3-A2) and a copy of the last approved DD-2808 and DD-2807-1 shall then be forwarded
to the appropriate MLC (kma) for review. The MLC (kma) will approve or
disapprove the screening using section 3-F (retention standards) as the guiding
directive. If a question arises as to the fitness of the individual, the MLC (kma) may
request additional information from the examining unit. If the MLC (kma) is unable
to render a decision as to the fitness for command, the entire command afloat
screening package will be forwarded to Commandant (G-WKH) for final action.
The reviewed form shall be returned to the member's command for filing in the
member's health record.
n. Dental Examinations. Annual Type II dental examinations are required for all active
duty personnel assigned to commands collocated with dental examiners (i.e., Coast
Guard DOs, DOD DOs, or civilian contract dentists).
8.

Waiver of Physical Standards.
a. Definition of Waiver. A waiver is an authorization to change a physical standard
when an individual does not meet the physical standards prescribed for the purpose
of the examination.
(1) Normally, a waiver will be granted when it is reasonably expected that the
individual will remain fit for duty and the waiver is in the best interests of the
Coast Guard. A service member will not be granted a waiver for a physical
disability determined to be not fit for duty by a physical evaluation board
approved by the Commandant. In these cases, the provisions for retention on
active duty contained in the Physical Disability Evaluation System,
COMDTINST M1850.2 (series), and the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST
M1000.6 (series) apply.
(2) If a member is under consideration by the physical disability evaluation
system, no medical waiver request shall be submitted for physical defects or
conditions described in the medical board. All waiver requests received for
conditions described in the medical board will be returned to the member's unit
without action.
(3) A waiver of a physical standard is not required in a case where a Service
member's ability to perform on duty has been reviewed through the physical
disability evaluation system and the approved finding of the Commandant is fit
for duty.
b. Authority for Waivers. Commander CGPC-epm (enlisted), CGPC-opm (officers),
and CGPC-rpm (reserve) have the sole authority to grant waivers. The decision to
authorize a waiver is based on many factors, including the recommendations of the
Chief, Office of Health and Safety; the best interest of the Service; and the

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individual's training, experience, and duty performance. Waivers are not normally
authorized but shall be reviewed by Commander (CGPC) for the following:
(1) original enlistment in the regular Coast Guard of personnel without prior
military service;
(2) appointment as a Cadet at the Coast Guard Academy; and
(3) training in any aviation or diving category specialty.
c. Types of Waivers.
(1) Temporary. A temporary waiver may be authorized when a physical defect or
condition is not stabilized and may either progressively increase or decrease in
severity. These waivers are authorized for a specific period of time and require
medical reevaluation prior to being extended.
(2) Permanent. A permanent waiver may be authorized when a defect or condition
is not normally subject to change or progressive deterioration, and it has been
clearly demonstrated that the condition does not impair the individual's ability
to perform general duty, or the requirements of a particular specialty, grade, or
rate.
d. Procedures for Recommending Waivers.
(1) Medical Officer. A medical officer who considers a defect disqualifying by
the standards, but not a disability for the purpose for which the physical
examination is required, shall:
(a)

enter a detailed description of the defect in Item 77 of the DD-2808; and

(b)

indicate that either a temporary or permanent waiver is recommended.

(2) Command/Unit Level. When the command receives a Report of Medical
Examination (DD-2808) indicating that an individual is not physically
qualified, the command shall inform the individual that he/she is not physically
qualified. The individual shall inform the command via letter of his/her
intentions to pursue a waiver. The medical officer is required to give a
recommendation on whether the waiver is appropriate and if the individual
may perform his/her duties with this physical defect. This recommendation
shall be completed on an (SF-502) Narrative Summary. A cover letter stating
the command's opinion as to the appropriateness of a waiver, the individual's
previous performance of duty, special skills, and any other pertinent
information, shall accompany the medical officers report. The waiver request
package shall be forwarded directly from the member's unit to Commander
CGPC-epm or opm, or Commandant (CGPC-rpm) as appropriate.
e. Command Action on Receipt of a Waiver Authorization. A command receiving
authorization from the Commander CGPC-epm/opm/rpm for the waiver of a
physical standard shall carefully review the information provided to determine any
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Unless otherwise indicated in the authorization, a waiver applies only to the specific
category or purpose for which the physical examination is required. A copy of the
waiver authorization shall be retained in both the service and health records for the
period for which the waiver is authorized. Copies of future DD-2808's for the same
purpose shall be endorsed to indicate a waiver is or was in effect.
9.

Substitution of Physical Examinations.
a. Rule for Substitution of Physical Examinations. In certain circumstances, a physical
examination performed for one purpose or category may be substituted to meet
another requirement provided the following criteria are met:
(1) the examinee was physically qualified for the purpose of the previous
examination and all the required tests and recommendations have been
completed;
(2) the DD-2808 used for substitution bears an endorsement from the Reviewing
Authority or Commandant (G-WKH), as appropriate, indicating that the
examinee was qualified for the purpose of the previous examination;
(3) there has been no significant change in the examinee's medical status since the
previous examination;
(4) a review of the report of the previous examination indicates that the examinee
meets the physical standards of the present requirement;
(5) the date of the previous examination is within the validity period of the present
requirement; and
(6) all additional tests and procedures to meet the requirements of the current
physical examination have been completed.
b. No substitutions are authorized for the following physical examinations:
(1) enlistment;
(2) pre-training; and
(3) applicants for or designated personnel in special programs (aviation, diving,
Academy).
c. Procedures for Reporting Substitution. Substitutions of a physical examination shall
be reported by submitting a copy of the DD-2808 and DD-2807-1 being used to meet
the present requirements with the endorsement illustrated in FIGURE 3-A-1, parts A,
B, and C. Retain a copy of the substitution endorsement in the health record.

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FIGURE 3-A-1 (revised 02/02)
MODIFIED PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FOR:
SUBSTITUTION/OVERSEAS ASSIGNMENT/SEA DUTY/PSU HEALTH SCREENING
This form is subject to the Privacy Act Statement of 1974.

A. EVALUEE DATA
LAST NAME - FIRST NAME - MIDDLE INITIAL

RATE/RANK SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

UNIT

EXAMINING FACILITY

PURPOSE OF EXAMINATION

TRANSFER/DEPLOYMENT LOCATION

DATE

B. HEALTH HISTORY (completed by examinee)
1. Would you say your health in general is:

[ ] Excellent [ ] Good

2. Do you have any medical or dental problems or concerns?
3. Do you have any health related duty limitations?
4. Could you be pregnant? (females request HCG if needed)

[ ] N/A

[ ] Fair

[ ] Poor

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

[ ] Unknown [ ] No

[ ] Yes

5. Are you taking prescription medications? (request refills if needed)

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

6. During the past year, have you sought or required counseling or mental health care?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

7. Explain any "fair, poor, yes, or unknown" responses:__________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
8. Have you been hospitalized since your last physical? Yes / No.

If (Yes) explain._________________________________________

I certify that responses above are true: (signature of examinee)_______________________________________________
C. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REVIEW (current approved physical examination required)
9. Date and type of current approved physical examination:________________________________________________________________
10. Status of recommendations or further specialist examination:____________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________
11. Summary of significant health history since last physical examination:______________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________
D. HEALTH RECORD REVIEW
12. Have routine gynecologic (pap) examinations been completed in past year? (females)

[ ] N/A

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

13. Does examinee have two pair of glasses? (if required to correct refractive error)

[ ] N/A

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

14. Does PSU examinee have a gas mask insert? (if required to correct refractive error)

[ ] N/A

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

15. Has DNA sampling been completed and documented? (once per career)

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

16. Has G-6-PD screening been completed and documented? (once per career)

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

17. Are immunizations up-to-date and meet requirements for destination?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

18. Has an HIV AB test been drawn in the past 6 months? (foreign country PCS only)

[ ] N/A

19. Are malaria chemoprophylaxis, PPD, and special health concern requirements met?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

Contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov for information.
20. Has a Type 2 dental examination been completed in the past year and is examinee "Class 1 or 2"?

21. Explain any "no" answers:_______________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________
E. SIGNATURE AND APPROVAL/DISAPPROVAL
Medical Officer signature/stamp:__________________________________________________________

Date:____________

Dental Officer signature/stamp:___________________________________________________________

Date:____________
[ ] Approved
[ ] Disapproved

Reviewing/approving authority:___________________________________________________________

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FIGURE 3-A-2 (revised 2/99)
ANNUAL COMMAND AFLOAT MEDICAL SCREENING
Name:________________________________________ Rank/Grade:_________________
SSAN:_______________Date of Birth:_____________ Work Telephone: ____________
Unit OPFAC:__________ Unit Name: ______________ Date of Screening: ___________
To be completed by the member: (use reverse side as needed)
List any significant medical history since your last physical examination or
medical screening (describe any illnesses, injuries, etc.):____________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
Have you experienced any significant changes in stress level, mood,
or family life?
YES NO
If yes, describe:____________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
Do you have any alcohol-related problems (including DWI)?
YES NO
If yes, describe: ____________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
Are you presently taking any medication (including over-the-counter)?
YES NO
If yes, list: ________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
The information I have provided above is complete and accurate.
___________________________________________Date:___________
(Signature of member)
________________________________________________________________________
The following section is to be completed by health services personnel:

______________________________________________________________________
Review of Health Record performed. Significant findings are:_________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Best Distant Visual Acuity (with correction, if required): R:_____________ L:____________
Sitting blood pressure:_________________ ________________
NOTE: ATTACH A COPY OF LAST APPROVED DD-2808 AND DD-2807-1
___________________________________ UNIT: ________________Date: ______________
(Signature/Title of medical reviewer)
___________________________________ Date: ________________
(Signature/MLC reviewer

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Section B - Reporting, Reviewing, Recommendations, and Actions to be Taken on Reports of
Medical Examination (DD-2808) and Medical History (DD-2807-1).
1.

DD-2808 (Report of Medical Examination).
a. DD-2808 (July 2001) is the proper form for reporting a complete physical
examination. DD-2808 revised (July 2001) is the newest version of the physical
examination report and can be obtained from the WKH-1 Publications and Directives
web site at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/G-W/g-wk/g-wkh/g-wkh-1/Pubs/Pubs.Direct.htm
or by http://www.dior.whs.mil/forms/DD2808.PDF directly from the DOD forms
web site.
b. Detailed instructions for the preparation and distribution of this form are contained in
section 4-B of this Manual.

2.

DD-2807-1 (Report of Medical History).
a. DD-2807-1 (July 2001) is the proper form for reporting a member's medical history.
DD-2807-1 revised (July 2001)) is the newest version of the medical history report
and can be obtained from the WKH-1 Publications and Directives web site at
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/G-W/g-wk/g-wkh/g-wkh-1/Pubs/Pubs.Direct.htm or by
http://www.dior.whs.mil/forms/DD2807-1.PDF directly from the DOD forms web
site.
b. Detailed instructions on the preparation and distribution of this form are contained in
section 4-B of this Manual.

3.

Review and Action on Findings and Recommendations of Report of Medical
Examination (DD-2808).
a. Action by the Medical Examiner.
(1) Review of Findings and Evaluation of Defects. When the results of all tests
have been received and evaluated, and all findings recorded, the examiner shall
consult the appropriate standards of this chapter to determine if any of the
defects noted are disqualifying for the purpose of the physical examination.
When physical defects are found that are not listed in the standards as
disqualifying, but that, in the examiner's opinion, would preclude the
individual from performing military service or the duties of the program for
which the physical examination was required, the examiner shall state that
opinion on the report indicating reasons. If in the examiner's opinion, a defect
listed as disqualifying is not disabling for military service, or a particular
program, the examiner shall indicate the basis for this opinion and recommend
a waiver in accordance with the provisions of section A of this chapter.
(2) Remediable Defects. When the physical examination of active duty personnel
indicates defects that are remediable or that may become potentially disabling
unless a specific medical program is followed, the examiner shall clearly state
any recommendations. If the examining facility has the capability of
correcting the defect or providing extended outpatient follow-up or medical
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care, tentative arrangements for care shall be scheduled, subject to the approval
of the examinee's command. If the examining facility does not have the
capabilities of providing the necessary care, tentative arrangements for
admission or appointment at another facility shall be scheduled, again subject
to the approval of the individual's command.
(3) Advising the Examinee. After completing the physical examination, the
medical examiner will advise the examinee concerning the findings of the
physical examination. At the same time, the examinee shall be informed that
the examiner is not an approving authority for the purpose of the examination
and that the findings must be approved by proper authorities.
(4) Disposition of Reports. The original DD-2808 and the original DD-2807-1,
together with any reports of consultations or special testing reports not entered
on the DD-2808 or DD-2807-1, shall be forwarded to the activity that referred
the individual for the physical examination.
b. Review and Action on Reports of Physical Examination by Command.
(1) Command Responsibility.
(a)

The command has a major responsibility in ensuring the proper
performance of physical examinations on personnel assigned and that
physical examinations are scheduled sufficiently far in advance to permit
the review of the findings and correction of medical defects prior to the
effective date of the action for which the examination is required. The
command is also responsible to ensure that the individual complies with
the examiner's recommendations and to initiate any administrative action
required on a Report of Medical Examination.

(b)

All DD-2808's shall be reviewed by commanding officers, or their
designee, to determine that the prescribed forms were used and that all
necessary entries were made.

(c)

When the medical examiner recommends further tests or evaluation, or a
program of medical treatment (such as hearing conservation, periodic
blood pressure readings, etc.), the command will ensure that these tests
or examinations are completed or that the individual is directed to and
does comply with the recommended program. When a necessary test,
evaluation, or program can be completed within a 60 day period, the unit
may hold the DD-2808 to permit the forwarding of results. In all cases
the command shall endorse the DD-2808 to indicate what action has
been taken and forward the report to the reviewing authority if the 60
day period cannot be met or has elapsed.

(d)

Disposition of Reports.
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If a physical examination is accomplished for a purpose for which
the command has administrative action, the original DD-2808 and

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DD-2807-1 and a return self-addressed envelope shall be forwarded
to the reviewing authority. No action will be taken to accomplish
the purpose for which the physical examination was taken until the
endorsed original of the report is returned by the reviewing authority
indicating the examinee meets the physical standards for the purpose
of the examination.
2

Approved MEPS physicals do not require further review. The
original physical (DD-2808 and DD-2807-1) will be carried to the
training center by the individual.

3

If the physical examination is for a purpose requiring the consent or
approval of the MLC commander, or Commandant, the procedures
previously described for command review and action will be
accomplished, except rather than forwarding the report of the
examination directly to the reviewing authority, it will be included
with other supporting documents (letters, recommendations, etc.)
and forwarded through the chain of command.

4

Units not using a CGMTF shall send physical examinations to the
appropriate CG Clinic (as designated by the cognizant MLC), MLC
(k), or CGPC (adm) as appropriate.

c. Action by the Reviewing Authority.
(1) The Commandant is the final reviewing authority for all physical
examinations, except for applicants to the Coast Guard Academy.
(2) Administratively, MLC (k) acts as the reviewing authority for physical
examinations performed on personnel assigned to their Areas except as in (4)
and (5) below.
(3) Another exception to this rule pertains to those flight physicals performed on
aviation school students during training that are reviewed and approved by the
Navy Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI). NOMI, not MLC (k) will be the
approving authority for these physicals. CGPC will remain the waiver
approval authority for these physicals, when a waiver is required prior to final
approval. Upon completion of flight training and assignment to a Coast Guard
unit, the NOMI approved physical will be considered valid until the last day of
the member’s next birth month. The unit flight surgeon will clear the aviator
for all flight related duties based on the NOMI approved flight physical.
(4) Commander Coast Guard Personnel Command (CGPC-adm) is the reviewing
authority for aviator candidate, flight officer candidate, aircrew candidate, and
diving candidate physical examinations. Commandant (G-WKS) is also the
reviewing authority for OMSEP physical examinations. Commander (CGPCadm) shall review disapproved MEPS physicals to ensure proper application of
physical standards.

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(5) The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB)
is the reviewing authority for physical examinations performed on Academy
applicants. MEPS is the reviewing authority for physical examinations
performed in their facilities.
(6) Each DD-2808 shall be carefully reviewed to determine whether the findings
reported indicate the examinee does or does not meet the appropriate physical
standards. If further medical evaluation is required to determine that the
examinee does meet the standards, or to resolve doubtful findings, the
reviewing authority shall direct the commanding officer or recruiting station to
obtain the evaluation and shall provide such assistance as may be required.
(7) The reviewing authority shall endorse the original of the DD-2808 indicating
whether the examinee does or does not meet the physical standards required.
If the examinee does not meet the physical standards, the endorsement shall
indicate the particular disqualifying defect or defects. Endorsements can be in
the format contained in FIGURE 3-B-1 or use of blocks #74.a, #77 and
signature in block #81.a, of the DD-2808.
(8) The endorsed original of the physical examination shall be forwarded to the
individual's unit for filing in the member's health record.
(9) Input of physical examination status of personnel into the PMIS system is
required. Reviewing Authorities shall collect and submit data regarding all
physical examinations/screenings (per paragraph 3-A-7, except subparagraph
3-A-7.f) they review to the appropriate PERSRU on a monthly basis. Data to
be collected for transmittal to the PERSRUs is as follows:
(a)

Member's name;

(b)

Member's rank/rate;

(c)

Member's SSAN;

(d)

Member's unit OPFAC;

(e)

Date of physical examination;

(f)

Purpose of examination;

(g)

Date acted upon by Reviewing Authority; and

(h) Status code for physical examination. Status codes are
as follows:

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Code A- member qualified for periodic (biennial, quinquennial, etc.)
physical examination.

2

Code D- member qualified for RELAD/discharge/retirement.

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Code O- member qualified for overseas duty.

4

Code N- member not physically qualified.

d. Disposition of Reports.
(1) When the individual meets the appropriate physical standards, forward the
physical examination as indicated in FIGURE 3-B-2.
(2) When the individual does not meet the appropriate physical standards and a
waiver has been recommended, endorse the physical examination and forward
it in accordance with section 3-A-8.
(3) When the individual is not physically qualified for the purpose of the
examination and a waiver is not recommended, the reviewing authority will
arrange for the examinee to be evaluated by a medical board and provide
administrative action as outlined in Physical Disability Evaluation System,
COMDTINST M1850.2(series).
4.

Correction of Defects Prior to Overseas Transfer or Sea Duty Deployment.
a. Medical Defects. Before an individual departs for an overseas assignment for 60
consecutive days or greater days, to permanent assignment aboard a Polar
Icebreaker, or to a vessel deploying from its home port for 60 consecutive days or
greater, all remediable medical defects, such as hernias, pilonidal cysts or sinuses
requiring surgery, etc., must be corrected. Those defects that are not easily corrected
will be referred to Commander CGPC for consideration. These procedures also
apply to personnel presently assigned to such vessels. In these cases all necessary
corrective measures or waivers will be accomplished prior to the sailing date.
b. Dental Defects. All essential dental treatment shall be completed prior to overseas
transfer or sea duty deployment except those described in 4-C-3.c.(3)(b). Essential
dental treatment constitutes those procedures necessary to prevent disease and
disabilities of the jaw, teeth, and related structures. This includes extractions, simple
and compound restorations, and treatment for acute oral pathological conditions such
as Vincent's stomatitis, acute gingivitis, and similar conditions that could endanger
the health of the individual during a tour of duty. Missing teeth are to be replaced
when occluding tooth surfaces are so depleted that the individual cannot properly
masticate food. Elective dental procedures (those that may be deferred for up to
twelve months without jeopardizing the patient's health, i.e., Class II patient) need
not be completed prior to overseas transfer providing both of the following
conditions exist:
(1) completion of such elective procedures prior to transfer would delay the
planned transfer; and
(2) adequate Service dental facilities are available at the overseas base.
c. Vision Defects. A refraction shall be performed on all personnel whose visual acuity
is less than 20/20 in either eye (near or distant) or whose present eyewear
prescription does not correct their vision to 20/20. All personnel requiring glasses
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for correction shall have a minimum of two pair prior to overseas transfer or sea duty
deployment. All personnel requiring corrective lenses shall wear them for the
performance of duty.
5.

Objection to Assumption of Fitness for Duty at Separation.
a. Any member undergoing separation from the service who disagrees with the
assumption of fitness for duty and claims to have a physical disability as defined in
section 2-A-38 of the Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST
M1850.2(series), shall submit written objections, within 10 days of signing the
Chronological Record of Service (CG-4057), to Commander CGPC. Such
objections based solely on items of medical history or physical findings will be
resolved at the local level. The member is responsible for submitting copies of the
following information along with the written objections:
(1) Report of Medical Examination (DD-2808);
(2) Report of Medical History (DD-2807-1);
(3) signed copy of the Chronological Record of Service (CG-4057);
(4) Appropriate consultations and reports; and
(5) "other pertinent documentation."
(6) The rebuttal is a member's responsibility and command endorsement is not
required.
b. The file shall contain thorough documentation of the physical examination findings,
particularly in those areas relating to the individual's objections. Consultations shall
be obtained to thoroughly evaluate all problems or objections the examinee indicates.
Consultations obtained at the examinee's own expense from a civilian source shall
also be included with the report.
c. Commander (CGPC) will evaluate each case and, based upon the information
submitted, take one of the following actions:
(1) find separation appropriate, in which case the individual will be so notified and
the normal separation process completed;
(2) find separation inappropriate, in which case the entire record will be returned
and appropriate action recommended; or
(3) request additional documentation before making a determination.

6.

Separation Not Appropriate by Reason of Physical Disability. When a member has an
impairment (in accordance with section 3-F of this Manual) an Initial Medical Board
shall be convened only if the conditions listed in paragraph 2-C-2.(b), Physical
Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2(series), are also met. Otherwise
the member is suitable for separation.

7.

Procedures for Physical Defects Found Prior to Separation.

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a. Policy. No person shall be separated from the Service with any disease in a
communicable state until either rendered noninfectious, or until suitable provisions
have been made for necessary treatment after separation.
b. Remediable Non-Disqualifying Defects. Remediable physical defects that would not
normally prevent the individual from performing the duties of grade or rate shall be
corrected only if there is reasonable assurance of complete recovery and sufficient
time remaining prior to separation.

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FIGURE 3-B-1
DATE

REVIEWERS UNIT

Does/does not meet the physical standards for (title or category or purpose of examination), as
prescribed in (appropriate section of Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1 (series)).
Disqualifying Defects:

Signature and Title of Reviewer

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FIGURE 3-B-2
Physical Exam
Purpose
Aviator Candidate
Aircrew Candidate
Diving Candidate
Enlistment
Flight Surgeon (FS)
FS Candidate
Aviator
Aircrew
Diving
Flight Officer
Annual
LSO
Quinquennial
Overseas/Sea Duty
Retention
Retirement
Involuntary
Separation
RELAD
Precom/Appts
Direct Commission
OCS
Physician Assistant
Candidate

Note:

(1)
(1)
(1)
(1)
(1)
(1)
(1)
(1)
(1)
(1)
(1,4)

Original
to:
CGPC-opm
CGPC-epm
CGPC
CGRC
MLC (k)
G-WKH-1
MLC (k)
MLC (k)
MLC (k)
MLC (k)
MLC (k)
or
Clinic
Administrator
"
"

Reviewing
Authority:
CGPC-adm
“
"
"
MLC (k)
G-WKH-1
MLC (k)
MLC (k)
MLC (k)
MLC (k)
MLC (k)
or
Clinic
Administrator
"
"

(1,4)
(1,4)
(1)
(1,5)
(1,5)

"
"
"
CGRC
CGRC

"
"
"
CGPC-adm
CGPC-adm

(1,5)

CGPC-opm

CGPC-adm

(1,2)
(1,2)
(1,2)
(2)

NOTES:
CGRC address: CG Recruiting Command, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 450, Arlington, VA. 22203-1804
(1) The reviewing authority shall review, endorse and return the original to the member's unit for filing in
the member's or applicant's health record.
(2) Forward the unendorsed physical to the appropriate Headquarters Office (as listed above) with the
application/training request package. That Office will forward the physical to Coast Guard Personnel
Command for review.
(3) Forward the original and one copy to Commandant (G-WKH) for review

(4) Ensure that a completed CG-4057 accompanies the completed DD-2808 and DD-2807-1.
(5) Reviewing authority for current USCG or USCGR members only. For all others, Note (2)
above applies. Forward a copy of the first/front page of the DD-2808 with endorsement to
the appropriate Headquarters office with the application package.

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Section C - Medical Examination Techniques And Lab Testing Standards.
1.

Scope.
This section is a medical examination technique guide applicable for all physical
examinations.

2.

Speech Impediment.
Administer the "Reading Aloud Test" (RAT) as listed.
a. Have the examinee stand erect, face you across the room and read aloud, as if
confronting a class of students.
b. If the individual pauses, even momentarily, on any phrase or word, immediately and
sharply say, "What's that?", and require the examinee to start over again with the first
sentence of the test.
c. On the second trial, The person who truly stammers usually will halt again at the
same word phonetic combination often revealing serious stammering. Examinees
who fail to read the test without stammering after three attempts will be disqualified.
d. READING ALOUD TEST "You wished to know all about my grandfather. Well,
he is nearly 93 years old; he dresses himself in an ancient black frock coat usually
minus several buttons; yet he still thinks as swiftly as ever. A long, flowing beard
clings to his chin, giving those who observe him a pronounced feeling of the utmost
respect. When he speaks, his voice is just a bit cracked and quivers a trifle. Twice
each day he plays skillfully and with zest upon our small organ. Except in the winter
when the ooze or snow or ice is present, he slowly takes a short walk in the open air
each day. We have often urged him to walk more and smoke less, but he always
answers, 'Banana Oil.' Grandfather likes to be modern in his language."

3.

Head, Face, Neck, and Scalp (Item 17 of DD-2808).
a. Head and Face. Carefully inspect and palpate the head and face for evidence of
injury, deformity, or tumor growth. Record all swollen glands, deformities, or
imperfections noted. Inquire into the cause of all scars and deformities. If a defect is
detected such as moderate or severe acne, cysts, or scarring, make a statement as to
whether this defect will interfere with wearing military clothing and equipment.
b. Neck. Carefully inspect and palpate for glandular enlargement, deformity, crepitus,
limitations of motion, and asymmetry; palpate the parotid and submaxillary regions,
the larynx for mobility and position, the thyroid for size and nodules, and the
supraclavicular areas for fullness and masses. If enlarged lymph nodes are detected
describe them in detail with a clinical opinion of their etiology.
c. Scalp. Examine for deformities such as depressions and exostosis.

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4.

Nose, Sinuses, Mouth, and Throat (Item 19, 20 of DD-2808).
a. If there are no nasal or sinus complaints, simple anterior rhinoscopy will suffice,
provided that in this examination, the nasal mucous membrane, the septum, and the
turbinates appear normal. If the examinee has complaints, a more detailed
examination is required. Most commonly, these complaints are external nasal
deformity, nasal obstruction, partial or complete on one or both sides; nasal
discharge; postnasal discharge; sneezing; nasal bleeding; facial pain; and headaches.
b. Abnormalities in the mucous membrane in the region of the sinus ostia, the presence
of pus in specific areas, and the cytologic study of the secretions may provide
valuable information regarding the type and location of the sinus infection. Evaluate
tenderness over the sinuses by transillumination or x-ray. Examination for sinus
tenderness should include pressure applied over the anterior walls of the frontal
sinuses and the floors of these cavities and also pressure over the cheeks. Determine
if there is any tenderness to percussion beyond the boundaries (as determined by xray) of the frontal sinuses. Note any sensory changes in the distribution of the supraorbital or infra-orbital nerves that may indicate the presence of neoplasm. Note any
external swelling of the forehead, orbit, cheek, and alveolar ridge.
c. Many systemic diseases manifest themselves as lesions of the mouth and tongue;
namely leukemia, syphilis, agranulocytosis, pemphigus, erythema multiform, and
dermatitis medicamentosa. Note any abnormalities or lesions on lips or buccal
mucous membrane, gums, tongue, palate, floor of mouth, and ostia of the salivary
ducts. Note the condition of the teeth. Pay particular attention to any abnormal
position, size, or the presence of tremors or paralysis of the tongue and the
movement of the soft palate on phonation.
d. Record any abnormal findings of the throat. If tonsils are enucleated, note possible
presence and position of residual or recurrent lymphoid tissue and the degree of
scarring. If tonsils are present, note size, presence of pus in crypts, and any
associated cervical lymphadenopathy. Note presence of exudate, ulceration, or
evidence of neoplasm on the posterior pharyngeal crypts. Describe any
hypertrophied lymphoid tissue on the posterior pharyngeal wall or in the lateral angle
of the pharynx and note if there is evidence of swelling that displaces the tonsils,
indicating possible neoplasm or abscess. Perform direct or indirect laryngoscopy if
the individual complains of hoarseness.

5.

Ears (General) and Drums (Item 21, 22 of DD-2808). Inspect the auricle, the external
canal, and the tympanic membrane using a speculum and good light. Abnormalities
(congenital or acquired) in size, shape, or form of the auricles, canals, or tympanic
membranes must be noted, evaluated, and recorded.
a. Auricle. Note deformities, lacerations, ulcerations, and skin disease.
b. External canal. Note any abnormality of the size or shape of the canal and inspect
the skin to detect evidence of disease. If there is material in the canal, note whether
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in the canal. If this exudate has its origins in the middle ear, record whether it is
serous, purulent, sanguinous, or mucoid; whether it is foul smelling; and, whether it
is profuse or scanty.
c. Tympanic membrane. Remove all exudate and debris from the canal and tympanic
membrane before examination. Unless the canal is of abnormal shape, visualize the
entire tympanic membrane and note and record the following points.
(1) List any abnormality of the landmarks indicating scarring, retraction, bulging,
or inflammation.
(2) Note whether the tympanum is air containing.
(3) List any perforations, giving size and position, indicating whether they are
marginal or central, which quadrant is involved, and whether it is the flaccid or
the tense portion of the membrane that is included.
(4) Attempt, if the tympanic membrane is perforated, to determine the state of the
middle ear contents, particularly concerning hyperplastic tympanic mucosa,
granulation tissue, cholesteatoma, and bone necrosis. Do the pathological
changes indicate an acute or chronic process? This clinical objective
examination should permit evaluating the infectious process in the middle ear
and making a reasonably accurate statement regarding the chronicity of the
infection; the extent and type of involvement of the mastoid; the prognosis
regarding hearing; and, the type of treatment (medical or surgical) that is
required.
(5) Note, for all aviation and dive physical examinations, whether the examinee
can properly auto insufflate tympanic membrane.
6.

Eyes (General), Ophthalmoscopic, and Pupils (Item 23, 24, 25 of DD-2808).
External and ophthalmoscopic examinations of the eyes are required on all
examinations. Contact lenses shall not be worn during any part of the eye examination,
including visual acuity testing. It is essential that such lenses not be worn for 72 hours
preceding examination. The strength of the contact that an examinee may possess shall
not be accepted as the refraction nor will it be entered as such in Item 60, DD-2808. The
general examination shall include the following specific points and checks:
a. General.
(1) Bony abnormality or facial asymmetry.
(2) Position of the eyes.
(3) Exophthalmus.
(4) Manifest deviation of the visual axis.
(5) Epiphora or discharge.
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b. Lids.
(1) Ptosis.
(2) Position of lashes, eversion or inversion.
(3) Inflammation of margins.
(4) Cysts or tumors.
c. Conjunctiva. Examine the palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva by:
(1) eversion of upper lid;
(2) depression and eversion of lower lid; and
(3) manually separating both lids.
d. Pupils.
(1) Size.
(2) Shape.
(3) Equality.
(4) Direct, consensual, and accommodative reactions.
e. Directly and obliquely examine the:
(1) Cornea. For clarity, discrete opacities, superficial or deep scarring, pannus,
vascularization, pterygium, and the integrity of the epithelium.
(2) Anterior Chamber. For depth, alteration of normal character of the aqueous
humor, and retained foreign bodies.
(3) Iris. For abnormalities and pathologic changes.
(4) Crystalline Lens. For clouding or opacities.
f. Ophthalmoscopic.
(1) Media. Examine with a plano ophthalmoscopic lens at a distance of
approximately 18 to 21 inches from the eye. Localize and describe any opacity
appearing in the red reflex or direct examination or on eye movement.
(2) Fundus. Examine with the strongest plus or weakest minus lens necessary to
bring optic nerve into sharp focus. Pay particular attention to the color,
surface, and margin of the optic nerve, also record any abnormality of the
pigmentation or vasculature of the retina.
(3) Macula. Examine for any change.

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7.

Ocular Motility (Item 26 of DD-2808).
a. Ascertain the motility of the eyeballs by testing for binocular eye movement
(ductions and versions) in the cardinal positions of gaze. If any abnormalities are
suspected, verify with the cover/uncover test.
b. Observe if the eyes move together and whether there is loss of motion in any
direction (paralysis or paresis), or absence of muscle balance, whether latent
(heterophoria) or manifest (strabismus). Have the examinee look at a test object and
alternately cover and uncover one eye leaving the other uncovered and observe the
movement, if any, in each eye. In heterophoria movement occurs only in the eye that
is covered and uncovered; on being covered, it deviates and on being uncovered, it
swings back into place to take up fixation with the other eye that has remained
uncovered.

8.

Heart and Vascular System (Item 27 of DD-2808).
a. General. In direct light, have the examinee stand at ease, with arms relaxed and
hanging by sides. Do not permit the examinee to move from side to side or twist to
assist in the examination, as these maneuvers may distort landmarks: and increase
muscular resistance of the chest wall. Examine the heart by the following methods:
inspection, palpation, auscultation, and when considered necessary, by mensuration.
b. Inspection. Begin from above and go downward, with special reference to the
following:
(1) any malformation that might change the normal relations of the heart;
(2) pulsations in the suprasternal notch and in the second interspaces to the right
and left of the sternum;
(3) character of the precordial impulse; or
(4) epigastric pulsations.
c. Palpation. First palpate to detect thrills over the carotids, thyroid glands,
suprasternal notch, apex of the heart, and at the base. Use palms of hands in
palpating and use light pressure, as hard pressure may obliterate a thrill. To locate
the maximum cardiac impulse, have the examinee stoop and throw the shoulders
slightly forward, thus bringing the heart into the closest possible relation with the
chest wall. Palpate both radial arteries at the same time for equality in rate and
volume. Run the finger along the artery to note any changes in its walls. Place the
palm of one hand over the heart and fingers of the other over the radial artery to see
if all ventricular contractions are transmitted. Palpate to determine the degree of
tension or compression of the pulse. In an estimate of pulse rate, the excitement of
undergoing a physical examination must be considered.
d. Auscultation. In auscultating the heart, bear in mind the four points where the
normal heart sounds are heard with maximum intensity:

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(1) Aortic area, second interspace to right of sternum. Here the second sound is
distinct.
(2) Tricuspid area, junction of the fifth right rib with the sternum. Here the first
sound is distinct.
(3) Pulmonic area, second interspace to left of sternum. Here the second sound is
most distinct.
(4) Mitral area, fifth interspace to left of sternum. Here the first sound is most
clearly heard.
e. Blood Pressure.
(1) Only the sitting blood pressure is required.
(2) Other positions required only if sitting blood pressure exceeds 159/90 (140/90
for aviation personnel).
(3) Take the sitting blood pressure with the examinee comfortably relaxed in a
sitting position with legs uncrossed and the arm placed on a rest at the
horizontal level of the heart. The condition of the arteries, the tenseness of the
pulse, and the degree of accentuation of the aortic second sound must be taken
into consideration, as well as the relation between the systolic and diastolic
pressure.
(4) Personnel recording blood pressure must be familiar with situations that result
in spurious elevation. A medical officer shall repeat the determination in
doubtful or abnormal cases and ensure that the proper recording technique was
used.
(5) Artificially high blood pressure may be observed as follows.
(a)

If the compressive cuff is too loosely applied.

(b)

If the compressive cuff is too small for the arm size. Cuff width should
be approximately one-half arm circumference. In a very large or very
heavily muscled individual, this may require an "oversize" cuff.

(c)

If the blood pressure is repetitively taken before complete cuff deflation
occurs. Trapping of venous blood in the extremity results in a
progressive increase in recorded blood pressure.

(6) At least five minutes of rest should precede the blood pressure recording. Due
regard must be given to physiologic effects such as excitement, recent exercise,
smoking or caffeine within the preceding thirty minutes, and illness.
(7) No examinee shall be rejected based on the results of a single recording. If 2
out of the 3 positions exceed 159/90, the disqualifying blood pressures will be
rechecked for 3 consecutive days in the morning and afternoon of each day and
carefully recorded. The first determination shall be recorded in Item 58 and
the repeat determinations in Item 73 of DD-2808.

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(8) While emphasizing that a diagnosis of elevated blood pressure not be
prematurely made, it seems evident that a single "near normal" level does not
negate the significance of many elevated recordings.
f. Blood Pressure Determination.
(1) Use procedures recommended by the American Heart Association.
(2) Take the systolic reading as either the palpatory or auscultatory reading
depending on which is higher. In most normal subjects, the auscultatory
reading is slightly higher.
(3) Record diastolic pressure as the level at which the cardiac tones disappear by
auscultation. In a few normal subjects, particularly in thin individuals and
usually because of excessive stethoscope pressure, cardiac tones may be heard
to extremely low levels. In these instances, if the technique is correct and there
is no underlying valvular defect, a diastolic reading will be taken at the change
in tone.
(4) Note variations of blood pressures with the position change if there is a history
of syncope or symptoms to suggest postural hypertension.
(5) Obtain blood pressure in the legs when simultaneous palpation of the pulses in
upper and lower extremities reveals a discrepancy in pulse volume.
g. Pulse Rate.
(1) Determine the pulse rate immediately after the blood pressure. Only the sitting
position is required.
(2) In the presence of a relevant history, arrhythmia, or a pulse of less than 50 or
over 100, all pulses shall be determined and an electrocardiogram obtained.
h. Interpretation of Abnormal Signs and Symptoms. The excitement of the
examination may produce violent and rapid heart action often associated with a
transient systolic murmur. Such conditions may erroneously be attributed to the
effects of exertion; they usually disappear promptly in the recumbent posture. Try to
recognize the excitable individuals and take measures to eliminate psychic influences
from the test.
i. Hypertrophy-Dilitation. An apex beat located at or beyond the left nipple line, or
below the sixth rib, suggests an enlargement sufficient to disqualify for military
service. Its cause, either valvular disease or hypertension in the majority of cases,
should be sought. A horizontal position of the heart must be distinguished from left
ventricular enlargement. EKG, ultrasound studies, fluoroscopy, and chest x-ray may
be indicated for diagnosis.
j. Physiological Murmurs. Cardiac murmurs are the most certain physical signs by
which valvular disease may be recognized and its location determined. The
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disease. Murmurs may occur, however, in the absence of valvular lesions or other
cardiac disease. Such physiological murmurs are not causes for rejection.
(1) Characteristics. The following characteristics of physiological murmurs will
help differentiate them from organic murmurs.
(a)

They are always systolic in time.

(b)

They are usually heard over a small area, the most common place being
over the pulmonic valve and mitral valve.

(c)

They change with position of the body, disappearing in certain positions.
They are loudest usually in the recumbent position and are sometimes
heard only in that position.

(d)

They are transient in character, frequently disappearing after exercise.

(e)

They are usually short, rarely occupying all of the systole, and are soft
and of blowing quality.

(f)

There is no evidence of heart disease or cardiac enlargement.

(2) Most Common Types. The most common types of physiological murmurs are:
(a)

Those heard over the second and third left interspaces during expiration,
disappearing during forced inspiration. These are particularly common
in individuals with flexible chests, who can produce extreme forced
expiration. Under such circumstances, murmurs may be associated with
a vibratory thrust.

(b)

Cardio-respiratory murmurs caused by movements of the heart against
air in a part of the lung overlapping the heart. They usually vary in
different phases of respiration and at times disappear completely when
the breath is held.

(c)

Prolongations of the apical first sound, that are often mistaken for
murmurs.

(3) Diagnosis. An EKG, chest x-ray, and echocardiogram are usually indicated to
firmly establish the true cause of a murmur and should be done if there is any
question of abnormality.
k. Electrocardiograms. Use standard positions for precordial leads when completing
electrocardiograms.
9.

Lungs and Chest (Item 28 of DD-2808).
a. A thorough examination includes a complete history (DD-2807-1) careful physical
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the history and x-ray studies are the most immediately revealing examination
techniques.
b. Remember that several disqualifying diseases such as tuberculosis and sarcoidosis
may not be detectable by physical examination and the absence of abnormal physical
signs does not rule out disqualifying pulmonary disease. Such diseases, as well as
others (neopasms and fungus infections), may be detected only by chest x-ray.
(1) Conduct the physical examination in a thorough, systematic fashion. Take
particular care to detect pectus abnormalities, kyphosis, scoliosis, wheezing,
persistent rhonchi, basilar rales, digital clubbing, and cyanosis. Any of these
findings require additional intensive inquiry into the patient's history if subtle
functional abnormalities or mild asthma, bronchitis, or bronchiectasis are to be
suspected and evaluated. The physical examination shall include the
following.
(a)

Inspection. The examinee should be seated in a comfortable, relaxed
position with the direct light falling upon the chest. Careful comparison
of the findings elicited over symmetrical areas on the two sides of the
chest gives the most accurate information regarding condition of the
underlying structures. Observe for asymmetry of the thoracic cage,
abnormal pulsation, atrophy of the shoulder girdle or pectoral muscles,
limited or lagging expansion on forced inspiration. The large, rounded
relatively immobile "barrel" chest suggests pulmonary emphysema.

(b)

Palpation.

(c)

1

Observe for tumors of the breast or thoracic wall, enlarged cervical,
supraclavicular, or axillary lymph nodes, suprasternal notch, and
thrills associated with respiration or the cardiac cycle.

2

In addition to the breast examinations with periodic physical
examinations, an annual clinical breast examination is required for
all active duty females aged 40 and above. Monthly selfexamination is recommended for all adult female patients.

Auscultation. Instruct the examinee to breathe freely but deeply through
the mouth. Listen to an entire respiratory cycle before moving the
stethoscope bell to another area. Note wheezing, rales, or friction rubs.
Compare the pitch and intensity of breath sounds heard over symmetrical
areas of the two lungs. Instruct the examinee to exhale during this
process. Note any rales, paying particular attention to moist rales that
"break" with the cough or fine rales heard at the beginning of inspiration
immediately after cough.

(2) Do not hesitate to expand the history if abnormalities are detected during
examination or in repeating the examination if chest film abnormalities are
detected.

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c. There are three conditions that are most often inadequately evaluated and result in
unnecessary and avoidable expense and time loss. These three are asthma (to
include "asthmatic bronchitis"), bronchiectasis, and tuberculosis.
(1) Asthma. In evaluating asthma, a careful history is of prime importance since
this condition is characteristically intermittent and may be absent at the time of
examination. Careful attention to a history of episodic wheezing with or
without accompanying respiratory infection is essential. If documentation of
asthma after age 12 is obtained from the evaluee's physician, this shall result in
rejection even though physical examination is normal. Ask about the use of
prescription or over-the-counter bronchodilators.
(2) Bronchiectasis. Individuals who report a history of frequent respiratory
infections accompanied by purulent sputum or multiple episodes of pneumonia
should be suspected of bronchiectasis. This diagnosis can be further supported
by a finding of post-tussive rales at one or both bases posteriorly or by a
finding of lacy densities at the lung base on the chest film. If bronchiectasis is
considered on the basis of history, medical findings or chest film
abnormalities, seek confirmatory opinion from the examinee's personal
physician or refer the examinee to the appropriate chest consultant for
evaluation and recommendations.
(3) Tuberculosis (TB).

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(a)

Active TB is often asymptomatic and not accompanied by abnormal
physical findings unless the disease is advanced. If only such
manifestations as hemoptysis or draining sinuses are looked for, most
cases of TB will be missed.

(b)

The most sensitive tool for detecting early TB is the PPD.

(c)

If positive, evaluate the chest film for any infiltrate, cavity, or nodular
lesion involving the apical or posterior segments of an upper lobe or
superior segment of a lower lobe. Many tuberculosis lesions may be
partially hidden or obscured by the clavicles. When any suspicion of an
apical abnormality exists, an apical lordotic view must be obtained for
clarification.

(d)

It is neither practical nor possible, in most instances, to determine
whether or not a TB lesion is inactive on the basis of a single radiologic
examination. Therefore, refer any examinee suspected of TB to a chest
consultant or to an appropriate public health clinic for evaluation.

(e)

An initial PPD is mandatory and shall be made a part of the physical
examination for all personnel entering on active duty for a period of 30
days or more.

(f)

See Chapter 7 for complete details of the Tuberculosis Control Program.

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10. Anus and Rectum (Item 30 of DD-2808). All examinations shall include a visual
inspection of the anus. Perform a digital rectal examination and test for fecal occult
blood on all personnel beginning at age 40 and at any time history or physical exam
findings indicate. When anorectal disease is suspected a complete exam should be
performed which may include proctosigmoidoscopy as indicated.
11. Abdomen and Viscera (Item 31 of DD-2808).
a. Examine the abdomen with the examinee supine, as well as standing to detect
hernias.
b. Use appropriate clinical laboratory, radiologic, and endoscopic examinations to
confirm a diagnosis.
12. Genitourinary System (Item 32 of DD-2808).
a. General. All physical examinations shall search for evidence of STD or
malformation.
b. Instructions for examination according to sex.
(1) Females. The examination shall include:
(a)

inspection of the external genitalia;

(b)

either a vaginal or rectal bimanual palpation of the pelvic organs; and

(c)

Papanicolaou (PAP) testing and visualization of the cervix and vaginal
canal by speculum in accordance with section 3-C-20.f.

(2) Males. The glans penis and corona will be exposed. The testes and scrotal
contents will be palpated and the inguinal lymph nodes will be examined for
abnormalities. Palpate the inguinal canals while having the patient perform a
valsalva.
13. Extremities (Item 33, 34, 35 of DD-2808). Carefully examine the extremities for
deformities, old fractures and dislocations, amputations, partially flexed or ankylosed
joints, impaired functions of any degree, varicose veins, and edema. In general the
examination shall include:
a. Elbow. With the examinee holding the upper arms against the body with the
forearms extended and fully supinated, observe for the presence of normal carrying
angle. Have the examinee flex the elbows to a right angle and keeping the elbows
against the body, note ability to fully supinate and pronate the forearms. Test medial
and lateral stability by placing varus and valgus strain on the joint with the elbow
extended. Test the power of the flexor, extensor, supinator, and pronator muscles by
having the examinee contract these muscles against manual resistance. If indicated,
x-rays should include antero-posterior and lateral views.
b. Foot.

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(1) Examine the feet for conditions such as flatfoot, corns, ingrown nails, bunions,
deformed or missing toes, hyperhidrosis, color changes, and clubfoot.
(2) When any degree of flatfoot is found, test the strength of the feet by requiring
the examinee to hop on the toes of each foot for a sufficient time and by
requiring the examinee to alight on the toes after jumping up several times. To
distinguish between disqualifying and nondisqualifying degrees of flatfoot,
consider the extent, impairment of function, appearance in uniform, and
presence or absence of symptoms. Remember, it is usually not the flatfoot
condition itself that causes symptoms but an earlier state in which the arches
are collapsing and the various structures are undergoing readjustment of their
relationships. Report angles of excursion or limitation; comparative
measurements; use of orthotics or other supports; and x-ray results if indicated.
c. Hip.
(1) With the examinee standing, observe the symmetry of the buttocks, the
intergluteal clefts, and infragluteal fold. Palpate the iliac crest and greater
trochanters for symmetry.
(2) If abnormalities are suspected, have the examinee stand first on one foot and
then the other, flexing the nonweight bearing hip and knee and observing for
ability to balance as well as for instability of the joint, as indicated by dropping
downward of the buttock and pelvis of the flexed (non-weight bearing) hip.
Such a positive Trendelenburg sign necessitates x-ray evaluation.
(3) While supine have the examinee flex the hip, abduct and adduct the hip and
rotate the leg inward. Observe for hesitancy in performing these motions,
incomplete range of motion, or facial evidence of pain on motion. Test muscle
strength in each position.
(4) With examinee prone, test for ability to extend each leg with knee extended
and test for power in each hip in extension.
(5) If abnormalities are detected requiring x-rays, obtain an antero-posterior and a
lateral view of each hip for comparison.
d. Knee.
(1) With trousers (skirt/dress), shoes, and socks removed, observe general
muscular development of legs, particularly the thigh musculature.
(2) Have examinee squat, sitting on heels, and observe for hesitancy, weakness,
and presence or absence of pain or crepitus.
(3) With examinee sitting, test for ability to fully extend the knee and test power in
extension by applying pressure to the lower leg with knee extended. Compare
equality of power in each leg. With knee flexed, test for hamstring power by
attempting to pull leg into extension; compare equality of strength in each leg.
Palpate entire knee for tenderness. With examinee still sitting on the table
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stability by first pulling the tibia anteriorly on the femur and by then pushing
the tibia posteriorly on the femur ("Drawer Sign").
(4) With the examinee supine, mark on each leg a distance of 1 inch above the
patella and 6 inches above the patella, making sure this is done with muscles
relaxed. Measure circumferences at these levels and note presence or absence
of atrophy. Test the medial and lateral collateral ligaments by placing varus
and valgus strain on the extended knee. Manipulate the knee through a
complete range of flexion and extension, noting any difference between the
sides and any abnormal restriction.
(5) If there is a history of knee injury assess muscular strength, ligamentous
stability, and range of motion. Also look for evidence of inflammatory or
degenerative processes.
(6) In the presence of any history of "locking," recurrent effusion, or instability, or
when atrophy measured is more than 3/8 inch or when limitation of motion or
ligamentous instability is detected, obtain x-rays including an antero-posterior,
lateral, and intercondylar view.
(7) An orthopedic evaluation is required on all recruit physicals if there is
evidence of any abnormality.
e. Shoulder.
(1) With the examinee stripped to the waist, inspect both anteriorly and posteriorly
for asymmetry, abnormal configuration, or muscle atrophy.
(2) From the back, with the examinee standing, observe the scapulohumeral
rhythm as the arms are elevated from the sides directly overhead, carrying the
arms up laterally. Any arrhythmia may indicate shoulder joint abnormality and
is cause for particularly careful examination. Palpate the shoulders for
tenderness and test range of motion in flexion, extension, abduction, and
rotation. Compare each shoulder in this respect.
(3) Test muscle power of abductors, flexors, and extensors of the shoulder, as well
as power in internal and external rotation. Have the examinee attempt to lift a
heavy weight with arms at the side to establish integrity of the
acromioclavicular joint.
f. Wrist and Hand.
(1) Palpate the wrist for tenderness in the anatomical snuff box often present in
undiscovered fractures of the carpal navicular. Observe and compare muscle
strength and range of motion, flexion, extension, radial, and ulnar deviation.
(2) Inspect the palms and extended fingers for excessive perspiration, abnormal
color or appearance, and tremor, indicating possible underlying organic
disease.
(3) Have the examinee flex and extend the fingers making sure interphalangeal
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(4) With the hands pronated, observe the contour of the dorsum of the hands for
atrophy of the soft tissues between the metacarpals seen in disease or
malfunction of peripheral nerves.
(5) With the fingers spread, test for strength, and interosseous muscle function by
forcing the spread fingers against the resistance of the examinee.
(6) If indicated, obtain antero-posterior and lateral x-rays of the wrist, as well as
antero-posterior and oblique views of the hand.
14. Spine and Other Musculoskeletal (Item 36 of DD-2808). Carefully examine for evidence
of intervertebral disc syndrome, myositis, and traumatic lesions of the low back
(lumbosacral and sacroiliac strains). If there is any indication of congenital deformity,
arthritis, spondylolisthesis, or significant degree of curvature, obtain orthopedic
consultation and x-rays.
(1) Back. With the examinee stripped and standing, note the general configuration
of the back, the symmetry of the shoulders, iliac crests and hips, and any
abnormal curvature. Palpate the spinous processes and the erector spinae
muscle masses for tenderness. Determine absence of pelvic tilt by palpating
the iliac crests. Have examinee flex and extend spine and bend to each side,
noting ease with which this is done and the presence or absence of pain on
motion. Test rotary motion by gripping the pelvis on both sides and having the
examinee twist to each side as far as possible.
(2) With the examinee sitting on the examining table, test patellar and ankle
reflexes and fully extend the knee, note complaints of pain (this corresponds to
a 90 degree straight leg raising test in supine position).
(3) With the examinee supine, test dorsiflexor muscle power of the foot and toes,
with particular attention to power of the extensor hallucis longus. Weakness
may indicate nerve root pressure on Sl. Flex hip fully on abdomen and knee
flexed and determine presence or absence of pain on extremes of rotation of
each hip with hip flexed to 90 degrees. Frequently, in lumbosacral sprains of
chronic nature, pain is experienced on these motions. Place the heel on the
knee of the opposite extremity and let the flexed knee fall toward the table.
Pain or limitation indicates either hip joint and/or lumbosacral abnormality.
(4) While prone, have the examinee arch the back and test strength in extension by
noting the degree to which this is possible.
(5) If pain is experienced on back motions in association with these maneuvers or
if there is asymmetry or abnormal configuration, back x-rays, including pelvis,
should be obtained. These should include antero-posterior, lateral, and oblique
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15. Identifying Body Marks, Scars, and Tattoos (Item 37 of DD-2808).
a. Examination. Carefully inspect the examinee's body, front and rear, on each side of
the median line separately, commencing with the scalp and ending at the foot.
Record under the "Notes" section on the face of the DD-2808 all body marks, tattoos,
and scars useful for identification purposes. Also state if no marks or scars are
found.
b. Description of Body Marks, Scars, and Tattoos.
(1) Indicate the size, location, and character of scars, moles, warts, birthmarks, etc.
(2) When recording the location of a tattoo, include narrative description of the
design. Tattoo transcriptions of words or initials shall be recorded in capital
letters. Describe the size of a tattoo regarding its general dimensions only. A
statement relative to color or pigment is not required.
(3) Note amputations and losses of parts of fingers and toes showing the particular
digit injured and the extent or level of absence.
c. Abbreviations for Body Marks, Scars, and Tattoos.
(1) The following are authorized abbreviations for the descriptions or conditions
indicated:
Amp.-amputation
f. -flat
fl. fleshy
s. -scar smooth
v. -vaccination

m. -mole
p. -pitted
r. -raised
l. -linear
o. -operative

w. -wart
VSULAvaccination scar
upper left arm
h. -hairy

(2) Combinations of the above abbreviations are permissible: p.s. 1/2d. - pitted
scar 1/2 inch diameter; f.p.s. lxl/2 - flat pitted scar l inch long and 1/2 inch
wide; r.h.m. 1/4d. - raised hairy mole 1/4 inch diameter.
(3) Do not use abbreviations when describing tattoos since they are likely to be
mistaken as signifying tattooed letters.
16. Neurologic (Item 39 of DD-2808). Conduct a careful neurological examination being
attentive to the following:
a. Gait. The individual shall: walk a straight line at a brisk pace with eyes open, stop,
and turn around; (Look for spastic, ataxic, incoordination, or limping gait; absence of
normal associated movements; deviation to one side or the other; the presence of
abnormal involuntary movement; undue difference in performance with the eyes
open and closed.)
(1) stand erect, feet together, arms extended in front; (Look for unsteadiness and
swaying, deviation of one or both of the arms from the assumed position,
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(2) touch the nose with the right and then the left index finger, with the eyes
closed. (Look for muscle atrophy or pseudohypertrophy, muscular weakness,
limitation of joint movement, and spine stiffness.)
b. Pupils. Look for irregularity, inequality, diminished or absent contraction to light or
lack of accommodation.
c. Deep Sense (Romberg). Negative, slightly positive, or pronouncedly positive.
d. Deep Reflexes: Patellar, Biceps, etc. Record as absent (o), diminished (-), normal
(+), hyperactive (++), and exaggerated (+++).
e. Sensory Disturbances. Examine sensation by lightly pricking each side of the
forehead, bridge of the nose, chin, across the volar surface of each wrist, and dorsum
of each foot. Look for inequality of sensation right and left. If these sensations are
abnormal, vibration sense should be tested at ankles and wrists with a tuning fork.
With eyes closed, the examinee shall move each heel down the other leg from knee
to ankle. Test sense of movement of great toes and thumb. Look for diminution or
loss of vibration and plantar reflexes. When indicated, perform appropriate
laboratory tests and x-ray examinations.
f. Motor Disturbances. Evidence of muscle weakness, paresis, or any other
abnormality.
g. Muscular Development. Evidence of atrophy, compensatory hypertrophies, or any
other abnormality.
h. Tremors. State whether fine or coarse, intentional or resting, and name parts
affected.
i. Tics. Specify parts affected. State whether they are permanent or due to fatigue or
nervous tension.
j. Cranial Nerves. Examine carefully for evidence of impaired function or paresis.
Remember that some of the cranial nerves are subject to frequent involvement in a
number of important diseases, such as syphilis, meningitis, encephalitis lethargica,
and injuries to the cranium.
k. Psychomotor Tension. Test the ability to relax voluntarily by having the examinee
rest the forearm upon your palm then test the forearm tendon reflexes with a
percussion hammer.
l. Peripheral Circulation. Examine for flushing, mottling, and cyanosis of face, trunk,
and extremities. Question as to the presence of localized sweating (armpits and
palms) and cold extremities. Carefully study any abnormalities disclosed on the
neurological examination and express an opinion as to their cause and significance
and whether they are sufficient cause for rejection.

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17. Psychiatric (Item 40 of DD-2808).
a. Personality Evaluation. In order to evaluate the adequacy of the examinee's
personality for adjustment to the conditions of military service:
(1) estimate the examinee's capacity coupled with real respect for personality and
due consideration for feelings;
(2) conduct the examination in private to encourage open and honest answers; and
(3) attempt to discover any difficulties that the examinee may have had with
interpersonal relationships at work or during leisure activities.
b. Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders. The diagnosis of most psychiatric disorders
depends upon an adequate longitudinal history, supplemented by information
obtained from other sources, such as family, physicians, schools, churches, hospitals,
social service or welfare agencies, and courts.
c. Telltale Signs of Psychiatric Disorders. Be watchful for any of the following:
inability to understand and execute commands promptly and adequately; lack of
normal response; abnormal laughter; instability; seclusiveness; depression; shyness;
suspicion; over boisterousness; timidity; personal uncleanliness; stupidity; dullness;
resentfulness to discipline; a history of enuresis persisting into late childhood or
adolescence; significant nail biting; sleeplessness or night terrors; lack of initiative
and ambition; sleep walking; suicidal tendencies, whether bona fide or feigned.
Abnormal autonomic nervous system responses (giddiness, fainting, blushing,
excessive sweating, shivering or goose flesh, excessive pallor, or cyanosis of the
extremities) are also occasionally significant. Note also the lack of responses as
might reasonably be expected under the circumstances.
d. Procedures for Psychiatric Examination.
(1) Mental and personality difficulties are most clearly revealed when the
examinee feels relatively at ease. The most successful approach is one of
straightforward professional inquiry, coupled with real respect for the
individual's feelings and necessary privacy. Matters of diagnostic significance
are often concealed when the examinee feels the examination is being
conducted in an impersonal manner or without due concern for privacy.
(2) Pay close attention to the content and implication of everything said and to any
other clues, and in a matter-of-fact manner, follow-up whatever is not selfevident nor commonplace.
e. Aviation only.
(1) Although this phase of the examination is routinely performed only on
candidates for flight training, it may be made part of any aviation physical
examination. The objective is to determine the examinee's basic stability,
motivation, and capacity to react favorably to the special stresses encountered
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(2) Following the completion of the general examination:
(3) study carefully the examinee's family history; and
(4) determine the family's attitude towards flying and the examinee's reaction to
the stresses of life in general and emotional response and control.
18. Endocrine System. Evaluate endocrine abnormalities during the general clinical
examination. Palpate the thyroid for abnormality and observe the individual for signs of
hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Observe general habitus for evidence of endocrine
dysfunction.
19. Dental (Item 43 of DD-2808).
a. Who May Conduct Dental Examinations.
(1) For Academy, OCS, and direct commission applicants: a Uniformed Services
dental officer.
(2) For all aviation, diving, and overseas/sea duty physical examinations: a
Uniformed Services dental officer or a contract dentist.
(3) For all others: a Uniformed Services dental officer, a contract dentist, or a
medical examiner if a dentist is unavailable.
b. Procedures for Conducting Dental Examinations.
(1) Applicants for Original Entry. Whenever practical, applicants for original
entry into the Service shall be given a Type 2 dental examination. Otherwise,
the dental officer shall determine the type of examination that is appropriate
for each examinee.
(2) Active Duty Personnel.
(a)

Members on active duty, who are assigned to locations where Coast
Guard, USMTF, or civilian contract dental clinics are available shall be
required to have an annual Type 2 dental examination.

(3) Reserve Personnel.
(b)

Type 2 dental examination is required for Quinquennial Physical
Examinations, and

(c)

Type 2 dental examination is required for all entries onto Active Duty
(any type) for periods of duty in excess of 139 days.

c. Dental Restorations and Prostheses. The minimum number of serviceable teeth
prescribed for entry in various programs of the Service is predicated on having
retentive units available to provide for the reception of fixed bridges or partial
dentures that may be necessary for satisfactory masticatory or phonetic function.
Prostheses already present should be well-designed, functional, and in good
condition.

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20. Laboratory Findings.
a. Required Tests. Personnel undergoing physical examinations are required to have
the following tests performed, except where obtaining them is not possible or
expeditious, or incurring charges for them is not authorized. In such cases, these
tests shall be obtained at the first duty station where facilities are available. The
normal values listed below are for guidance. Abnormal laboratory values alone are
not disqualifying; however, the causative underlying condition may be. Minimal
deviations may not require further evaluation and this should be noted as NCD (not
considered disqualifying) in item 74 by the examiner. Normal variants should be
noted as such.
b. Hematology/Serology.
(1) Hematology. Perform a hematocrit (HCT) or hemoglobin (HGB) on all
examinees. Perform other hematological studies only as indicated.
(2) Red Blood Cell Measurements.
(3) Hemoglobin - Males
(4) Females

13-18 gm/100ml

11.7-16 gm/100ml

(5) Hematocrit - Males 40-54%, Females 35-47%
If any of these parameters are abnormal, an RBC and indices shall be done.
Normal indices are:
RBC- Males
Females
MCVMCHMCHC -

4.3 to 6.2 million
3.8 to 5.4 million
82-92 cubic microns
27-32 picograms
30-36%

(6) Cholesterol Testing. All cadets, officer candidates, and recruits shall be tested
for serum cholesterol within a week of their arrival for training. Those persons
judged by a medical officer to have cholesterol levels that indicate an increased
risk of atherosclerotic vascular disease shall be informed of this and given
appropriate counseling by the third week of their training. Lipid panel studies,
pharmacological remedial measures, or follow-up appointments may be
performed at the discretion of the managing medical officer.
(7) Serological Test for Syphilis (RPR/STS).
(a)

Required for entry into the Coast Guard and for all aviation and diving
candidate physicals.

(b)

Unless there is a documented history of adequately treated syphilis, all
examinees testing positive shall have repeat testing three or more days
later. Ensure that at the time of obtaining serum the examinee neither
has, nor is convalescing from, any acute infectious disease or recent

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fever. If available at no charge, the facilities of local or state health
departments may be used for performing serological tests. Examinees
with a history of treated syphilis should have declining or low titer
positive reaction.
(c)

If the second test is positive then obtain an FTA/ABS. If the FTA/ABS
is positive, further evaluation may be required to determine the
appropriate therapy.

(d)

Several conditions that are known to give false RPR/STS are infectious
mononucleosis, malaria, yaws, pinta, chicken pox, infectious hepatitis,
immunization, and atypical pneumonia. The cause of a false positive
serological test for syphilis should be explored since many diseases
giving a false positive are also disqualifying.

(e)

Process all members who are suspected contacts or who have clinical
evidence of venereal disease and all personnel with a positive serological
test for syphilis in accordance with section 7-B-3 of this Manual.

(8) Sickle Cell Preparation Test. Applicants for aviation and diving training shall
be tested for sickling phenomenon, if not previously tested. Evaluate positive
sickledex results by a quantitative hemoglobin electrophoresis. Greater than
40 percent Hbs is disqualifying for aviation and diving. Once the test has been
completed, the results will be filed in the health record and recorded on the
Problem Summary List. The test need never be repeated.
(9) HIV Antibody.

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(a)

The most recent HIV antibody test date will be recorded in item #49 of
the DD-2808 (Report of Medical Examination), on the
NAVMED6150/20 (Problem Summary List), and under Remarks on the
SF-601 (Immunization Record). Epidemiological information
concerning HIV infection will be monitored by Commandant (G-WKH)
and the policy concerning routine testing will be revised as necessary.

(b)

HIV antibody testing is required as follows (see COMDTINST.
6220.1A):
1

All applicants for regular or reserve programs for enlistment,
appointment, or entry on active duty;

2

Candidates for officer service (direct commission, OCS, Academy,
MORE, etc.,) as part of pre-appointment or pre-contract physical
examination;

3

Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy as part of the physical
examination prior to commissioning;

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All Coast Guard members who have not had at least one
documented HIV antibody test in the last five years;

5

All members with PCS orders to a foreign country, within six
months prior to transfer;

6

During the clinical evaluation of the patients at high risk of HIV
infection being seen for other sexually transmitted diseases or as
part of prenatal examinations; and

7

Patients being referred to Level II/III alcohol/drug treatment
programs must be tested for HIV immediately prior to entering such
a program;

8

Newly identified tuberculin reactors.

(c)

Accession testing will usually be performed through MEPS examination
centers. Other required testing can be done through DOD MTFs or
designated Coast Guard HIV Antibody Testing Centers. Other required
testing will be done through designated Coast Guard-wide HIV contract
laboratory, Viromed laboratories. Commanding Officers may arrange
testing with the laboratory directors at local uniformed services medical
facilities (USMTFS) or qualified local civilian laboratories, only with the
permission of, and prior coordination with, MLC(k). Record keeping
and reporting requirements must be met. Liaison with the Department of
Defense indicates that there are no prohibitions to testing Coast Guard
personnel at these facilities. Contact Commander, MLC(k) for
permission to use USMTFS or local civilian facilities to arrange methods
for reporting results.

(d)

Members who are confirmed HIV antibody positive or indeterminate by
Western Blot, by the Coast Guard-wide contract laboratory, will have a
second confirmatory specimen drawn and submitted for analysis to the
same Coast Guard-wide contract laboratory.

(e)

Members who are confirmed HIV antibody positive by the second
confirmatory Western Blot, by the Coast Guard-wide contract laboratory,
will be referred to a DOD MTF with the capability to perform a
complete evaluation. Contact the respective MLC (k), and they will
assist in making arrangements for the evaluation. Ensure that both the
medical and dental records accompany the member to the DOD MTF for
the evaluation. A narrative summary of this evaluation shall be
obtained by the referring medical officer, who shall notify G-WKH
via MLC(k) upon receipt. Initiate a Disease Alert Report IAW Chapter
7 of this Manual.

(f)

Once a member has been confirmed HIV positive, arrange immediate
medical and social services counseling, using available Coast Guard,
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DOD, or civilian resources to ensure that the member understands the
clinical implications of the positive test, the purpose of subsequent
medical evaluation, and the policies in this instruction.
(g)

Members who are confirmed HIV antibody positive shall receive
counseling. The individual's command will provide medical and
supportive counseling to the member if this has not already been
provided by the evaluating facility.

(h)

All information surrounding the individual's physical condition is strictly
confidential. Only key personnel, with a verifiable "need to know" such
as the individual's commanding officer, should be informed of the HIV
status.

(i)

Coast Guard medical officers requiring HIV antibody testing for clinical
diagnosis should direct the Coast Guard HIV Antibody Testing Center to
send a shipment to the Coast Guard-wide contract laboratory
immediately. Results should ordinarily be available within 48 hours via
electronic mail or telephone from Commandant (G-WKH).

(j)

HIV antibody testing required by members of other uniformed services
(active duty or reserve), or by specific agreement with other Federal
agencies (e.g., Department of State), must be performed through a Coast
Guard HIV Antibody Testing Center.

(k)

Voluntary testing and counseling of dependents, retirees, and civilian
employees must be performed through a Coast Guard HIV Antibody
Testing Center.

c. Chest X-ray (Item 52 of DD-2808).
(1) Will be accomplished as part of the physical examinations for application for
aviation or diving programs. Chest X-rays previously performed within
eighteen (18) months of application, with normal results, are acceptable if there
is no change in clinical presentation.
(2) Will not be performed for routine screening purposes without a prior clinical
evaluation and a specific medical indication. The senior medical officer may
authorize an exception to this policy when there are obvious medical benefits
to be gained by routine screening x-ray examination (e.g., Asbestos Medical
Surveillance Program). Such exceptions should be authorized only after
careful consideration of the diagnostic yield and radiation risk of the x-ray
study, as well as other significant or relevant costs or social factors. X-ray
examinations will not be ordered solely for medical-legal reasons.
d. Electrocardiogram (Item 52 of DD-2808).
(1) Electrocardiograms (ECG) shall be accomplished routinely on the following
individuals:

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(a)

those in whom medical history or clinical findings are suggestive of
cardiac abnormalities;

(b)

examinees with a sitting pulse rate of less than 50 or more than 100;

(c)

examinees who are 40 years old or older;

(d)

applicants for aviation and diving training and all designated personnel
every four (4) years until age 40, then biennially. For designated
aviation personnel on physical examinations where no EKG is required,
place the date and results of the last EKG in block #52 (Other) of DD2808; and

(e)

applicants for service academies.

(2) All student and designated aviation personnel shall have an ECG on file in
their health record.
(3) All tracings will be compared to the baseline reading in the health record, if
one is present. If significant changes are present, obtain a cardiac consultation.
A report of the consult shall be submitted for review along with the DD-2808.
It is imperative then that proper techniques for recording the ECG be followed.
(a)

The routine ECG will consist of 12 leads, namely standard leads 1, 2, 3,
AVR, AVL, AVF, and the standard precordial leads V1 through V6.

(b)

Take care to properly place the precordial electrodes. It is important that
the electrodes across the left precordium are not carried along the curve
of the rib but are maintained in a straight line. Be particular in placing
the first precordial lead so as to avoid beginning placement in the third
interspace rather than the fourth. Do not smear electrode paste from one
precordial position to another. Include a standardization mark on each
recording.

e. Urinalysis. A urinalysis is required on all physical examinations. The urine shall be
tested for specific gravity, glucose, protein, blood, leukocyte esterase, and nitrite by
an appropriate dipstick method. A microscopic examination is required only if any
of these dipstick tests is abnormal.
(1) Specific Gravity. Normal values are 1.005-1.035. Specific gravity varies with
fluid intake, time of day, climate, and medication. As a rule, elevation of the
specific gravity reflects only the state of hydration, while a low specific gravity
may reflect kidney disease. In evaluating abnormalities, a repeat is generally
sufficient, provided the factors above are considered and explained to the
individual. Where possible, the repeat should be a first morning specimen
which is usually the most concentrated.
(2) Glucose. Any positive test is abnormal. A false positive for glucose may
occur in individuals who take Vitamin C or drink large quantities of fruit juice.
As soon as practical after discovery of the glycosuria, obtain a fasting blood
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glucose. If glycosuria persists or if the fasting blood glucose exceeds 125
mg/100 ml, evaluate the individual for diabetes.
(3) Protein. A trace positive protein is often associated with a highly concentrated
(specific gravity 1.024 or greater) early morning specimen and is considered
normal and need not be repeated. A one plus or greater protein, or a trace
positive in the presence of a dilute urine, should be evaluated by a 24-hour
specimen (normal range 10-200 mg protein/24 hours).
(4) Microscopic.
(a)

Normal: 0-5 WBC
0-5 RBC (clean catch specimen)
occasional epithelial cells (more may be normal
in an otherwise normal urinalysis)
no casts occasional bacteria

(b)

Pyuria usually indicates an infection or improper collection techniques.
Appropriate follow-up is required, including repeat after the infection
has cleared.

(c)

Hematuria may normally occur following heavy exercise or local trauma
and as a false positive in menstruating females. It always requires
evaluation with the minimum being a repeat showing no hematuria.

(d)

Casts, heavy bacteria, other organisms, and abnormal cells require
further evaluation.

f. PAP Test (Item 52 a. of DD-2808).
(1) A PAP test is required at the following times on female members:

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(a)

on the pre-training physical examination at time of initial entry into the
Coast Guard;

(b)

every two years, if on extended active duty; and

(c)

with quinquennial examinations, for reserves.

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(2) PAP tests and pelvic examinations (by civilian or military practitioners) that
have been performed within one year of periodic examinations are acceptable.
In any case, results of the pelvic examination and PAP test will be recorded in
Item 52 a. The practitioner is responsible for communicating the result of the
PAP smear (either positive or negative) to the patient.
(3) To reduce false-negative smears, endocervical sampling shall be done using a
cytobrush, provided no contraindication is present (as in pregnancy or cervical
stenosis). Laboratories to which smears are sent for interpretation must, as a
matter of routine, indicate on their reports whether endocervical sampling was
adequate. Where endocervical cell sampling is reported as inadequate, the
smear shall be repeated.
g. Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). Perform a PFT on all OMSEP examinations and
when clinically indicated.
(1) Screening spirometry should not be performed if the subject:
(a)

is acutely ill from any cause;

(b)

has smoked or used an aerosolized bronchodilator within the past hour;

(c)

has eaten a heavy meal within the previous two hours; or

(d)

has experienced an upper or lower respiratory tract infection during the
past three weeks.

(2) Explain the procedure to the subject.
(3) Instruct the subject to remove any tight clothing or dentures and to sit or stand
comfortably in front of the spirometer. The chin should be slightly elevated
with the neck slightly extended. The use of a nose clip is recommended.
(4) Tell the subject to take the deepest possible inspiration, close mouth firmly
around the mouthpiece and without further hesitation, blow into the apparatus
as hard, fast, and completely as possible. Active coaching throughout the
entire duration of the forced expiration must be done to elicit maximum subject
effort. Positioning of the lips around the mouthpiece should be checked.
(5) After two practice attempts, three further tracings should be recorded. If the
technician believes that the subject has not made a full inspiration prior to the
forced expiration, not put forth a maximal effort, or not continued expiration
sufficiently long, that particular tracing should be repeated. Repeat attempts
marred by coughing. The variation between the largest and smallest FVC of
three satisfactory tracings should not exceed 10%.
(6) From the three satisfactory tracings, the FVC, FEV1, and FEV1/FVC% should
be determined. Use the highest FVC and FEV1 in the calculations regardless
of the curve(s) on which they occur. The tracing itself should also be
maintained as part of the medical record.

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(7) If the tests are baseline studies, determine the predicted values and calculate
the subject's percent of the predicted normal, and transcribe results on the
record sheet. In non-Caucasians, the predicted FEV1 and FVC should be
multiplied by 0.85 to adjust for ethnic differences. No correction factor is
necessary for the FEV1/FVC%.
(8) If the tests are follow-up studies, comparison should be made with the
previously recorded highest value for each test. This highest value may not
necessarily have occurred during baseline tests.
(9) Verify any abnormalities in either baseline or follow-up pulmonary functions
by repeating spirometry in two weeks. If abnormalities persist, clinical
assessment by a physician qualified to evaluate chest disease is essential. In
males, a 30 millimeter annual decline in FEV1 and 25 millimeters FVC can be
attributed to normal aging. In females, it is 25 millimeters in both the FEV1
and FVC. PFT. Abnormal functions are present when:
(a)

FEV-1 or FVC is less than 80% of predicted;

(b)

FEV-1/FVC% is less than 69%;

(c)

decline in the FEV-1 or FVC greater than 8%;

(d)

decrease in the FEV-1/FVC% greater than 6%; and

(e)

see the following:

SPIROMETRIC
GUIDELINES
OBSTRUCTIVE DISEASE

NORMAL
MILD TO MODERATE
SEVERE

RESTRICTIVE
DISEASE FCV%

FEV-1/FVC

FCV PREDICTED

> 0.69

> .80

0.45 -0.69

0.51-0.80

< 0.45

<0.51

h. Special Tests. In some cases, information available should be supplemented by
additional tests or diagnostic procedures (eye refractions, x-rays, repeated blood
pressure readings, etc.), in order to resolve doubts as to whether the examinee is or is
not physically qualified. If facilities are available to perform such tests at no cost,
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original entry in the Service will be required to obtain such tests at their own
expense, if they desire further consideration.
i. Laboratory Values (OMSEP). All laboratory values not previously discussed but
that accompany a physical examination (e.g., chemistry profiles, etc.,) must have
accompanying normals for the laboratory that performed the tests.
j. Mammography. Mammography is required for Coast Guard active duty and reserve
females beginning at age 40 and at ages 44, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, and 62.
Clinical findings, family history, and other risk factors may dictate that a
mammogram be done at times other than those indicated in this screening schedule.
Results should be documented on the routine physical exams. Mammograms done
between the required screening ages can be used to satisfy the periodic requirement.
This judgment is left to the practitioner. If mammography is not done at the required
ages, the reason must be supplied in item 73 of the DD-2808 and should include date
and result of the last mammogram. Practitioners are responsible for communicating
mammography results (either positive or negative) to the patient.
k. Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G-6-PD). Qualitative testing (present or not)
for G-6-PD deficiency is required at all accession points (TRACEN Cape May,
Academy, RTC Yorktown). All other Coast Guard members with no record of
testing shall be tested prior to assignments afloat or to malaria-endemic areas. The
results of testing shall be annotated on the DD-2766 Adult Preventive and Chronic
Care Flowsheet. Once testing is accomplished, it need never be repeated.
21. Height, Weight, and Body Build.
a. Height. Measure the examinee's height in centimeters (inch) to the nearest
centimeter (one-half inch), without shoes.
b. Weight.
(1) Weights are with underwear/undergarments only.
(2) Weigh the examinee on a standard set of scales calibrated and accurate.
Record the weight to the nearest kilogram (pound). Do not record fractions of
kilogram.
c. Frame Size. Using a cloth tape, measure the wrist of the dominant hand, measure all
the way around from lateral to medial styloid process. Measure in centimeters
(fraction of an inch).
d. Body Fat Percentage. Determined by MEPS.
22. Distant Visual Acuity and Other Eye Tests.
a. Distant Visual Acuity, General. Visual defects are one of the major causes for
physical disqualification from the armed services. Methods of testing vision have
varied greatly among the armed services and from place to place in each Service.
Consequently, visual test results are not always comparable. An examinee
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presenting for examination at one place might be qualified for visual acuity, while at
another place, disqualified. Although this is an undesirable situation, no practical
solution, such as prescribing standards for equipment and conditions (room size,
ventilation, paint colors, room illumination, etc.), is available to the Coast Guard as
the examinations are obtained from various sources over which the Coast Guard has
no control. It is therefore imperative that examiners be especially painstaking to
obtain the most accurate results possible.
b. Examination Precautions.
(1) Make every effort to conduct the examination when the examinee is in normal
physical condition. Follow the examination routine in the order prescribed in
the following instructions. Record the vision for each eye when determined so
that errors and omissions will be avoided.
(2) It may be extremely difficult to obtain an accurate measure of visual acuity.
Bear in mind that individuals who are anxious to pass visual acuity tests may
resort to deception. Similarly, other individuals may attempt to fail a visual
acuity test to avoid undesirable duties. Hence, be prepared to cope with either
possibility in order to uncover and recognize visual defects without the
cooperation of the person being tested.
(3) Refer uncooperative examinees to a medical officer.
c. Examination Procedures.
(1) In order to obtain a more valid evaluation, inform examinees that contact
lenses will not be worn during the evaluation and for 72 hours before.
Orthokeratotic lenses shall be removed for 14 days or until vision has
stabilized for 3 successive examinations.
(2) If the examinee wears glasses, they must be removed before entering the exam
room. Test each examinee without unnecessary delay after entering the
examining room. In order to prevent personnel from memorizing the charts,
permit only one examinee to view the test charts at a time. Keep examinees
awaiting testing out of hearing.
(3) Direct the examinee to a line that is 20 feet from the test chart. Hold an
occluder so that it covers the examinee's left eye. Instruct the examinee to
keep both eyes open and not to squint. The occluder must not be pressed
against the eyeball or lids or any part of the eye being shielded, but, should be
held in contact with the side of the nose. The eye shielded by the occluder
should be left open in order to avoid pressure and to discourage squinting. A
rigid occluder, constructed of a material such as wood, translucent plastic, or
metal, of a design to discourage cheating shall be used to shield the eye not
being tested.
(4) Direct the examinee to begin with the first line and to read as many lines as
possible. (Watch the examinee, not the chart that is being read. Hold the
occluder so the examinee cannot peep around it. The most frequently used
method of increasing visual acuity is to squint. This will not be permitted.
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Some examinees with astigmatism will be able to read the letters better by
tilting the head to one side; do not allow this. Another well-known method
used to pass a visual acuity test is to obtain eyedrops beforehand that contract
the pupil; suspect this if the pupils are unusually small.)
(5) Record the smallest line read with no errors on the chart from the 20 foot
distance as the vision for the right eye (0.D.).
(6) Test the visual acuity for the left eye (0.S.), preferably using a different chart,
record in the same manner.
(7) Test the visual acuity for both eyes (0.U.), preferably with a third chart, record
in the same manner.
(8) Test an examinee who wears glasses again with them on. Follow the same
procedure as without glasses.
(9) When there is suspicion that the examinee has memorized a chart, a different
chart should be used or the letters on the chart should be read in reverse order.
(10) The examinee is expected to read letters promptly. No precise time limit
should be applied, but 1 or 2 seconds per letter is ample.
(11) An examinee who fails a letter should not be asked to read it again. If a rapid
reader makes an obviously careless mistake, caution the examinee to "slow
down" and repeat the test using another chart.
(12) Some examinees give up easily. They may need encouragement to do their
best; however, do not coach them.
(13) The effects of fatigue may make a certain amount of retesting necessary. In
questionable cases, one retest should be given not less than the day after the
initial test.
d. Armed Forces Vision Tester (AFVT). Visual acuity may also be determined with
the (AFVT) which consists of two rotating drums holding illuminated slides for
testing various facets of vision. The examinee observes the distance slides looking
slightly downward with the instrument set and also observes the near slides looking
downward at a greater angle. The handles on the side of the instrument rotate the
drums to change the slides. Beneath the eye pieces there is a lever that operates an
occluder so that each eye can be tested separately. In the case of the slides for
muscle balance and stereopsis, the two eyes must be tested together and the occluder
should be centered so it occludes neither eye. A scoring key is provided with the
instrument. The following slides are available:
(1) Rear Drum (Distance Testing).
(a)

Slide 1 - Vertical Phorias.
1

The right eye sees a set of numbered steps, the left sees a dotted line.
With both eyes open the examinee is asked which step the dotted
line intersects. Interpretation: step l, 2 prism diopters of left
hyperphoria; step 2, 1.5 left hyperphoria; step 3, 1.0 left
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hyperphoria; step 4, 0.5 left hyperphoria; step 5, orthophoria; step 6,
0.5 prism diopters of right hyperphoria; step 7, 1.0 right
hyperphoria; step 8, 1.5 right hyperphoria; step 9, 2.0 right
hyperphoria.

(b)

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2

Detecting Malingerers: i.e., if known that a score of 5 is normal, the
examinee could feign a normal phoria. To avoid this, a pair of
VARIABLE PRISMS is provided, by which the examiner can raise
either the right or the left eye image. The prisms are mounted within
the viewing box. The extent of prismatic deviation is governed by
the position of two control handles.

3

The correct score--and the only score recorded--is that obtained
when both control handles of the VARIABLE PRISM are pushed
inward as far as they will go. This is known as the SCORING
POSITION. Moving the left handle outward from this position
moves the left eye image downward and outward. Similarly,
moving the right handle outward moves the right eye image
downward and outward.

4

The maximum amount of downward shift provided by each control
corresponds to four steps. Moving the right handle outward to its
extreme position therefore will change the apparent location of the
dotted line from step 1 to step 5, for example, from 6 to above 9, etc.
Moving the left control handle outward to its extreme position
similarly will change the apparent location of the dotted line from
step 5 to step 1, or from step 8 to step 4, etc. Vary the location of the
right or left control handle, each time asking the examinee to report
the location of the dotted line. Only the answer obtained when both
handles are in the SCORING POSITION gives the examinee's test
score.

Slide 2 - Horizontal Phorias.
1

The examinee's right eye sees a row of numbered dots, the left eye
sees an arrow, with the occluder in the open position, ask the
examinee to which numbered dot the arrow is pointing.
Interpretation: The reporting value minus 11 equals prism diopters
of exophoria; 11 minus the reported value equals the prism diopters
of esophoria.

2

DETECTING MALINGERERS: By means of the VARIABLE
PRISM previously mentioned, the right and left eye images can both
be shifted outward a maximum of seven dots. To produce this
outward shift without a downward shift, in this test both control
handles are moved outward simultaneously by the same amount.
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position of the arrow is moved seven dots to the left, giving a score
seven below the true score.
3

As in previous test, the correct score and the only score recorded is
that obtained when the control handles are in the SCORING
POSITION.

(c)

Slides 3 and 3A - Visual Acuity. With both eyes uncovered the
examinee sees a jumble of letters. With one eye covered, the uncovered
eye cannot see the letters intended for the opposite eye.

(d)

Slides 4 and 4A - Visual Acuity, Large Letters. Separate charts for the
left and right eye.

(e)

Slides 5 and 5A - Stereopsis. Six groups of horizontal lines, five circles
to a line. The groups are numbered A to F. In each horizontal row of
circles, one circle stands out closer to the examinee. The degree of
difficulty increases from A to F. The examinee calls the circle that
stands out. Passing score: There must be no misses in groups A through
D. Caution: Ensure that neither eye is inadvertently left occluded when
this test is being given. Both eyes must be able to see the circles in order
for any stereopsis to occur.

(2) Front Drum (Near Testing).
(a)

Slide 6 - Vertical Phorias. Same as slide 1, only this is a near test.

(b)

Slide 7 - Horizontal Phorias. Same as slide 2, except subtract 13.

(c)

Slide 8 - Near Visual Acuity. This is given in Snellen notations.

(d)

Slide 9 - Near Visual Acuity, Large Letters.

e. Score recording. Record vision test scores as a fraction in that the upper number is
the distance in feet from the chart and the lower number is the value of the smallest
test chart line read correctly. Thus, a person reading at a distance of 20 feet, the 30
foot test chart line is given a score of 20/30. 20/20 indicates that a person reads at a
distance of 20 feet the test chart line marked 20. Similarly, 20/200 means a person
can read at a distance of 20 feet only the test chart line marked 200.
f. Refraction.
(1) Eye refractions are required:
(a)

when applying for flight training (SNA) (This must include
cycloplegic.); and

(b)

when visual acuity falls below 20/20 in either eye (near or distant).

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(2) Subsequent refractions are required only if the visual acuity deteriorates
further.
(3) If a cycloplegic is used during the course of refraction, then the examinee must
wear dark glasses until the effects disappear. The installation of 1 drop into
each eye of 1% solution of pilocarpine hydrochloride in distilled water after
completing the examination will constrict the pupil and thus relieve the
photophobia.
g. Near Vision. Test near vision on all examinees and record results in Item 61 of DD2808 using Snellen notations. The examinee should be positioned so that the light
source is behind him/her and the near vision test card is well illuminated. The
examiner shall instruct the examinee to hold the test card exactly 14 inches/35.5 cm
in front of their eyes (measure from the inner aspect of the lower eyelid [corner of
the eye] to the face of the card to ensure accurate distance). Test each eye
separately. Note the smallest line of type that the examinee is able to read with each
eye. Record near vision both with and without corrective lenses if glasses are worn
or required. Record corrections worn in Item 73. See the chart below for conversion
from the various near point letter nomenclatures to Snellen notations.

CONVERSION TABLE FOR VARIOUS NEAR POINT LETTER NOMENCLATURE
Standard Test Chart

Snellen
English Linear

Snellen Metric

Jaegar

14/14

20/20

0.50

J-1

14/17.5

20/25

.62

J-2

14/21

20/30

.75

J-4

14/28

20/40

1.00

J-6

14/35

20/50

1.25

J-8

14/49

20/70

1.75

J-12

14/70

20/100

2.25

J-14

14/140

20/200

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h. Heterophoria.
(1) Except for aviation personnel, special tests for heterophoria are not required
unless medically indicated.
(2) Heterophoria is a condition of imperfect muscle balance in which the eyes
have a constant tendency to deviate and latent deviation is overcome by
muscular effort (fusion to maintain binocular single vision). Fusion is
responsible for the two eyes working together in harmony and when anything
prevents this, fusion is disrupted and one eye deviates. Since heterophoria is
only a tendency of the eyes to deviate, no actual deviation is apparent when the
eyes are being used together under ordinary conditions. The deviation
becomes visible only when fusion control is weakened or abolished. When
deviation occurs, its exact amount can be estimated with some accuracy by
neutralizing the deviation with prisms of varying strength. If the eye deviates
toward its fellow, the deviation is known as esophoria; if it deviates away from
its fellow, the deviation is known as exophoria; if it deviates up or down, the
deviation is known as hyperphoria. The condition of perfect muscle balance
(no deviation) is orthophoria.
(3) The vertical and horizontal phorias may be tested with the Phoropter or AFVT.
i. Accommodation. There is no requirement to test accommodation unless medically
indicated.
j. Color Perception Tests. Examinees are qualified if they pass either the
Pseudoisochromatic Plates (PIP) or the Farnsworth Lantern (FALANT) test.
Examinees may be found qualified "on record" if a previous certified physical
examination that has a passing PIP or FALANT score is available for review.
Examinees who fail the PIP are qualified if they pass the FALANT.
(1) Farnsworth Lantern Test.
(a)

Administration and Scoring.
1

Instruct the examinee: "The lights you will see in this lantern are
either red, green, or white. They look like signal lights at a distance.
Two lights are presented at a time--in any combination. Call out the
colors as soon as you see them, naming first the color at the top and
then the color at the bottom. Remember, only three colors--red,
green, and white--and top first."

2

Turn the knob at the top of the lantern to change the lights; depress
the button in the center of the knob to expose the lights. Maintain
regular timing of about two seconds per exposure.

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3

Expose the lights in random order, starting with RG or GR
combinations (Nos. 1 or 5), continuing until each of the 9
combinations have been exposed.

4

If no errors are made on the first run of nine pairs of lights, the
examinee passes.

5

If any errors are made on the first run, give two more complete
exams with one done in the opposite direction (to prevent
memorization). Passing score is at least 16 out of 18 correct for the
two runs.

6

An error is considered the miscalling of one or both of a pair of
lights; if an examinee changes responses before the next light is
presented, record the second response only.

7

If an examinee uses glasses for distance, they shall be worn.

8

If an examinee says "yellow," "pink," etc., state, "There are only 3
colors--red, green, and white."

9

If an examinee takes a long time to respond, state, "As soon as you
see the lights call them."

Operation of Lantern.
1

Give the test in a normally lighted room; screen from glare; exclude
sunlight. The examinee should face the source of room
illumination.

2

Test only one examinee at a time (do not allow others to watch).

3

Station the examinee 8 feet from the lantern.

4

The examinee may stand or sit; tilt the lantern so that the aperture in
the face of the lantern is directed at examinee's head.

(2) Pseudoisochromatic Plates. When Pseudoisochromatic Plates are used to
determine color perception, a color vision test lamp with a daylight filter or a
fluorescent light with a daylight tube shall be used for illumination. Do not
allow the examinee to trace the patterns or otherwise touch test plates. Show
the plates at a distance of 30 inches and allow 2 seconds to identify each plate.
If the examinee hesitates, state "read the numbers." If the examinee fails to
respond, turn to the next plate without comment. Qualification is ascertained as
follows:
(a)

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20 plate test set. Examinee must correctly read at least 17, excluding
demonstration plates.

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18 plate test set. Examinee must correctly read at least 14, excluding
demonstration plates.

(c)

15 plate test set. Examinee must correctly read 10 plates.

k. Depth Perception. Required for all aviation personnel and when medically indicated.
The AFVT is the most commonly used method of testing depth perception. When
this instrument is not available or the examinee fails the AFVT, use a Verhoeff
Stereopter. Results obtained with the Verhoeff are final in resolving all cases of
questionable depth perception. The TITMUS device will not be used to determine
depth perception.
(1) Findings.
(a)

AFVT. An error in group A, B, C, or D is disqualifying.

(b)

Verhoeff. Failure to correctly report eight out of eight in two of three
trials is disqualifying.

(2) Operating the Verhoeff.
(a)

As a preliminary, show target #2 (the second target down when the
instrument is upright) at about 40 centimeters and bring it nearer if
necessary. This will acquaint the examinee with what is to be observed
and at the same time determine whether there is at least a distance,
however short, that can be judged correctly.

(b)

Show one or two positions at close range to the examinee to clearly
demonstrate that one rod is always at difference from the other two.
Point out that the size of the rods is not a clue to the relative distance.
The examinee is now ready for the test.

(c)

Hold the apparatus 1 meter from the examinee.

(d)

Eight different rod relations are possible and all eight are shown.

(e)

Keep the device centered as a frontal plane normal to the subject's
binocular visual midline. To avoid helpful extraneous cues it is highly
important to hold the device steady, and particularly not to rotate it on its
vertical axis. It is also important not to permit the subject to move the
head.

(f)

Do not expose the target window while the device is being placed in
position or the sets are changed. A convenient method of manipulation
is to grasp the device over the target window with the left hand, place the
desired set into position with the right hand, then grasp the device below
with the right hand and expose the target window by moving the left
hand up or down. Thus while the target window is exposed, the device is
supported by both hands of the examiner.

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(g)

The instructions to the subject are: "Report the nearest strip and the
farthest strip, unless they all appear to be at the same distance, referring
to the strips as 'left,' 'middle,' and 'right'." Only the report concerning the
one strip out of plane (farther or nearer than the other two that are in the
same plane) is to be considered.

l. Field of Vision.
(1) Except for aviation personnel, special tests for field of vision are not required
unless medically indicated.
(2) Procedure.
(a)

Face the examinee at a distance of 2 feet.

(b)

Close right eye and instruct the examinee to close left eye and focus right
eye on your left eye.

(c)

Bring fingers in from the periphery, midway between you and the
examinee.

(d)

Instruct the examinee to say when and how many fingers seen.

(e)

Test all cardinal points.

(f)

Repeat test for the left eye.

(g)

Any evidence of abnormality should be given study on the perimeter.

(3) Normals.
(a)

Temporally - 90o.

(b)

Superotemporally - 62o.

(c)

Superiorly - 52o.

(d)

Superonasally - 60o.

(e)

Inferonasally - 55o.

(f)

Inferiorly - 70o.

(g)

Inferotemporally - 85o.

m. Night Vision. A test for night vision (dark adaptation) is not required unless
indicated for medical or special reasons.
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n. Red Lens Test. The red lens test is required on DODMERB examinations and when
medically indicated.
(1) Apparatus. A spectacle trial frame, a red lens from' the trial lens case, a small
light such as a muscle balance light, and a metric rule or tape.
(2) Procedure.
(a)

Seat the examinee in the darkness facing the dark wall or tangent curtain
at 75 cm distance.

(b)

Adjust the spectacle trial frame position and place the red lens in one cell
of the trial frame.

(c)

With the examinee's head in a fixed position, hold the small lamp
directly before the center of the dark wall or tangent curtain at 75 cm
distance from the eyes. Note the presence or absence of diplopia in this
position (primary).

(d)

Then slowly move the light from the central position toward the right for
a distance of 50 cm in the horizontal plane. In the same manner, move
the light in the remaining five cardinal directions.

(e)

In the presence of diplopia, note whether it is crossed, homonymous, or
vertical and the distance in centimeters from the central position at which
diplopia first occurs.

(f)

When diplopia is suspected and the examinee has been coached to deny
its presence, a prism of 3 or 4 diopters may be placed, either base up or
base down, in one cell of the trial frame. If diplopia is still denied, the
statement is obviously untrue.

(3) Precautions. The examinee's head must remain fixed and the movement of the
light followed only by the eyes. Do not permit tilting or rotating the face.
o. Intraocular Tension.
(1) General. Determine intraocular tension each time an eye refraction is
performed, during all annual physical examinations, all aviation physicals, and
when medically indicated. Above normal tension is a sign of glaucoma; below
normal tension of ten exists in degenerated eyeballs or as a normal finding;
alterations in tension are sometimes found in cyclitis. Questionable findings
on palpation and ophthalmoscopic examination shall be further evaluated.
(2) Testing Intraocular Tension.

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(a)

General. Routine tonometry shall be performed by a medical officer,
optometrist, or a technician who has received instruction in properly
performing and interpreting this test.

(b)

Instrument. The tonometer estimates the intraocular pressure (IOP) or
tension within the eyeball.

(c)

Precaution. Determine intraocular tension after all other eye
examinations have been completed. Because of corneal denuding by
tonometric measurement, a refraction (cycloplegic or manifest) shall not
be performed for at least 24 hours following this procedure.

(d)

Readings. Intraocular pressure consistently above 21mm Hg in either
eye or a difference of 4 or more between the two eyes, shall be referred
for ophthalmologic evaluation.

23. Audiometer.
a. An audiometric examination is required on all physical examinations using
frequencies 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 6000 hertz.
b. Obtain reference audiograms on all personnel upon initial entry into the Coast Guard
at recruit training and all officer accession points (Academy, OCS, Direct
Commission, etc.,), and at first duty station for all others.
24. Psychological and Psychomotor. Psychological and psychomotor testing is not required
unless medically indicated.

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FIGURE 3-C-1
The following chart enumerates certain conditions, defects, and items of personal history that
require thorough evaluation and sets forth the special test, examination, or report desired in each
instance.
ITEM:

EXAMINATION AND INFORMATION DESIRED:

ALBUMINURIA, findings of

Repeat test on a second specimen. If still positive do a
quantitative 24 hr urine protein.

ASTHMA history of,

Detailed report of asthma and other allergic conditions and
a statement from cognizant physician on (1) number and
approximate dates of attacks of asthmatic bronchitis or
other allergic manifestations; (2) signs, symptoms, and
duration of each attack; (3) type and amount of
bronchodilating drugs used, and history of any attacks
requiring hospitalization.

BACKACHE, back injury
or wearing of back strength,

Current orthopedic consultation and report on
stability, mobility, and functional brace, history of capacity
of back. Report of appropriate x-rays. Transcript of any
treatment from cognizant physician.

BLOOD PRESSURE, elevated

Repeat blood pressure (all positions) a.m. and p.m. for 3
consecutive days. Prolonged bed rest shall not precede
blood pressure determinations.

CONCUSSIONS

See Head Injury

CONVULSIONS OR SEIZURE

Neurological consultation and electroencephalogram.
Transcript of any treatment from cognizant physician.

DIABETES, family history
of parent, sibling, or
more than one grandparent

Fasting glucose (normal diet with 10-12 but less
than 16 hours fast). If elevated, repeat and include 2 hr
post prandial.

DIZZINESS or FAINTING
SPELLS, history of

Neurological consultation

ENURESIS or history of
into late childhood or
adolescence (age 12)

Comment on applicant's affirmative reply
to question "bed wetting" to include number
of past incidents and age at last episode.

FLATFOOT, symptomatic

Current orthopedic consultation with history. Detailed
report on strength, stability, mobility, and functional
capacity of foot. Report of appropriate x-rays.

GLYCOSURIA, finding or
history

See Diabetes.

HAY FEVER, history of

Detailed report of hay fever and other allergic conditions
and a statement from personal physician on (1) number,
severity, and duration of attacks of hay fever or any other
allergic manifestations, and (2) type and amount of drugs
used in treatment thereof.

HEADACHES, frequent or
severe, history of

Neurological consultation.

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FIGURE 3-C-1
HEAD INJURY with loss of
consciousness in past 5
years, history of
HEMATURIA, history of or
finding of

Neurological consultation; clinical abstract
of treatment from physician.

HEPATITIS, history of

Serum Bilirubin, SGOT, SGPT, SGT, Anti-HCV,and
HBsAg.

JAUNDICE, history of in
past 5 years

Serum Bilirubin, SGOT, SGPT, and SGT.

JOINT, KNEE, internal
derangement, history of

Current orthopedic consultation and
report of strength, stability, mobility, and functional
capacity of knee. Report of appropriate x-rays together
with comparative measurement of the thighs, knees, and
legs.

JOINT, SHOULDER,
dislocation, history of

Current orthopedic consultation and
report on strength, stability, mobility, and functional
capacity of shoulder. Report of appropriate x-rays.

MALOCCLUSION, TEETH,
history of

Report of examination by a dentist with comment
as to whether incisal and masticatory function is sufficient
for satisfactory ingestion of the ordinary diet, statement as
to presence and degree of facial deformity with jaw in
natural position and clarity of speech.

MASTOIDECTOMY, bilateral,
history of audiogram.

Current ENT consultation to include

MOTION SICKNESS, history of

Detailed report of all occurrences of motion sickness (such
as air, train, sea, swing, carnival-ride), and the age at the
time of the last occurrence.

NASAL POLYPS, history of

ENT consultation, with comment as to date polyps
removed if no longer present. Detailed report by physician
on allergic history and manifestation to include required
medication.

SKULL FRACTURE, in past
5 years, history of

See Head Injury.

SLEEPWALKING, beyond
childhood, history of
(age 12)

Detailed comment by physician. Comment on
applicant's affirmative reply to question "been
a sleepwalker" to include number of incidents and age at
last episode.

SQUINT (cross eyed)Examination

for degree of strabismus and presence of complete and
continuous 3rd degree binocular fusion. Request
completion of DD-2808 Items 62 and 65 and notation of
degree of strabismus.

Medical consultation with evaluation
report, including appropriate laboratory studies and/or
complete urological evaluation if indicated.

STUTTERING or STAMMERING, Report of Reading Aloud Test in Section 3-C-2.
VERTEBRA, fracture or
dislocation, history of

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Current orthopedic consultation and
report on strength, stability, mobility, and functional
capacity of spine. Report of appropriate x-rays.

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FIGURE 3-C-3
HEIGHT STANDARDS
Category

Minimum (cm/inches)

Maximum (cm/inches)

AVIATION PERSONNEL:
Candidate for Flight Training

157.4/62

198/78

Class 1 Pilot

157.4/62

198/78

Designated Flight Officer

157.4/62

198/78

Aircrew Candidate

152.5/60

198/78

Designated Aircrew

152.5/60

198/78

Enlistment in USCG

152.5/60

198/78*

Enlistment in USCG Reserve

152.5/60

198/78*

USCG Academy

152.5/60

198/78*

Officer Candidate School

152.5/60

198/78*

Appointment of Licensed
Officers of U.S. Merchant
Marines in the USCG

152.5/60

198/78*

Direct Commission in USCG

152.5/60

198/78*

ENLISTED PERSONNEL:

CANDIDATES FOR:

·

MAXIUM HEIGHTS WAIVERABLE TO 203 CM/ 80 INCHES BY COMMANDER
COAST PERSONNEL COMMAND (CGPC-adm-1)

NOTES:
1. Heights are without shoes.
2. Metric conversion: 1 inch = 2.54 cm

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FIGURE 3-C-4
MINIMUM DISTANT VISUAL ACUITY REQUIREMENTS
CATEGORY

VISION

A. Aviation Personnel:

Uncorrected

Corrected

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

20/50
20/200
(as waivered)
20/400

20/20
20/20
20/20
20/20

20/400
20/100
20/200
20/200
20/100
20/200

20/20
20/20
20/20
20/20
20/20
20/20

20/400

20/20

20/400

20/20

20/400
20/400
20/400
20/400
20/400
20/100
20/200

20/20
20/20
20/20
20/20
20/20
20/20
20/20

Candidates for Flight Training
Pilot, Class
Pilot, Class 1R
Designated Flight Officer
Flight Surgeon,
Aviation Medical Examiner or
Aviation MEDEVAC Specialist
6. Candidate for Aircrew
7. Designated Aircrew
8. Landing Signal Officer (LSO)
9. Air Traffic Controller Candidate
10.Designated Air Traffic Controller
B. Officers (Note 1):
1. Commissioned or Warrant in the USCG
or USCGR
2. Appointment in the USCG of Licensed
Officers of the Merchant Marine
3. Direct Commission in the USCGR
4. Appointment as Cadet
5. Precommissioning of Cadets
6. OCS Candidates
7. Precommissioning of Officer Candidates
8. Diving Candidates
9. Designated Diver
C. Enlisted Personnel:
1. Enlistment in the USCG or USCGR
2. Diving Candidates
3. Designated Diver

See 3.D.13.a (Note 2)
(Note 3)
20/20
(Note 3)
20/20

Notes:
1. Refractive error does not exceed plus or minus 8.0 diopters spherical equivalent (sphere + 1/2
cylinder) and that astigmatism does not exceed 3.00 diopters and anisometropia does not
exceed 3.50 diopters.
2. Corrected vision shall be 20/40 in the better eye and 20/70 in the other or 20/30 in the better
eye and 20/100 in the other, or 20/20 in the better and 20/400 in the other. (Note that near
visual acuity must correct to at least 20/40 in the better eye.) Refractive error does not exceed
plus or minus 8.00 diopters spherical equivalent (sphere + 1/2 cylinder) and ordinary
spectacles do not cause discomfort by reason of ghost images, prismatic displacement, etc.;
error must not have been corrected by orthokeratology or keratorefractive surgery.
3. 20/100 in the better eye and 20/200 in the worse eye.

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Section D Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction.
1.

Scope. This section implements Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 6130.4
"Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction," December 14, 2000,
which established physical standards for enlistment, appointment, and induction into the
Armed Forces of the United States in accordance with section 115, title 10, United States
Code (10 USC 133), and by agreement with Secretary, DOT applies to USCG. It is
Coast Guard policy to conform, to the maximum extent possible, to common physical
standards for the acquisition of personnel among all the Armed Forces.

2.

Applicability and Responsibilities.
a. Applicability.
(1) This section sets forth the medical conditions and physical defects which are
causes for rejection for military service. Those individuals found medically
qualified based on the medical standards in effect prior to this regulation will
not be reevaluated or medically disqualified solely on the basis of the new
standards.
(2) The standards of this section apply to:
(a)

Applicants for enlistment in the Regular Coast Guard. For medical
conditions or physical defects predating original enlistment, these
standards are applicable for enlistees' first 6 months of active duty.

(b)

Applicants for enlistment in the Coast Guard Reserve. For medical
conditions or physical defects predating original enlistment, these
standards are applicable during the enlistees' initial period of active duty
for training until their return to Reserve Component units.

(c)

Applicants for reenlistment in the Regular Coast Guard and Coast Guard
Reserve after a period of more than 6 months has elapsed since
separation.

(d)

Applicants for appointment as commissioned or warrant officers in the
Coast Guard and as modified by section 3-E.

(e)

Applicants for the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) and
all other special procurement programs, e.g., Officer Candidate School,
and as modified by section 3-E.

(f)

Cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy, except for such
conditions that have been diagnosed since entrance into the Academy.
With respect to such conditions, upon recommendation of the senior
medical officer, USCGA, the fitness standards of section 3-F are
applicable for retention in the Academy. However, the standard in
paragraph 3-D-39.p applies whether section 3-E or 3-F standards of this
regulation are applicable.

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(g)

Any individuals that may be inducted into the Coast Guard.

(3) All numbers in parentheses refer to the ICD codes.
b. Responsibilities. Commandant (G-WK) will:
(1) Revise Coast Guard policies to conform with the standards contained in DOD
Directive 6130.4.
(2) Recommend to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health
Affairs) [OASD(HA)] suggested changes in the standards after service
coordination has been accomplished.
(3) Review all the standards on a quinquennial basis and recommend changes to
the OASD(HA). This review will be initiated and coordinated by the DOD
Medical Examination Review Board.
(4) Establish other standards for special programs.
(5) Issue Coast Guard-specific exceptions to these standards, having first
submitted these, with justification, for review and approval by the OASD(HA).
3.

Abdominal Organs and Gastrointestinal System. The causes for rejection for
appointment, enlistment, and induction are authenticated history of:
a. Esophagus. Ulceration, varices, fistula, achalasia, or other dysmotility disorders;
chronic, or recurrent esophagitis if confirmed by x-ray or endoscopic examination
(530).
b. Stomach and duodenum.
(1) Gastritis, chronic hypertrophic, severe (535).
(2) Ulcer of stomach or duodenum confirmed by x-ray or endoscopy (533).
(3) Congenital abnormalities of the stomach or duodenum causing symptoms or
requiring surgical treatment (751), except a history of surgical correction of
hypertrophic pyloric stenosis of infancy.
c. Small and large intestine.
(1) Inflammatory bowel disease. Regional enteritis (555), ulcerative colitis (556),
or ulcerative proctitis (556).
(2) Duodenal diverticula. That with symptoms or sequelae (hemorrhage,
perforation, etc.) (562.02).
(3) Intestinal malabsorption syndromes. Including post surgical and idiopathic
(579).
(4) Congenital (751): Condition to include Meckel’s diverticulum or functional
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d. Gastrointestinal bleeding. History of such, unless the cause shall have been
corrected and is not otherwise disqualifying (578).
e. Hepato-pancreatico-biliary tract.
(1) Viral hepatitis (070) or Unspecified hepatitis (570). Hepatitis in the preceding
6 months or persistence of symptoms after 6 months, or objective evidence of
impairment of liver function, chronic hepatitis or hepatitis B carriers (070).
(2) Cholecystitis. Acute or chronic, with or without cholelithiasis (574); and other
disorders of the gallbladder, including postcholecystectomy syndrome (575);
and biliary system (576).
(3) Pancreatitis. Acute (577.0) and chronic (577.1).
f. Anorectal.
(1) Anal fissure if persistent, or anal fistula (565).
(2) Anal or rectal polyp (569.0), stricture (569.2), or incontinence (787.6).
(3) Hemorrhoids. Internal or external, when large, symptomatic, or history of
bleeding (455).
g. Spleen.
(1) Splenomegaly. If persistent (789.2).
(2) Splenectomy (P41.5). Except when accomplished for trauma or conditions
unrelated to the spleen, or for hereditary spherocytosis (282.0).
h. Abdominal wall.
(1) Hernia. Including inguinal (550) and other abdominal (553), except for small,
or asymptomatic umbilical or hiatal.
(2) History of abdominal surgery during the proceding 60 days (P54).
i. Other. Gastrointestinal bypass (P43) or stomach stapling (p44) for control of
obesity. Persons with artificial openings (V44).
4.

Blood and Blood-Forming Tissue Diseases. The causes for rejection for appointment,
enlistment, and induction are:
a. Anemia. Any hereditary (282), acquired (283), aplastic (284), or unspecified (285)
anemia that has not been permanently corrected with therapy.
b. Hemorrhagic disorders. Any congenital (286) or acquired (287) tendency to bleed
due to a platelet or coagulation disorder.
c. Leukopenia. Chronic or recurrent (288), based on avilable norms for ethnic
background.
d. Immunodeficiency (279).

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5.

Dental. The causes of rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are as
follows:
a. Diseases of the Jaw or Associated Tissues That Are Not Easily Remediable, and Will
Incapacitate the Individual or Otherwise Prevent the Satisfactory Performance of
Duty. Those diseases include temporomandibular disorder (524.6) and/or myofacial
pain dysfunction that is not easily corrected, or has the potential for significant future
problems with pain and function.
b. Severe malocclusion (524). That malocclusion which interferes with normal
mastication or requires early and protracted treatment; or relationship between
mandible and maxilla that prevents satisfactory future prosthodontic replacement.
c. Insufficient Natural Healthy Teeth (521), or Lack of a Serviceable Prosthesis. Such
condition preventing adequate mastication and incision of a normal diet. That
includes complex (multiple fixture) dental implant systems that have associated
complications that severely limit assignments and adversely affect performance of
worldwide duty. Dental implant system must be successfully osseointegrated and
completed
d. Orthodontic Appliancesfor Continued Treatment (V53.4). Attached or Removable.
Retainer appliances are permissible, if all active orthodontic treatment has been
satisfactorily completed

6.

Ears. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction areas follows:
a. External ear. Atresia or severe microtia (744), acquired stenosis (380.5), severe
chronic or acute external (380.2), or severe traumatic deformity (738.7).
b. Mastoids. Mastoiditis (383), residual of mastoid operation with fistula (383.81), or
marked external deformity that prevents or interferes with the wearing of protective
mask or helmet (383.3).
c. Meniere's Syndrome, or Other diseases of the Vestibular System (386).
d. Middle ear. Acute or chronic otitis media (382), cholesteatoma (385.3), or history of
any inner (P20) or middle (P19) ear surgery, excluding myringotomy or successful
tympanoplasty.
e. Tympanic membrane.

7.

Hearing. The cause for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction is a hearing
threshold level greater than that described in 3-D-7-a-(3), below (389):
a. Audiometric Hearing Levels.
(1) Audiometers, calibrated to the International Standards Organization (ISO
1964) or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI 1969), shall be used
to test the hearing of all applicants.

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(2) All audiometric tracings or audiometric readings recorded on reports of
medical examinations or other medical records shall be clearly identified.
(3) Acceptable audiometric hearing levels (both ears) are as follows:

8.

(a)

Pure tone at 500, 1000, and 2000 cycles per second of not more than 30
dB on the average with no individual level greater than 35 dB at those
frequencies.

(b)

Pure tone level not more than 45 dB at 3000 cycles per second and 55 dB
at 4000 cycles per second.

Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders. The cause for rejection for appointment,
enlistment, or induction are an authenticated history of the following:
a. Adrenal dysfunction (255). Of any degree.
b. Diabetes Mellitus (250). Of any type.
c. Glycosuria. Persistent, when associated with impaired glucose tolerance (250) or
renal tubular defects (271.4
d. Acromegaly. Gigantism, or other disorder of pituitary function (253).
e. Gout (274).
f. Hyperinsulinism (251.1).
g. Hyperparathyroidism (252.0) and hypoparathyroidism (252.1).
h. Thyroid disorders.
(1) Goiter. Persistent or untreated (240).
(2) Hyperthyroidism. Condition uncontrolled by medication (244).
(3) Cretinism (243).
(4) Hypothyroidism (242).
(5) Thyroiditis (245).
i. Nutritional Deficiency Diseases. Such diseases include beriberi (265), pellagra
(265.2), and scurvy (267).
j. Other Endocrine or Metabolic Disorders. Such disorders such as cystic fibrosis
(277), porphyria (277.1), and amyloidosis (277.3) that prevent satisfactory
performance of duty or require frequent or prolonged treatment.

9.

Upper Extremities (see also section 3-D-11, below). The causes for rejection for
appointment, enlistment, and induction areas follows:

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a. Limitation of motion. An individual will be considered unacceptable if the joint
ranges of motion are less than the measurements listed below. Methods of
measurement appear in EXHIBIT 3-F-1.
(1) Shoulder (726.1).
(a)

Forward elevation to 90 degrees.

(b)

Abduction to 90 degrees.

(2) Elbow (726.3).
(a)

Flexion to 100 degrees.

(b)

Extension to 15 degrees.

(3) Wrist (726.4). A total range to 60 degrees (extension plus flexion). Radial and
ulnar deviation combined arc 30 degrees.
(4) Hand.
(a)

Pronation to 45 degrees.

(b)

Supination to 45 degrees.

(5) Fingers and thumb (726.4). Inability to clench fist, pick up a pin, grasp an
object or touch tips of at least 3 fingers with thumb.
b. Hand and fingers.
(1) Absence of the distal phalanx of either thumb(885).
(2) Absence of distal and middle phalanx of an index, middle, or ring finger of
either hand irrespective of the absence of little finger (866).
(3) Absence of more than the distal phalanx of any two of the following fingers:
index, middle finger, or ring finger of either hand (886).
(4) Absence of a hand or any portion thereof (887), except for fingers as noted
above.
(5) Polydactyly (755).
(6) Scars and deformities of the fingers or hand (905.2) that are symptomatic, or
impair normal function to such a degree as to interfere with the satisfactory
performance of military duty.
(7) Intrinsic paralysis or weakness, including nerve palsy (354) sufficient to
produce physical findings in the hand such as muscle atrophy or weakness.
c. Wrist, Forearm, Elbow, Arm, and Shoulder. Recovery from disease or injury with
residual weakness or symptoms such as to prevent satisfactory performance of duty
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hand is compared with the normal hand (nondominant is 80 percent of dominant
grip).
10. Lower Extremities (see 3-D-11). The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment,
and induction are as follows:
a. Limitation of motion. An individual will be considered unacceptable if the joint
ranges of motion are less than the measurements listed below. Methods of
measurement appear in EXHIBIT 3-F-1.
(1) Hip. Due to disease(726.5) or injury (905.2).
(a)

Flexion to 90 degrees (minimum).

(b)

No demonstrable flexion contracture.

(c)

Extension to 10 degrees (beyond 0 degree).

(d)

Abduction to 45 degrees.

(e)

Rotation - 60 degrees (internal and external combined).

(2) Knee. Due to disease (726.7) or injury (905.4).
(a)

Full extension compared with contralateral.

(b)

Flexion to 90 degrees.

(3) Ankle. Due to disease (726.7) or injury (905.4).
(a)

Dorsiflexion to 10 degrees.

(b)

Plantar flexion to 30 degrees.

(c)

Eversion and inversion (total to 5 degrees).

(4) Subtalar. Due to disease (726.7) or injury (905.4).
(a)

Eversion and inversion total to 5 degrees.

b. Foot and ankle.
(1) Absence of one or more small toes (895). If the function of the foot is poor, or
running or jumping is prevented; absence of a foot (896) or any portion thereof
except for toes as noted herein.
(2) Absence of great toe(s) (895). Loss of dorsal and/or planter flexion if the
function of the foot is impaired (905.4).
(3) Deformities of the toes. Either acquired (735) or congental (755.66), including
polydactyly (755.02), that prevents the wearing of military footwear, or
impairs walking, marching, running, or jumping. That includes hallux valgus
(735).
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(4) Clubfoot and/or Pes Cavus (754.5). If stiffness or deformity prevents foot
function or wearing military footwear.
(5) Symptomatic Pes planus. Acquired (34) or congenital (754.6) or pronounced
cases with absence of subtalar motion.
(6) Ingrown toenails (703). If severe.
(7) Planter Fasciitis (728.7). If persistent.
(8) Neuroma (355.6). Confirmed condition and refractory to medical treatment, or
will impair function of the foot.
c. Leg, knee, thigh, and hip.
(1) Loose or foreign bodies in the knee joint (717.6). History of surgical correction
of knee ligaments.
(2) Physical findings of an unstable or internally deranged joint (717.9). History
of uncorrected anterior (717.83) or posterior (717.84) cruciate ligament injury.
(3) Surgical correction of any knee ligaments (P81), if symptomatic or unstable.
(4) History of congenital dislocation of the hip (754.3). Osteochondritis of the hip
(Legg-Perthes Disease) (732.1), or slipped femoral epiphysis of the hip
(732.2).
(5) Hip dislocation (835). Dislocation within 2 years before examination.
(6) Osteochondritis of the tibial tuberosity (Osgood-Schlatter Disease) (732.4). If
symptomatic.
d. General.
(1) Deformities (905.4), disease, or chronic pain (719.4) of one or both lower
extremities that have interfered with function to such a degree as to prevent the
individual from following a physically active vocation in civilian life; or that
would interfere with walking, running, weight bearing, or the satisfactory
completion of training or military duty.
(2) Shortening of a lower extremity (736.81), resulting in a noticeable limp or
scoliosis.
11. Miscellaneous Conditions of the Extremities. (see 3-D-9 and 3-D-10). The causes for
rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction areas follows:
a. Arthritis.
(1) Active, subactive, or chronic arthritis (716).
(2) Chronic osteoarthritis (715.3) or traumatic arthritis (716.1) of isolated joints of
more than a minimal degree, that has interfered with the following of a
physically active vocation in civilian life or that prevents the satisfactory
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b. Chronic retropatellar knee pain syndrome with or without confirmatory arthroscopic
valuation (717.7).
c. Dislocation, if unreduced; or recurrent dislocations of any major joint. Such as,
shoulder (831), hip (835), elbow (832), knee (836); or stability of any major joint
(shoulder(718.1), elbow (718.3, or hip(718.5)).
d. Fractures.
(1) Malunion or non-union of any fracture (733.8). Except ulnar styloid process.w
(2) Orthopedic hardware (733.99). hardware including plates, pins, rods, wires, or
screws used for fixation and left in place; except that a pin, wire or screw not
subject to easy trauma is not disqualifying.
e. Injury of a bone or joint. An injury of more than a minor nature, with or without
fracture or dislocation, which occurred in the preceding 6 weeks (upper extremity
(923), lower extremity (924), or rib and clavicle (922)).
f.

Joint replacement (V43.6).

g. Muscular paralysis, contracture, or atrophy (728). If progressive or of sufficient
degree to interfere with military service, and muscular dystrophies (359).
h. Osteochondritis dessicans (732.7).
i. Osteochondromatosis or multiple cartilaginous exostoses (727.82).
j. Osteomyelitis (730). Active or recurrent
k. Osteoporosis (733).
l. Scars (709.2). Extensive, deep, or adherent to the skin and soft tissues that interfere
with muscular movements.
m. Implants. Silastic or other devices implanted or correct orthopedic abnormalities
(V43).
12. Eyes. The cause for rejection for appointment, enlistment, or induction are as follows
a. Lids.
(1) Blepharitis (373). Chroniccondition, of more than mild degree.
(2) Blepharospasm (333.81).
(3) Dacryocystitis. Acute or chronic (375.3).
(4) Deformity of the lids (374.4). Complete or extensive lid deformity, sufficient
to interfere with vision or impair protection of the eye from exposure.

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b. Conjunctiva.
(1) Conjunctivitis. Chronic condition (372.1), including trachoma (076), and
allergic conjunctivitis (372.13).
(2) Ptergium (372.4). If condition encroaching on the cornea in excess of 3
millimeters, interfering with vision, progressive (372.42) or recurring after two
operative procedures (372.45).
(3) Xerophthalmia (372.53).
c. Cornea.
(1) Dystrophy. Corneal dystrophy, of any type (371.5), including, keratoconus
(371.6) of any degree.
(2) Keratorefractive surgery. History of lamellar (P11.7) and/or penetrating
keratoplasty (P11.6). Laser surgery or appliance utilized to reconfigure the
cornea is also disqualifying.
(a)

Waivers for Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) and Laser In-situ
Keratomileusis (LASIK) will be considered if the following criteria are
met:
1

Pre-operative refractive error did not exceed +8.00 to-8.00 diopters
(spherical equivalent) in either eye.

2

At least 12 months since surgery or last enhancement.

3

Refractive stability as demonstrated by less than 0.50 diopter change
in either eye over two separate exams at least three months apart.

4

All pre-operative, operative and post-operative records are
submitted for review.

5

No complications or side effects as a result of the surgery such as
decreased night vision, glare sensitivity, halos around light or
worsening of the pre-operative best vision due to scar formation.

6

Accession standards outlined in section 3-D and 3-E are met.

(b)

PRK and LASIK are disqualifying for aviation duty and landing signal
officer duty.

(c)

LASIK is disqualifying for diving duty.

(3) Keratitis (370). Acute or chronic keratitis, which includes recurrent corneal
ulcers, erosions (abrasions), or herpetic ulcers (054.42).
(4) Vascularization (370.6) or opacification (371) of the cornea. Condition from
any cause that is progressive or reduces vision below the standards prescribed
in 3-D-13.
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d. Uveitis (364) or Iridocyclitis.
e. Retina.
(1) Angiomatoses (759.6). Or other congenito-hereditary retinal dystrophy (362.7)
that impairs visual function.
(2) Chorioretinitis (363). Unless single episode that has healed and does not
interfere with vision.
(3) Congenital or degenerative changes of any part of the retina (362).
(4) Detachment of the retina (361). A history of surgery for same, or peripheral
retinal injury or degeneration likely to cause retinal detachment.
(5) Chorioretinis or inflammation of the retina (363). Condition including
(histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis or vascular conditions of the eye to include
Coats' disease, Eales' disease, and retinitis proliferans), unless a single episode
known cause that has healed and does not interfere with vision.
f. Optic nerve.
(1) Optic neuritis (377.3). Neuroretinitis, or secondary optic atrophy or
documented history of attacks of retrobulbar neuritis.
(2) Optic atrophy (377.1) or Cortical Blindness (377.7).
(3) Papilledema (377.0).
g. Lens.
(1) Aphakia (379.3). Lens implant, or dislocation of a lens.
(2) Opacities of the lens (366). Those conditions that interfere with vision or that
are considered to be progressive.
h. Ocular mobility and motility.
(1) Diplopia (368.2). Documented, constant or intermittent.
(2) Nystagmus (379.5).
(3) Strabismus (378). Uncorrectable by lenses to less than 40 diopters or
accompanied by diploplia.
(4) Strabismus. Corrective surgery (P15) in the preceding 6 months.
(5) See section 3-E for additional standards for officer programs.
i. Miscellaneous defects and diseases.
(1) Abnormal visual fields due to diseases of the central nervous system (368.4),
or trauma (368.9). Meridian specific visual field minimums areas follows:
(a)

Temporal: 85 degrees.

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(b)

Superior temporal: 55 degrees.

(c)

Superior: 45 degrees.

(d)

Superior nasal: 55 degrees.

(e)

Nasal: 60 degrees.

(f)

Inferior nasal: 50 degrees.

(g)

Inferior: 65 degrees.

(h)

Inferior temporal: 85 degrees.

(2) Absence of an eye. Congenital (743) or acquired (360.8).
(3) Asthenopia (368.13). Severe.
(4) Exophthalmos (376). Unilateral or bilateral, non-familial.
(5) Glaucoma (365). Primary, or secondary, or pre-glaucoma as evidenced by
intraocular pressure above 21 mm/Hg, or the secondary changes in the optic
disc or visual field loss associated with glaucoma.
(6) Loss of normal pupillary reflex reactions to light or accommodation (367.5) or
light (379.4), including Adie's syndrome.
(7) Night blindness (368.6).
(8) Retained introcular foreign body (360).
(9) Tumors. Growths or tumors of the eyelid, other than small basal cell tumors
that may be cured by treatment, and small nonprogressive asymptomatic
benign lesions.
(10) Any organic disease of the eye (360) or adnexa (376) not specified above, that
threatens vision or visual function.
13. Vision. The cause of medical rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are
listed below. (See section 3-E for additional standards for officer programs.)
a. Distant visual acuity. Distant visual acuity of any degree that does not correct with
spectacle lenses to at least one of the following (367):
(1) 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other eye.
(2) 20/30 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye.
(3) 20/20 in one eye and not exceeding 20/400 in the other eye.
b. Near visual acuity. Near visual acuity of any degree that does not correct to 20/40 in
the better eye (367).
c. Refractive error (Hyperopia 367.0, Myopia 367.1, Astigmatism 367.2). Any
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ordinary spectacles cause discomfort by reason of ghost images, prismatic
displacement; or if corrected by orthokeratology or keratorefractive surgery.
d. Contact lenses. Complicated cases requiring contact lenses for adequate correction
of vision such as corneal scars (371) and irregular astigmatism (367.2).
e. Color vision. (368.5). All applicants for initial entry into the Coast Guard, all officer
candidates, all commissioning candidates, and all aviation candidates shall be tested
for color vision. There is NO requirement for enlisted personnel to demonstrate
normal color vision. A listing of current enlisted specialties that require normal
color vision can be obtained from unit personnel offices or departments. Normal
color vision IS required for all officer candidates and some commissioned warrant
specialties (check with unit personnel offices for current listing).
14. Female Genitalia. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction
areas follows:
a. Abnormal uterine bleeding (626.2). Including such bleeding as menorrhagia,
metrorrhagia or polymenorrhea.
b. Amenorrhea (626.0). Unexplained
c. Dysmenorrhea (625.3). Incapacitating to a degree recurrently necessitating absences
of more than a few hours from routine activities.
d. Endometriosis (617).
e. Hermaphroditism (752.7).
f. Menopausal Syndrome (627). If manifested by more than mild constitutional or
mental symptoms or artificial menopause less than a 1-year duration.
g. Ovarian Cysts (620). Persistent or clinically significant.
h. Pelvic Inflammatory disease (614). Acute or chronic.
i. Pregnancy (V22).
j. Uterus. Congenital absence of (752.3) or enlargement due to any cause (621.2).
k. Vulvar or Vagina Ulceration (616.5). Including herpes genitalis (054.11) and
condyloma acuminatum (078.11): acute or chronic, not amenable to treatment. Such
treatment must be given and demonstrated effective prior to accession.
l. Abnormal Pap Smear (795). Graded LGSIL or higher severity; or any smear in
which the descriptive terms carcinoma-in-situ, invasive cancer, condyloma
accuminatum, human papilloma virus, or dysplasia are used.

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m. Major abnormalities and defects of the genitalia, such as a change of sex (P64.5). A
history thereof, or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these
conditions.
15. Male Genitalia. The cause of medical rejection for appointment, enlistment, or
induction are:
a. Absence of both testicles. Congenital (752.8) or acquired (878.2), or unexplained
absence of a testicle.
b. Epispadias or Hypospadias (752.6). when accompanied by evidence of infection of
the urinary tract, or if clothing is soiled when voiding.
c. Undiagnosed enlargement or mass of testicleor epididymis (608.9).
d. Undescended testicle(s) (752.5).
e. Orchitis (604). Acute, or chronic epididymitis.
f. Penis. Amputation of (878), if the resulting stump is insufficient to permit
micturition in a normal manner.
g. Penile infectious lesions. Including herpes genitalis (054.1) and condyloma
acuminatum (078.11): acute or chronic, not amenable to treatment. Such treatment
must be given and demonstrated effective prior to accession.
h. Prostatitis (601). Acute or chronic condition.
i. Hydrocele (603.9). Left varicocele (if painful), or any right varicocele (456.4)
j. Major abnormalities and defects of the genitalia, such as a change of sex (P64.5). A
history thereof, or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these
conditions.
16. Urinary System The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
a. Cystitis (595).
b. Urethritis (597).
c. Enuresis. (788.3) or incontinence of urine beyond age 12 (788.3).
d. Hematuria, Pyuria, or other findings indicative of urnnary tract disease (599).
e. Urethral stricture (598) or fistula (599.1).
f. Kidney.
(1) Absence of one kidney. Congenital (753.0) or acquired (593.89).
(2) Infections. Acute or chronic infections (590).
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(3) Polycystic kidney (753.1). Confirmed history of such a condition.
(4) Horseshoe kidney (753.3).
(5) Hydronephrosis (591).
(6) Nephritis. Acute (580) or chronic (582).
(7) Proteinuria (791). Under normal activity (at least 48 hours after strenuous
exercise) greater than 200 mg/24 hours, or a protein to creatinine ratio greater
than 0.2 in a random urine sample, unless nephrologic consultation determines
the condition to be benign orthostatic proteinuria.
(8) Renal Calculus (592). Within the previous 12 months, recurrent calculus,
nephrocalcinosis, or bilateral renal calculi at any time.
17. Head. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
a. Injuries. Including severe contusions and other wounds of the scalp (920) and
cerebral concussion (850), until a period of 3 months has elapsed. (See 3-D-27).
b. Deformities of the skull, face, or jaw (754.0). Such deformities of a degree that will
prevent the individual from wearing a protective mask or military headgear.
c. Defects (756.0). Loss, or congenital absence of the bony substance of the skull not
successfully corrected by reconstructive materials, or leaving residual defect in
excess of one square inch (6.45cm) or the size of a 25-cent piece.
18. Neck. The causes of rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
a. Cervical ribs (756.2). If symptomatic, or so obvious that they are found on routine
physical examination. (Detection based primarily on x-rays is not considered to
meet this criterion.)
b. Congential cysts (744.4). Those cysts of branchial cleft origin or those developing
from the remnants of the thyroglossal duct, with or without fistulous tracts.
c. Contraction (723.8). Contraction of the muscles of the neck, spastic or non-spastic,
or cicatricial contracture of the neck to the extent that it interferes with the wearing
of a uniform or military equipment, or is so disfiguring as to impair military bearing.
19. Heart. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
a. All valvular heart diseases. Congenitial (746) or acquired (394), including those
improved by surgery, except mitral valve prolapse and bicuspid aortic valve. Those
latter two conditions are not reasons for rejection unless there is associated
tachyarrhythmia, mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis, insufficiency, or cardiomegaly.
b. Coronary heart disease (410).
c. Symptomatic arrhythmia or (electrocardiographic evidence of arrhythmia). A
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(1) Supraventricular tachycardia (427.0). Or any dysrhythia originating from the
atrium or sinoatrial node, such as atrial flutter, and atrial fibrillation unless
there has been no recurrence during the preceding 2 years while off all
medications. Premature atrial or ventricular contractions are disqualifying
when sufficiently symptomatic to require treatment or result in physical or
psychological impairment
(2) Ventricular Arrythmias (427.1). Those arrythmias including ventricular
fibrillation, tachycardia, and multifocal premature ventricular contractions.
Occasional asymptomatic premature ventricular contractions are not
disqualifying.
(3) Ventricular Conduction disorders. Such disorders with left bundle branch
block (426.2), Mobitz type II second degree AV block (426.12). third degree
AV block (426.0). Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (426.7) and LownGanong-Levine Syndrom (426.81) associated with an arrhythmia are also
disqualifying.
(4) Conduction Disturbances. Conduction disturbances such as first degree AV
block (426.11), left anterior hemiblock (426.2), right bundle branch block
(426.4) or Mobitz type I second degree AV block (426.13) are disqualifying
when symptomatic or associated with underlying cardiovascular disease.
d. Hypertrophy or dilatation of the heart (429.3).
e. Cardiomyopathy (425). Including myocarditis (422), or history of congestive heart
failure (428) even though currently compensated.
f. Pericarditis (420).
g. Persistent tachycardia (785) (Resting pulse rate of 100 or greater).
h. Congenital anomalies of heart and great vessels (746). Except forcorrected patent
ductus arteriosus.
20. Vascular System. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction
are:
a. Abnormalities of the arteries and blood vessels (447). Abnormalities including
aneurysms (442) even if repaired, atherosclerosis (440), and arteritis (446).
b. Hypertensive Vascular Disease (401). Such disease evidenced by the average of
three consecutive averaged diastolic blood pressure measurements greater than
90 mmHg or three consecutive averaged systolic blood pressures greater than 140
mmHg at any age. High blood pressure requiring medication or a history of
treatment including dietary restriction is also disqualifying.
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d. Peripheral Vascular Disease. Including diseases such as Raynaud's phenomenon
(443).
e. Vein diseases. Vein disease including recurrent thrombophlebitis (451),
thrombophlebitis during the preceding year, or any evidence of venous
incompetence, such as large or symptomatic varicose veins, edema, or skin
ulceration (454).
21. Height. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction in relation
to height standards are established by each of the military Services. Standards for the
Coast Guard are:
a. Men: Height below 152.5 cm (60 inches) or over 198 cm (78 inches).
b. Women: Height below 152.5 cm (60 inches) or over 198 cm (78 inches).
22. Weight. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction in relation
to weight standards are contained in COMDTINST 1020.8(series).
23. Body Build. The cause for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
a. Congenital malformation of bones and joints. (See 3-D-9 through 3-D-11).
b. Deficient muscular development that would interfere with the completion of required
training.
c. Evidence of congenital asthenia or body build that would interfere with the
completion of required training.
24. Lungs, Chest Walls, Pleura, and Mediastinum. The causes for rejection for appointment,
enlistment, and induction are:
a. Abnormal elevation of the diaphragm (793.2). Such elevation may be either side.
b. Abscess of the lung (513).
c. Acute infectious process of the lung (518). Until cured.
d. Asthma (493). Including reactive airway disease, exercise-induced bronchospasm,
or asthmatic bronchitis, reliably diagnosed at any age. Reliable diagnostic criteria
shall consist of any of the following elements.
(1) Substantiated history of cough, wheeze, and/or dyspnea which persists or
recurs over a prolonged period of time, generally more than 6 months.
(2) If the diagnosis of asthma is in doubt, a test for reversible airflow obstruction
(greater than a 15 percent increase in FEV I following administration of an
inhaled bronchodilator), or airway hyperreactivity (exaggerated decrease in
airflow induced by a standard bronchoprovocational challenge such as
methacholine inhalation or a demonstration of exercise-induced
bronchospasms) must be performed.

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e. Bronchitis (490). That which is chronic, symptoms over 3 months occurring at least
twice a year.
f. Bronchiectasis (494).
g. Bronchopleural fistula (510).
h. Bullous or generalized pulmonary emphysema (492).
i. Chronic Mycotic disease (117) of the lung. Such diseases including
coccidioidomycosis.
j. Chest Wall Malformation (754) or fracture (807). Those conditions that interfere
with vigorous physical exertion.
k. Empyema (510). That condition includes residual pleural effusion (511.9), or
unhealed sinuses of chest wall (510).
l. Extensive pulmonary fibrosis (515).
m. Foreign body in lung, trachea or bronchus (934).
n. Lobectomy. With residual pulmonary disease or removal of more than one lobe
(P32.4).
o. Pleurisy with effusion (511.9). That condition occurring within the previous 2 years
if known origin, or unknown origin.
p. Pneumothorax (512). That condition occurring during the year preceding
examination if due to simple trauma or surgery, during the 3 years preceding
examination from spontaneous origin. Recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax after
surgical correction or pleural sclerosis.
q. Sarcoidosis. (See 3-D-35-j.)
r. Silicone breast implants. Those encapsulated (85.53P), if less than 9 months since
surgery or with symptomatic complications.
s. Tuberculous lesions. (see subsection 3-D-35-l.)
25. Mouth. The cause for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
a. Cleft lip or palate defects (749). Unless satisfactorily repaired by surgery.
b. Leukoplakia (528.6).
26. Nose and Sinuses. The causes for rejection of appointment, enlistment, and induction
are:
a. Allergic manifestations.
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(1) Atrophic rhinitis. (472).
(2) Allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis (477). If moderate or severe and not
controlled by oral medications, desensitization, or topical corticosteroid
medication.
b. Vocal cord paralysis (478.3). Or, symptomatic disease of the larynx (478.7).
c. Anosmia or parosmia (352).
d. Epistaxis (784.7). Recurrent condition.
e. Nasal polyps (471). Unless surgery was performed at least 1 year before
examination.
f. Perforation of nasal septum (478.1). If symptomatic or progressive.
g. Sinusitis (461). Acute.
h. Sinusitis chronic (473). Such condition exists when evidenced by chronic purulent
nasal discharge, hyperplastic changes of the nasal tissue, symptoms requiring
frequent medical attention, or x-ray findings.
i. Larynx ulceration, polyps, or granulation tissue, or chronic laryngitis (476).
j. Tracheostomy (V44), or tracheal fistula (530.84).
k. Deformities or conditions (750.9). Those of the mouth, tongue, palate, throat,
pharynx, larynx, and nose that interfere with chewing, swallowing, speech, or
breathing.
l. Pharyngitis (462) and nasopharyngitis (472.2). Chronic conditions.
27. Neurological Disorders. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and
induction are:
a. Cerebrovascular conditions. Any history of subarachnoid (430) or interacerebral
(431) hemorrhage, vascular insufficiency, aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation
(437).
b. Congenital malformations (742). If associated with neurological manifestations, or
if known to be progressive; meningocele (741), even if uncomplicated.
c. Degenerative and hereditodegenerative disorders. Those disorders affecting the
cerebrum (330), basal ganglia (333), cerebellum (334), spinal cord (335), and
peripheral nerves or muscles (337).
d. Recurrent headaches (784). Headaches of all types of sufficient severity or
frequency as to interfere with normal function within the previous 3 years.

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e. Head injury.
(1) Applicants with a history of head injury with:
(a)

Late post-traumatic epilepsy (occurring more than 1 week after injury).

(b)

Permanent motor or sensory deficits.

(c)

Impairment of intellectual function.

(d)

Alteration of personality.

(e)

Central nervous system shunts.

(2) Applicants with a history of severe closed head injury are unfit for a period of
at least 5 years after the injury. After 5 years they may be considered fit if
complete neurological and neuropsychological evaluation shows no residual
dysfunction or complications. Applicants with a history of severe penetrating
head injury are unfit for a period of at least 10 years after the injury. After 10
years they may be considered fit if complete neurological and
neuropsychological evaluation shows no residual dysfunctionn or
complications. Severe head injuries are defined by one or more of the
following.
(a)

Unconsciousness or amnesia. Conditions alone or in combination of 24hours duration or longer.

(b)

Depressed skull fracture.

(c)

Laceration or contusion of the dura mater or the brain.

(d)

Epidural, subdural, subarachnoid or intracerebral hematoma.

(e)

Associated abscess or meningitis.

(f)

Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea or otorrhea persisting more than 7 days.

(g)

Focal neurologic signs.

(h)

Radiographic evidence of retained metallic or bony fragments.

(i)

Leptomeningeal cysts or arteriovenous fistula.

(j)

Early post-traumatic seizure(s) that occur only within 1 week of injury
but more than 30 minutes after injury.

(3) Applicants with a history of moderate head injury. Those applicants are unfit
for a period of at least 2 years after the injury. After 2 years they may
considered fit if complete neurological evaluation shows no residual
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unconsciousness or amnesia, alone or in combination, of 1 to 24 hours
duration, or linear skull fracture.
(4) Applicants with a history of mild head injury. Those applicants with mild head
injuries, as defined by a period of unconsciousness or amnesia, alone or in
combination, of 1 hour or less, are unfit for at least 1 month after the injury.
After 1 month they be acceptable if complete neurological evaluation shows no
residual dysfunction or complications.
(5) Persistent post-traumatic seizure. Such conditions, as manifested by headache,
vomiting, disorientation, spatial disequilibrium, personality changes, impaired
memory, poor mental concentration, shortened attention span, dizziness,
altered sleep patterns, or any findings consistent with organic brain syndrome,
are disqualifying until full recovery has been confirmed by complete
neurological and neuropsychological evaluation.
f. Infectious diseases.
(1) Meningitis (322), encephalitis (323), or poliomyelitis (045). Such diseases
occurring within 1 year before examination, or if there are residual
neurological defects.
(2) Neurosyphilis (094). That disease of any form (general paresis, tabes dorsalis,
meningovascular syphilis).
g. Narcolepsy (347), sleep apnea syndrome (780.57).
h. Paralysis, weakness, lack of coordination, chronic pain, or sensory disturbances
(344).
i. Epilepsy (345). That epilepsy occurring beyond the age of 5 years, unless the
applicant has been free of seizures for a period of 5 years while taking no medication
for seizure control, and has a normal electroencephalogram (EEG). All such
applicants shall have a current neurology consultation with current EEG results.
EEG may be requested by reviewing authority
j. Chronic disorders. Disorders such as myasthenia gravis (358), and multiple sclerosis
(340).
k. Central nervous system shunts of all kinds (V45.2).
28. Disorders with Psychotic Features. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment,
and induction are a history of a disorders with psychotic features (295).
29. Neurotic, Anxiety, Mood, Somatoform, Dissociative, or Factitious Disorders (300). The
causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
a. History of such disorders resulting in any or all of the below:
(1) Admission to a hospital or residential facility.

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(2) Care by a physician or other mental health professional for more than 6
months.
(3) Symptoms or behavior of a repeated nature that impaired social, school, or
work efficiency.
30. Personality, Conduct, and Behavior Disorders. The cause for rejection for appointment,
enlistment, and induction are a history of such disorder resulting in any or all of the
below:
a. Personality (301), Conduct (312), or Behavior (313) disorders. Disorders as
evidenced by frequent encounters with law enforcement agencies, antisocial attitudes
or behavior that while not sufficient cause for administrative rejection, are tangible
evidence of impaired capacity to adapt to military service.
b. Personality (301), Conduct (312), or Behavior (313) disorders. Where it is evident
by history, interview, or psychological testing that the degree of immaturity,
instability, personality inadequacy, impulsiveness, or dependency will seriously
interfere with adjustment in the Coast Guard as demonstrated by repeated inability to
maintain reasonable adjustment in school, with employers and fellow workers, and
other social groups.
c. Other behavior disorders including, but not limited to, conditions such as the
following:
(1)

Authenticated evidence of functional enuresis (307.6) or encopresis (307.7).

(2) Sleepwalking (307.6).
(3) Eating disorders that are habitual or persistent (307.1 or 307.5) occurring
beyond age 12.
(4) Stammering (307.0) of such a degree that the individual is often unable to
express himself or herself clearly, or to repeat commands.
d. Specific academic skills defects. Chronic history of academic skills (314) or
perceptual defects (315), secondary to organic or functional mental disorders that
interfere with work or school after age 12. Current use of medication to improve or
maintain academic skills.
e. Suicide. History of attempted suicide or other suicidal behavior (300.9).
31. Psychosexual Conditions. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, or
induction are transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other
paraphilias (320).
32. Substance Misuse. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, or induction
are:
a. Alcohol dependence (303).
b. Drug dependence (304).

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c. Non-dependent use of drugs characterized by the following:
(1) The evidence of use of any controlled, hallucinogenic, or other intoxicating
substance at the time of examination (305), when the use cannot be accounted
for as a result of a prescription by a physician.
(2)

Documented misuse or abuse of any controlled substance (including
cannabinoids or anabolic steroids) requiring professional care (305).

(3) The repeated self-procurement and self-administration of any drug or chemical
substance, including cannabinoids or anabolic steroids, with such frequency
that it appears that the applicant has accepted the use of or reliance on those
substances as part of his or her pattern of behavior (305).
(4) The use of LSD (305.3) in a 2-year period before examination.
d. Alcohol abuse (305). Use of alcoholic beverages, which leads to misconduct,
unacceptable social behavior, poor work or academic performance, impaired
physical or mental health, lack of financial responsibility, or a disrupted personal
relationship.
33. Skin and Cellular Tissues. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and
induction are:
a. Acne (706). Severe acne, or when extensive involvement of the neck, shoulders,
chest, or back would be aggravated by or interfere with the wearing of military
equipment and not amenable to treatment. Patients under treatment with isotretinoin
(Accutane) are medically unacceptable until 8 weeks after completion of a course of
therapy.
b. Atopic dermatitis (691) or eczema (692). Occurring with active or residual lesions in
characteristic areas (face and neck, antecubital and/or popliteal fossae, occasionally
wrists and hands), or documented history thereof after the age of 8.
c. Contact dermatitis (692.4). Dermatitis especially involving rubber or other materials
used in any type of required protective equipment.
d. Cysts.
(1) Cysts (706.2), other than pilonidal. Cysts of such a size or location as to
interfere with the normal wearing of military equipment.
(2) Cysts, pilonidal (685). Pilonidal cysts evidenced by the presence of a tumor
mass or discharging sinus. History of pilonidal cystectomy within 6 months
before examination.
e. Dermatitis factitia (698.4).
f. Bullous dermatoses (694). Conditions such as dermatitis herpetiformis, pemphigus,
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g. Chronic lymphedema (457).
h. Fungus infections (117). Systemic or superficial types, if extensive and not
amenable to treatment.
i. Furunculosis (680). Extensive, recurrent, or chronic.
j. Hyperhidrosis of hands or feet (780.8). Chronic or severe.
k. Ichthyosis. Or other congenital (757) or acquired (216) anomalies of the skin, such
as nevi or vascular tumors that interfere with function or are exposed to constant
irritation.
l. Keloid formation (701-4). If the tendency is marked or interferes with the wearing
of military equipment.
m. Leprosy (030.9).
n. Lichen planus (697.0).
o. Neurofibromatosis (Von Recklinghausen's disease) (237.7).
p. Photosensitivity (692.72). Any primary sun-sensitive condition, such as
polymorphous light eruption or solar urticaria; any dermatosis aggravated by
sunlight such as lupus erythematosus.
q. Psoriasis (696.1). Unless mild by degree, not involving nail-pitting, and not
interfering with the wearing of military equipment or clothing.
r. Radiodermatitis (692.82).
s. Scars (709.2). Scars so extensive, deep, or adherent that they may interfere with the
wearing of military clothing or equipment, exhibit a tendency to ulcerate, or interfere
with function. Includes scars at skin graft donor or recipient sites if in an area
susceptible to trauma.
t. Scleroderma (710.1).
u. Tattoos (709.9). Entrance may be denied to any applicant who has a tattoo or other
applied body marking contrary to the core values of the Coast Guard in accordance
with “Tattoo and Body Markings Policy for CG Accessions, COMDTINST 1000.1.”
v. Urticaria (708.8). Chronic.
w. Warts. Plantar warts (078.19) that are symptomatic.
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y. Any other chronic skin disorder of a degree or nature such as Dysplastic nevi
syndrom (448.1), which requires frequent outpatient treatment or hospitalization, or
interferes with the satisfactory performance of duty.
34. Spine and Sacroiliac Joints. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and
induction are:
a. Arthritis (720). (see 3-D-11.a)
b. Complaint of a disease or injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, with or without
objective signs, that has prevented the individual from successfully following a
physically active vocation in civilian life (724), or that is associated with pain
referred to the lower extremities, muscular spasms, postural deformities, or limitation
of motion.
c. Deviation or curvature of spine (737) from normal alignment, structure, or function
if:
(1) It prevents the individual from following a physically active vocation in
civilian life.
(2) It interferes with the wearing of a uniform or military equipment.
(3) It is symptomatic and associated with positive physical finding(s) and
demonstrable by x-ray.
(4) There is lumbar scoliosis greater than 20 degrees, thoracic scoliosis over 20
degrees, and kyphosis or lordosis greater than 55 degrees when measured by
the Cobb method.
d. Fusion. Congenital fusion (756.15), involving more than two vertebrae. Any
surgical fusion (81.0P).
e. Healed fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae (805). A compression fracture,
involving less than 25 percent of a single vertebra is not disqualifying if the injury
occurred more than 1 year before examination and the applicant is asymptomatic. A
history of fractures of the transverse or spinous processes is not disqualifying if the
applicant is asymptomatic.
f. Juvenile epiphysitis (732.6). That with any degree of residual change indicated by xray or kyphosis.
g. Ruptured nucleus pulposus (722). Herniation of intervertebral disk or surgery for
this condition.
h. Spina bifida (741). When symptomatic, or there is more than one vertebra involved,
dimpling of the overlying skin, or a history of surgical repair.
i. Spondylolysis (756.1) and Spondylolisthesis (738.4).

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j. Weak or painful back (724). Back condition requiring external support; that is,
corset or brace. Recurrent sprains or strains requiring limitation of physical activity
or frequent treatment.
35. Systemic Diseases. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction
are:
a. Amyloidosis (277.3).
b. Ankylosing spondylitis (720).
c. Eosinophilic granuloma (277.8). Eosinophilic granuloma, when occurring as a
single localized bony lesion and not associated with soft tissue or other involvement,
shall not be a cause for rejection once healing has occurred. All other forms of the
histiocytosis X spectrum should be rejected.
d. Lupus erythematosus (710) and mixed connective tissue disease (710.9).
e.

Polymyositis dermatomyositis complex (710).

f. Progressive systemic sclerosis (710). Condition including CRST variant. A single
plaque of localized scleroderma (morphea) that has been stable for at least 2 years is
not disqualifying.
g. Reiter's disease (099.3).
h. Rheumatoid arthritis (714).
i. Rhabdomyolysis (728.9).
j. Sarcoidosis (135). Unless there is substantiated evidence of a complete spontaneous
remission of at least 2 years duration.
k. Sjogren's syndrome (710.2).
l. Tuberculosis (010).
(1) Active tuberculosis in any form or location, or substantiated history of active
tuberculosis within the previous 2 years.
(2) One or more reactivations.
(3) Residual physical or mental defects from past tuberculosis that will prevent the
satisfactory performance of duty.
(4) Individuals with a past history of active tuberculosis more than 2 years prior to
enlistment or induction, are qualified if they have received a complete course
of standard chemotherapy for tuberculosis. In addition, individuals with a
tuberculin reaction 10 mm or greater and without evidence of residual disease
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(5) Vasculitis (466). Such as Bechet's, Wegener's granulomatosis polyarteritis
nodosa.
36. General and Miscellaneous Conditions and Defects. The causes for rejection for
appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
a. Allergic manifestations (995.0). A reliable history of anaphylaxis to stinging insects.
Reliable history of a moderate to severe reaction to common foods, spices or food
additives.
b. Any acute pathological condition. Those including acute communicable diseases,
until recovery has occurred without sequelae.
c. Chronic metallic poisoning. Poisoning with lead, arsenic, or silver (985), or
beryllium or manganese (985).
d. Cold injury (991). Residuals of injury; such as frostbite, chilblain, immersion foot,
trench foot, deep-seated ache, paresthesia, hyperhidrosis, easily traumatized skin,
cyanosis, amputation of any digit, or ankylosis.
e. Cold urticaria (708.2) and angiodema, hereditary angiodema (277.6).
f. Filariasis (125), Trypanosomiasis (086), Schistosomiasis (120).
g. Heat pyrexia (992) heatstroke (992), or sunstroke (992). Documented evidence of a
predisposition (including disorders of sweat mechanism and a previous serious
episode), recurrent episodes requiring medical attention, or residual injury
(especially cardiac, cerebral, hepatic, and renal). Malignant Hyperthermia (995.89).
h. Industrial solvent and other chemical intoxication (982).
i. Motion sickness (994.6). An authenticated history of frequent, incapacitating motion
sickness after the 12th birthday.
j. Mycotic (114) infection of internal organs.
k. Organ transplant recipient (V42).
l. Presence of HIV-1 or antibody (042). That presence confirmed by repeatedly
reactive Enzyme-Linked Immunoassay (ELISA) serological test and positive
immunoelectrophoresis (Western Blot) test, or other DoD approved screening and
confirmatory test.
m. Reactive tests for syphilis (093). Test such as the RPR or VDRL followed by a
reactive, confirmatory fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) test
unless there is a documented history of adequately treated syphilis. In the absence of
clinical findings, the presence of reactive RPR or VDRL followed by a negative
FTA-ABS test is not disqualifying if a cause for the false positive reaction can be
identified and is not otherwise disqualifying.
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n. Residual of tropical fevers. Fevers such as malaria (084) and various parastic or
protozoan infestations that prevent the satisfactory performance of military duty.
o. Rheumatic fever (390). That condition during the previous 2 years, or any history or
recurrent attacks; Sydenham's chorea at any age.
p. Sleep apnea (780.57).
37. Tumors and Malignant Diseases. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment,
and induction are:
a. Benign tumors (M8000). Those that interfere with function, prevent wearing of the
uniform or prtective equipment, shall require frequent specialized attention, or have a
high malignant potential.
b. Malignant tumors (V10). Exception for basal cell carcinoma, removed with no
residual. In addition, the following cases should be qualified, if on careful review
they meet the following criteria:
(1) Individuals who have a history of childhood cancer and who have not received
any surgical or medical cancer therapy for 5 years and are free of cancer
(2) Individuals with a history of Wilm’s tumor and germ cell tumors of the testis
treated surgically and/or with chemotherapy in childhood after a 2-year
disease-free interval off all treatment.
(3) Individuals with a history of Hodgkins’ disease treated with radiation therapy
and/or chemotherapy and disease free off treatment for 5 years.
(4) Individuals with a history of large cell lymphoma after 2-years disease-free
interval off all therapy.
38. Miscellaneous. Any condition that, in the opinion of the examining medical officer, will
significantly interfere with the successful performance of military duty or training (796).

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FIGURE 3-D-1
EVALUATION FOR RISK OF HEAD INJURY SEQUELAE
DEGREE OF HEAD INJURY MINIMUM

EVALUATION
REQUIREMENTS

MILD

ONE MONTH

COMPLETE
NEUROLOGICAL
EXAMINATION BY A
PHYSICIAN

MODERATE

TWO YEARS

COMPLETE
NEUROLOGICAL
EVALUATION BY A
NEUROLOGIST OR
INTERNIST
CT SCAN

SEVERE

FIVE YEARS FOR CLOSED
HEAD TRAUMA

COMPLETE
NEUROLOGICAL
EVALUATION BY
NEUROLOGIST OR
NEUROSURGEON
CT SCAN
NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL
EVALUATION

TEN YERS FOR
PENETRATING HEAD
TRAUMA

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FIGURE 3-D-2
CLASSIFICATION AND COMPARATIVE NOMENCLATURE OF CERVICAL SMEARS

Original Classification

CIN System

Class I:

Normal smear;

No abnormal cells

Class II: Atypical cells present
below the level of
cervical neoplasia

Bethesda System

Atypical squamous
cells of undetermined
significance

Class III: Smear contains abnormal
cells consistent with
dysplasia

Mild dysplasia = CIN1
Moderate dysplasia =
CIN2

Low-grade SIL
(Changes associated with HPV & CIN1)

Class IV Smear contains abnormal
cells consistent with
carcinoma-in-situ

Severe dysplasia and
carcinoma-in-situ =
CIN3

High-grade SIL
(CIN2, CIN3, and
carcinoma-in-situ)

Class V: Smear contains abnormal
cells consistent with carcinoma
squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

Abbreviations: CIN = cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
Section A -

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SIL = squamous intraepithelial lesion

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Section E
1.

Physical Standards for Programs Leading to Commission.

Appointment as Cadet, United States Coast Guard Academy.
a. Physical Examinations.
(1) Applicants are encouraged to review the physical standards as published in the
Academy Bulletin with their private physician prior to submitting their
application for cadet candidate. This review serves to rule out, at this stage of
the potential cadet's processing, applicants who obviously will not meet the
required physical standards for appointment. In some cases, the physician may
recommend a complete physical examination. Inaccuracy in ascertaining
defects and determining the candidate's physical status at the time of this
review results in unnecessary work for the Coast Guard and disappointment to
the candidate when defects are subsequently found during the formal physical
examination.
(2) Candidates and their parents and sponsors are urged to refrain from requesting
waivers for medical defects. The Coast Guard bases its decision to disqualify
an individual on medical facts revealed in a thorough physical examination.
Candidates unable to satisfy the minimum requirements are not suited for
commission in the Regular Coast Guard, and consequently are not eligible for
training at the Academy. A request for waiver for a medical defect invariably
results in disappointment to all concerned.
(3) Two physical examinations are required:
(a)

formal physical examination before appointment is tendered; and

(b)

pretraining examination at the time of reporting to the Academy.

(4) Formal physical examinations prior to accepting of candidates must be
performed by a U. S. Public Health Service, Navy, Army, Air Force, or
Veteran's Administration medical officer authorized to perform each exam by
Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB).
All candidates are instructed where to report for such examinations.
b. Physical Standards. All candidates for the Coast Guard Academy must meet the
physical standards for enrollment as an officer candidate. DODMERB is reviewing
authority.
c. Retention. The standards for retention of a cadet at the Academy are the same as
those for enrollment as an officer candidate, except that the Superintendent of the
Academy is authorized to establish physical fitness and weight control programs
designed to have cadets maintain weight closer to the ideal than the standards
stipulated elsewhere for Service personnel. These stricter goals during cadet years
are intended to take advantage of the Academy's unique environment of rigorous
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These programs will instill lifelong behavior patterns to support the Service weight
control standards.
2.

Commissioning of Cadets. The preappointment physical examination of cadets in the
graduating class should be held at least 6 months prior to acceptance of the commission.
This physical examination should be conducted to determine physical fitness for
commission in the Regular Service (section 3-D and 3-E) with recommendations made
accordingly. Cadets should not be summarily disqualified for commissioning merely
because they do not meet the standards for appointment as cadets provided that they may
reasonably be expected to be physically capable of completing a full and effective Coast
Guard career. In general, relatively minor defects that would be disqualifying for
original commission direct from civilian life are not disqualifying for commission of a
cadet in whom the Government has a considerable investment.

3.

Enrollment as an Officer Candidate.
a. Physical Examination. The physical examination for an officer candidate must be
conducted by a medical officer and a dentist. Particular care must be exercised
during the examination in order that candidates may not be rejected later as a result
of reexamination at Officer Candidate School. A complete physical examination is
given officer candidates upon arrival at OCS to determine medical fitness and
freedom from disease. Physician Assistant Officer Candidates will only receive an
initial OCS candidate physical.
b. Physical Standards for Enrollment. The standards contained in section 3-D (section
3-F for enlisted OCS candidates), as modified below, are applicable for enrollment
as an officer candidate. Conditions not enumerated, that in the medical examiner's
opinion will not permit a full productive career, shall be recorded in detail with
appropriate recommendations.
(1) Distant Visual Acuity. Uncorrected visual acuity shall be not worse
than20/400 in either eye provided that vision is correctable to 20/20 and that
refractive error does not exceed plus or minus 8.0 diopters spherical equivalent
(sphere + 1/2 cylinder), astigmatism does not exceed 3.00 diopters, and
anisometropia does not exceed 3.50 diopters. Eyes must be free from any
disfiguring or incapacitating abnormality and from acute or chronic disease.
All personnel requiring corrective lenses shall wear them for the performance
of duty.
(2) Near visual acuity of any degree that does not correct to 20/40 in the better
eye.
(3) Normal color perception.
(4) Teeth.

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(a)

All candidates shall be given a Type II dental examination by a dental
officer, as part of the pre-training physical examination.

(b)

Caries. No more than four teeth may exhibit multi-surface caries.

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(c)

Endodontics. The need for endodontic intervention on seven or more
canals is disqualifying.

(d)

Maxillary and Mandibular Bones. Malunited fractures of maxillary or
mandibular bones and deformities of maxillary or mandibular bones
interfering with mastication or speech are disqualifying. The presence of
extensive necrosis or osseous lesions requiring surgical intervention are
also disqualifying.

(e)

Oral Tissues. Extensive loss of oral tissues that would prevent the
replacement of missing teeth with a satisfactory prosthetic appliance is
disqualifying. Unresolved oral inflammatory diseases are disqualifying.
Hypertrophic, hyperplastic, or leukoplakic conditions of the soft tissue of
the oral cavity may be disqualifying and will be considered on a case-bycase basis.

(f)

Periodontal Disease. The presence of advanced periodontal disease is
disqualifying.

(g)

Serviceable Teeth. A sufficient number of teeth, natural or artificial, in
functional occlusion to assure satisfactory incision, mastication, and
phonation are required. The minimum requirement is edentulous upper
and lower jaws corrected by full dentures. A requirement for placement
of a prosthesis to meet the above requirements is disqualifying.

(h)

Temporomandibular Joint. Current symptoms and/or history of chronic
temporomandibular joint dysfunction is disqualifying (see also section 3D-16.b).

Commissioning of Officer Candidates.
a. The physical examination given upon arrival at OCS precludes the need for a
commissioning physical examination providing there has been no intervening change
in physical status and a visual acuity and color perception examination are given
prior to actual commissioning.
b. The physical standards for commissioning are the same as for enrollment as an
officer candidate. Final determination as to physical fitness for commissioning is
made by the Commandant.

5.

Direct Commission in the Coast Guard Reserve.
a. Nonaviator. The physical examination and standards for direct commission in the
Reserve are the same for enrollment of officer candidates, except that Ready Reserve
Direct Commission (RRDC) examinations must be within 24 months prior to the
date of execution of the Acceptance and Oath of Office (CG-9556).
b. Aviator. Candidates for direct commission in the Reserve as aviators must obtain an
aviation physical examination from a currently qualified uniformed services flight
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surgeon or AMO within the last 12 months. The candidate must meet the standards
for Class I, contained in section 3-G.
6.

Direct Commission of Licensed Officers of U. S. Merchant Marine.
a. Physical Examination. Two physical examinations are required: a preliminary
physical at the time of the written examination; and a preappointment physical
examination taken by successful candidates within six months of actual commission.
The physical examination must be conducted by a medical officer of the uniformed
services on active duty. Final determination of physical fitness will be made by the
Commandant.
b. Physical Standards. The physical standards for direct commission of Licensed
Officers of the U. S. Merchant Marine are the same as for enrollment of officer
candidates. All these standards must be met without waiver.

7.

Appointment to Warrant Grade.
a. Physical Examination. A complete physical examination is required within 12
months prior to appointment to Warrant Officer, except that physical examinations
for members of the Coast Guard Ready Reserve must be within 24 months prior to
the date of execution of the Acceptance and Oath of Office (CG-9556).
b. Physical Requirements. The physical standards for appointment of Coast Guard
members to Warrant Officer are the same as for retention of officers in the regular
Coast Guard. See section 3-F for the standards. The physical standards for all other
applicants are the same as for enrollment of officer candidates.

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Section F Physical Standards Applicable to All Personnel (Regular and Reserve) For:
Reenlistment; Enlistment of Prior Service USCG Personnel; Retention; Overseas
Duty; and Sea Duty.
1.

General Instructions.
a. Scope. This section establishes specific physical standards applicable to all
personnel (regular and reserve) for:
(1) enlistment/reenlistment of prior service USCG personnel within 6 months of
discharge from active duty in the Regular Coast Guard;
(2) retention;
(3) overseas duty; and
(4) sea duty.
b. Physical Examinations. Physical examinations should be conducted by at least one
medical and one dental officer of the uniformed services or by contract
physician/dentist.
c. Fitness for Duty. Members are ordinarily considered fit for duty unless they have a
physical impairment (or impairments) that interferes with the performance of the
duties of their grade or rating. A determination of fitness or unfitness depends upon
the individual's ability to reasonably perform those duties. Members considered
temporarily or permanently unfit for duty shall be referred to an Initial Medical
Board for appropriate disposition.

2.

Use of List of Disqualifying Conditions and Defects. This section lists certain medical
conditions and defects that are normally disqualifying. However, it is not an allinclusive list. Its major objective is to achieve uniform disposition of cases arising under
the law, but it is not a mandate that possession of one or more of the listed conditions or
physical defects (and any other not listed) means automatic retirement or separation. If
the member’s condition is disqualifying but he/she can perform his/her duty, a waiver
request could be submitted in lieu of immediate referral to an Initial Medical Board. If
the request is denied, then an Initial Medical Board is required.

3.

Head and Neck.
a. Loss of substance of the skull. With or without prosthetic replacement when
accompanied by moderate residual signs and symptoms.
b. Torticollis (wry neck). Severe fixed deformity with cervical scoliosis, flattening of
the head and face, and loss of cervical mobility.

4.

Esophagus, Nose, Pharynx, Larynx, and Trachea.

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a. Esophagus.
(1) Achalasia. Manifested by dysphagia (not controlled by dilation), frequent
discomfort, inability to maintain normal vigor and nutrition, or requiring
frequent treatment.
(2) Esophagitis. Persistent and severe.
(3) Diverticulum of the esophagus. Of such a degree as to cause frequent
regurgitation, obstruction and weight loss, that does not respond to treatment.
(4) Stricture of the esophagus. Of such a degree as to almost restrict diet to
liquids, require frequent dilation and hospitalization, and cause difficulty in
maintaining weight and nutrition.
b. Larynx.
(1) Paralysis of the larynx. Characterized by bilateral vocal cord paralysis
seriously interfering with speech or adequate airway.
(2) Stenosis of the larynx. Causing respiratory embarrassment upon more than
minimal exertion.
(3) Obstruction edema of glottis. If chronic, not amenable to treatment and
requiring tracheotomy.
c. Nose, Pharynx, Trachea.
(1) Rhinitis. Atrophic rhinitis characterized by bilateral atrophy of nasal mucous
membrane with severe crusting and concomitant severe headaches.
(2) Sinusitis. Severe and chronic that is suppurative, complicated by polyps, and
does not respond to treatment.
(3) Trachea. Stenosis of trachea that compromises airflow to more than a mild
degree.
5.

Eyes.
a. Diseases and Conditions.
(1) Active eye disease. Or any progressive organic disease regardless of the stage
of activity, that is resistant to treatment and affects the distant visual acuity or
visual field so that:
(a)

distant visual acuity does not meet the standards; or

(b)

the diameter of the field of vision in the better eye is less than 20o.

(2) Aphakia, bilateral. Regardless of lens implant(s).
(3) Atrophy of optic nerve.
(4) Glaucoma. If resistant to treatment, or affecting visual fields, or if side effects
of required medications are functionally incapacitating.

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(5) Diseases and infections of the eye. When chronic, more than mildly
symptomatic, progressive and resistant to treatment after a reasonable period.
(6) Ocular manifestations of endocrine or metabolic disorders. Not disqualifying,
per se; however, residuals or complications, or the underlying disease may be
disqualifying.
(7) Residuals or complications of injury. When progressive or when reduced
visual acuity or fields do not meet the standards.
(8) Retina, detachment of.
(a)

(b)

Unilateral.
1

When visual acuity does not meet the standards.

2

When the visual field in the better eye is constricted to less than 20o.

3

When uncorrectable diplopia exists.

4

When detachment results from organic progressive disease or new
growth, regardless of the condition of the better eye.

Bilateral. Regardless of etiology or results of corrective surgery.

b. Vision.
(1) Aniseikonia. Subjective eye discomfort, neurologic symptoms, sensations of
motion sickness and other gastrointestinal disturbances, functional
disturbances and difficulties in form sense, and not corrected by iseikonic
lenses.
(2) Binocular diplopia. Which is severe, constant, and in zone less than 20o from
the primary position.
(3) Hemianopsia. Of any type, if bilateral, permanent, and based on an organic
defect. Those due to a functional neurosis and those due to transitory
conditions, such as periodic migraine, are not normally disqualifying.
(4) Night blindness. Of such a degree that the individual requires assistance in any
travel at night.
(5) Visual Acuity.
(a)

Visual acuity that cannot be corrected to at least 20/50 in the better eye.

(b)

Complete blindness or enucleation of an eye.

(c)

When vision is correctable only by the use of contact lenses or other
corrective device (telescope lenses, etc.).

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(6) Visual Fields. When the visual field in the better eye is constricted to less than
20o.
(7) Color Perception. Normal color perception is required for retention of
commissioned officers (certain warrant officer specialties do not require
normal color perception) and selected ratings [See the Personnel
Manual,COMDTINST M1000.6 (series) and Chapter 5-B]. Retesting for color
perception is not required if results of previous tests are documented in the
health record, and there has been no history of a change in color vision.
c. Corneal Refractive Surgery.
(1) The refractive surgery procedures radial keratotomy (RK),and intracorneal
rings (ICR) are disqualifying and not waiverable.
(2) Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK)
are disqualifying for aviation duty, landing signal officer duty and not
waiverable.
(3) LASIK is disqualifying for diving duty and not waiverable.
(4) Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is not disqualifying for non-aviation
members, including diving personnel, and does not require a waiver if the
following conditions are met:
(a)

Must follow guidelines for elective health care contained in 2.A.6.

(b)

There must be post surgical refractive stability defined as less than 0.50
diopter change over two separate exams at least three months apart.

(c)

Must meet all vision standards in 3-F.5.b (divers must meet vision
standards in 3-H.2.h). If the member is unable to meet these standards
they will be considered for separation as outlined in the Physical
Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2(series).

(5) LASIK is not disqualifying for non-aviation personnel, excluding diving
personnel and does not require a waiver as long as the following conditions are
met:

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(a)

Must follow guidelines for elective health care contained in 2.A.6.

(b)

There must be post surgical refractive stability defined as less than 0.50
diopter change over two separate exams at least three months apart.

(c)

Must meet all vision standards in 3-F.5.b. If the member is unable to
meet these standards they will be considered for separation as outlined in
the Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST
M1850.2(series).

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Ears and Hearing.
a. Ears.
(1) Infections of the external auditory canal. Chronic and severe, resulting in
thickening and excoriation of the canal, or chronic secondary infection
requiring frequent and prolonged medical treatment and hospitalization.
(2) Malfunction of the acoustic nerve. Evaluate hearing impairment.
(3) Mastoiditis, chronic. Constant drainage from the mastoid cavity, requiring
frequent and prolonged medical care.
(4) Mastoidectomy. Followed by chronic infection with constant or recurrent
drainage requiring frequent or prolonged medical care.
(5) Meniere's Syndrome. Recurring attacks of sufficient frequency and severity as
to interfere with satisfactory performance of military duty, or require frequent
or prolonged medical care.
(6) Otitis Media. Moderate, chronic, suppurative, resistant to treatment, and
necessitating frequent or prolonged medical care.
b. Hearing. Retention will be determined on the basis of ability to perform duties of
grade or rating.

7.

Lungs and Chest Wall.
a. Tuberculous Lesions. See chapter 7 of this Manual.
(1) Pulmonary tuberculosis.
(a)

When an active duty member's disease is found to be not incident to
military service, or when treatment and return to useful duty will
probably require more than 15 months, including an appropriate period
of convalescence, or if expiration of service will occur before completion
of period of hospitalization. (Career members who express a desire to
reenlist after treatment may extend their enlistment to cover period of
hospitalization.)

(b)

When a Reservist not on active duty has TB that will probably require
treatment for more that 12 to 15 months including an appropriate period
of convalescence before being able to perform full-time military duty.
Individuals who are retained in the Reserve while undergoing treatment
may not be called or ordered to active duty (including mobilization),
active duty for training, or inactive duty training during the period of
treatment and convalescence.

b. Nontuberculous Conditions. Pulmonary diseases, other than acute infections, must
be evaluated in terms of respiratory function, manifested clinically by measurements

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that must be interpreted as exertional or altitudinal tolerance. Symptoms of cough,
pain, and recurrent infections may limit a member's activity. Many of the conditions
listed below may coexist and in combination may produce unfitness.
(1) Atelectasis, or massive collapse of the lung. Moderately symptomatic with
paroxysmal cough at frequent intervals throughout the day, or with moderate
emphysema, or with residuals or complications that require repeated
hospitalization.
(2) Bronchial Asthma. Associated with emphysema of sufficient severity to
interfere with the satisfactory performance of duty, or with frequent attacks not
controlled by inhaled or oral medications, or requiring oral corticosteroids
more than twice a year.
(3) Bronchiectasis or bronchiolectasis. Cylindrical or saccular type that is
moderately symptomatic, with productive cough at frequent intervals
throughout the day, or with moderate other associated lung disease to include
recurrent pneumonia, or with residuals or complications that require repeated
hospitalization.
(4) Bronchitis. Chronic, severe persistent cough, with considerable expectoration,
or with moderate emphysema, or with dyspnea at rest or on slight exertion, or
with residuals or complications that require repeated hospitalization.
(5) Cystic disease of the lung, congenital. Involving more than one lobe of a lung.
(6) Diaphragm, congenital defect. Symptomatic.
(7) Hemopneumothorax, hemothorax, or pyopneumothorax. More than moderate
pleuritic residuals with persistent underweight, or marked restriction of
respiratory excursion and chest deformity, or marked weakness and fatigability
on slight exertion.
(8) Histoplasmosis. Chronic and not responding to treatment.
(9) Pleurisy, chronic or pleural adhesions. Severe dyspnea or pain on mild
exertion associated with definite evidence of pleural adhesions and
demonstrable moderate reduction of pulmonary function.
(10) Pneumothorax, spontaneous. Repeated episodes of pneumothorax not
correctable by surgery.
(11) Pneumoconiosis. Severe with dyspnea on mild exertion.
(12) Pulmonary calcification. Multiple calcifications associated with significant
respiratory embarrassment or active disease not responsive to treatment.
(13) Pulmonary emphysema. Marked emphysema with dyspnea on mild exertion
and demonstrable moderate reduction in pulmonary function.
(14) Pulmonary fibrosis. Linear fibrosis or fibrocalcific residuals that cause
dyspnea on mild exertion and demonstrable moderate reduction in pulmonary
function.

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(15) Pulmonary sarcoidosis. If not responding to therapy and complicated by
demonstrable moderate reduction in pulmonary function.
(16) Stenosis, bronchus. Severe stenosis associated with repeated attacks of
bronchopulmonary infections requiring frequent hospitalization.
c. Surgery of the Lungs and Chest. Lobectomy. If pulmonary function (ventilatory
tests) is impaired to a moderate degree or more.
8.

Heart and Vascular System.
a. Heart.
(1) Arrhythmias. Associated with organic heart disease, or if not adequately
controlled by medication or if they interfere with satisfactory performance of
duty.
(2) Arteriosclerotic disease. Associated with congestive heart failure, repeated
anginal attacks, or objective evidence of myocardial infarction.
(3) Endocarditis. Bacterial endocarditis resulting in myocardial insufficiency or
associated with valvular heart disease.
(4) Heart block. Associated with other symptoms of organic heart disease or
syncope (Stokes-Adams Syndrome).
(5) Myocarditis and degeneration of the myocardium. Myocardial insufficiency
resulting in slight limitation of physical activity.
(6) Pericarditis.
(a)

Chronic constrictive pericarditis unless successful remedial surgery has
been performed.

(b)

Chronic serous pericarditis.

(7) Rheumatic valvulitis and valvular heart disease. Cardiac insufficiency at
functional capacity and therapeutic level of class IIC or worse, American Heart
Association. A diagnosis made during the initial period of service or
enlistment that is determined to be a residual of a condition that existed prior to
entry in the service is disqualifying regardless of severity.
b. Vascular System.
(1) Arteriosclerosis obliterans. When any of the following pertain:
(a)

intermittent claudication of sufficient severity to produce pain and
inability to complete a walk of 200 yards or less on level ground at 112
steps per minute without a rest; or

(b)

objective evidence of arterial disease with symptoms of claudication,
ischemic chest pain at rest, or with gangrenous or permanent ulcerative
skin changes in the distal extremity; or

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involvement of more than one organ system or anatomic region (the
lower extremities comprise one region for this purpose) with symptoms
of arterial insufficiency.

(2) Congenital anomalies. Coarctation of aorta and other congenital anomalies of
the cardiovascular system unless satisfactorily treated by surgical correction.
(3) Aneurysms. Aneurysm of any vessel not correctable by surgery and producing
limiting symptomatic conditions precluding satisfactory performance of duty.
Aneurysm corrected by surgery but with residual limiting symptomatic
conditions that preclude satisfactory performance of duty.
(a)

Satisfactory performance of duty is precluded because of underlying
recurring or progressive disease producing pain, dyspnea, or similar
symptomatic limiting conditions.
1

reconstructive surgery including grafts, when:prosthetic devices are
attached to or implanted in the heart; and

2

unproven procedures have been accomplished and the patient is
unable to satisfactorily perform duty or cannot be returned to duty
under circumstances permitting close medical supervision.

(4) Periarteritis nodosa. With definite evidence of functional impairment.
(5) Chronic venous insufficiency (postphlebitic syndrome). When more than mild
and symptomatic despite elastic support.
(6) Raynaud's phenomenon. Manifested by trophic changes of the involved part
characterized by scarring of the skin or ulceration.
(7) Thrombophlebitis. When repeated attacks require such frequent treatment as
to interfere with satisfactory performance of duty.
(8) Varicose veins. Severe and symptomatic despite therapy.
(9) Any condition requiring anti-thrombotic medication other than aspirin.
c. Miscellaneous.
(1) Erythromelalgia. Persistent burning pain in the soles or palms not relieved by
treatment.
(2) Hypertensive cardiovascular disease and hypertensive vascular disease.
(a)

Diastolic pressure consistently more than 90 mm Hg following an
adequate period of therapy on an ambulatory status; or

(b)

Any documented history of hypertension regardless of the pressure
values if associated with one or more of the following:
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arteriosclerotic heart disease if symptomatic and requiring treatment;

3

kidney involvement, manifested by unequivocal impairment of renal
function; or

4

grade III (Keith-Wagener-Barker) changes in the fundi.

(3) Rheumatic fever, active, with or without heart damage. Recurrent attacks.
(4) Residual of surgery of the heart, pericardium, or vascular system under one or
more of the following circumstances:

9.

(a)

when surgery of the heart, pericardium, or vascular system results in
inability of the individual to perform duties without discomfort or
dyspnea;

(b)

when the surgery involves insertion of a pacemaker, reconstructive
vascular surgery employing exogenous grafting material; or

(c)

similar newly developed techniques or prostheses, the individual is unfit.

Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System.
a. Defects and Diseases.
(1) Achalasia. Manifested by dysphagia not controlled by dilation with frequent
discomfort, or inability to maintain normal vigor and nutrition.
(2) Amebic abscess residuals. Persistent abnormal liver function tests and failure
to maintain weight and normal vigor after appropriate treatment.
(3) Biliary dyskinesia. Frequent abdominal pain not relieved by simple
medication, or with periodic jaundice.
(4) Cirrhosis of the liver. Recurrent jaundice or ascites; or demonstrable
esophageal varices or history of bleeding therefrom.
(5) Gastritis. Severe, chronic gastritis with repeated symptomatology and
hospitalization and confirmed by gastroscopic examination.
(6) Hepatitis, chronic. When, after a reasonable time (1 to 2 years) following the
acute stage, symptoms persist, and there is objective evidence of impaired liver
function.
(7) Hernia.
(a)

Hiatus hernia. Severe symptoms not relieved by dietary or medical
therapy, or recurrent bleeding in spite of prescribed treatment.

(b)

Other. If operative repair is contraindicated for medical reasons or when
not amenable to surgical repair.

(8) Ileitis, regional. (Crohn’s disease); Except when responding well to ordinary
treatment other than oral corticosteroids or immune-suppressant medications.
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(9) Pancreatitis, chronic. Frequent severe abdominal pain; or steatorrhea or
disturbance of glucose metabolism requiring hypoglycemic agents.
(10) Peritoneal adhesions. Recurring episodes of intestinal obstruction
characterized by abdominal colicky pain, vomiting, and intractable
constipation requiring frequent hospital admissions.
(11) Proctitis, chronic. Moderate to severe symptoms of bleeding, or painful
defecation, tenesmus, and diarrhea, with repeated hospital admissions.
(12) Ulcer, peptic, duodenal, or gastric. Repeated incapacitation or absences from
duty because of recurrence of symptoms (pain, vomiting, or bleeding) in spite
of good medical management, and supported by laboratory, x-ray, and
endoscopic evidence of activity.
(13) Ulcerative colitis. Except when responding well to ordinary treatment other
than oral corticosteroids or immune-suppressant medications.
(14) Rectum, stricture of. Severe symptoms of obstruction characterized by
intractable constipation, pain on defecation, difficult bowel movements
requiring the regular use of laxatives or enemas, or requiring repeated
hospitalization.
b. Surgery.
(1) Colectomy, partial. When more than mild symptoms of diarrhea remain or if
complicated by colostomy.
(2) Colostomy. When permanent.
(3) Enterostomy. When permanent.
(4) Gastrectomy.

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(a)

Total.

(b)

Subtotal, with or without vagotomy, or gastrojejunostomy, with or
without vagotomy, when, in spite of good medical management, the
individual:
1

develops "dumping syndrome" that persists for 6 months
postoperatively; or

2

develops frequent episodes of epigastric distress with characteristic
circulatory symptoms or diarrhea persisting 6 months
postoperatively; or

3

continues to demonstrate significant weight loss 6 months
postoperatively. Preoperative weight representative of obesity
should not be taken as a reference point in making this assessment.

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Not to be confused with "dumping syndrome," and not ordinarily
considered as representative of unfitness are: postoperative
symptoms such as moderate feeling of fullness after eating; the need
to avoid or restrict ingestion of high carbohydrate foods; the need
for daily schedule of a number of small meals with or without
additional "snacks."

(5) Gastrostomy. When permanent.
(6) Ileostomy. When permanent.
(7) Pancreatectomy.
(8) Pancreaticoduodenostomy, pancreaticogastrostomy, pancreaticojejunostomy.
Followed by more than mild symptoms of digestive disturbance, or requiring
insulin.
(9) Proctectomy.
(10) Proctopexy, proctoplasty, proctorrhaphy, or proctotomy. If fecal incontinence
remains after appropriate treatment.
10. Endocrine and Metabolic Conditions (Diseases).
a. Acromegaly. With function impairment.
b. Adrenal hyperfunction. That does not respond to therapy satisfactorily or where
replacement therapy presents serious problems in management.
c. Adrenal hypofunction. Requiring medication for control.
d. Diabetes Insipidus. Unless mild, with good response to treatment.
e. Diabetes Mellitus. When requiring insulin or not controlled by oral medications.
f. Goiter. With symptoms of breathing obstruction with increased activity, unless
correctable.
g. Gout. With frequent acute exacerbations in spite of therapy, or with severe bone,
joint, or kidney damage.
h. Hyperinsulinism. When caused by a malignant tumor, or when the condition is not
readily controlled.
i. Hyperparathyroidism. When residuals or complications of surgical correction such
as renal disease or bony deformities preclude the reasonable performance of military
duty.
j. Hyperthyroidism. Severe symptoms, with or without evidence of goiter, that do not
respond to treatment.

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k. Hypoparathyroidism. With objective evidence and severe symptoms not controlled
by maintenance therapy.
l. Hypothyroidism. With objective evidence and severe symptoms not controlled by
medication.
m. Osteomalacia. When residuals after therapy preclude satisfactory performance of
duty.
11. Genitourinary System.
a. Genitourinary conditions.
(1) Cystitis. When complications or residuals of treatment themselves preclude
satisfactory performance of duty.
(2) Dysmenorrhea. Symptomatic, irregular cycle, not amenable to treatment, and
of such severity as to necessitate recurrent absences of more than l day/month.
(3) Endometriosis. Symptomatic and incapacitating to degree that necessitates
recurrent absences of more than 1 day/month.
(4) Hypospadias. Accompanied by chronic infection of the genitourinary tract or
instances where the urine is voided in such a manner as to soil clothes or
surroundings, and the condition is not amenable to treatment.
(5) Incontinence of urine. Due to disease or defect not amenable to treatment and
so severe as to necessitate recurrent absences from duty.
(6) Menopausal syndrome, physiologic or artificial. With more than mild mental
and constitutional symptoms.
(7) Strictures of the urethra or ureter. Severe and not amenable to treatment.
(8) Urethritis, chronic. Not responsive to treatment and necessitating frequent
absences from duty.
b. Kidney.
(1) Calculus in kidney. Bilateral or symptomatic and not responsive to treatment.
(2) Congenital abnormality. Bilateral, resulting in frequent or recurring infections,
or when there is evidence of obstructive uropathy not responding to medical or
surgical treatment.
(3) Cystic kidney (polycystic kidney). When symptomatic and renal function is
impaired, or if the focus of frequent infection.
(4) Glomerulonephritis, chronic.
(5) Hydronephrosis. More than mild, or bilateral, or causing continuous or
frequent symptoms.
(6) Hypoplasia of the kidney. Associated with elevated blood pressure or frequent
infections and not controlled by surgery.

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(7) Nephritis, chronic.
(8) Nephrosis.
(9) Perirenal abscess. With residuals that preclude satisfactory performance of
duty.
(10) Pyelonephritis or pyelitis. Chronic, that has not responded to medical or
surgical treatment, with evidence of persistent hypertension, eyeground
changes, or cardiac abnormalities.
(11) Pyonephrosis. Not responding to treatment.
c. Genitourinary and Gynecological Surgery.
(1) Cystectomy.
(2) Cystoplasty. If reconstruction is unsatisfactory or if residual urine persists in
excess of 50 cc or if refractory symptomatic infection persists.
(3) Nephrectomy. When, after treatment, there is infection or pathology in the
remaining kidney.
(4) Nephrostomy. If drainage persists.
(5) Oophorectomy. When, following treatment and convalescent period, there
remain incapacitating mental or constitutional symptoms.
(6) Penis, amputation of.
(7) Pyelostomy. If drainage persists.
(8) Ureterocolostomy.
(9) Ureterocystostomy. When both ureters are markedly dilated with irreversible
changes.
(10) Ureterocystostomy, cutaneous.
(11) Ureteroplasty.
(a)

When unilateral procedure is unsuccessful and nephrectomy is
necessary, consider on the basis of the standard for a nephrectomy.

(b)

When bilateral, evaluate residual obstruction or hydronephrosis and
consider unfitness on the basis of the residuals involved.

(12) Ureterosigmoidostomy.
(13) Ureterostomy. External or cutaneous.
(14) Urethrostomy. When a satisfactory urethra cannot be restored.
12. Extremities.
a. Upper.
(1) Amputations. Amputation of part or parts of an upper extremity equal to or
greater than any of the following:

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(a)

a thumb proximal to the interphalangeal joints;

(b)

two fingers of one hand; or

(c)

one finger, other than the little finger, at the metacarpophalangeal joint
and the thumb of the same hand at the interphalangeal joint.

(2) Joint ranges of motion. Motion that does not equal or exceed the
measurements listed below. Measurements must be made with a goniometer
and conform to the methods illustrated in 3-F-EXHIBIT 1.
(a)

(b)

Shoulder.
1

Forward elevation to 90° .

2

Abduction to 90° .

Elbow
1

Flexion to 100° .

2

Extension to 60° .

(c)

Wrist. A total range, extension plus flexion, of 15°

(d)

Hand. For this purpose, combined joint motion is the arithmetic sum of
the motion at each of the three finger joints.
1

An active flexor value of combined joint motions of 135° in each of
two or more fingers of the same hand.

2

An active extensor value of combined joint motions of 75° in each
of the same two or more fingers.

3

Limitation of motion of the thumb that precludes apposition to at
least two finger tips.

(3) Recurrent dislocations of the shoulder. When not repairable or surgery is
contraindicated
b. Lower.
(1) Amputations.
(a)

Loss of a toe or toes that precludes the ability to run, or walk without a
perceptible limp, or to engage in fairly strenuous jobs.

(b)

Any loss greater than that specified above to include foot, leg, or thigh.

(2) Feet.

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(a)

Hallux valgus. When moderately severe, with exostosis or rigidity and
pronounced symptoms; or severe with arthritic changes.

(b)

Pes Planus. Symptomatic more than moderate, with pronation on weight
bearing that prevents wearing military shoes, or when associated with
vascular changes.

(c)

Talipes cavus. When moderately severe, with moderate discomfort on
prolonged standing and walking, metatarsalgia, or that prevents wearing
a military shoe.

(3) Internal derangement of the knee. Residual instability following remedial
measures, if more than moderate; or with recurring episodes of effusion or
locking, resulting in frequent incapacitation.
(4) Joint ranges of motion. Motion that does not equal or exceed the
measurements listed below. Measurements must be made with a goniometer
and conform to the methods illustrated in 3-F-EXHIBIT 2.
(a)

(b)

(c)

Hip.
1

Flexion to 90° .

2

Extension to 0 .

Knee.
1

Flexion to 90° .

2

Extension to 15°

Ankle.
1

Dorsiflexion to 10°

2

Plantar Flexion to 10°

(5) Shortening of an extremity. Which exceeds two inches.
c. Miscellaneous.
(1) Arthritis.
(a)

Due to infection. Associated with persistent pain and marked loss of
function with x-ray evidence and documented history of recurring
incapacity for prolonged periods.

(b)

Due to trauma. When surgical treatment fails or is contraindicated and
there is functional impairment of the involved joint that precludes
satisfactory performance of duty.

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(c)

Osteoarthritis. Severe symptoms associated with impaired function,
supported by x-ray evidence and documented history of recurrent
incapacity for prolonged periods.

(d)

Rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatoid myositis. Substantiated history of
frequent incapacitating and prolonged periods supported by objective
and subjective findings.

(e)

Seronegative Spondylarthropaties. Severe symptoms associated with
impaired function, supported by X-ray evidence and documented history
of recurrent incapacity for prolonged periods.

(2) Chondromalacia or Osteochondritis Dessicans. Severe, manifested by frequent
joint effusion, more than moderate interference with function or with severe
residuals from surgery.
(3) Fractures.
(a)

Malunion. When, after appropriate treatment, there is more than
moderate malunion with marked deformity or more than moderate loss
of function.

(b)

Nonunion. When, after an appropriate healing period, the nonunion
precludes satisfactory performance of military duty.

(c)

Bone fusion defect. When manifested by more than moderate pain or
loss of function.

(d)

Callus, excessive, following fracture. When functional impairment
precludes satisfactory performance of duty and the callus does not
respond to adequate treatment.

(4) Joints.
(a)

Arthroplasty. With severe pain, limitation of motion and function.

(b)

Bony or fibrous ankylosis. Severe pain involving major joints or spinal
segments in an unfavorable position, or with marked loss of function.

(c)

Contracture of joint. Marked loss of function and the condition is not
remediable by surgery.

(d)

Loose bodies within a joint. Marked functional impairment complicated
by arthritis that precludes favorable treatment or not remediable by
surgery.

(5) Muscles.

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(a)

Flaccid paralysis of one or more muscles, producing loss of function that
precludes satisfactory performance of duty following surgical correction
or if not remediable by surgery.

(b)

Spastic paralysis of one or more muscles producing loss of function that
precludes satisfactory performance of duty.

(6) Myotonia congenita.
(7) Osteitis deformans. Involvement of single or multiple bones with resultant
deformities, or symptoms severely interfering with function.
(8) Osteoarthropathy, hypertrophic, secondary. Moderately severe to severe pain
present with joint effusion occurring intermittently in one or multiple joints
and with at least moderate loss of function.
(9) Osteomyelitis, chronic. Recurrent episodes not responsive to treatment, and
involving the bone to a degree that interferes with stability and function.
(10) Tendon transplant. Fair or poor restoration of function with weakness that
seriously interferes with the function of the affected part.
13. Spine, Scapulae, Ribs, and Sacroiliac Joints.
a. Congenital anomalies.
(1) Spina bifida. Demonstrable signs and moderate symptoms of root or cord
involvement.
(2) Spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis. With more than mild symptoms resulting
in repeated hospitalization or significant assignment limitation.
b. Coxa vara. More than moderate with pain, deformity, and arthritic changes.
c. Herniation of nucleus pulposus. More than mild symptoms following appropriate
treatment or remediable measures, with sufficient objective findings to demonstrate
interference with the satisfactory performance of duty.
d. Kyphosis. More than moderate, or interfering with function, or causing unmilitary
appearance.
e. Scoliosis. Severe deformity with over two inches of deviation of tips of spinous
processes from the midline.
14. Skin and Cellular Tissues.
a. Acne. Severe, unresponsive to treatment, and interfering with the satisfactory
performance of duty or wearing of the uniform or other military equipment.
b. Atopic dermatitis. More than moderate or requiring periodic hospitalization.
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d. Cysts and tumors. See section 3-F-20.
e. Dermatitis herpetiformis. Which fails to respond to therapy.
f. Dermatomyositis.
g. Dermographism. Interfering with satisfactory performance of duty.
h. Eczema, chronic. Regardless of type, when there is more than minimal involvement
and the condition is unresponsive to treatment and interferes with the satisfactory
performance of duty.
i. Elephantiasis or chronic lymphedema. Not responsive to treatment.
j. Epidermolysis bullosa.
k. Erythema multiforme. More than moderate and chronic or recurrent.
l. Exfoliative dermatitis. Chronic.
m. Fungus infections, superficial or systemic. If not responsive to therapy and
interfering with the satisfactory performance of duty.
n. Hidradenitis suppurative and folliculitis decalvans.
o. Hyperhydrosis. Of the hands or feet, when severe or complicated by a dermatitis or
infection, either fungal or bacterial, and not amenable to treatment.
p. Leukemia cutis and mycosis fungoides.
q. Lichen planus. Generalized and not responsive to treatment.
r. Lupus erythematous. Chronic with extensive involvement of the skin and mucous
membranes and when the condition does not respond to treatment.
s. Neurofibromatosis. If repulsive in appearance or when interfering with satisfactory
performance of duty.
t. Panniculitis. Relapsing febrile, nodular.
u. Parapsoriasis. Extensive and not controlled by treatment.
v. Pemphigus. Not responsive to treatment, and with moderate constitutional or
systemic symptoms, or interfering with satisfactory performance of duty.
w. Psoriasis. Extensive and not controllable by treatment.
x. Radiodermatitis. If resulting in malignant degeneration at a site not amenable to
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y. Scars and keloids. So extensive or adherent that they seriously interfere with the
function of an extremity.
z. Scleroderma. Generalized, or of the linear type that seriously interferes with the
function of an extremity or organ.
aa. Ulcers of the skin. Not responsive to treatment after an appropriate period of time or
if interfering with satisfactory performance of duty.
bb. Urticaria. Chronic, severe, and not amenable to treatment.
cc. Xanthoma. Regardless of type, but only when interfering with the satisfactory
performance of duty.
dd. Other skin disorders. If chronic, or of a nature that requires frequent medical care or
interferes with satisfactory performance of military duty.
15. Neurological Disorders.
a. Amyotrophic sclerosis, lateral.
b. Atrophy, muscular, myelopathic. Includes severe residuals of poliomyelitis.
c. Atrophy, muscular. Progressive muscular atrophy.
d. Chorea. Chronic and progressive.
e. Convulsive disorders. (This does not include convulsive disorders caused by, and
exclusively incident to the use of, alcohol.) Following a seizure, the member is
NFFD, and will remain unfit until he/she is controlled with medications with no
seizures for twelve months. A medical board is not required if the convulsive
disorder is well controlled.
f. Friedreich's ataxia.
g. Hepatolenticular degeneration.
h. Migraine. Manifested by frequent incapacitating attacks or attacks that last for
several consecutive days and unrelieved by treatment.
i. Multiple sclerosis.
j. Myelopathy transverse.
k. Narcolepsy, cataplexy, and hypersomnolence.
l. Obstructive Sleep Apnea. when not correctable by use of CPAP or surgical means.
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n. Peripheral nerve conditions.
(1) Neuralgia. When symptoms are severe, persistent, and not responsive to
treatment.
(2) Neuritis. When manifested by more than moderate, permanent functional
impairment.
o. Syringomyelia.
p. General. Any other neurological condition, regardless of etiology, when after
adequate treatment, there remain residuals, such as persistent severe headaches,
convulsions not controlled by medications, weakness or paralysis of important
muscle groups, deformity, incoordination, pain or sensory disturbance, disturbance
loss of consciousness, speech or mental defects, or personality changes of such a
degree as to definitely interfere with the performance of duty.
16. Psychiatric Disorders. (see section 5-B concerning disposition)
a. Disorders with Psychotic Features. Recurrent psychotic episodes, existing symptoms
or residuals thereof, or recent history of psychotic reaction sufficient to interfere with
performance of duty or with social adjustment.
b. Affective disorders; anxiety, somatoform, or dissociative disorders. Persistence or
recurrence of symptoms sufficient to require treatment (medication, counseling,
psychological or psychiatric therapy) for greater than 6 months. Regardless of the
length of treatment, any member requiring medication for any of the above disorders
must be removed from aviation duty. (Incapacity of motivation or underlying
personality traits or disorders will be administratively handled see “Personnel
Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series) for further guidance”.
c. Mood disorders. Bipolar disorders or recurrent major depression. All other mood
disorders associated with suicide attempt, untreated substance abuse, requiring
hospitalization or requiring treatment (including medication, counseling,
psychological or psychiatric therapy) for more than 6 months, or requiring more than
36 months of prophylactic treatment (while asymptomatic) following initial therapy.
Prophylactic treatment requiring more than one drug associated with significant side
effects (such as sedation, dizziness or cognitive changes) or frequent follow-up that
limit duty options. Any member requiring medication for any of the above disorders
must be removed from aviation duty, but may request waiver from CGPC.
(Incapacity of motivation or underlying personality traits or disorders will be
administratively handled see “Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series)
for further guidance.”
d. Personality; sexual; factitious; psychoactive substance use disorders; personality
trait(s); disorders of impulse control not elsewhere classified. These conditions may
render an individual administratively unfit rather than unfit because of a physical
impairment. Interference with performance of effective duty will be dealt with
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e. Adjustment Disorders. Transient, situational maladjustment due to acute or special
stress does not render an individual unfit because of physical impairment. However,
if these conditions are recurrent and interfere with military duty, are not amenable to
treatment, or require prolonged treatment, administrative separation should be
recommended (see Section 5-B).
f. Disorders usually first evident in infancy, childhood, or adolescence, disorders of
intelligence. These disorders, to include developmental disorders, may render an
individual administratively unfit rather than unfit because of a physical impairment.
Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia are processed through PDES, while the remaining are
handled administratively, if the condition significantly impacts, or has the potential
to significantly impact performance of duties (health, mission, and/or safety). See
section 5-B of this Manual and Chapter 12 of the personnel manual for further
guidance.
17. Dental. Diseases and abnormalities of the jaws or associated tissues when, following
restorative surgery, there remain residual conditions that are incapacitating or interfere
with the individual's satisfactory performance of military duty, or deformities that are
disfiguring. Personnel must be in a Class 1 or Class 2 dental status (see figure 3-C-2) to
execute sea duty or overseas duty orders. Prior service personnel must meet the
enlistment dental standards contained in section 3-D.
18. Blood and Blood-Forming Tissue Diseases. When response to therapy is unsatisfactory,
or when therapy requires prolonged, intensive medical supervision.
a. Anemia.
b. Hemolytic disease, chronic and symptomatic.
c. Leukemia, chronic.
d. Polycythemia.
e. Purpura and other bleeding diseases. Any condition requiring long-term coumadin.
f. Thromboembolic disease.
g. Splenomegaly, chronic.
19. Systemic Diseases, General Defects, and Miscellaneous Conditions.
a. Systemic Diseases.
(3) Blastomycosis.
(4) Brucellosis. Chronic with substantiated recurring febrile episodes, severe
fatigability, lassitude, depression, or general malaise.
(5) Leprosy. Any type.
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(7) Porphyria Cutanea Tarda.
(8) Sarcoidosis. Progressive, with severe or multiple organ involvement and not
responsive to therapy.
(9) Tuberculosis (TB).
(a)

Meningitis, tuberculosis.

(b)

Pulmonary TB, tuberculous empyema, and tuberculous pleurisy.

(c)

TB of the male genitalia. Involvement of the prostate or seminal vesicles
and other instances not corrected by surgical excision, or when residuals
are more than minimal, or are symptomatic.

(d)

TB of the female genitalia.

(e)

TB of the kidney.

(f)

TB of the larynx.

(g)

TB of the lymph nodes, skin, bone, joints, eyes, intestines, and
peritoneum or mesentery will be evaluated on an individual basis
considering the associated involvement, residuals, and complications.

(10) Symptomatic neurosyphilis. In any form.
b. General Defects.
(1) Visceral, abdominal, or cerebral allergy. Severe or not responsive to therapy.
(2) Cold injury. Evaluate on severity and extent of residuals, or loss of parts as
outlined in section 3-F-12.
c. Miscellaneous Conditions.
(1) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia , and Myofascial Syndrome when
not controlled by medication or with reliably diagnosed depression.
d. Conditions that individually or in combination, not elsewhere provided for in this
section, if:
(1) the individual is precluded from a reasonable fulfillment of the purpose of
employment in the military service; or
(2) the individual's health or well-being would be compromised if allowed to
remain in the military service; or
(3) the individual's retention in the military service would prejudice the best
interests of the Government.
(4) required chronic and continuous DEA controlled (Class I-V) medications, such
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(5) required chronic anti-coagulant, other than aspirin, such as Coumadin.
20. Tumors and Malignant Diseases.
a. Malignant Neoplasms. Which are unresponsive to therapy or when the residuals of
treatment are in themselves disqualifying under other provisions of this section or in
individuals on active duty when they preclude satisfactory performance of duty.
b. Neoplastic Conditions of Lymphoid and Blood Forming Tissues. Render an
individual unfit for further military service.
c. Benign Neoplasms. Except as noted below, benign neoplasms are not generally a
cause of unfitness because they are usually remediable. Individuals who refuse
treatment are unfit only if their condition precludes satisfactory performance of
military duty. However, the following normally render the individual unfit for
further military service:
(1) Ganglioneuroma; or
(2) Meningeal fibroblastoma. When brain is involved.
21. Sexually Transmitted Disease. Complications or residuals of such chronicity or degree
of severity that the individual is incapable of performing useful duty.
Complications or residuals of such chronicity or degree of severity that the individual is
incapable of performing useful duty.
22. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). A member who is discovered to be HIV
positive (infected with HIV) by confirmatory testing is not world-wide deployable. An
HIV positive member who continues to fully perform his duties is fit for duty ashore.
After the member has been initially evaluated at the appropriate DoD MTF per Chapter
3, Section C, Paragraph 20.b.(9)(e) of this manual, the supporting medical officer shall
obtain a copy of the written narrative detailing the member's medical condition and
forward it to G-WKH via the cognizant MLC(k). The Narrative shall be marked
confidential. G-WKH will advise CGPC that the member is not worldwide deployable
but will not forward information as to the members diagnosis. Determination of duty
assignments shall than be made by CGPC Assignments Officers cognizant of the
members duty restriction. The member's supporting medical officer shall obtain copies
of the ANNUAL medical evaluation narratives from the appropriate DoD MTF and
submit them (marked as confidential) to G-WKH via MLC(k). A medical board shall be
initiated when progression of the disease adversely impacts the member's ability to
perform his duties. Taking medication for HIV disease is not necessarily in itself reason
to initiate a medical board.
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Section G Physical Standards for Aviation.
1.

Classification of Aviation Personnel.
a. Aviation Personnel in General. Classification of Coast Guard aviation personnel is
similar to that prescribed for Navy aviation personnel. The term "aviation
personnel" includes all individuals who, in the performance of their duty, are
required to make frequent aerial flights. Aviation personnel are divided into two
classes: Class 1 and Class 2.
b. Class 1. Class 1 consists of aviation personnel engaged in actual control of aircraft,
which includes aviators, student aviators, and student flight surgeons that are chosen
to perform solo flights.
c. Class 1R. Class 1R consists of aviation personnel engaged in actual control of
aircraft who:
(1) meet Class 1 standards but are age 50 or over; or
(2) have a waiver (temporary or permanent) of physical standards which forbids
unrestricted flight. The flight restriction(s) to which the Class 1R pilot is
subject will be defined by the waiver authority. In all cases, however, Class
1R aviators will fly as a dual pilot with a Class 1 aviator.
d. Changing Classes. Except for changes in class due solely to age, individuals
requiring a change in their classification for more than two months must submit the
following to Commander CGPC:
(1) SF-502, Narrative Summary, completed by a flight surgeon/aviation medical
officer stating the need for the class change and whether a permanent or
temporary change is requested; and
(2) command endorsement.
e. Class 2. Class 2 consists of aviation personnel not engaged in actual control of
aircraft. This includes aviation observers, technical observers, flight surgeons,
aviation medical officers, aviation MEDEVAC specialists, flight officers, aircrew
members, air traffic controllers, and other persons ordered to duty involving flying.

2.

General Instructions for Aviation Examinations.
a. Object of Aviation Physical Examinations.
(1) The examination for flying shall be limited to members of the aeronautical
organization and authorized candidates. The object of an aviation physical
examination is to ensure individuals involved in aviation are physically and
mentally qualified for such duty, and to remove from aviation those who are
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(2) The main objective in examining candidates for flight training is selecting
individuals who can fly safely and continue to do so for at least 20 years.
(3) For designated aviators, the objective is to determine if the individual can fly
safely during the next 24 months.
b. Performance of Aviation Physical Examinations. To promote safety and to provide
uniformity and completeness, an aviation physical examination must be performed
by a currently qualified flight surgeon/aviation medical officer (AMO) authorized by
the Commandant. Only physicians who have successfully passed a course at a
school of aviation medicine of the U. S. Armed Forces leading to the designation of
"Aviation Medical Officer" or "Flight Surgeon" are so authorized. Civilian
physicians who were military flight surgeons and who are currently certified by the
Federal Aviation Administration as aviation medical examiners may also be
authorized.
c. Scope of Aviation Physical Examination. In addition to the general service
requirements specified in section 3-D, certain special requirements must be met by
the various categories of individuals concerned with aviation. The extent of the
examination and the physical standards vary for the several categories of aviation
personnel. The term "flight or aviation physical examination" is therefore
incomplete unless the character of the duty that the examinee is to perform is
specified--this incomplete term shall not be used in item #16 of DD-2808 (rev 10-94)
as the purpose of the examination. Examiners shall conduct aviation physical
examinations in accordance with the general procedures specified in this section and
in section 3-C.
d. Required Aviation Physical Examinations. Each individual in the Service who is
assigned to duty requiring performance of frequent aerial flights, regardless of
classification, must have passed an aviation physical within the preceding 24 months.
In some cases, more frequent examinations are required. Aviation physical
examinations are required as indicated in this section. They may also be ordered
whenever needed to determine an individual's physical fitness for the type aviation
duty to which assigned.
(1) Entry on Active Duty. Reserve aviation personnel who perform frequent aerial
flights must have passed an aviation physical examination, commensurate with
the type of duty to be performed, within the 24 months preceding active duty
or active duty for training. Aviators who are not members of aviation reserve
units must have satisfactorily passed an aviation physical examination within
six months immediately preceding the actual control of aircraft.
(2) Biennial. All aviation personnel, including Reservists on inactive duty for
training, who will actually control aircraft or perform frequent aerial flights
must obtain a biennial aviation physical examination commensurate with the
type of duty to be performed. The examination is required every two (2) years
after initial designation. Upon reaching age 50, the examinations become
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(3) Direct Commission. An aviation physical examination is required prior to
direct commissioning of aviators in the Reserve. The aviator is required to
meet Class I standards.
(4) Candidates for Designation as Class 1. All candidates for flight training,
whether or not they are already in the Service, must pass a physical
examination for flight training duty. The examination date must not precede
the application date by more than 12 months.
(5) Candidates for Designation as Class 2. An approved aviation physical
examination less than 24 months old is required both when applying for a
Class 2 aviation training program and prior to a Class 2 designation.
(6) FAA Airmen Medical Certificate. After receiving Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) training, Coast
Guard flight surgeons/AMOs may request authorization from Commandant
(G-WKH) to perform Second and Third Class physical examinations and issue
FAA Medical Certificates to all military personnel on active duty including
active duty for training. The FAA Administrator furnishes AME's with the
necessary instructions, guides, and forms required for this purpose. Except in
those instances where there is a military requirement for FAA certification,
examination and issuance of medical certificates shall not interfere with the
flight surgeon's primary duties. Whenever possible, certificates should be
obtained in conjunction with a required aviation physical examination.
(7) Aircraft Accidents. Any Coast Guard member involved in a Class A or B
aircraft mishap in which damage to the aircraft or injury to any crewmember
occurs shall undergo a complete aviation physical examination as part of the
mishap investigation. Examinations after other mishaps are left to the
discretion of the flight surgeon/AMO.
(8) Quinquennial. The quinquennial examination of a Reserve aviation special
duty officer must be an aviation physical examination.
(9) Separation. An aviation physical examination is not required of aviation
personnel being separated from active duty. The requirements for examination
are the same as those for the separation from active duty of non-aviation
personnel.
e. Boards. Assignment to and continuation of duty involving flying is an
administrative process. Except for enlisted personnel in aviation ratings, fitness to
perform aviation duties is a determination independent of the determination of fitness
for continued service.
(1) Board of Flight Surgeons. When a fitness for continued service determination
is not required or in cases where the disposition is appropriately administrative
[e.g., a condition not a ratable disability or covered under sections 12-A or 4-C
of the Personnel Manual,COMDTINST M1000.6 (series)] a Board of Flight
Surgeons shall be convened. The board shall consist of two medical officers,
one of whom must be a flight surgeon or AMO. When formation of such a
board is not feasible, a single flight surgeon/AMO may be considered the
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minimum with the approval of Commandant (G-WKH). An example of the
appropriate use of a Board of Flight Surgeons is an aviator found not
aeronautically adaptable due to fear of flying. The results of the board shall be
recorded on a Narrative Summary (SF-502) and submitted to Commander
CGPC via the appropriate chain of command.
(2) Special Board of Flight Surgeons.
(a)

The U.S. Navy has established this board to consider unusual,
complicated, or controversial cases beyond the capabilities or experience
level of a local Board of Flight Surgeons. The Naval Aerospace Medical
Institute (NAMI) is staffed and equipped to evaluate such cases. Special
Boards must be arranged through Commandant (G-WKH).

(b)

NAMI specialists may be requested as consultants without convening a
full Special Board. Specialty consultations may be requested and
arranged by local command.

f. Reporting Fitness for Flying Duties.
(1) Aviation personnel admitted to the sicklist or hospitalized shall be suspended
from all duty involving flying. Upon the recommendation of a medical officer
(not restricted to a flight surgeon/aviation medical officer), the commanding
officer may relieve from flying duty or suspend the flight training of an
individual deemed unfit for such duty. In all instances, a Grounding Notice
(Aero-Medical NAVMED 6410/1) shall be issued.
(2) When aviation personnel are subsequently deemed fit to resume flying duties,
they shall be examined by a flight surgeon/ aviation medical officer and a
Clearance Notice (Aero-Medical NAVMED 6410/2) shall be submitted to the
commanding officer. Based on this recommendation, the commanding officer
may authorize resumption of such duty or training.
(3) Class 1 or 2 aviation personnel, upon reporting to a new duty station or upon
returning from an extended absence from flying duty for any reason or when
otherwise indicated, shall be interviewed by a flight surgeon/aviation medical
officer in order to determine their current health, verify that a current aviation
physical examination has been conducted, and to administratively review their
health record. If the flight surgeon/aviation medical officer deems it
appropriate, a physical examination may be conducted to determine their
physical fitness to continue or resume their flying duties. The appropriate
Grounding or Clearance Notice shall be completed in all such cases and the
necessary notation made in the individual's health record on an SF-600.
Specific guidance for some special circumstances are:
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Alcohol Abuse. Members under aviation class 1 or 2 retention standards
involved in alcohol related incidents or who are referred for alcohol
screening shall be recommended for grounding. If, after alcohol
screening, a specific medical diagnosis of Alcohol Abuse (305.00 DSM
III-R) or Alcohol Dependence (303.90 DSM III-R) cannot be made, the
individual can be returned to aviation duties without a formal waiver.
Those aviation personnel who are diagnosed as Alcohol Abusers or
Alcohol Dependent can return to duties involving flight only after
favorable action by the appropriate waiver authority. In addition, class 2
aircrewmen with either of these diagnoses must be cleared by the flight
surgeon/AMO before returning to flight-line duties or activities
involving aircraft maintenance. Candidates for Student Naval Aviator or
Aircrew Candidates with a history of alcohol dependence or abuse will
be considered for a waiver after successful rehabilitation (outpatient or
inpatient) and an interval of aftercare (1 year for dependence and 90 days
for abuse) dating from the onset of rehabilitation.
1

2

3

The waiver request must include:
a

The flight surgeon's Narrative Summary (SF 502);

b

How the problem was identified;

c

Drinking history: When subject member first drank, history of
DUIs, blackouts, frequent sick-call visits, withdrawal
symptoms, morning drinking, domestic difficulties, impaired
job performance, etc.;

d

Lab data (LFTs, red cell indices, etc.,);

e

Any Narrative Summary from rehabilitation authority;

f

Commanding officer's endorsement in accordance with
paragraph 3-A-8.d.(2). This must include details of any
mandated aftercare plan.

The waiver process should not be initiated until the aviation
member:
a

Completes Level II or III rehabilitation program or the civilian
equivalent;

b

Demonstrates compliance with their aftercare program for at
least three months.

Waiver contingencies will usually incorporate the recommendations
of the rehabilitation authority and may include one or more of the
following:
a

Total abstinence;

b

Active participation in a sobriety program (which includes AA);

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c
(c)

Follow-up by the flight surgeon at least quarterly for a year then
at least annually thereafter.

Pregnancy. After confirmation of pregnancy, female members should
not be assigned to duties involving flight until cleared by her flight
surgeon (FS)/aviation medical officer (AMO). Nausea, decreased
appetite, easy fatigability, dizziness, and vaginal bleeding are some of
the potential problems that may cause the FS/AMO to recommend
temporary grounding for pregnant aviation personnel. Close monitoring
is required by the FS/AMO to ensure early identification of problems
associated with pregnancy, that could be hazardous to the pregnant
member or others. In addition, the FS/AMO will assess the ergonomic
and toxic hazards to which the pregnant member and her fetus may be
exposed in her particular aviation environment. Potential occupational
health problems will be brought to the attention of the patient and the
command. No member will perform duties as a rescue swimmer upon
confirmation of pregnancy. No pregnant member shall perform duties
involving flying after the end of the second trimester, nor shall they
undergo chamber (physiologic) training or training involving swimming
after the end of the second trimester. (Note: Any pregnant member
undergoing chamber or dunker training must receive, from a flight
surgeon or AMO, a status profile chit indicating she is "OK
DIF/Dunker/Chamber.")

(4) Areas without flight surgeons/AMOs assigned or when the assigned flight
surgeon/AMO is on leave or TAD:
(a)

The authority to issue a Grounding Notice includes all medical officers,
dental officers, and health service technicians.

(b)

Flight surgeons (FS) and aviation medical officers (AMO) are the only
personnel authorized to issue clearance notices (ie. Up chits) for the
resumption of flight duties. In the absence of an assigned flight surgeon,
MOs, DOs, and HSs may issue a clearance notice related to the scope of
the specialty of the provider after concurrence has been received from an
FS or AMO. Concurrence can be obtained by either message or verbal
communication. Clearance notices issued by an MO, DO, or HS must
include the name, rank, and duty station of the authorizing FS/AMO as
well as the time and date of communication for authorization.

(c)

Channels of communication between commands without flight
surgeons/AMOs and the nearest USMTF with a flight surgeon will be
established to facilitate concurrence prior to issuing a clearance notice.

g. Reporting Aviation Physical Examinations.
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(a)

Class 1 aviation personnel have passed an aviation physical examination
when a flight surgeon/aviation medical officer or Board of Flight
Surgeons finds that, according to the standards prescribed in this Manual,
the examinee is physically qualified and aeronautically adapted for
actual control of the aircraft, and has been approved by appropriate
Reviewing Authority.

(b)

Class 2 aviation personnel have passed an aviation physical examination
when a flight surgeon or physical evaluation board including a flight
surgeon finds that, according to the standards prescribed in this Manual,
the examinee is physically qualified and aeronautically adapted for
flying, and has been approved by appropriate Reviewing Authority.

(2) Aeronautical Adaptability. After the examination has been completed, the
examiner shall review all the available information and make an assessment of
the individual's qualifications for the type of flying duty to be performed.
Generally, clinical syndromes except adjustment disorders should lead to a
finding of "not physically qualified." Adjustment disorders, psychological
factors affecting physical condition and conditions not attributable to a mental
disorder that are a focus of attention or treatment and Axis II conditions
(personality traits and disorders) as a primary diagnosis should lead to a
finding of "physically qualified but not aeronautically adapted."
(3) Comments and Recommendations. Examiners are encouraged to use the space
on the DD-2808 entitled "Remarks" or "Notes." In this space, the examiner
may express an opinion on specific defects and the examinee's overall
capabilities. Comments by the examinee or the examinee's immediate superior
are occasionally most valuable, especially when removal from flight status is
recommended. Examiners shall enclose such comments in writing as an
addendum to the formal report whenever such information is considered
relevant to making a final recommendation.
3.

Restrictions Until Physically Qualified.
a. Restrictions by Reviewing Authority.
(1) Except as authorized in this section, no person shall assume initial duty
involving the actual control of aircraft until notification has been received from
Commandant (G-WKH) that such person is physically qualified for that duty.
(2) Pending receipt of the endorsed copy of the DD-2808 or other communication
from Commandant (G-WKH) or MLC(k) that the report of routine biennial
physical examination has been approved, aviation personnel are physically
qualified and aeronautically adapted for flight duty if a flight surgeon certifies
that the individual has no physical or mental defect that is disqualifying.
(3) When any member on flight status has been restricted by the Commandant (GWKH) or MLC(k), such restriction remains technically in effect until it is
changed by the same authority. However, in order to avoid delay in the return
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officers are authorized, after consideration of a favorable recommendation
made to Commandant (G-WKH) by a flight surgeon, to waive this technical
restriction pending the action of the Commandant.
b. Restriction by Commanding Officer.
(1) Upon recommendation by any medical officer or other health services
department personnel, the commanding officer may relieve from flying duty or
suspend the flight training of any individual reported physically incapacitated
for such duty or suspend the flight training of any individual reported
physically incapacitated for such duty. When the individual is subsequently
reported physically fit by a flight surgeon, the commanding officer may
authorize resumption of such duty or training.
(2) Aviation personnel may be continued in a flying status pending correction of
minor defects such as obtaining new eyewear prescriptions or dental
restorations with the concurrence of a flight surgeon. When corrective action
is completed, an entry shall be made in Item 73 of the DD-2808 and the
physical then forwarded for review.
4.

Standards for Class l.
a. General. The physical examination and physical standards for Class 1 are the same
as those prescribed in sections 3-C and 3-D of this Manual, as modified by the
following subparagraphs.
b. History.
(1) History of any of the following is disqualifying: seizures, isolated or repetitive
(grand mal, petit mal, psychomotor, or Jacksonian); head injury complicated
by unconsciousness in excess of 12 hours or post traumatic amnesia or
impaired judgment exceeding 48 hours; malaria, until adequate therapy has
been completed and there are no symptoms while off all medication for 3
months.
(2) For persons already in the Coast Guard a complete review of their health
record is most important. Flight surgeons are authorized to postpone the
examination of persons who fail to present their health record at the time of
examination. In exercising this prerogative, due consideration must be made in
cases where access to the individual's health record is administratively
impracticable.
c. Therapeutics and General Fitness. Note on the DD-2808 if the individual received
medication or other therapeutic procedures within 24 hours of the examination. In
general, individuals requiring therapeutics or who have observed lowering of general
fitness (dietary, rest, emotional, etc.,) which might affect their flying proficiency
shall not be found qualified for duty involving flying.
d. Each aviation physical will have a Valsalva, SBT (Self Balancing Test), and AA
(Aeronautical Adaptability) performed and noted.

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e. Height. Minimum 157.4 cm (62 inches). Maximum 198 cm (78 inches).
f. Chest. Any condition that serves to impair respiratory function may be cause for
rejection. Pulmonary function tests are recommended to evaluate individuals with a
history of significant respiratory system problems.
g. Cardiovascular System. Cardiac arrhythmia, heart murmur, or other evidence of
cardiovascular abnormalities shall be carefully studied. Evidence of organic heart
disease, rhythm disturbances or vascular diseases, if considered to impair the
performance of flying duties, is cause for rejection.
h. Teeth. The following are disqualifying:
(1) Any carious teeth that would react adversely to sudden changes in barometric
pressure or produce indistinct speech by direct voice or radio transmission.
(2) Any dental defect that would react adversely to sudden changes in barometric
pressure or produce indistinct speech by direct voice or radio transmission.
(3) Fixed active orthodontic appliances require a waiver from CGPC (opm or
epm). (fixed retainers are exempts).
(4) Routine crown and temporary dental work is not disqualifying for aviation
missions. Recommend that temporary crowns be cemented with permanent
cement like polycarboxylate or zinc oxyphosphate cement until the permanent
crown is delivered. Recommend temporary grounding of 6-12 hours after
procedures. Such work may be disqualifying for deployment.
i. Distant Visual Acuity. Distant visual acuity shall be not less than 20/200 in either
eye and if less than 20/20 must be correctable to 20/20 with standard lenses. When
the visual acuity of either eye is less than 20/20 correction shall be worn at all times
while flying.
j. Oculomotor Balance. The following are disqualifying:
(1) esophoria greater than 10 prism diopters;
(2) exophoria greater than 10 prism diopters;
(3) hyperphoria greater than 1.5 prism diopters;
(4) prism divergence at 20 feet and 13 inches is optional. These tests shall be
accomplished only on designated aviators who have sustained significant head
injury, central nervous system disease, or who have demonstrated a change in
their phorias.
k. Eyes. Any pathologic condition that may become worse or interfere with proper eye
function under the environmental and operational conditions of flying disqualifies.
History of radial keratotomy is disqualifying.

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l. Near Visual Acuity. Uncorrected near vision (both eyes) shall be not less than
20/200 correctable to 20/20, with correction worn in multivision lenses while flying
if uncorrected near vision is less than 20/40 in either eye.
m. Color Vision. Normal color perception is required.
n. Depth Perception. Normal depth perception is required. When any correction is
required for normal depth perception it must be worn at all times.
o. Field of Vision. The field of vision for each eye shall be normal as determined by
the finger fixation test. When there is evidence of abnormal contraction of the field
of vision in either eye, the examinee shall be subjected to perimetric study for form.
Any contraction of the form field of 15o or more in any meridian is disqualifying.
p. Refraction. There are no refractive limits.
q. Ophthalmoscopic Examination. Any abnormality disclosed on ophthalmoscopic
examination that materially interferes with normal ocular function is disqualifying.
Other abnormal disclosures indicative of disease, other than those directly affecting
the eyes, shall be considered with regard to the importance of those conditions.
r. Ear. The examination shall relate primarily to equilibrium and the patency of
eustachian tubes. A perforation or evidence of present inflammation is disqualifying.
The presence of a small scar with no hearing deficiency and no evidence of
inflammation, does not disqualify. Perforation, or marked retraction of a drum
membrane associated with chronic ear disease, is disqualifying.
s. Sickle Cell Preparation Test. Quantitative hemoglobin electrophoreses greater than
40% HGs is disqualifying.
5.

Standards for Class 1R. Physical requirements for service are the same as for Class 1,
except:
a. Age 50 or older, or
b. Have a waiver (temporary or permanent) of physical standards that forbids
unrestricted flight.

6.

Candidates for Flight Training.
a. Standards. Candidates for flight training shall meet all the requirements of Class 1,
with the following additions or limitations:
(1) Height. Candidates for Class I training must also satisfy the following
anthropometric requirements: Refer to figure 3-G-1 through figure 3-G-4 for
guidelines on measurements.
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73, DD-2808 (SH_____), see figure 3-G-1 for proper measurements;

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(b)

sitting eye height: 28.5 inches or greater. Record in parentheses in
Item 73, DD-2808 (SEH_____), see figure 3-G-2 for proper
measurements;

(c)

thumb tip reach: 28.5 inches or greater. Record in parentheses in Item
73, DD-2808 (TTR____), see figure 3-G-3 for proper measurements;

(d)

buttock-knee length: 21 inches to 27.9 inches. Record in parentheses
in Item 73, DD-2808 (BKL____), see figure 3-G-3 for proper
measurements;

(e)

add: sitting eye height (SEH) and thumb tip reach (TTR), 57 inches or
greater. Record in parentheses in Item 73, (SEH + TTR =____).

(2) Uncorrected distant visual acuity must be not less than 20/50 each eye and
correctable 20/20 each eye. Uncorrected near visual acuity must be not less
than 20/20 each eye (may be waiverable).
(3) While under the effects of a cycloplegic, the candidate must read 20/20 each
eye. The following are disqualifying:
(a)

total myopia greater than (minus) -2.00 diopters in any meridian;

(b)

total hyperopia greater than (plus) +3.00 diopters in any meridian;

(c)

astigmatism greater than (minus) -0.75 diopters; (Report the astigmatic
correction in terms of the negative cylinder required.)

(d)

the purpose of this cycloplegic examination is to detect large latent
refractive errors that could result in a change of classes during an
aviation career. Therefore, the maximum correction tolerated at an
acuity of 20/20 shall be reported. Cycloplegics reported as any other
acuity, e.g., 20/15 will be returned.

(4) Hearing. Audiometric loss in excess of the limits set forth in the following
table is disqualifying:
FREQUENCY
EITHER EAR

500
30

1000
25

2000
25

3000
45

4000
55

(5) Personality. Must demonstrate, in an interview with the flight surgeon, a
personality make-up of such traits and reaction that will indicate that the
candidate will successfully survive the rigors of the flight training program and
give satisfactory performance under the stress of flying.
(6) Chest x-ray. Aviation trainees must have had a chest x-ray within the past
three years.
(7) Report of Medical History (DD-2807-1). In addition to the normal completion
of the DD-2807-1, the following statement shall be typed in block 29 and
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contact lens for any purpose, and that I am not aware that my uncorrected
vision has ever been less than 20/50." If the applicant cannot sign this
statement, include a full explanation by the examining flight surgeon, and an
ophthalmology consultation.
b. Reporting.
(1) The importance of the physical examination of a candidate should be
recognized not only by the examining flight surgeon but also by health services
personnel assisting in the procedure and preparing the report. Candidates often
come from a great distance or from isolated ships. If the examination cannot
be completed in one working day, seek the commanding officer's help in
making it possible for the candidate to remain available for a second working
day. Careful planning should keep such cases to a minimum. If a report, upon
reaching Commandant (G-WKH), is found to be incomplete and must be
returned, the candidate will suffer undue delay in receiving orders and in some
cases will be completely lost to the Coast Guard as a candidate. The
preparation of the DD-2808 in the case of a candidate requires extreme care by
all concerned.
(2) In a report of the examination of a candidate, rigid adherence to set standards is
expected. The examining officers are encouraged to use freely that portion of
the report that provides for "remarks" or "notes." Comments made under
"remarks" are the examiner's opinion. Information from any source may be
molded into an expression of professional opinion. A final recommendation of
the examiner must be made. When such recommendation is not consistent with
standards set by Commandant (G-K) the examiner shall note that fact on the
form under "remarks" or "notes" and a reasonable explanation made. When
space on an DD-2808 is inadequate, use a Continuation Sheet (SF-507).
7.

Requirements for Class 2 Flight Officers.
a. Flight Officer Candidates. Flight officer candidates shall meet the standards for
Class 1 except that depth perception is not required.
b. Designated Flight Officers. Flight officers shall meet the standards for flight officer
candidate except that uncorrected distant visual acuity must be not less than 20/400
in either eye and shall be correctable to 20/20.

8.

Requirements for Class 2 Aircrew.
a. Aircrew Candidates. Unless otherwise directed by Commander CGPC-epm,
personnel will not be permitted to undergo training leading to the designation of
aircrewmen unless a flight surgeon/aviation medical officer has found them
physically qualified for such training. Should it be desirable, for exceptional
reasons, to place in training a candidate who does not meet the prescribed physical
standards, the commanding officer may submit a request for a waiver, with the DD2808 and DD-2807-1, to Commandant (CGPC), justifying the request. Aircrew
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cm/60 inches and uncorrected distant visual acuity must be not less than 20/100 each
eye, correctable to 20/20 each eye.
b. Designated Aircrew. Aircrew shall meet the standards for Class 1, except the
minimum height is 152.5 cm/60 inches.
9.

Requirements for Class 2 Medical Personnel.
a. Flight Surgeon (FS)/Aviation Medical Officer (AMO)/FS Candidates. While
assigned to a Duty Involving Flight Operations billet, FS/AMOs shall meet the
standards for Designated Flight Officer, except that minimum height is 152.5 cm (60
inches).
b. Aviation MEDEVAC Specialists (AMS)/AMS Candidates. Health Services
technicians (HS) who are assigned to flight orders. Aviation MEDEVAC Specialists
shall meet the standards for Designated Flight Officer, except that minimum height is
152.5 cm (60 inches).

10. Requirements for Class 2 Technical Observers. The term "technical observer" is applied
to personnel who do not possess an aviation designation but who are detailed to duty
involving flying. The examination shall relate primarily to equilibrium and the patency
of eustachian tubes. They shall meet the standards prescribed for general duty. These
personnel are not required to undergo a physical examination for flying provided a
complete physical examination, for any purpose, has been passed within the preceding
60 months and intervening medical history is not significant. The physical examination
need not be conducted by an FS/AMO. Technical observers who are required to
undergo egress training must have a current (general purpose) physical examination and
a status profile chit indicating "OK DIF/Dunker/Chamber."
11. Requirements for Class 2 Air Traffic Controllers. Air traffic controllers, tower
controllers, and ground control approach operators shall meet the general physical
standards for Class 1, except:
a. Articulation. Must speak clearly and distinctly without accent or impediment of
speech that would interfere with radio communication. Voice must be well
modulated and pitched in medium range. Stammering, poor diction, or other
evidence of speech impediments, that become manifest or aggravated under
excitement are disqualifying.
b. Height. Same as general service.
c. Visual Acuity.
(1) Candidate's visual acuity shall be no worse than 20/100 for each eye
correctable to 20/20 each eye and the correction shall be worn while on duty.
(2) Personnel already designated shall have distant visual acuity no worse than
20/200 each eye correctable to 20/20 each eye and the correction shall be worn
while on duty.

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(3) Air traffic controllers whose vision becomes worse than 20/200 either eye may
not engage in the control of air traffic in a control tower but may be otherwise
employed in the duties of their rating.
d. Depth Perception. Normal depth perception is required.
e. Heterophoria. The following are disqualifying:
(1) esophoria or exophoria greater than 6 prism diopters; and
(2) hyperphoria greater than 1 prism diopter.
12. Requirements for Landing Signal Officer (LSO).
a. Physical Examinations for Landing Signal Officer (LSO).
(1) Candidates. Officer and enlisted candidates for training as LSO's shall have a
physical examination prior to the training leading to qualification. LSO duties
for flight deck require stricter visual acuity standards than those for general
duty in the Coast Guard. Examination by a FS/AMO is not required.
(2) Reexamination. Biennial reexamination is required of all currently qualified
LSO's.
b. Physical Standards for LSO's. In addition to the physical standards required for
officer and enlisted personnel, the following standards apply:
(1) Distant Visual Acuity. The uncorrected distant visual acuity shall be no worse
than 20/200 in each eye and must be correctable to 20/20 in each eye. If the
uncorrected distant visual acuity is less than 20/20 in either eye, corrective
lenses must be worn while performing LSO duties.
(2) Depth Perception. Normal depth perception is required.
(3) Color Vision. Normal color perception is required.
13. Contact Lenses.
a. Class 1 personnel may be authorized by their local flight surgeon to wear contact
lenses while flying, provided the following conditions are met:
(1) Only gas permeable disposable soft lenses may be used.
(2) The lenses are to be removed during the hours of sleep.
(3) The lenses are disposed of after 2 weeks of use.
(4) All prescribed optometry follow-up visits are adhered to. After routine safe
use has been established and documented by the prescribing optometric
authority, an annual optometric recheck is the minimum required. A copy of
the record of any visit to an eye care professional will be furnished by the
member to the local flight surgeon for review and placement in the member's
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(5) Following any change in the refractive power of the contact lens, the member
must be checked on the AFVT to ensure that Coast Guard Class I standards for
acuity and depth perception are met. In addition, the flight surgeon shall
document that there is no lens displacement, when user moves his/her eyes
through all 8 extreme ranges of gaze.
(6) Contact lens case, saline for eye use, and an appropriate pair of eyeglasses are
readily accessible (within reach) to the lens wearer while in-flight.
(7) Contact lens candidate submits request to the command agreeing to abide the
above conditions.
(8) The flight surgeon authorizes use of contact lenses after ensuring that such use
is safe and the user fully understands the conditions of use. This authorization
expires after one year. Initial and any annual re-authorizations shall be
documented by an entry in the health record.
(9) Contact lens use is not a requirement for aviation operations. The decision to
apply for authorization is an individual option. Accordingly, lens procurement
and routine optometric care related to contact lens use at government expense
are not authorized.
b. The optional wearing of contact lenses by Class 2 personnel performing duty
involving flying and by air control personnel in the actual performance of their duties
is authorized under the following circumstances:
(1) Individuals are fully acclimated to wearing contact lenses and visual acuity is
fully corrected by such lenses;
(2) Individuals wearing contact lenses while performing flight or air control duties
have on their person, at all times, an appropriate pair of spectacles;
(3) A flight surgeon has specifically authorized the wearing of contact lenses while
performing flight or air control duties (An entry shall be made on SF-600 in
the individual's health record authorizing wearing of contact lenses.); and
(4) Wearing contact lenses while performing aviation duties is an individual
option. Accordingly, procuring contact lenses at government expense is not
authorized.

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Figure 3-G-1

Sitting Height
Purpose
This measurement is important in the design and layout of work stations occupied by Navy personnel. Controls
must be placed in numerous locations, and the minimum acceptable space between the helmet and the canopy of
cockpits must be considered.

Equipment Required
Anthropometer

Measurement Procedure
1.

The subject sits erect facing forward with the head level (see
illustration below), the shoulders and upper arms relaxed, and
the forearms and hands extended forward horizontally with the
palms facing each other. The thighs are parallel, and the knees
are flexed 90° with the feet in line with the thighs.

2.

Measure the vertical distance between the sitting surface and
the top of the head with an anthropometer. The shoulders and
upper extremities should be relaxed. Measure at the maximum
point of quiet respiration.

NOTE: Measurements are to be taken to the nearest eighth of an inch. The measurement should be taken at least twice. If
there is a large variation between the two measurements, recheck the body position and repeat measurements.

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Figure 3-G-2

Eye Height, Sitting
Purpose
Sitting Eye Height plays a decisive role in instrument panel layout, viewing angles, and seat adjustment, since
the pilot must have optimum vision both inside and outside of the cockpit.

Equipment Required
Anthropometer

Measurement Procedure
1.

The subject sits erect facing forward with the head level (see
illustration below), the shoulders and upper arms relaxed, and
the forearms and hands extended forward horizontally with the
palms facing each other. The thighs are parallel and the knees
are flexed 90° with the feet in line with the thighs.

2.

Measure the vertical distance between the sitting surface and
the corner or angle formed by the meeting of the eyelids on the
outer corner of the right eye with an anthropometer.

NOTE: Measurements are to be taken to the nearest eighth of an inch. Measurements should be taken at least twice. If
there is a large variation between the two measurements, recheck body position and repeat measurements.

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Figure 3-G-3

Thumbtip Reach
Purpose
This measurement is important in the design and layout of work stations occupied or used by Navy personnel.
Thumbtip reach is particularly useful for the placement of controls in various locations within cockpits.

Equipment Required
Wall--mounted linear scale.

Measurement Procedure
1.

The subject stands erect in a corner looking straight ahead
with the feet together and heels 7.87 inhes (20 cm) from the
back wall.

2.

With the buttocks and shoulder placed against the wall, the
right arm and hand (palm down) are stretched horizontally
along the scale while the thumb continues along the horizontal
line of the arm with the index finger curving around to touch
the pad at end of the thumb.

3.

The subject’s right shoulder is held against the rear wall. The
horizontal distance from the back wall to the tip of the right
thumb is measured.

NOTE 1: Measurements are to be taken to the nearest eighth of an inch. Measurements should be taken at least twice. If
there is a large variation between the two measurements, recheck body position and repeat measurements.

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Figure 3-G-4

Buttock-Knee Length
Purpose
This measurement is usually associated with ejection seat clearance and threshold values between the knee and
the glare shield (or canopy bow).

Equipment Required
Anthropometer

Measurement Procedure
1.

While the subject sits erect, draw a landmark on the
bottom tip of the right knee cap. The subject’s thighs
should be parallel, with the knees flexed at 90°. The feet
should be in line with the thighs, and lying flat on the
surface of a footrest or the floor.

2.

The anthropometer is placed flush against the buttock
plate at the most posterior point on either buttock, and
the anterior point to the right knee is measured with an
anthropometer.

NOTE 1: Measurements are to be taken to the nearest eighth of an inch. Measurements should be taken at least twice. If
there is a large variation between the two measurements, recheck body position and repeat measurements.

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Section H Physical Examinations and Standards for Diving Duty.
1.

Examinations.
a. Candidates. Acceptable candidates for duty that involves diving or underwater
swimming must conform to the physical standards contained in section 3-D except as
modified below.
b. Reexamination. Reexamination of all divers shall be conducted every five (5) years
after designation until age 48.
c. Examination Just Prior to Age 40. Qualified divers who desire to continue in that
specialty and are about to reach age 40 must be examined by a medical officer. The
DD-2808 and DD-2807-1, along with the examiner's recommendation as to whether
the individual is or is not physically qualified to continue as a diver shall be
forwarded to CG Personnel Command (adm-1) for final decision and in time to reach
Headquarters before the individual attains age 40. A certain latitude may be allowed
for a diver of long experience and a high degree of efficiency in diving. The
individual must be free from any diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory,
genitourinary, and gastrointestinal systems, and of the ear. The individual's ability to
equalize air pressure must be maintained.
d. Examination Prior to Dives. Divers should ordinarily be examined prior to each
unusually hazardous dive and prior to extensive operations when practicable to do
so. Medical officers available during extensive operations, should make
observations, by personal interview if possible, of all divers prior to their initial dive
each day.

2.

Standards.
a. Disqualifying History. Any of the following is disqualifying:
(1) tuberculosis, asthma, chronic pulmonary disease;
(2) chronic or recurrent sinusitis, otitis media, otitis externa;
(3) chronic or recurrent orthopedic pathology; and
(4) chronic or recurrent gastrointestinal disorder.
b. Age Requirements. Candidates beyond the age of 30 shall not be considered for
initial training in diving, the most favorable age being 20 to 30. For officers
undergoing training in deep sea diving for the specific purpose of becoming diving
supervisors or salvage officers, the upper age limit is 39 years.
c. Nose, Sinuses, Mouth, and Throat. Obstruction to breathing or chronic hypertrophic
or atrophic rhinitis is disqualifying. Septal deviation is not disqualifying in the
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pending tonsillectomy. Presence or history of chronic or recurrent sinusitis is cause
for rejection.
d. Ears (General) and Drums.
(1) Acute or chronic disease of the auditory canal, membrane tympani, middle or
internal ear is disqualifying. Perforation or marked scarring or thickening of
the drum is disqualifying. The eustachian tubes must be freely patent for
equalization of pressure changes.
(2) All candidates shall be subjected in a recompression chamber to a pressure of
50 pounds per square inch to determine their ability to clear their ears
effectively and otherwise to withstand the effects of pressure.
e. Skin and Lymphatics. There shall be no active acute or chronic disease of the skin
characterized by infectiveness and/or offensiveness in close working conditions and
interchange of diving apparel.
f. Psychiatric. The special nature of diving duties requires a careful appraisal of the
candidate's emotional, temperamental, and intellectual fitness. Past or recurrent
symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorder or organic disease of the nervous system are
disqualifying. No individual with a history of personality disorder shall be accepted.
Neurotic trends, emotional immaturity or instability and antisocial traits, if of
sufficient degree to militate against satisfactory adjustment are disqualifying.
Stammering or other speech impediment that might become manifest under
excitement is disqualifying.
g. Dental. Acute infectious diseases of the soft tissues of the oral cavity are
disqualifying until remedial treatment is completed. Advanced oral disease and
generally unserviceable teeth are cause for rejection. Candidates with moderate
malocclusion, or extensive restorations and replacements by bridges, may be
accepted, if such do not interfere with effective use of self-contained underwater
breathing apparatus (scuba). Fixed active orthodontic appliances require a waiver
from CGPC-opm or epm (fixed retainers are exempt).
h. Distant Visual Acuity. Diving candidates and designated divers shall have a
minimum uncorrected distant visual acuity of 20/100 in the better eye and 20/200 in
the worse eye, both of which must be correctable to 20/20. Waiver considerations
will be on a case-by-case basis. Emphasis on the ability to perform previous diving
duties/recreational diving, if any, should be elaborated on in the applicant's letter
requesting a waiver of the physical standards.

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CHAPTER 4
HEALTH RECORDS AND FORMS
PAGE
SECTION A - HEALTH RECORDS
PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND ....................................................................................................................................1
CONTENTS OF HEALTH RECORDS ..............................................................................................................................1
OPENING HEALTH RECORDS .....................................................................................................................................4
TERMINATING HEALTH RECORDS .............................................................................................................................4
CUSTODY OF HEALTH RECORDS ...............................................................................................................................6
TRANSFER OF HEALTH RECORDS ...............................................................................................................................8
CREATING AN ADDITIONAL VOLUME ........................................................................................................................9
LOST, DAMAGED, OR DESTROYED HEALTH RECORDS ..............................................................................................9
ACCURACY AND COMPLETENESS CHECK ................................................................................................................10

SECTION B - HEALTH RECORD FORMS
CG-3443 (HEALTH RECORD COVER) .....................................................................................................................11
CG-5266 (DRUG SENSITIVITY STICKER) .................................................................................................................12
DD2766 (ADULT PREVENTIVE & CHRONIC CARE FLOWSHEET)..............................................................................12
SF-600 (CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD OF MEDICAL CARE) ........................................................................................13
DD-2808 (REPORT OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION) ....................................................................................................15
DD-2807-1 (REPORT OF MEDICAL HISTORY) .........................................................................................................21
SF-558 (EMERGENCY CARE AND TREATMENT) ......................................................................................................24
DD-2215

(REFERENCE AUDIOGRAM) ..............................................................................................................26

DD-2216 (HEARING CONSERVATION DATA) ................................................................................................26
AUDIOGRAM RESULTS .....................................................................................................................................26
SF-502 (NARRATIVE SUMMARY) ...........................................................................................................................26
NAVMED 6100/1 (MEDICAL BOARD REPORT COVER SHEET) ..............................................................................26
SF-513 (CONSULTATION SHEET) ............................................................................................................................27
SF-520 (ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC REPORT) ..........................................................................................................28
SF-515 (TISSUE EXAMINATION) .............................................................................................................................29
SF-541 (GYNECOLOGIC CYTOLOGY) ......................................................................................................................29
SF-514 (LABORATORY REPORTS) ..........................................................................................................................29
SF-546-557 (LABORATORY REQUESTS) .................................................................................................................29
SF-519 (RADIOGRAPHIC REPORTS) ........................................................................................................................32
DD-771 (EYEWEAR PRESCRIPTION) .......................................................................................................................33

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SF-601 (IMMUNIZATION RECORD) .........................................................................................................................35
SF-602 (SYPHILIS RECORD) ...................................................................................................................................35
DD-1141 (RECORD OF OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO IONIZING RADIATION) .........................................................36
CG-4057 (CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD OF SERVICE) ................................................................................................37
NAVMED 6150/2 (SPECIAL DUTY MEDICAL ABSTRACT) .....................................................................................38
PHS-731 (INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF VACCINATION) ..................................................................................39
CG-5214 (EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT REPORT) .......................................................................................40
DD-877 (REQUEST FOR MEDICAL/DENTAL RECORDS) ............................................................................................42
SECTION C - DENTAL RECORD FORMS
CG-3443-2 (DENTAL RECORD COVER) ..................................................................................................................44
NAVMED 6600/3 (DENTAL HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE) ........................................................................................45
SF-603 (DENTAL RECORD) ....................................................................................................................................45
TYPES OF DENTAL EXAMINATIONS ..........................................................................................................................47
PATIENT CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTIONS .................................................................................................................48
USE OF S.O.A.P. FORMAT IN DENTAL RECORDS ......................................................................................................55
SF-603-A (DENTAL CONTINUATION) .....................................................................................................................59
USE OF SF-513 IN DENTAL RECORDS ......................................................................................................................60
LOST DENTAL RECORDS .........................................................................................................................................60
SPECIAL DENTAL RECORD ENTRIES ........................................................................................................................60
DENTAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS ..................................................................................................................60
RECORDING DENTAL TREATMENTS ON SF-600 ......................................................................................................61
SECTION D - CLINICAL RECORDS
PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND ..................................................................................................................................62
CONTENTS OF CLINICAL RECORDS ..........................................................................................................................62
EXTRANEOUS ATTACHMENTS .................................................................................................................................64
OPENING CLINICAL RECORDS .................................................................................................................................64
TERMINATING CLINICAL RECORDS .........................................................................................................................64
CUSTODY OF CLINICAL RECORDS ...........................................................................................................................64
SAFEKEEPING OF CLINICAL RECORDS .....................................................................................................................65
TRANSFER OF CLINICAL RECORDS ...........................................................................................................................65
LOST, DAMAGED, OR DESTROYED CLINICAL RECORDS ..........................................................................................66
CLINICAL RECORD FORMS ......................................................................................................................................66
SECTION E - EMPLOYEE MEDICAL FOLDERS
PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND ..................................................................................................................................68
CUSTODY OF EMPLOYEE MEDICAL FOLDERS ..........................................................................................................68
CONTENTS OF THE EMPLOYEE MEDICAL FOLDERS .................................................................................................69

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ACCOUNTABILITY OF DISCLOSURES ........................................................................................................................70
OPENING EMPLOYEE MEDICAL FOLDER .................................................................................................................70
TERMINATING EMPLOYEE MEDICAL FOLDERS ........................................................................................................70
TRANSFERRING TO OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES .............................................................................................70
LOST, DAMAGED, OR DESTROYED EMPLOYEE MEDICAL FOLDERS ........................................................................70
SF-66 D (EMPLOYEE MEDICAL FOLDER) ...............................................................................................................71
SECTION F - INPATIENT MEDICAL RECORDS
PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND ..................................................................................................................................72
MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE OF INPATIENT MEDICAL RECORDS ..........................................................................73
DISPOSITION OF INPATIENT MEDICAL RECORDS ......................................................................................................73
INPATIENT MEDICAL RECORD FORMS AND REQUIRED ENTRIES .............................................................................75
SECTION G – MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS
ACTIVE DUTY ...........................................................................................................................................................81
NON –ACTIVE DUTY ..................................................................................................................................................81
PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION FORMAT.........................................................................................................................81
CUSTODY OF MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS..................................................................................................................81

ENCLOSURE (1) MEDICAL/DENTAL RECORD FORMS (.jpegs)
HEALTH RECORD COVER(A/D) (CG 3443) .......................................................................................................01
ADULT AND PREVENTIVE AND CHRONIC CARE FLOWSHEET (DD-2766)..............................................02
CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD OF MEDICAL CARE (SF-600) .........................................................................06
REPORT OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION (DD 2808) ........................................................................................07
REPORT OF MEDICAL HISTORY (DD-2807-1)................................................................................................10
EMERGENCY CARE AND TREATMENT (SF-558) ..........................................................................................13
NARRATIVE SUMMARY (SF-502).....................................................................................................................15
CONSULT SHEET (SF-513) .................................................................................................................................16
ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC RECORD (SF-520)..............................................................................................17
TISSUE EXAMINATION (SF-515) ......................................................................................................................18
GYNECOLOGIC CYTOLOGY (SF-541) .............................................................................................................19
LABORATORY REPORTS (SF- 514) ..................................................................................................................20
RADIOLOGICAL CONSULTATION REQUEST/REPORTS (SF 519) ..............................................................21
EYEWEAR PRESCRIPTION (DD-771) ...............................................................................................................22
IMMUNIZATION RECORD (SF-601)..................................................................................................................23
SYPHILIS RECORD (SF-602) ..............................................................................................................................25
RECORD OF OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO IONIZING RADIATION (DD-1141) ..................................27
CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD OF SERVICE (CG4057).....................................................................................28
SPECIAL DUTY MEDICAL ABSTRACT (NAVMED 6150/2) ..........................................................................30
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT REPORT (CG-5214).........................................................................32

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REQUEST FOR MEDICAL/DENTAL RECORD INFORMATION (DD 877)....................................................33
DENTAL RECORD COVER (CG 3443-2) ...........................................................................................................34
DENTAL HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE (CG-5605) ............................................................................................35
DENTAL HEALTH RECORD (SF-608) ...............................................................................................................36
PERIODONTAL CHART (NAVMED 6660) ........................................................................................................38
CLINICAL RECORD COVER (CG 3443-1) .........................................................................................................40
REQUEST FOR ANESTHESIA (SF-522).............................................................................................................41
EMPLOYEE MEDICAL FOLDER (SF 66 D).......................................................................................................42
INPATIENT MEDICAL RECORD COVER SHEET............................................................................................43
MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE CONTAINER DIAGRAM...........................................................................44
ACCESSION NUMBER DIAGRAM ....................................................................................................................45
DOCTORS ORDER (SF-508) ................................................................................................................................47
CLINICAL RECORD PHYSICAL EXAM (SF-506).............................................................................................48
MEDICAL RECORD PROGRESS NOTES (SF-509) ...........................................................................................50
VITAL SIGNS RECORD (SF-511) .......................................................................................................................51
ABBREVIATED MEDICAL RECORD (DD 2770)..............................................................................................52

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CHAPTER 4. HEALTH RECORDS AND FORMS
Section A - Health Records.
1.

Purpose and Background.
a.

The health record is the chronological medical and dental record of an individual
while a member of the Coast Guard or the Coast Guard Reserve. The primary
reasons for compiling a health record are listed below.
(1) To develop an accurate clinical history that will help in future diagnosis and
treatment.
(2) To protect the Government, the individual concerned, and the individual's
dependents. It may be used in adjudicating veterans claims by making
permanently available in a single record all entries relative to physical
examinations, medical and dental history, preliminary to entry and throughout
the individual's entire Coast Guard career. This is accomplished by opening or
maintaining medical and dental records:
(a)

upon entry into the Service;

(b)

as required to maintain concise, yet complete, records during period of
service; and

(c)

at time of separation.

(3) To facilitate appraisal of the physical fitness or eligibility for benefits by
making the information contained in the health record available to Coast Guard
selection boards, disability evaluation system, Board of Correction of Military
Records, for income tax purposes, and for claims to the Department of
Veterans Affairs.
(4) To furnish a basis for collecting statistical information.
(5) To identify deceased persons through dental records when other means are
inadequate.
b.

2.

As an individual's service career progresses, the health record increases in value to
the Government, the individual, and the individual's family and dependents.
Accuracy, therefore, is of the utmost importance in making entries, including entries
regarding minor ailments or injuries which appear trivial at the time, but which must
be recorded to protect the Government and the individual.

Contents of the Health Record.
a.

Each member's health record shall consist of CG-3443 (Health Record Cover) with
medical records and dental records arranged as follows:
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(1) SECTION I - HISTORY OF CARE. Maintain the Adult Preventive and
Chronic Care Flowsheet on top of this Section. All other forms in Section I are
to be filed together in reverse chronological order (i.e., most recent on top) in
the following sequence. Do not separate corresponding forms DD-2808 and
SF-93.
(d)

Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet Form DD 2766

(e)

Consultation Sheet SF-513

(f)

Narrative Summary Clinical Resume * SF-502

(g)

Report of Medical Examination DD-2802 (Rev. Jul 01), and History and
Report of OMSEP Examination Form CG-5447 (Rev.6-00)

(h)

Report of Medical History DD2807-1 (Rev. Jul 01)

(i)

Report on or Continuation of *, ** SF-507

(j)

Medical Board Report Cover Sheet * NAVMED 6100/1

(2) SECTION II - RECORDS OF CARE. All forms in this Section (and their
civilian equivalents) are to be filed together in reverse chronological order (i.e.,
most recent on top) in the following sequence.
(a)

Chronological Record of Care SF-600

(b)

Emergency Care and Treatment SF-558

(3) SECTION III - RADIOLOGICAL REPORTS. All forms in this Section are to
be filed together in reverse chronological order (i.e., most recent on top) in the
following sequence.
(a)

Radiographic Consultation Request/Report SF-519A

(b)

Medical Record-Radiographic Reports SF-519

(4) SECTION IV - LABORATORY REPORTS AND ECG REPORTS. All forms
in this Section are to be filed together in reverse chronological order (i.e., most
recent on top) in the following bottom to top sequence.
(a)

Clinical Record - Laboratory Reports SF-514

(b)

Clinical Record - Electrocardiographic Record SF-520

(5) SECTION V - MISCELLANEOUS. All forms in this Section shall be
arranged in the following bottom to top sequence.
(a)
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Chronological Record of Service CG-4057
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(b)

Special Duty Medical Abstract * NAVMED 6150/2

(c)

Record of Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation * DD-1141

(d)

Occupational Health Surveillance Questionnaire * CG-5197

(e)

Syphilis Record * SF-602

(f)

Request for Administration of Anesthesia and for Performance of
Operations and other Procedures * SF-522

(g)

Hearing Conservation Program microprocessor test result strips taped or
stapled to the SF-514 Clinical Record-Laboratory Reports form. DD2215 Reference Audiogram, and DD-2216 Hearing Conservation Data
Sheet, if used, will also be place in section V, in sequential order under
the SF 514 “Hearing Conservation Program” form.

(h)

Eyewear Prescription DD-771

(i)

Immunization Record SF-601

(6) SECTION VI - DENTAL RECORD AND INTERNATIONAL
VACCINATION RECORD. All forms in this Section shall be arranged in the
following bottom to top sequence.
(a)

International Certificate of Vaccination PHS-731

(b)

U.S. Coast Guard Dental Record CG-3443-2
1

Sensitivity Sticker * PHS-2410

2

Dental Health Questionnaire CG-5605

3

Health Record - Dental -- (Continuation) * SF-603A

4

Health Record - Dental SF-603
Note:
* --- When required
** -- SF-507's are attached to and filed after the form they continue
*** - Optional Form

b.

File forms of the same number in their assigned sequence, with the most recent on
top of each previous form, e.g., SF-600 dated 94/02/15 is filed on top of SF-600
dated 94/02/14.

c.

Record all dates on the Health Record Cover in the following sequence (all
numerals): year/month/day (e.g., 51/02/07).
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d.

Reports, including laboratory, X-ray, and consultations, shall be reviewed and
initialed by the responsible MO, DO, PA/PYA or NP before they are filed in the
health record.

e.

The health record is a legal document. As such, legibility of all information is
essential. Patient ID information shall be typed, printed, or stamped. All entries
shall be neat and legible. All signatures shall be accompanied by the stamped or
typed name and rank of the practitioner.

3. Opening Health Records.
f.

General.
(1) A health record will be opened at the recruiting office for each individual upon
entry into the Coast Guard.
(2) A new health record will be opened upon reenlistment of personnel with prior
USCG service when such enlistment is not effected the day following
discharge. In all cases, request the individual's health record covering prior
military service from the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.
(3) Other Specific Occasions for Opening Health Record.
OCCASSION

OPENED BY

Officer appointed from civilian

First duty station

Reserve Officer

Unit where procured

Cadet

Academy

Retired Personnel recalled to Active Duty

First duty station

Original Record Lost or Destroyed

Responsible Custodian

4. Terminating Health Records.
a.

General Instructions.
(1) Upon discharge without immediate reenlistment or enlistment in the Coast
Guard Reserve, or retirement, forward the health record (Medical Personnel
Data Record or MED PDR) to the servicing PERSRU within 2 days of the
member's separation. DO NOT GIVE THE ORIGINAL HEALTH
RECORD TO THE MEMBER UPON FINAL SEPARATION. Cite the
reason for separation on the reverse side of Chronological Record of Service
(form CG-4057). The servicing PERSRU shall forward the health record,
along with the PERSRU PDR, to Commander (CGPC-adm3) or Commandant
(G-RSM-3) for Reservists. (See Section 4-B-27 for additional requirements for

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CG-4057.) Health record documents are not filed in the HQ PDR. They will
be returned to the unit if received by Commander, (CGPC adm-3) in error.
(2) Discharge for immediate reenlistment at the same unit, revocation of
appointment as a temporary officer to continue on active duty in permanent
status, or retirement with continuation of active duty are not termination of
service.
(3) When a health record is terminated and the dental record is not available for
inclusion therein, forward a letter of explanation with the health record.
b.

Release from active duty (RELAD) with concurrent transfer to the Coast Guard
Reserve or discharge from active duty with immediate enlistment in the Coast Guard
Reserve. Upon RELAD, forward the health record (MED PDR) to the servicing
PERSRU within 2 days of the member's separation. The servicing PERSRU shall
forward the health record, along with the PERSRU PDR, to District (rs) in which the
member will reside after separation.

c.

Disappearance, Other Than Desertion. Whenever an individual disappears and the
facts regarding such disappearance are insufficient to justify a conclusion of death,
enter a complete account of the circumstances on an SF-600 in the health record. Do
not terminate the health record until final disposition.

d.

Desertion.
(4) When an individual is officially declared a deserter, enter an explanatory note
on SF-600. Forward the health record (MED PDR) to the servicing PERSRU
within 2 days of determination of deserter. The servicing PERSRU shall
forward the health record, along with the PERSRU PDR, to Commander
(CGPC) or Commander (CGPC-rpm) for Reservists.
(5) Upon return of a deserter to his/her own command, a physical examination
shall be performed and recorded on an DD-2808. Retain the original for
incorporation into the health record, and forward a copy to Commander
(CGPC) or Commander (CGPC-rpm) for Reservists with a request for the
deserter's health record.

e.

Discharge of Personnel Convicted by Civilian Authorities. When the Commandant
directs the discharge of personnel convicted by civilian authorities, the commanding
officer will make arrangements for their physical examination, to be recorded on an
DD-2808. In the event no medical officer is available, obtain a statement signed by
the warden of the penitentiary or reformatory that the person to be discharged from
the Coast Guard is physically and mentally qualified for discharge and is not in need
of hospitalization. The warden's statement, accompanied by the terminated health
record, will be forwarded with the closed out service record.

f.

Discharge of Courts-Martial Prisoners Confined in Federal Penitentiaries,
Reformatories, and the Naval Disciplinary Command. When the Commandant
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directs the discharge of a courts-martial prisoner confined in a Federal penitentiary,
reformatory, or the Naval Disciplinary Command, the command to which the
prisoner has been administratively assigned shall arrange with the warden for
physical examination of the prisoner. Results of this physical examination will be
entered on the DD-2808 and signed by the medical officer of the designated penal
institution. The command to which the prisoner has been administratively assigned
will terminate the health record, using the information furnished on the DD-2808 and
the account of medical, dental, and first aid treatments supplied by the penal
institution. The terminated health record, DD-2808, and the resume will then be
forwarded with the closed out service record.
g.

Retired Personnel (Includes Temporary Retirement). Upon notification of
retirement, make an entry on CG-4057 under "Remarks" indicating place, date, and
category under which retired. The command having custody of the health record will
sign the CG-4057 and forward it to the command having administrative control of
the member for inclusion in the closed out service record.

h.

Cadets. When a cadet's service is terminated, the health record will be terminated
and forwarded to the Cadet Record Office, for processing. Following this procedure,
the record will be forwarded to the Registrar's Office and held until the departing
cadet's class graduates. When this occurs, the record will be forwarded to the Federal
Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO. This includes cadets who graduate from
the Academy but do not accept or are not tendered a commission.

i.

Officers (Reserve) to Inactive Duty and Officers (Regular) who Resign to Accept a
Reserve Commission. In the case of reserve officers being released to inactive duty
and regular officers who resign and accept a commission in the reserve, the health
record will be terminated.

j.

Death. Upon notification of death, make an entry on CG-4057 under "Remarks"
indicating place, time, date, and a short explanation of the circumstances surrounding
death. A commissioned officer will sign the CG-4057 and then deliver it and the
terminated health record to the commanding officer (no later than the day following
death) for inclusion in and transmittal with the member's service record to
Commander (CGPC) or Commander(CGPC-rpm).

5. Custody of Health Records.
a.

General Responsibilities.
(1) Health records are the property of the Federal government and must be handled
in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Freedom
of Information Act. Guidance in this area is contained in the Coast Guard
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Manual, COMDTINST M5260.3
(series). Health record custody and security requirements are applicable to all
documents which contain health information, whether or not filed in the health
record, such as Inpatient Medical Records and mental health treatment records.

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Disposal of all health record documents shall be in accordance with Coast
Guard Paperwork Management Manual, COMDTINST M5212.12(series).
(a)

Since health records contain personal information of an extremely critical
or sensitive nature, they are considered class III records requiring
maximum security (high security locked cabinets or areas).

(b)

Except as contained in the Privacy and Freedom of Information Acts
Manual, the information contained in health records shall not be
disclosed by any means of communication to any person, or to any
agency unless requested in writing by or with the prior consent of the
individual to whom the record pertains. It is the requestor's
responsibility to obtain the consent.

(2) Health records shall be retained in the custody of the Chief, Health Services
Division of the unit to which the individual is attached. At units where there is
no medical officer attached, the health record will become the responsibility of
the executive officer in accordance with Coast Guard Regulations,
COMDTINST M5000.3(series), who may delegate custody to the senior health
services department representative. At units without a health services
technician the custody of the health record is the responsibility of the unit's
executive officer. Maintenance of these health records may be delegated to
health services personnel of another unit (e.g., groups, support centers, etc.).
At no time shall individual members keep or maintain their own health
record. If there is a need to check out a health record for an appointment at
another health care facility, the health record custodian shall have the member
complete and sign the health record receipt form (NAVMED 6150/7). The
health record custodian shall place the record in an envelope, hand it to the
member, and tell the member to return the record as soon as possible following
the appointment. The envelope used for record transportation shall bear a
printed request reminding outside providers to treat the contents as
confidential, and requesting providers to include copies of their consultations
or case notes for placement in the health record. The responsibilities contained
herein are also applicable to Reserve components.
(3)

Individuals may examine their own health record in the presence of a health
services department representative, providing:
(a)

such examination does not interrupt the unit's scheduled mission, and

(b)

there is no information contained therein that would be detrimental to the
individual's mental well-being, as determined by the member's attending
physician.

(4) Health records are subject to inspection at any time by the commanding officer,
executive officer, duly appointed counsel in the case of formal hearings, or
duly appointed Coast Guard officials who are conducting authorized
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investigations. Such inspections will be conducted in the presence of a health
services department representative to aid in the interpretation of information
contained in the health record.
(5) Health services personnel making entries in health records shall ensure all
entries, including signatures, are neat and legible. Signature information shall
include the stamped or printed name and grade or rate of the signer. Facsimile
signature stamps may only be used on the PHS-731 and the SF-601.
(6)

If an erroneous entry is made in a health record, the author of the entry shall
draw a diagonal line through the complete entry, make an additional entry
showing wherein and to what extent the original entry is in error, and initial
clearly next to the correction.

(7) Health services personnel are responsible for the completeness of the entries
made on any medical or dental form while the health record is in their custody.
No sheet shall be removed from the health record except under conditions
specified in this Manual.
(8) Members are not authorized to write in, alter, remove documents from, or
otherwise change their health record or its contents. Request for changes to
health record contents shall be made in accordance with procedures contained
in Chapter 16 of the Coast Guard Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts
Manual, COMDTINST M5260.3.
6. Transfer of Health Records.

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a.

When active duty or reserve personnel are transferred, The Chief Health Services
Division, his designee, the Executive Officer, or the senior Health Services
department representative will make the necessary entries in the health record and
ensure that the current health record, dental record (SF-603) and Certificate of
Vaccination (PHS-731), if applicable, are properly completed.

b.

A DD-877 shall be initiated for each record transferred. The DD877 shall be
attached to the front cover of the record. The health record will be forwarded to the
Coast Guard clinic or Independent Duty Health Services Technician servicing the
gaining unit. Send records using a service that provides a tracking number, such
as Priority Mail Delivery Confirmation, Certified Mail, Insured Mail, or
FedEx/Express Mail if time is critical. (See Article 4-D-7.c. of this Manual for
policy regarding transfer of Clinical Records of dependents.)

c.

Transfer to Federal Penitentiaries, Reformatories, or the Naval Disciplinary
Command. A letter of transmittal and a copy of the health record shall accompany a
member who is being transferred under sentence of a courts-martial (who has not
been or will not be discharged immediately) to a penal institution for execution of the
unexpired sentence. The original health record, with a letter of transmittal stating the
name of the penal institution to which the prisoner is being transferred and the length
of the sentence, shall be forwarded to the command to which the member has been
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administratively assigned which shall maintain the health record until the prisoner
has been discharged from the Service. A copy of the letter of transmittal shall also be
forwarded to Commander (CGPC).
7. Creating an Additional Volume.
a.

Due to chronic medical conditions, long narrative summaries, medical boards, etc.,
the record may fill to capacity which may cause the loss or damage to new records.

b.

Procedures for creating a second volume:
(1) Obtain a new Health Record (CG-3443) and transcribe the information from
the original jacket.
(2) Write "VOLUME II" in bold print in the lower left corner of the new jacket
cover. Insert forms required by this chapter.
(3) Write "VOLUME I" in bold print in the lower left corner of the original jacket
cover.
(4) Transfer all documents pertaining to current or chronic illness to the new
record.
(5) Remove the most recent SF-600 from VOLUME I and place it in VOLUME II.
Insert a blank SF-600 on top of the remaining forms in VOLUME I and draw a
diagonal line across the page. Enter the following on this line:
CLOSED. NO FURTHER ENTRIES IN THIS RECORD. REFER TO
VOLUME II.
(6) Insert the most recent Report of Medical Examination (DD-2808) and the
Report of Medical History (DD-2807-1) into VOLUME II.
(7) Transcribe the immunization and HIV test date information onto a blank SF601 and insert it in the appropriate section of VOLUME II.
(8) Place the original Problem Summary List (NAVMED 6150/20) into VOLUME
II and a copy of this form in VOLUME I with the annotation, "CLOSED. NO
FURTHER ENTRIES.", below the last entry.
(9) Place the original Chronological Record of Service (CG 4057) in VOLUME II
and a copy in VOLUME I.

8. Lost, Damaged, or Destroyed Health Records.
a.

If a health record is lost or destroyed, a complete new health record shall be opened
by the unit health record custodian. The designation "REPLACEMENT" shall be
stamped or marked on the cover. If the missing health record should be recovered,
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any additional information or entries in the replacement record shall be inserted in
the old record.
b.

Health records which become illegible, thus destroying their value as permanent
records, shall be restored and duplicated. The duplicate shall, as nearly as possible,
be an exact copy of the original record before such record becomes illegible. Take
particular care in transcribing the date on DD-2808 into the new record as such
information may be required by the Department of Veterans Affairs to determine the
individual's right to pension or other Federal benefits. Stamp or mark
"DUPLICATE" on the cover of the new record. Explain the circumstances
necessitating the duplication on an SF-600. Forward health records replaced by
duplicate records to CGPC-adm-3.

9. Accuracy and Completeness Check.
a.

Upon transfer of an individual, the health record custodian at both the detaching unit
and the receiving unit shall inspect the health record for accuracy and completeness,
in accordance with the following guidelines:
(1) that all immunizations are up-to-date (See Immunizations and
Chemoprophylaxis, COMDTINST 6230.4 (series));
(2) that PPD screening is current in accordance with Section 7-D of this Manual;
(3) that all required audiograms are completed, especially on personnel involved in
the hearing conservation program;
(4) that required forms have been properly completed and are in the correct order;
(5) that all deficiencies in physical requirements shall be scheduled for correction,
all missing forms shall be replaced, and all other clerical or administrative
errors corrected; and
(6) that all OMSEP requirements are met.

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b.

The health record custodian shall ensure that all identified deficiencies are corrected
immediately. Appointments shall be scheduled and the individual's supervisor
notified of the need to correct deficiencies as soon as possible.

c.

Upon separation of the individual from the Service, the unit terminating the health
record will inspect the health record, correct all errors, fill in omissions, and make
sure the patient identification information is completed on all forms.

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Section B - Health Record Forms.
1.

CG-3443 (Health Record Cover). See Encl (1), pg.4-1. Each patient's health record
shall be maintained in a CG-3443 (Health Record Cover). The CG-3443 shall be
completed according to the following instructions:
a.

Last Name. Record in all capital letters.

b.

Given Name(s). Record given name(s) in full without abbreviations. If the
individual has no middle name or initial then use the lower case letter "n" in
parentheses (n). If the individual has only a middle initial(s) record each initial in
quotation marks. When "Jr." or "II" or other similar designations are used they shall
appear after the middle name or initial.
DOE

John

Buck

Jr.

Surname First Name Middle Name
c.

Beneficiary. Enter the appropriate beneficiary code to describe the patient (enter
"20" for active duty members).
(1) 01 to 19 - Dependent children in order of birth
(2)

20 - Sponsor

(3) 30 - Spouse
(4) 31-39 - Unremarried former spouse
(5) 40 - Dependent mother (active duty)
(6) 45 - Dependent father (active duty)
(7) 50 - Dependent mother-in-law (active duty)
(8) 55 - Dependent father-in-law (active duty)
(9) 60 - Other dependents
(10) 80 - Humanitarian (non-eligible)
(11) 90 - Civilian employee
(12) 99 - Other eligible
d.

Sponsor's Social Security Number. Enter.

e.

Blood Type and Rh Factor. Enter the blood-type and Rh factor in the appropriate
boxes. Use utmost caution when recording this information. If not known, complete
a blood-type and Rh factor test as required.
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f.

Special Status. Check the appropriate block to indicate whether the individual is in
aviation or diving status, has a waiver, requires occupational monitoring, or has an
allergy.

g.

Date of Birth. Enter year, month and day (e.g., 51/02/07).

h.

Local Use. Use the spaces provided below the sensitivity sticker location for local
use information such as rank, unit, etc. as needed.

2. CG-5266 (Drug Sensitivity Sticker).
a.

General. Form CG-5266 should be initiated for anyone having documented history
of sensitivity or hypersensitivity to specific drugs, serums, or vaccines, including
PPD converters. Other non-drug allergies should be indicated on this form only if
they will affect potential therapy (e.g., egg yolks). Every effort shall be made to
verify the reported sensitivity and to confirm that it is allergic in nature.

b.

Detailed Instructions.
(1) Prepare two originals. (One each for the health and dental records.)
(2) List the name of each drug, serum, vaccine, or anesthetic indicated on the DD2766 Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet.
(3) Affix the CG-5266 vertically to the indicated location on the health record
cover (form CG-3443) and vertically to the lower left corner on the front of the
dental record cover (CG-3443-2).

3. DD2766 (Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet Form). See Encl (1), pg 4-2.
a.

General. The Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet Form documents
significant/chronic health problems, allergies, chronic medications,
hospitalizations/surgeries, health counseling, immunizations, PPD, DNA & HIV
testing, screening (preventive medicine) exams, other medical readiness items (such
as blood type, G6PD, sickle cell, glasses, dental exam, etc), and chart audits. Inhouse training sessions should be conducted prior to the implementation of this form.

b.

Detailed Instructions. DD2276 should be inserted as the first page of the medical
record and all sections completed by the health care provider with the following
guidelines exceptions:
(1) Information from previous Problem Summary Lists should be copied and
updated onto the DD2276 as it is placed in the health record.
(2) If the patient is not allergic to any drugs, indicate NKDA (no known drug
allergies), in block 1.a.
(3) Sections 8.a., 10.e. and 10.i. are not required to be completed.

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(4) Use a pencil to darken the circles on Section 7, Screening Exam.
(5) The medical officer should enter the date and location of every deployment the
member participates in Section11, Pre/Post Deployment History. Pre and post
deployment questionnaires are documented in Section 11 for participants in
DOD deployment.
4. SF-600 (Chronological Record of Medical Care). See Encl (1), pg 4-6.
a.

General.
(1) This form provides a current, concise, and comprehensive record of a member's
medical history. Properly maintained, the SF-600 should: aid in evaluating a
patient's physical condition; greatly reduce correspondence to obtain medical
records; eliminate unnecessary repetition of expensive diagnostic procedures;
and serve as an invaluable permanent record of health care received. The SF600 shall be continuous and include the following information as indicated:
complaints; duration of illness or injury, physical findings, clinical course,
results of special examinations; treatment; physical fitness at time of
disposition; and disposition. The SF-600 also serves as the patient's
prescription from which pharmacy services are provided.
(2) When a new SF-600 is initiated, complete the identification block with the
name (last, first, middle initial), sex (M or F), year of birth, component (active
duty or reserve), service (USCG, USN, USA, etc.), Social Security Number,
and the member's grade/rate and organization at the time the form is
completed.
(3) File SF-600's on the right side of the medical record with the most current SF600 on top.
(4) Enter sick call entries on SF-600 in the following SOAP format
SOAP METHOD OF SICK CALL WRITE UPS
S: (Subjective).
cc:

(Chief Complaint) sore throat, cough, diarrhea, etc.

hpi: (History Present Illness) onset of symptoms, all problems, review of
symptoms
pmh: Past Medical History) any related problems in past that may be
present with chief complaint
fh:

(Family History) any diseases, chronic/acute, possibly related to
present complaint
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all: (Allergies) any known allergies to drugs/medications, etc.
0: (Objective).
First visual assessment/evaluation of the patient's general appearance:
limping, bleeding, doubled over, etc.
PE: All results of physical exam, vital signs, lab, x-ray, and any other
study results
A: (Assessment).
Imp: (Impression, Diagnosis) includes R/0 (rule out)
NOTE: THIS IS TO INCLUDE, AFTER IMPRESSION, WHAT
YOU ARE GOING TO DO NOW AND WHY--SUCH AS,
SUTURING, TOURNIQUET, ETC.
P: (Plan).
List of medications given, lab, x-ray, special studies ordered, duty status,
return appointments, referrals, etc.
(5) The entries for all treatments shall be complete with regard to place, date,
problem number (if appropriate), number of sick days, diagnosis of all
conditions for which treated and signature of individual furnishing treatment.
Note all facts concerning the origin of the disease, pregnancy status, symptoms,
course, treatment, and if a conflicting opinion is expressed subsequently by the
same, or another medical officer, fully state the reason for such change. The
record need not be voluminous, but it shall be thorough, concise, clearly
phrased, and complete in each case. All entries, including signatures, must be
legible.
(6) When a member is injured or contracts a disease while on leave, or when for
any other reason the facts concerning an injury or sickness have not been
entered in the individual's health record, the record custodian shall ascertain the
facts in the case and make the necessary entries on SF-600. Discuss and
document the instructions given to the patient. Include the intended treatment
and, as appropriate, possible alternative treatments, possible complications, and
long term prognosis. Information regarding previous treatments should be
entered giving the following: date, place, and full details of treatment;
laboratory reports; x-ray results; etc. The following shall also be entered:
(7) "Date:
"Transcribed From Official Records.
Signature/Rate

Duty Station of Transcriber"

(8) When an individual is required to carry the PHS-731, enter a statement of
acknowledgment on the SF-600.
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(9) When an individual is diagnosed as having a Sexually Transmitted Disease
(STD) make an entry to record that an interview was conducted and that the
following was discussed with the patient:
(a)

symptoms,

(b)

complications,

(c)

treatments, and contacts.

5. Treatment at Other Than Unit Assigned. When an activity furnishes sick call treatment to
an individual whose health record is not available, an entry shall be made on a new SF600 and forwarded to the individual's duty station for inclusion in the health record.
6. DD-2808 (Rev. Jul 01) (Report of Medical Examination). See Encl (1), pg. 4-7.
a.

Purpose. The DD 2808 (Rev: Jul 2001) is used to record physical examination
results to determine whether an examinee does, or does not, meet the standards
established for the type of physical examination administered (i.e., initial enlistment,
officer programs, retention, release from active duty, diving, aviation, retirement,
etc.). The SF-88 is no longer applicable.

b.

Preparation.
(1) When Prepared. DD-2808 shall be prepared and submitted to the reviewing
authority whenever a complete physical examination is required.
(2) Required Entries. Certain groups of personnel are required to meet physical
standards somewhat different from other groups. Accordingly, the use of all
the spaces or use of the same spaces on the DD-2808 is not necessarily
required for reporting the results of the various categories of physical
examinations. If a certain item of the medical examination is required and
facilities for accomplishing it are not available, an entry "NFA" (No Facilities
Available) shall be made in the appropriate space. An entry "NE" (Not
Evaluated) shall be made in the appropriate space for any item of the clinical
evaluation (Items 17-42) which was not evaluated. For other items listed on
the DD-2808 which were not required for a particular category of physical
examination, an entry "NI" (Not Indicated) shall be made in the appropriate
space. Reference should be made to other provisions of Chapter 3, which
prescribe the nature and scope of each physical examination and indicate the
applicability of items of the DD-2808 to the particular program. Unless
otherwise indicated by such provisions, the minimum requirements for
completing the DD-2808 are:
(a)

All Examinations. Items 1-44, 45-63, 66, and 71a, shall be completed
for all physical examinations, if facilities are available. Item 41, shall be
completed for all female personnel.
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(b)

Aviation Personnel. Additionally, Items 64,65, and 66-70 and 72b shall
be completed for physical examinations of aviation personnel.

(3) A physical examination must be thorough, recorded accurately, and contain
sufficient information to substantiate the final recommendation. Before
signing and forwarding, the examiner shall review the completed DD-2808 for
completeness and accuracy. Failure to do so reflects significantly on the
examiner's clinical and/or administrative attention to detail. Remember that
the reviewing authority does not have the advantage of a direct examination
and must rely on the examiner's written record and appropriate additional
information in arriving at a decision.
c.

Details for Entries on DD-2808.
(1) Item 1: Date of Examination. Enter date in format - 02Aug15.
(2) Item 2: Social Security Number. Enter the nine digits of their SSN.
(3) Item 3: Last Name. Last Name - First Name - Middle Name. Record the
surname in all capital letters. Record the given name(s) in full without
abbreviation. If the individual's first or middle name consists only of an initial,
enclose each initial in quotation marks (i.e., MANUEL, Thomas "W"). If the
individual has no middle name, enter the letter "(n)" in parenthesis [i.e.,
TARVIN, Laurie (n)]. Designations, such as, "Jr." or "II" shall appear after the
middle name or initial. In the absence of a middle name or initial, these
designations shall appear after the "(n)."
(4) Item 4: Home Address. Enter the evaluee’s present residence and not the
home of record.
(5) Item 5: Home Telephone Number. NA
(6) Item 6: Grade. Use official abbreviation of the current grade or rate.
Example: HSCS; LTJG. If not a service member, enter “civilian.”
(7) Item 7: Date of Birth. (e.g.57Sep04).
(8) Item 8: Age. Enter age.
(9) Item 9: Sex. Mark one or the other of the boxes.
(10) Item 10: Race. Mark the box next to the racial or ethnic group of which
member belongs.
(11) Item 11: Total Years of Government Service. Enter years and months (e.g.,
06 yrs 04 mo’s).

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(12) Item 12: Agency. Enter the OPFAC number of the unit to which the
examinee is attached.
(13) Item 13: Organization and UIC/Code. List name of ship or station to which
the examinee is assigned. Initial entry into Service; enter recruiting office
concerned.
(14) Item 14a: Rating or Specialty. NA
(15) Item 14b: Total Flying Time. Aviators only or NA.
(16) Item 14c: Last six months. Aviators only or NA.
(17) Item 15a: Service. Mark a box next to appropriate service.
(18) Item 15b: Component. Mark a box next to appropriate component.
(19) Item 15c: Purpose of Examination. Mark the box and corresponds to the
appropriate purpose(s) of the examination. If not listed, mark “Other,” and
explain above the box such as: Diving Applicant; Biennial Aircrew; etc. For a
medical board, indicate whether it is an IMB (Initial Medical Board)/DMB
(Disposition Medical Board), etc. Do not use the incomplete terms “flight
physical,” “diving physical,” or “aviation physical.” Rather, use specific terms
such as “Class I Aviation,” “Candidate for Flight Training,” “Class II
Aircrew,” “Dive Candidate,” “Quinquennial Diving,” etc. Avoid nonstandard
abbreviations. Differentiate between an applicant for a special program and a
biennial physical for the same program. When necessary, continue under Item
73, Notes.
(20) Item 16: Examining Facility or Examiner. For civilian or contract
physician, enter the full name and address. For USMTF, enter only the facility
name, city and state in which located.
(21) Item 17-42: Clinical Evaluation. Check each item in appropriate column.
(a)

Item 35: Is continued on lower right side (Feet), circle appropriate
category.

(22) Item 43: Dental Defects and Disease. For an oral examination as part of an
accession physical, record whether or not the applicant is ‘Acceptable’ or ‘Not
Acceptable’. Refer to the standards described in Chapter 3 Section D-5
Physical standards for enlistment, appointment, and induction. Enter
disqualifying defects in detail in Item 73. Record the Dental Classification.
Refer to Chapter 4 Section C-3-c for definitions of dental classes. For routine
physical examinations, record only the Dental Classification. When oral
disease or dental defects are discovered on examination of active duty member
personnel, suitable recommendations will be made for instituting corrective
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measures. A copy of form SF-603, Dental Record does not need to be attached
to the DD-2808.
(23) Item 44: Notes. Describe every abnormality from Items 17-43 in detail.
Enter pertinent item number before each comment. Continue in Item 73 and
use Continuation Sheet (SF-507), if necessary.
(24) Item 45: Laboratory Findings. Enter all laboratory results in quantitative
values.
(a)

Urinalysis. Enter specific gravity and results of albumin, sugar and if
required, microscopic tests in the indicated spaces.

(b)

Item 46: Urine HCG. If applicable.

(c)

Item 47: H/H. Enter either the hematocrit or the hemoglobin results.

(d)

Item 48: Blood Type. If applicable.

(e)

Item 49: HIV. Enter date drawn only in the results section.

(f)

Item 50: Drugs Test Specimen ID Label. NA

(g)

Item 51: Alcohol. NA

(h)

Item 52: Other. Enter all other tests performed and their results which
are not indicated on the form and which were performed in connection
with the physical examination (e.g., sickle cell test, PAP test, PPD, EKG,
Chest X-ray results, etc.). The results will be continued in Item 73 or on
Continuation Sheet (SF 507), if necessary. If provided on the lab report,
include "normal" range values for all tests performed by a civilian or
military lab. Use quantitative values and avoid vague terms such as
"WNL" or other such qualitative forms.

(25) Item 53: Height. Measure without shoes and record to the nearest one-half
centimeter ((one-half inch)
(26) Item 54: Weight. Measure with the evaluee in under garments and record
results to the nearest kilogram (pound).
(27) Item 55: Min Weight-Max weight, Max BF%. NA
(28) Item 56: Temperature. Leave Blank.
(29) Item 57: Pulse. Record the actual pulse rate.
(30) Item 58: Blood Pressure. Record the actual value in numerals for both
systolic and diastolic.
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(31) Item 59: Red/Green. NA
(32) Item 60: Other Vision Test. If applicable.
(33) Item 61: Distant Vision. Test and record using the Snellen scale. Record
vision in the form of a fraction and in round numbers, that is 20/20, 20/40, not
20/20-2 or 20/40-3.
(34) Item 62: Refraction. Enter the lens prescription when the evaluee wears (or
requires) lenses for correction of visual acuity. Do not enter the term "lenses."
(35) Item 63: Near Vision. Test and record using the Snellen scale. (See item
61).
(36) Item 64: Heterophoria. Enter when indicated.
(37) Item 65: Accommodation. Enter when indicated.
(38) Item 66: Color Vision. Color Vision. Enter the test used and the results.
(a)

Farnsworth Lantern. Record the results as "Passed FALANT" or "Failed
FALANT" followed by the fraction of correct over total (i.e., 9/9 or
17/18).

(b)

Pseudoisochromatic Plates (PIP). Record results as "Passed PIP" or
"Failed PIP" followed by the fraction of correct over total (i.e., 12/14 or
14/14).

(c)

Enter "Passed on record" or "failed on record" if the results of a previous
PIP or FALANT examination are available on record for review.

(39) Item 67: Depth Perception. When indicated, enter test used in left portion of
Item 67.
(a)

AFVT. In the appropriate space in the right-hand portion of Item 65,
record the letter designation of the highest group passed (i.e., Passed F).

(b)

Verhoeff. In the appropriate space in right-hand portion of Item 34,
record perfect score as 16/16.

(40) Item 68: Field of Vision. Enter when indicated.
(41) Item 69: Night Vision. Enter when indicated.
(42) Item 70: Intraocular Tension. When indicated, enter the results in
millimeters of mercury.
(43) Item 71: Audiometer. Required on ALL physical examinations. Use ANSI
1969 standards, do not use ISO or ASA standards.
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(a)

Item 71a: Current

(b)

Item 71b: If applicable.

(44) Item 72a: Reading Aloud Test. If applicable.
(45) Item 72b: Valsalva. When indicated mark either SAT or UNSAT.
(46) Item 73: Notes and Significant or Interval History. Use this space for
recording items such as:
(a)

any pertinent medical history;

(b)

summary of any condition which is likely to recur or cause more than
minimal loss of duty time;

(c)

wrist measurements;

(d)

most recent HIV antibody test date (see Article 3-C-20.b.(5) of this
Manual);

(e)

date of PPD and results; and

(f)

Preventive Medicine stamp per Use of Preventive Medicine Stamp,
COMDTINST 6200.11(series), for exams originating in Coast Guard
sickbays and clinics.

(47) Item 74a: Examinee’s Qualification. State whether or not the examinee is
qualified for the purpose of the examination. If the purpose for the
examination is an IMB or DMB, state whether or not the examinee is qualified
or not qualified for retention and to perform the duties of his/her rank/rate at
sea and foreign shores.
(48) Item 74b: Physical profile. Leave blank.
(49) Item 75: I have been advised of my disqualifying condition. If indicated,
have evaluee sign and date.
(50) Item 76: Significant or Disqualifying Defects. Leave Blank
(51) Item 77: Summary of Defects and Diagnoses. List ALL defects in order to
protect both the Government, and evaluee, in the event of future disability
compensation claims. All defects listed which are not considered disqualifying
shall be so indicated by the abbreviation NCD (Not Considered Disqualifying).
When an individual has a disease or other physical condition that, although not
disqualifying, requires medical or dental treatment clearly state the nature of
the condition and the need for treatment. If a medical or dental condition is
disqualifying, and treatment is scheduled to be completed prior to transfer to
overseas or sea duty, indicate the date the member is expected to be fully
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qualified, e.g., "Dental appointment(s) scheduled, patient will be class I
(dentally qualified) by (date)". Leave Profile Serial, RBJ, Qualified, and
Waiver blocks blank.
(52) Item 78: Recommendations. Indicate any medical or dental
recommendations. Specify the particular type of further medical or dental
specialist examination indicated (use SF-507, if necessary).
(53) Item 79: MEPS Workload. Leave Blank.
(54) Item 80: Medical Inspection Date. Leave Blank.
(55) Item 81-84: Names and Signature of Examiners. The name, grade, branch
of Service, and status of each medical and dental examiner shall be typewritten,
printed, or stamped in the left section. Each examiner shall sign using
ballpoint pen or ink pen (black or blue-black ink only) in the appropriate
section. Do not use facsimile signature stamps. When attachment sheets are
used as a supplement or continuation to the report, they shall be serially
number (both sides); however, indicate only the actual number of attached
sheets in the bottom right block 87 on DD-2808.
(56) Item 85: Administrative Review. The person who reviews the PE prior to
submitting for approval shall sign and date.
(57) Item 86: Waiver Granted. Leave Blank.
(58) Item 87: Number of attached Sheets. Fill in with appropriate number of
forms attached.
7. DD-2807-1 (Rev. Jul 01) (Report of Medical History). See Encl (1), pg. 4-7.
a.

Purpose. DD-2807-1 provides a standardized report of the examinee's medical
history to help the examiner evaluate the individual's total physical condition, and to
establish the presence of potentially disabling conditions which are not immediately
apparent upon physical examination. In preparing the form, encourage the examinee
to enter all medical problems or conditions experienced, no matter how minor they
may be. The examiner must investigate and evaluate all positive medical history
indicated on the form.

b.

Preparation and Submission of DD-2807-1. Prepare and submit DD-2807-1 with all
physical examinations except: Periodic OMSEP and Substitution/Overseas/Sea Duty
Modified Physical Examination.

c.

Preparation Procedures. DD-2807-1 shall be prepared by the examinee and the
examining medical officer.
(1) The examinee shall furnish a true account of all injuries, illnesses, operations,
and treatments since birth. False statements or willful omissions in completing
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the DD-2807-1 may result in separation from the Service upon arrival at the
Academy, Recruit Training Center, Officer Candidate School, or later in the
individual's career.
(2) A copy of the DD-2807-1 must be included in the member's health record.
Entries must be printed, in the examinee's and examiner's own handwriting,
using either ball-point pen or ink pen (black or dark blue). Pencils or felt-tip
pens will not be used. Information in the numbered blocks on the form will be
entered in the following manner:

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(a)

Item 1: Last Name, First, Middle Name. SMITH, Hannibell H.
Record the surname in all capital letters. Record the given name(s) in
full, without abbreviation. If the individual's first or middle name
consists only of an initial, enclose each initial within quotation marks. If
the individual has no middle name, enter the letter "(n)" in parenthesis.
Designations such as "Jr." or "II" will appear after the middle name or
initial or after "(n)" if there is no middle name.

(b)

Item 2: Social Security Number. Enter SSN.

(c)

Item 3: Enter date format –2001Sep04.

(d)

Item 4a: Home Address. Enter the evaluee's present residence and not
the home of record.

(e)

Item 4b: Home Telephone. Enter home phone number.

(f)

Item 5: Examining Location and Address. For civilian or contract
physician, enter the full name and address. For a USMTF, enter only the
facility name and the city and state in which located.

(g)

Item 6a: Service. Mark a box next to the appropriate service.

(h)

Item 6b: Component. Mark a box next to the appropriate component.

(i)

Item 6c: Purpose of Examination. Mark a box next to the appropriate
purpose(s) of the examination. If not listed, mark “Other” and explain
above the box such as: Diving Applicant; Biennial Aircrew; etc. For a
medical board, indicate whether it is an IMB (Initial Medical
Board)/DMB (Disposition Medical Board), etc. Do not use the
incomplete terms “flight physical,” “diving physical,” or “aviation
physical.” Avoid nonstandard abbreviations. Differentiate between an
applicant for a special program and a biennial physical for the same
program.

(j)

Item 7a: Position. Use official abbreviation of current grade or rate,
branch of the Service, class and status; i.e., regular, reserve, or retired
and if active or inactive. Example: HSCM, USCG; LTJG, USCGR;
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HSC, USCG (RET); HS3, USCG (TEMPRET). If not a Service
member, enter "civilian."
(k)

Item 7b: Usual Occupation. List current occupation.

(l)

Item 8: Current Medications. List all current medications including
over the counter meds.

(m) Item 9: Allergies. List any allergies to insect bites/stings, foods
medicine or other substances.
(n)

Item 10 to 28. Check appropriate box.

(o)

Item 29: Explanation of “Yes” Answer(s). Describe all “yes” answers
from section 10-28. Include date(s) of problems, name of doctor(s), and
/or hospitals(s), treatment given and current medical status.
1

Append Item 29 to include: The statement to present health and a
list of medications presently being taken by the examinee. For
individuals receiving examinations more frequently than
quinquennial, there is often little change in the medical history from
year to year. As an alternative to having the examinee complete
Section 10-28 of the DD-2807-1 at a periodic examination, the
following statement may be entered in Item 29 and initialed by the
person undergoing the examination.
“I have reviewed my previous Report of Medical History and there
have been no changes since my last medical examination, except as
noted below.” ________(initials)

(p)

Item 30. Examiner’s Summary and Elaboration of all Pertinent
Data. Prior to performing the physical examination, the examiner will
review the completeness of the information furnished on the DD-2807-1.
When this is done, summarize the medical history under (Item 30a.
Comments) as outlined below and then sign the form. If additional
space is needed, use Continuation Sheet, SF-507.

(q)

Do not use the term "usual childhood illnesses"; however, childhood
illnesses (those occurring before age 12) may be grouped together
enumerating each one. Incidents, other than those occurring in
childhood, shall have the date recorded rather than the examinee's age.
Do not use "NS" or "non-symptomatic" for items of history. Use
"NCNS," "No Comp., No Seq." after items of recorded history where
applicable. Elaborate on all items of history answered affirmatively
except "Do you have vision in both eyes". The following specific
questions shall also be asked on examination for initial entry into the
Coast Guard, and for aviation and diving duty applicants:

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1

"Is there a history of diabetes in your family (parent, sibling, or more
than one grandparent)?"

2

"Is there a history of psychosis in your family (parent or sibling)?”

3

"Do you now or have you ever worn contact lenses?”

4

"Do you now or have you ever used or experimented with any drug,
other than as prescribed by a physician (to include LSD, marijuana,
hashish, narcotics, or other dangerous drugs as determined by the
Attorney General of the United States)?”

5

"Have you ever required the use of an orthodontic appliance attached
to your teeth or a retainer appliance? Month and year last worn?
Are they still necessary?”

6

"Are there any other items of medical or surgical history that you
have not mentioned?" All affirmative answers to the above
questions shall be fully elaborated in Item 25. Negative replies to
the above questions shall be summarized as follows: "Examinee
denies history of psychosis, use of drugs, history of wearing of
contact lenses, requirement for any orthodontic appliance, all other
significant medical or surgical history; family history of diabetes."
A rubber stamp or the overprinting of this information in Item 25 is
recommended.

(3) Distribution. Attach the original DD-2807-1 to the original DD-2808 and
submit to reviewing authority. A copy of the DD-2807-1 and DD-2808 shall
be kept on file at the unit pending the return of the approved DD-2807-1 and
DD-2808.. After review and endorsement, the reviewing authority shall
forward the original DD-2807-1 and DD-2808 to the members parent
command for insertion into the members health record.
8. SF-558 (Emergency Care and Treatment) (Rev 9-96). See Encl (1), pg. 4-13. This
form provides a comprehensive yet concise record of emergency health care. It shall be
used whenever an individual receives emergency treatment. Detailed instructions for
completing the form are as follows:

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a.

Patient’s Home Address or Duty Station. Complete all blocks in this section.

b.

Arrival. Record the date and time the patient arrived at the clinic or emergency room
for care.

c.

Transportation to Facility. Record the name of the ambulance company or unit that
transported the patient for care, if appropriate. If patient was not transported by
ambulance or other emergency vehicle, enter "N/A'.

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d.

Third Party Insurance. List detailed insurance if known by patient. If potential third
party liability exists, forward a copy of SF-558 to Commandant (G-WRP-2). Note:
Disregard DD2568 in chart, enter N/A).

e.

Current Medications. List all medications patient is presently taking.

f.

Allergies. Record any substance or drug to which the patient has a known or
suspected allergy. If none, enter "NKA" (No Known Allergy).

g.

Injury or Occupational Illness. Most fields. When, refers to date injury was
sustained. Where, refers to location injury occurred. How, refers to what happened
(briefly).

h.

Emergency Room Visit. Self-Explanatory.

i.

Date of Last Tetanus Shot. Self-Explanatory.

j.

Chief Complaint. Record a brief description of why the patient is seeking health care.

k.

Category of Treatment. If Condition is Result of Accident/Injury. Check the block
that best describes the patients' condition upon arrival.
(1) Emergent. A condition which requires immediate medical attention and for
which delay is harmful to the patient; such a disorder is acute and potentially
threatens life or function.
(2) Urgent. A condition which requires medical attention within a few hours or
danger can ensue; such a disorder is acute but not necessarily severe.
(3) Non-Urgent. A condition which does not require the immediate resources of
an emergency medical services system; such a disorder is minor or non-acute

l.

Vital Signs. Take and record all vital signs. Indicate the time vitals were taken. Use
24-hour clock annotation i.e. 0215.

m. Lab Orders and X-Ray Orders. Self-Explanatory, check appropriate box.
n.

Orders. List orders given by provider. Record all medications, appointments made.
Or any other follow-up plans.

o.

Disposition. Check appropriate box. Ensure patient understands this section.

p.

Patient/Discharge Instructions. Be specific. Ensure patient understands instructions
given.

q.

Patients Signature and Date. Have the patient or person accompanying the patient
sign the form. This signature only acknowledges that instructions were given to the
patient.
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r.

Time Seen by Provider. Record the time when the patient received treatment. Use
24-hour clock annotation i.e. 0215.

s.

Test Results. Record results of tests ordered on patient.

t.

Provider History/Physical. Self-explanatory, use standard S.O.A.P. format.

u.

Consult With. List all individuals that on-scene provider received medical advice
from. Example Dr. Richard Smith.

v.

Diagnosis. Record patient diagnosis.

w. Providers Signature and Date. The medical officer or other health care provider shall
sign and date the form.
x.

Codes. List all ICD-9 codes applicable to the patient.

y.

Patients' Identification. Ensure all patient identification information is entered.

9. DD-2215 Reference Audiogram. Optional. Place form in section V of the Health
Record.
10. DD-2216 Hearing Conservation Data. Optional. Place form in section V of the Health
Record.
11. Audiogram Results. The Microprocessor will generate a legal archival test result strip,
which shall be fastened to a separate SF-514, Clinical Record-Laboratory report form,
dedicated to this purpose and filed under section V of the Health Record. Label this SF514 “Hearing Conservation Program” across the bottom.
a.

All test result strips shall be placed sequentially onto form SF-514 in left to right
formation overlapping 2/3 of the last audiogram.

12. SF-502 (Narrative Summary). See Encl (1), pg.4-15. SF-502's are used for a variety of
purposes, such as:
a.

to summarize the important facts about a patient's hospitalization;

b.

to summarize the findings of a medical board; or

c.

to report the results of a Board of Flight Surgeons.

If received subsequent to the individual's discharge from the hospital, it shall be inserted
in the health record immediately upon receipt.
13. NAVMED 6100/1 (Medical Board Report Cover Sheet).

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a.

The NAVMED 6100/1 is used in preparing a medical board. A copy of the
NAVMED 6100/1 and the complete medical board shall be inserted into the
individual's health record.

b.

Detailed instructions for preparing and distributing this form are contained in
Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).

14. SF-513 (Consultation Sheet). See Encl (1), pg 4-16.
a.

Purpose. SF-513 is used whenever a patient is referred to another facility for
evaluation.

b.

Detailed Instructions. Complete the form as follows:
(1) To. Facility or department to which the patient is being referred.
(2) From. Unit referring the patient.
(3) Date of Request. Self-explanatory.
(4) Reason for Request. Specify the reason for referring the patient, i.e., chest
pains, infected sebaceous cyst, etc.
(5) Provisional Diagnosis. Self-explanatory.
(6) Doctor's Signature. Must be signed by a medical officer, dental officer, or
health services department representative. Accompanying this signature
should be the qualifying degree of the individual requesting the consult.
(7) Approved. Leave Blank.
(8) Place of Consultation. Check the appropriate block.
(9) Emergency/Routine. Check the appropriate block.
(10) Identification No. Enter the patient's SSN.
(11) Organization. Enter patient's branch of service.
(12) Register No. If inpatient, enter the appropriate register number. If outpatient,
leave blank.
(13) Ward No. If outpatient enter "OP." If inpatient, enter appropriate ward
number.
(14) Patient's Identification. Enter the appropriate patient identification
information.
(15) The remainder of the form is completed by the consultant.
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c.

When the consultation sheet (SF-513) is completed and returned by the consultant,
the following actions are required:
(1) Originator shall review and sign the SF-513;
(2) Originator shall complete a Visit Profile sheet (CG-5460B) as directed by Use
of Clinic Automated Management System (CLAMS), COMDTINST
6010.18(series) for later entry into CLAMS; and
(3) The SF-513 shall then be filed in the appropriate dental or medical section of
the health record.

15. SF-520 (Electrocardiographic Report). See Encl (1), pg.4-17.
a.

Purpose. SF-520 is used to report the results of all electrocardiograms.

b.

Detailed Instructions. The individual performing the electrocardiogram shall
complete the form as follows:
(1) Previous ECG. Check appropriate block
(2) Clinical Impression. Reason why the electrocardiogram was requested, e.g.,
chest pain, physical examination, etc.
(3) Medication. Enter any medications that the patient is taking.
(4) Emergency/Routine. Check appropriate block.
(5) Bedside/Ambulant. Check appropriate block.
(6) Age. Enter patient's age as of last birthday.
(7) Sex. Enter "M" or "F," as appropriate.
(8) Race. Leave blank.
(9) Height. Enter to nearest one-half centimeter (one-half inch).
(10) Weight. Enter to the nearest kilogram (pound).
(11) B.P. Enter recumbent blood pressure.
(12) Signature of Ward Physician. Signature of medical officer ordering the
electrocardiogram.
(13) Date. Date the ECG was performed using appropriate format.
(14) Register No. Enter patient's social security number.
(15) Ward No. Enter "OP" (outpatient) or appropriate ward no.

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(16) Patient's Identification. Enter the appropriate patient identification
information.
(17) The remainder of the form is completed by the medical officer evaluating the
electrocardiogram.
c.

The baseline ECG shall be appropriately marked "Baseline ECG."

16. SF-515 (Tissue Examination). See Encl (1), pg.4-18.
a.

Prepare a SF-515 whenever a tissue specimen is forwarded to a laboratory for
examination.

b.

Ensure patient's identification information is completed.

17. SF-541 (Gynecologic Cytology). See Encl (1), pg.4-19.
a.

Prepare a SF-541 whenever a vaginal or cervical smear (PAP test) is forwarded to a
laboratory for examination.

b.

Ensure patient's identification information is completed.

18. SF-514 (Laboratory Reports). See Encl (1), pg.4-20.
a.

This is a display form for mounting graphic reports, automated printout reports, or
printed reports associated with special equipment.

b.

Attach the laboratory reports to the indicated spaces with the most recent on top.

c.

Ensure patient's identification information is completed.

d.

Clinical Record - Laboratory Report Display (SF-545). May be used in lieu of SF514. This is a display form for mounting laboratory requests and report forms.
When a patient will require the same type of test several times, a separate display
sheet shall be used for each type of test. In low use situations, the various test result
forms should be mounted on alternate strips 1, 3, 5, and 7.
(1) The following Standard Forms should be mounted serially on strips 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, and 7:
(a)

Chemistry I (SF-546),

(b)

Hematology (SF-549),

(c)

Urinalysis (SF-550), and

(d)

Serology (SF-551).

(2) The following Standard Forms be mounted on alternate strips 1, 3, 5, and 7:
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Chemistry II (SF-547);

(b)

Chemistry II (Urine) (SF-548);

(c)

Parasitology (SF-552);

(d)

Spinal Fluid (SF-555); and

(e)

Immunohematology (SF-556).

e.

In many instances there will be a mixed assortment of Standard Forms to be mounted
in a patient's chart and obviously these should be mounted in the most practical
sequence.

f.

Instructions for attaching the laboratory report forms to this display sheet are printed
at the bottom of the SF-545. A check mark in the space in the lower right corner
identifies the name of the laboratory forms that are displayed on this sheet or
indicates that a variety or assortment of forms is displayed on the sheet.

19. SF-545a - Clinical Record - Laboratory Report Display for SF-553, SF-554, and SF-557.
This is a display form for mounting Microbiology I, Microbiology II, and miscellaneous
forms for inclusion in the health record. It may be used, when indicated, in addition to
SF-514.
20. SF-546 - 557 (Laboratory Requests).

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a.

SF-546 (Chemistry I). Used to request most blood chemistry tests. Fill in the
identification data as described previously. The specimen sources information is
given by checking the box marked BLOOD or by specifying information in the
position marked OTHER. The names of the blood chemistry tests are listed
individually on this form. At the bottom of the list there is provision for ordering a
battery or profile of tests. When requesting the identifying names of the battery or
profile of tests must be written into the space provided. There is also space for
writing in the names of other tests not specifically listed.

b.

SF-547 (Chemistry II). Used to request blood gas measurement, T3, T4, serum, iron
binding capacity, glucose tolerance, and other chemistry tests. Fill in the
identification data as described previously. The specimen source information is
given by checking the box marked BLOOD or by specifying information in the
position marked OTHER.

c.

SF-548 (Chemistry II, Urine). Used to request chemistry tests on urine specimens.
The specimen interval information is given by checking the box marked 24 HOURS
or by specifying information in the position marked OTHER.

d.

SF-549 (Hematology). Used to request routine hematology tests. The specimen
source information is given by checking box marked VEIN, the box marked CAP for
capillary, or by specifying information in the position marked OTHER.
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e.

SF-550 (Urinalysis). Used to request urinalysis tests, including routine urinalysis
with microscopic examination. The specimen source information is given by
checking the box marked ROUTINE or by specifying information in the position
marked OTHER. (Note that routine urinalysis may be ordered by simply placing an
"X" in front of the word MICROSCOPIC in the requesting section.) The space
marked PSP is for requesting and reporting phenolsulfonphthalein measurements.
The space marked HCG is for requesting and reporting measurements of human
chorionic gonadotropin.

f.

SF-551 (Serology). Used to request tests that measure serum antibodies, including
tests for syphilis.
(1) The space marked RPR is for requesting and reporting measurements of the
Rapid Reagent Card Test for Syphilis
(2) The space marked TA is for requesting and reporting measurements of the
Latex Fixation Test for Thyroglobulin Antibodies.
(3) The space marked COLD AGG is for requesting and reporting of Cold
Agglutinins.
(4) The space marked ASO is for requesting and reporting Antistreptolysin 0 titers.
(5) The space marked CRP is for requesting and reporting measurements of C
Reactive Protein.
(6) The space marked FTA-ABS is for requesting and reporting for fluorescent
treponemal antibody-absorption test.
(7) The space marked FEBRILE AGG is for requesting and reporting
measurements of Febrile Agglutinins.
(8) The space marked COMP FIX is for requesting and reporting Complement
Fixation Tests. The name of the specific antibody should also be written in
this space.
(9) The space marked HAI is for requesting and reporting Hemagglutination
Inhibition Tests. The name of the specific antibody should also be written in
this space.

g.

SF-552 (Parasitology). Used to request tests for intestinal parasites, malaria and
other blood parasites, as well as most test on feces. Fill in identification data as
described previously.

h.

SF-553 (Microbiology I). Used to request most bacteriological isolations and
sensitivities.

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(1) The type of the patient's infection, according to origin, is indicated by checking
one of the boxes in the space marked INFECTION in the upper right area of
the form.
(2) The examination requested is indicated by checking either the box marked
SMEAR, SENSITIVITY, CULTURE, or COLONY COUNT.
(3) The report of the examination is written or stamped on the form by the
laboratory personnel.
(4) The names of the bacteria identified or isolated are listed in the space marked
PREDOMINANT ORGANISM(S).
(5) The sensitivity listing and results are stamped or written in the space marked
SENSITIVITY.
i.

SF-554 (Microbiology II). Used to request tests for fungi, acidfast bacillus (TB), and
viruses.
(1) The type of infection according to origin is indicated by checking one of the
boxes in the space marked INFECTION.
(2) The examination(s) requested is checked in the sections for fungus test or AFB
tests or viral cultures.
(3) The test results are stamped or written on the form by the laboratory personnel.

j.

SF-555 (Spinal Fluid). Used to request most spinal fluid tests.

k.

SF-556 (Immunohematology). Used to request blood grouping, typing, and blood
bank tests.

l.

SF-557 (Miscellaneous). Used to request and report tests such as electrophoresis and
assays of coagulation factors, which are not ordered on other laboratory forms.
(1) Fill in the identification data as described previously.
(2) The specimen source is specifically described in the space marked SPECIMEN
SOURCE.
(3) Write the name of the test requested in the request section of the form.

21. SF-519 (Radiographic Reports). See Encl (1), pg.4-21.

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a.

This is a display form for mounting Radiographic Reports (SF-519-A). Attach the
SF-519-A to the indicated spaces, with the most recent report on top.

b.

Use SF-519-A to request x-ray examinations. All patient data must be completed as
indicated. Ensure that examinations requested are in standard terms or abbreviations.
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ALL pertinent clinical history, operations, physical findings, pregnancy status, and
provisional diagnoses must be recorded in the appropriate space. This information is
needed by the radiologist in order to render a proper interpretation of the film.
c.

Complete the required patient's identification information.

22. DD-771 (Eyewear Prescription). See Encl (1), pg.4-22. Type DD-771 for clarity and to
avoid errors in interpretation, using the following format:
a.

Date. Enter as follows, 22 JAN 87, etc.

b.

Order Number. Enter unit identifying number, issued by NOSTRA or Top Gun
Fantasy Ray Ban, above the order number block. Complete order number block if
desired.

c.

To. Appropriate fabricating facility.

d.

From. Enter complete unit address of unit ordering the eyewear.

e.

Name, Service Number/Social Security Number. Enter as ALBERT, Michael W.
HSC 123-45-6789.

f.

Age. Self-explanatory.

g.

Unit and Address. Enter complete mailing address of unit to which individual is
attached. If retiree, use the individual's home or mailing address.

h.

Active Duty, etc. Check appropriate block.

i.

USA, USN, etc. Check appropriate block.

j.

Spectacles. Check appropriate block.

k.

Aviation Spectacles. Use this block only when ordering aviation frames. Check as
appropriate:
(1) N-15 tinted lenses;
(2) Coated lenses (coated with an anti-glare compound) are not authorized for
Coast Guard personnel.

l.

Other. Leave blank.

m. Interpupillary Distance. Copy directly from patient's Prescription, previous DD-771,
or SF-600.
n.

Eye Size. As above. (Not required for aviation goggles)

o.

Bridge Size. As above. (Not required for aviation goggles)
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p.

Temple Length and Style. As above. (Not required for aviation goggles)

q.

Number of Pairs. Enter the number of pairs requested.

r.

Case. Enter the number of cases requested.

s.

Single Vision.
(1) Sphere. Copy directly from individual's prescription, previous DD-771, or SF600 (+1.00, -1.25, etc.). Prescriptions are filled in multiples of 0.25 diopters
only.
(2) Cylinder. As above, except that prescriptions or multivision lenses must be in
"minus cylinder" form, (-0.50, -0.75, etc.).
(3) Axis. Copy directly from individual's prescription, previous DD-771, or SF600. The axis must contain three (3) digits such as: 180, 090, 005, etc.
(4) Decentration. Need not be completed unless specified as a part of prescription.
(5) Prism. As indicated on individual's prescription, previous DD-771, or SF-600.
(6) Base. As above.

t.

Multivision. If the individual needs multivision lenses (bifocals, trifocals, etc.) then
the prescription must be in minus cylinder form.

u.

Special Lenses or Frames. This block is used for special instructions or justification
for aviation spectacles, or nonstandard lenses, and frames, etc.
(1) When replacement eyewear is ordered from a prescription extracted from the
health record, enter the following entry in this block: "REPLACEMENT
ORDER: PRESCRIPTION FROM REFRACTION PERFORMED ON
DATE."
(2) When eyewear is ordered for recruits, enter the following entry in this block:
"RECRUIT - PLEASE EXPEDITE."
(3) When tinted lenses are ordered for non-aviation personnel, enter a written
justification in this block. "Tinted lenses STATE JUSTIFICATION."
(4) When nonstandard temples or frames are ordered, enter type frame or temple
requested, and justification:

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(a)

Riding Bow Cables, (Justification);

(b)

Adjustable Nose Pads, (Justification).

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(5) When an individual's pupillary distance is less than 60 mm it must be verified
and an entry placed in this block: "PD of ____ verified and correct."
v.

Signature of Approving Authority. Shall be signed by the senior medical officer,
designated representative, or the commanding officer where no medical officer is
present.

w. Signature of the Prescribing Officer. Shall be signed by the medical officer or person
performing the refraction. When this is not possible, i.e., examination obtained from
a civilian source, transcribed from the health record, etc., the person transcribing the
information shall sign as prescribing officer. Flight surgeons may sign prescriptions
as both the prescribing and approving authority.
23. SF-601 (Immunization Record). See Encl (1), pg.4-23.
a.

All prophylactic immunizations; sensitivity tests; reactions to transfusions, drugs,
sera, food and allergies, and blood typings shall be recorded on SF-601 and also on
the PHS-731. The recordings shall be continued on the current record until
additional space is required under any single category.

b.

In such cases, insert a new SF-601 in the health record and retain the old SF-601.
Concurrently, make a thorough verification of the entries and bring all
immunizations up-to-date. Replacement of the current SF-601 is not required
because of change in grade, rating, or status of the member concerned.

c.

The name of the individual administering the immunization or test, or determining
the nature of the sensitivity reaction, shall be typed or a rubber stamp used.
Signatures on SF-601 are not required. However, in the event of their use, make sure
they are legible.

d.

The individual administering the immunizations is responsible for completing all
entries in the appropriate section, including required entries on reactions.

e.

Enter information concerning a determined hypersensitivity to an immunization or
vaccine under "Remarks and Recommendations". Type appropriate entries (such as
HYPERSENSITIVE TO TYPHOID) in capitals. Enter "HIV antibody testing done
(enter date(s))".

f.

For Yellow Fever vaccine, record the origin and batch number.

24. SF-602 (Syphilis Record). See Encl (1), pg. 4-25.
a.

This form shall be prepared and inserted in the health record for each person for
whom a confirmed diagnosis of syphilis or any of its complications or sequela has
been established.

b.

The medical officer shall carefully and thoroughly explain to the patient the nature of
the infection and the reasons why treatment, prolonged observation and the repeated
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performance of certain prescribed tests are necessary. The patient shall then be
requested to sign the statement in Section II of SF-602.
24. DD-1141 (Record of Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation). See Encl (1),
pg.4-27.
a.

Requirements. The custodian of the medical records shall prepare and maintain as
DD-1141 for each person occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation. Enter all
exposures in rems.

b.

Recording Procedures.
(1) Initial Determination of Accumulated Dose.
(a)

In the initial preparation of DD-1141, obtain complete reports of
previous exposure. For each period in which the individual was engaged
in activities where occupational exposure was probable, and no record, or
only an incomplete record of exposure during the period can be obtained,
assume that an occupational exposure of 1.25 rems was incurred per
quarter of each calendar year or fraction thereof.

(b)

In cases where the nature of the radiation is unknown, assume gamma
radiation.

(c)

If an individual was exposed at more than one facility, calculate the
cumulative exposures and record them in Items 7 through 12 as
appropriate. Enter the sum of the whole body exposure in Item 13, and a
statement regarding the sources of that information in Item 16,
REMARKS.

(2) Current Record.

c.

(a)

Quarterly, make appropriate entries on each individual's DD-1141 from
the exposure records received from the Public Health Service Contractor.

(b)

Maintain separate DD-1141 to record exposures other than whole body,
with appropriate descriptions under Item 16, REMARKS.

Completion Instructions.
(1) Item 1. Leave blank.
(2) Item: 2. Enter last name, first name, and middle initial. If the combination of
last name and first name exceed 19 spaces, enter last name and initials only.
(3) Item 3. Enter SSN.
(4) Item: 4. Enter in not more than 10 spaces, rate, grade, title or position the
individual is currently holding. Use standard service abbreviations: i.e.,

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CAPT; HSCS; HSl; etc. Abbreviate civilian occupation titles as needed; i.e.,
Radiological Physicist to Rad Physic; Radiation Physiologist to Rd Physiol;
Electrical Welder to Elec Wldr; etc.
(5) Item 5. Enter date of birth: i.e., 4 SEP 87.
(6) Item 6. Enter name of activity or unit.
(7) Items 7 & 8. "Period of Exposure." Enter the day, month, and year: i.e., 1
MAR 87.
(8) Items 9-12. "Dose This Period." Enter radiation dose received this period to
three decimal places: i.e., 02.345rem. Use five digits including zeros as
necessary for all entries.
(a)

Item 9. Enter skin dose (soft) which includes low energy gamma and xray of less than 20 KVE effective energy and beta radiation. Total skin
dose is the addition of columns 9 and 12.

(b)

Item 10. Enter gamma and x-ray dose greater than 20 KVE effective
energy in REM.

(c)

Item 11. Enter neutron dose in REM.

(d)

Item 12. Enter sum of items 10 and 11.

(9) Item 13. Add item 12 to previous item 13; enter total in item 13.
(10) Item 14. Enter permissible dose calculated from the age formula 5(N-18)
REM, where N equals the present age in years.
(11) Item 15. Recorder certify entries by initial.
(12) Item 16. Enter other pertinent information such as known exposure from
internally deposited radioactive material or from any external radioactive
sources. Describe briefly any activity or assignment bearing a potential for
exposure and estimate dose-time relationships, if feasible. If this form is used
for other than whole body and skin of whole body, specify the use; i.e., hands
and forearms, feet and ankles, thyroid, etc. When recorded dose is not
obtained from film badge readings, specify whether estimates were obtained
from pocket dosimeters, area or air monitoring, bioassay, etc.
25. CG-4057 (Chronological Record of Service). See Encl (1), pg 4-28.
a.

Purpose. Use this form:
(1) to maintain a chronological record of assignments for each active duty member
of the Coast Guard;
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(2) as a statement of agreement or disagreement with the assumption of fitness for
duty upon separation from the Coast Guard; and
(3) to terminate the health record.
b.

Chronological record of assignments. Prepare original only. Record the member's
full name in all capitals, together with the Social Security Number. Make entries
each time a member leaves or returns from PCS, TAD, or hospitalization at a unit
different than the one to which currently assigned.

c.

Agreement or disagreement with the assumption of fit for duty at the time of
separation. Members not already in the physical disability evaluation system, who
disagree with the assumption of fitness for duty at separation shall indicate on the
reverse of form CG-4057. They shall then proceed as indicated in paragraph 3-B-5.
of this Manual. Members who agree with the assumption shall check the box
indicating agreement. This is a health services department responsibility when there
is a health services department representative attached; otherwise it becomes a
personnel action.

d.

Terminating the health record. The reverse side of the form is also used to terminate
a member's health record upon definite separation from active service. The date of
termination is the effective date of separation. Make appropriate entries giving the
reason for termination, the date of termination and the grade and signature of the
responsible commissioned officer in the bottom portion of the form. Additionally, an
entry, signed by the member whose health record is being terminated, acknowledging
the receipt of a copy all available NAVMED 6150/20's, a copy of separation
examination if done (either DD-2808 or SF-600 entry), a signed copy of the CG4057, and the PHS-731 shall be made in the Remarks section of the CG-4057.

e.

This form is also used to notify the individual of the possibility of certain disability
benefit entitlements from the Department of Veterans Affairs after separation.

f.

If either side of the CG-4057 is filled, the reverse side shall have a line drawn
diagonally through it in red and a second CG-4057, marked "Supplement" at the top,
started.

26. NAVMED 6150/2 (Special Duty Medical Abstract). See Encl (1), pg. 4-30.
a.

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General. The purpose of the NAVMED 6150/2 is to provide a record of physical
qualifications, special training, and periodic examinations of members designated for
performing special duty, such as aviation and diving. The object of the special duty
examination, and the instructions incident thereto, is to select only those individuals
who are physically and mentally qualified for such special duty, and to remove from
such status those members who may become temporarily or permanently unfit for
such duty because of physical or mental defects. Also, in this connection, special
money disbursements are often based upon the determination of a member's physical
and mental qualifications or continued requalification for performing a special duty.
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Therefore, accuracy and content of information are essential in reporting information
applicable to these categories.
b.

Entries.
(1) Record entries upon completion of each physical examination and completion
of designated special training. When a previously qualified member is
suspended from special duty for physical reasons, enter the period of
suspension and reason therefore on the NAVMED 6150/2.
(2) The scope of the physical examination and technical training prescribed for
these special categories often differs from the general service requirements;
therefore, entries reporting results which pertain to these particular
examinations or training involved shall be approved only by medical officers.

27. PHS-731 (International Certificate of Vaccination).
a.

General.
(1) Prepare PHS-731 for each member of the Coast Guard (for reserve personnel
when ordered to Active Duty for Training). This form shall be carried only
when performing international travel or when reporting for Active Duty for
Training. When not required for either of the preceding reasons, the completed
certificate shall be retained in the individual's health record. Appropriate
entries shall be made on PHS-731 and SF-601 when immunizations are
administered.
(2) A reservist not on extended active duty who plans international travel either
under official orders or privately, may request that the appropriate district
commander (r) furnish a PHS-731 for this purpose. The reservist shall return
the PHS-731 to the district commander (r) when travel is completed.
(3) When properly completed and authenticated, the PHS-731 contains a valid
certificate of immunization for international travel and quarantine purposes in
accordance with World Health Organization Sanitary Regulations.
(4) All military and nonmilitary personnel performing international travel under
Coast Guard cognizance shall be immunized in accordance with Commandant
Instruction 6230.4 (series) and shall have in their possession a properly
completed and authenticated PHS-731.

b.

Detailed Instructions.
(1) Stamp or type the following address on the front of PHS-731:
Commandant (G-WK)
U. S. Coast Guard
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2100 Second St., S.W.
Washington, DC 20593-0001
(2) Enter data by hand, rubber stamp, or typewriter.
(3) Enter the day, month, and year in the order named (i.e., 4 SEP 87).
(4) Record the origin and batch number for yellow fever vaccine.
(5) Entries for cholera and yellow fever must be authenticated by the Department
of Defense Immunization Stamp and the actual signature of the medical officer.
Other immunizations may be authenticated by initialing. Entries based on prior
official records shall have the following statement added: "Transcribed From
Official Records."
c.

Remove the PHS-731 from the health record and give it to the individual upon
separation from the Service.

28. CG-5214 (Emergency Medical Treatment Report). See Encl (1), pg. 4-32.
a.

Purpose. CG-5214 provides a multiple copy record of all emergency medical care
rendered by Coast Guard personnel outside of a clinic or sickbay. All care rendered
by crews of Coast Guard emergency vehicles must be documented with a CG-5214.
(1) Part 1, Copy to Patient. This copy shall be placed in the patients' health record
if available.
(2) Part 2, Copy to Receiving Unit. This copy shall be given to the hospital, clinic,
or EMS crew assuming responsibility for patient care.
(3) Part 3, Copy to Triage Officer. In multi-casualty incidents, this copy shall be
given to the triage officer to account for the patients' treatment priority and
status. Otherwise, this copy shall be kept on file at the clinic or sickbay.
(4) Part 4, (hard copy) to Commandant (G-WKH-1). This copy shall be forwarded
to Commandant (G-WKH-1) using the mailing label on the reverse side.

b.

Preparation and Submission of CG-5214. The form provides an accurate account of
the patient's injury or illness, and a detailed report of all treatments rendered en route
to a receiving facility. If possible, the report should be completed during the
transport phase. Detailed instructions for completing the CG-5214 are as follows:
(1) Victim Identification.

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(a)

Item 1: Name. Enter last, first, and middle initial.

(b)

Item 2: Sex. Check one.

(c)

Item 3: Estimated Age. Enter in years or months.
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(2) Description of Incident.
(a)

Item 4: Date. Enter date incident occurred.

(b)

Item 5: Type of Incident. Check one and give pertinent details under
"Nature of Emergency/Mechanism of Injury".

(c)

Item 6: Time on Scene. Enter (using 24 hour clock).

(d)

Item 7: Time of Incident. Enter (using 24 hour clock).

(e)

Item 8: Location. Enter exact geographical area.

(3) Observation of Victim. Stick-Man figure: Place applicable injury letter code
over injured area.
(4) Skin. Circle applicable number.
(5) Vital Signs. Note time observed (24 hour clock).
(6) Level of Consciousness. Check only one per time observed.
(7) Pupils. Check only one per time observed.
(8) Pulse. Place numerical value under rate and check appropriate space for
quality.
(9) Breathing. Place numerical value under rate and check appropriate space for
quality.
(10) Blood Pressure. Enter systolic and diastolic values under applicable time.
(11) Temperature. Circle either oral or rectal and enter in numerical value.
(12) Mast. Beside "Mast BP" enter blood pressure values. Circle applicable
compartments inflated.
(13) Triage Information. Circle one of the following:
(a)

Priority I: Patients with airway and/or breathing problems, cardiac arrest,
uncontrolled bleeding or controlled bleeding with symptoms of shock,
severe head or abdominal injuries, and severe medical problems to
include possible heart attack, severe burns, and severe poisonings.

(b)

Priority II: Patients with less serious burns, multiple fractures, potential
C-Spine injuries without shock, or medical conditions of a less serious
note.

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Priority III: Patients with obvious minor injuries or patients who are
obviously dead or mortally wounded.

(14) Medications. List any medications the patient is currently taking.
(15) Allergies. List any known allergies for the patient.
(16) Medications Administered. Note the time, dosage, and route of administration
for any medications administered to the patient.
(17) Rescuer Information.
(a)

Item 10: Name. Enter last, first, and middle initial.

(b)

Item 11: Level. Circle appropriate certification level.

(c)

Item 12: Unit. Rescuer's assigned unit.

(d)

Item 13: OPFAC#. Enter.

(e)

Item 14: rescue Vehicle. Identity of the responding vehicle, vessel, or
aircraft.

(f)

Item 15: Receiving Unit. Hospital, EMS vehicle, or clinic assuming
responsibility for patient care.

(g)

Time Patient Transferred. Enter (24 hour clock).

29. DD877 (Request for Medical/Dental Records or Information). See Encl (1), pg. 433.
a.

Purpose. The DD 877 is a self-carboning triplicate form which is used to forward
health and clinical records between clinics and units as well as to request records
from clinics, units, or MTFs.

b.

General. This form shall be initiated and included with health and clinical records as
directed in Chapter 4-A-6. And 4-D-7. Of this Manual

c.

Detailed Instruction.
(1) Each DD877 must have all boxes completed.
(2) n all instances when a DD877 is initiated, remarks concerning the reason for
sending the record, the name of the gaining unit for the member/ sponsor and a
request for action will be included on the form. When preparing a DD877 for a
record to be forwarded, place the following in section 9., REMARKS: “Health
{clinical} record for this member (family member) is forwarded to you for
appropriate filing. Member (sponsor) assigned to (insert gaining unit name).”

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(3) For members entering the inactive reserve, enter the following in section 9,
remarks: “ member entering inactive reserve in your district. Per Medical
Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1B, Chapter 4-B-4.b.,this health record is
forwarded for appropriate action.”
(4) A copy of the DD877 will be retained at the unit sending the record for 6
months after the record is mailed, then may be discarded.

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Section C - Dental Record Forms.
1.

CG-3443-2 (Dental Record Cover). See Encl (1), pg. 4-34.
a.

Open a CG-3443-2 for each individual upon arrival at a training center or initial entry
into the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve. When an individual on the retired list
returns to active duty, submit a request for a copy of the closed out dental record to
Commandant (G-PIM). Whenever the original record is lost or destroyed, a new
dental record shall be opened immediately. Normally the dental record shall be kept
in the Health Record Cover (CG-3443) of each individual unless otherwise specified.

b.

All dental forms and radiographs will be contained in the Dental Record.

c.

Detailed Instructions.
(1) Surname. Record the surname in all capital letters.
DOE
SURNAME
(2) Given name(s). Record in full without abbreviation. If the individual has no
middle name or initial then record the lower case letter "n" in parentheses (n).
If the individual has only a middle initial(s), record each initial in quotation
marks. When "Jr." or "II" or other similar designations are used, they shall
appear after the middle name or initial.
DOE

JANE

SURNAME

ANN

First Name Middle Name

(3) Social Security Number (SSN). Enter Social Security Number.
(4) Date of Birth. Enter day, month (abbreviated JAN, FEB, MAR, etc.), and the
year: i.e., 4 SEP 49.
(5) Change in Grade or Rate. Enter as they occur.
(6) Blood Type. Enter the individual's blood type in the appropriate box. If not
known, perform a blood type test.
(7) RH Factor. Enter the individual's RH factor in the appropriate box. If not
known, perform an RH factor test.
(8) Drug Sensitivity Sticker. When required, affix the Drug Sensitivity Sticker
(CG-5266) to the lower left corner of the front of the Dental Record Cover. Do
not cover other identification data. See Encl (1) pg. 4-34.
(9) Dental Radiographs.
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2.

Dental Bitewing Radiograph Storage. Bitewing radiographs shall be
stored in the standard stock 5 year x-ray card (FSC# 6525-00-142-8732).
This shall replace the single bitewing x-ray card (FSC# 6525-00-8172364). X-ray film is mounted in the x-ray card with the raised dot side of
the film on the back side of the card.

NAVMED 6600/3 (Dental Health Questionnaire). See Encl (1), pg. 4-35.
a.

General. CG-5605 will help the dental officer detect any present or past health
problem (i.e., positive Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)) that might interfere
with definitive dental treatment. All positive answers from the health history section
must be followed up by the dental officer for impact on health care and so annotated
on the CG-5605 and/or the SF-603A.

b.

Detailed Instructions. Insert the Dental Health Questionnaire as the first page of the
dental record. Patients shall fill out a new Dental Health Questionnaire at least
annually, or when information changes. Maintain the two most recent forms in the
dental record with the current CG-5605 on top.
(1) Chief Complaint. Have the patient enter the problem they are presently having.
(2) Check and Sign. Have the patient enter yes/no in each box of the history. The
signature indicates the authenticity of the history.
(3) Summary of Pertinent Findings. Include baseline BP reading.

3.

SF-603 (Dental Record). See Encl (1), pg. 4-36.
a.

General. The Dental Record is a continuous history and must contain accurate and
complete entries of dental examinations and treatments. Each entry shall clearly
indicate the name of the dental officer conducting the examination and/or rendering
the treatment. Dental hygienists or other auxiliary personnel providing care shall
also follow this requirement. Each dental officer is personally responsible for
ensuring that all entries are properly recorded.

b.

Numerical Classification for Record Purposes. Chart markings have been
standardized so that dental conditions, treatments needed, and treatments completed
may be readily identified. This facilitates efficient continuity of treatments and may
establish identification in certain circumstances.
(1) For the purpose of brevity and exactness, use the following classification of
teeth in keeping the dental record.
TOOTH

DESIGNATION

Right Maxillary Third Molar

1

Right Maxillary Second Molar

2

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3

Right Maxillary Second Bicuspid

4

Right Maxillary First Bicuspid

5

Right Maxillary Cuspid

6

Right Maxillary Lateral Incisor

7

Right Maxillary Central Incisor

8

Left Maxillary Central Incisor

9

Left Maxillary Lateral Incisor

10

Left Maxillary Cuspid

11

Left Maxillary First Bicuspid

12

Left Maxillary Second Bicuspid

13

Left Maxillary First Molar

14

Left Maxillary Second Molar

15

Left Maxillary Third Molar

16

Left Mandibular Third Molar

17

Left Mandibular Second Molar.

.

18

Left Mandibular First Molar

19

Left Mandibular Second Bicuspid

20

Left Mandibular First Bicuspid

21

Left Mandibular Cuspid

22

Left Mandibular Lateral Incisor

23

Left Mandibular Central Incisor

24

Right Mandibular Central Incisor

25

Right Mandibular Lateral Incisor

26

Right Mandibular Cuspid

27

Right Mandibular First Bicuspid

28

Right Mandibular Second Bicuspid

29

Right Mandibular First Molar

30

Right Mandibular Second Molar

31

Right Mandibular Third Molar

32

(2) Indicate deciduous teeth by placing a block "D" around tooth number. If both
permanent and deciduous teeth are present, place a "D" in location of
deciduous tooth and enter the appropriate tooth number inside the "D."
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(3) Indicate a supernumerary tooth by placing "s" in the location of the
supernumerary tooth and in the remarks section enter a statement that the
examinee has a supernumerary tooth.
(4) Indicate deciduous and supernumerary teeth on the SF-603 in SECTION I, Part
5 (Diseases, Abnormalities, and Radiographs) and enter a statement in the
remarks section of Section 5.
c.

Detailed Instructions.
SECTION I. DENTAL EXAMINATION
(1) Purpose of Examination. To assess the oral health status of cadets, officer
candidates and enlisted recruits upon initial entry into the Coast Guard, and to
provide periodic (but at least annual) examinations of active duty personnel.
Enter an "X" in the appropriate box. Mark the "Initial" box for the dental
examination made upon entrance into the Coast Guard. All other examinations
fall under the "Other" category and shall be identified: i.e., "Academy",
"Reenlistment", etc.
(2) Type of Examination. Enter an "X" in the proper box of item 2, "Type of
Exam."
(a)

Type 1, Comprehensive Examination. Comprehensive hard and soft
tissue examination, which shall include: oral cancer screening
examination; mouth-mirror, explorer, and periodontal probe
examination; adequate natural or artificial illumination; panographic or
full-mouth periapical, and posterior bitewing radiographs as required;
blood pressure recording; and when indicated, percussive, thermal, and
electrical tests, transillumination, and study models. Included are lengthy
clinical evaluations required to establish a complex total treatment plan.
For example, treatment planning for full mouth reconstruction,
determining differential diagnosis of a patient's chief complaint, or
lengthy history taking relative to determining a diagnosis. Use S.O.A.P.
format to record the results of a Type 1 examination.

(b)

Type 2, Oral Examination (annual or periodic). Hard and soft tissue
examination, which shall include: oral cancer screening examination;
mouth mirror and explorer examination with adequate natural or artificial
illumination; periodontal screening; appropriate panographic or intraoral
radiographs as indicated by the clinical examination; and blood pressure
recording. An appropriate treatment plan shall be recorded. This type is
the routine examination which is normally performed one time per
treatment regimen per patient, unless circumstances warrant another
complete examination. Use S.O.A.P. format to record the results of Type
2 examination.

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Type 3, Other Examination. Diagnostic procedure as appropriate for:
consultations between staff; observation where no formal consult is
prepared; certain categories of physical examination; and emergency oral
examination for evaluation of pain, infection, trauma, or defective
restorations.

(d)

Type 4, Screening Evaluation. Mouth mirror and explorer or tongue
depressor examination with available illumination. This includes the
initial dental processing of candidates without necessarily being
examined by a dentist, or other dental screening procedures.

(e)

If not specified by this Manual, it shall be the professional responsibility
of the dental officer to determine the type of examination which is
appropriate for each patient. However, Type 3 and Type 4 examinations
are not adequate to definitively evaluate the oral health status of patients.
When the dental officer determines that a comprehensive periodontal
examination is to be accomplished, use the Navy Periodontal Chart,
NAVMED 6660/2 (3-90).

(3) Dental Classification of Individuals. Dental classifications are used to
designate the health status and the urgency or priority of treatment needs for
active duty personnel. Use the following guidelines and criteria for the
classification of patients. When a criterion for a specific condition is not listed,
the dental officer shall evaluate the prognosis for a dental emergency and
assign the appropriate classification.
(a)

Class 1. Patients who do not require dental treatment. The following are
criteria for such classification.
7

no dental caries or defective restorations;

8

healthy periodontium, no tooth accumulated materials (hard or
visible soft deposits);

9

stable occlusion, asymptomatic temporomandibular joint;

10 unerupted or malposed teeth that are without historical, clinical, or
radiographic signs or symptoms of pathosis, and are not
recommended for prophylactic removal; and
11 no edentulous spaces for which a prosthesis is indicated.
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Class 2. Patients who have dental conditions that are unlikely to result in
a dental emergency within 12 months. Class 2 dental patients are
considered fit for operational duties, but the dental diseases or conditions
causing designation shall be reevaluated at each dental examination.
Any one of the following is a sufficient criterion for such a classification:

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Dental caries, decalcification, or tooth fractures extending beyond
the dentinoenamel junction, or causing definitive symptoms;

2

Restorations with fractures or marginal defects;

3

Periodontal diseases or periodontium exhibiting;
a nonspecific gingivitis. Inflammation of the gingiva characterized
by changes in color, gingival form, position, surface appearance,
bleeding upon brushing or flossing, or the presence of blood or
exudate after probing with a periodontal probe;
b slight or mild adult periodontitis. Progression of the gingival
inflammation into the deeper periodontal structures and alveolar
bone crest with accompanying periodontal probing depths of
from 3 to 4mm, slight loss of connective attachment, and slight
loss of alveolar bone;
c moderate periodontitis. Gingival inflammation with destruction
of the periodontal structures including radiographic or clinical
evidence of loss of alveolar bone support, with possible early
furcation involvement of multirooted teeth or tooth mobility;
d stable or nonprogressive mucogingival conditions. This includes
conditions such as irregular marginal contours, gingival clefts,
and aberrant frena or muscle attachments, which could potentially
progress, or pathosis but are currently stable and compatible with
periodontal health; or
e past history of periodontal disease or therapy when the disease is
currently under control in a long-term maintenance program.

4

The presence of supragingival or subgingival tooth accumulated
materials without concomitant periodontal disease.

5

Prosthodontics indicated. Edentulous areas,
provisional/interim/temporary prostheses, defective prostheses,
provisional crowns, large extracoronal direct restorations, or
endodontically treated teeth without full coverage, that need
prosthetic treatment but delay will not compromise the patients
immediate health or masticating function.

6

Unerupted, nonfunctional, or malposed teeth without historical,
clinical, or radiographic signs or symptoms of pathosis, but which
are recommended for prophylactic removal to prevent future
pathologic conditions (e.g., unopposed or unerupted third molars, or
malposed teeth which complicate plaque control measures).
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7

Preventive dentistry requirements not fulfilled.

8

Those conditions described in subparagraphs 4. through 7. above are
not considered disqualifying for overseas, sea duty, or isolated duty
assignment.

Class 3. Patients who have dental conditions that are likely to cause a
dental emergency within 12 months. The following conditions have the
potential to cause an emergency, and any one is sufficient criterion for
disqualification for overseas or isolated duty assignment:
1

Periodontal diseases or periodontium exhibiting:

2

Advanced periodontitis. Significant progression of periodontitis
with major loss of alveolar bone support and probable complex
furcation involvement of multirooted teeth and increased tooth
mobility. The periodontal probing depth may reach 7mm and
deeper;
a.

periodontal abscess;

b.

acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (NUG);

c.

periodontal manifestations of systemic diseases and hormonal
distubances (e.g., acute herpetic gingivostomatitis);

d.

refractory, rapidly progressive periodontitis. Rapid bone and
attachment loss, or slow but continuous bone and attachment
loss resistant to normal therapy; or

e.

juvenile and prepubertal periodontitis, either localized or
generalized.

3

Acute or chronic pulpitis.

4

Indication of periradicular pathosis with or without existing root
canal filling which may require treatment.

5

Presence of a tooth or teeth undergoing endodontic therapy.

6

Stomatitis.

7

Pericoronitis.

8

Prosthodontics required to replace an existing prosthesis exhibiting
dental caries, or a large defective amalgam restoration requiring
replacement with a casting. Also, appliances required due to:

9

Insufficient masticatory function, active arch collapse from tooth
loss, or essential performance of military duties (e.g., replacement of
missing teeth for esthetics or phonetics);
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10 soft tissue inflammation, such as papillary hyperplasia under a
denture base;
11 an essential prosthesis in need of repair in order to be functional; or
12 a provisional, interim, or temporary prosthesis which cannot be
maintained for a 12 month period.
13 Unerupted, partially erupted, nonfunctional or malposed teeth
associated with historical, clinical or radiographic evidence of
pathosis, or with a high potential to cause a dental emergency.
14 Soft or hard tissue lesions requiring an incisional or excisional
biopsy for the definitive diagnosis and treatment of the lesions,
including the period of time awaiting the results of the
histopathologic examination.
15 Appropriate postoperative treatment not yet completed, including
suture removals for surgery and occlusal adjustments for restorative
dentistry.
16 All conditions requiring immediate treatment for relief of pain,
traumatic injuries, or acute oral infections.
17 Orthodontic therapy in progress, with either fixed or removable
appliances.
(4) Priority of Dental Treatment. To further indicate priority of treatment within a
class, the following groupings shall be used when necessary (listed in order of
decreasing priority).
(a)

Group 1. Coast Guard active duty personnel in receipt of orders to sea,
overseas, or combat duty.

(b)

Group 2. Coast Guard active duty personnel upon return from sea,
overseas, or combat duty.

(c)

Group 3. Other Coast Guard personnel.

(d)

Group 4. Active duty personnel of other Services assigned to duty with
the Coast Guard.

(e)

Group 5. Active duty personnel of other Services.

(f)

Missing Teeth and Existing Restorations.

(g)

Markings shall be made on examination chart as follows:
1

Missing Teeth. Draw a large "X" on the root(s) of each tooth that is
not visible in the mouth.
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Edentulous Mouth. Inscribe crossing lines, one extending from the
maxillary right third molar to the mandibular left third molar and the
other from the maxillary left third molar to the mandibular right
third molar.

3

Edentulous Arch. Make crossing lines, each running from the
uppermost aspect of one third molar to the lowest aspect of the third
molar on the opposite side.

4

Amalgam Restorations. In the diagram of the tooth, draw an outline
of the restoration showing size, location, and shape, and block
solidly.

5

Nonmetallic Permanent Restorations (includes oxyphosphate
cements). In the diagram of the tooth, draw an outline of the
restoration showing size, location, and shape.

6

Gold Restorations. Outline and inscribe horizontal lines within the
outline.

7

Combination Restorations. Outline showing overall size, location,
and shape; partition and junction materials used and indicate each, as
in "4." above.

8

Porcelain Facings and Pontics. Outline.

9

Acrylic Resin Facings and Pontics. Outline each aspect.

10 Porcelain Post Crowns. Outline the crown and approximate size and
position of the post(s).
11 Acrylic Resin Post Crowns. Outline crown and approximate size
and position of the post(s).
12 Porcelain Jacket Crowns. Outline each aspect.
13 Acrylic Resin Jacket Crowns. Outline each aspect.
14 Fixed Bridges. Outline each, showing overall size, location, teeth
involved and shape by the inscription of diagonal lines in abutments
and pontics.
15 Removable Appliances. Place an "X" through the missing tooth,
place a line over replaced teeth and describe briefly in "Remarks."
16 Root Canal Fillings. Outline canal filled and black in solidly.

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17 Apicoectomy. Draw a small triangle apex of the root of the tooth
involved, the base line to show the approximate level of root
amputation.
18 Drifted Teeth. Draw an arrow from the designating number of the
tooth that has moved; the point of the arrow to indicate the
approximate position to which it has drifted. Under "Remarks" note
the relationship to the drifted tooth in respect to occlusion.
(h)

If an individual is appointed or enlisted with dental defects which have
been waived, the defects shall be described fully in the dental record
under "Remarks" (Section I).

(i)

The examining dental officer shall sign, date, and record the place of
examination where indicated.

(5) Diseases, Abnormalities, and Radiographs.
(a)

Markings on the examination chart of Diseases, Abnormalities, and
Radiographs shall be made as follows:
1

Caries. In the diagram of the tooth affected, draw an outline of the
carious portion, showing size, location and shape, and block in
solidly.

2

Defective Restoration. Outline and block in solidly the restoration
involved.

3

Impacted Teeth. Outline all aspects of each impacted tooth with a
single oval. Indicate the axis of the tooth by an arrow pointing in the
direction of the crown.

4

Abcess. Outline approximate size, form, and location.

5

Cyst. Outline the approximate form and size in relative position of
the dental chart.

6

Periodontal Disease. Inscribe a horizontal continuous line on the
external aspect of root(s) involved in a position approximating the
extent of gingival recession or the clinical depth of the pocket. If
known, indicate the position of the alveolar crest by a second
continuous line in relative position to the line indicating the gingival
tissue level.

7

Extraction Needed. Draw two parallel vertical lines through all
aspects of the tooth involved.

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Fractured Tooth Root. Indicate fracture with a zigzag line on outline
of tooth root.

(b)

A statement regarding hypersensitivity to procaine or any other drug
known to the person for whom a Dental Record is prepared shall be
entered under "Remarks." (Example: HYPERSENSITIVITY TO
PROCAINE)

(c)

Complete items A through E.

(d)

The examining dental officer shall sign, date, and record the place of
examination where indicated.

(e)

NOTE: Section I, Subsections 4 and 5 of SF 603 are used to record
findings of initial and replacement examinations. These charts shall not
be altered thereafter.

SECTION II. PATIENT DATA
(1) Patient Data. Complete items 6 through 14 as indicated.
SECTION III. ATTENDANCE RECORD
(1) Restorations and Treatments (Completed during service) (Item 15).
(a)

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Record restorations or treatments provided a patient after the initiation of
a Dental Record on the chart "Restorations and Treatments" of Section
III, in accordance with the following:
1

Carious Teeth Restored. In the diagram of the tooth involved, draw
an outline of the restoration showing size, location and shape, and
indicate the material used. Amalgam restorations would be outlined
and blocked in, silicate cement restorations outlined only, etc.

2

Extractions. Draw a large "X" on the root(s) of each tooth extracted.

3

Root Canal Fillings. Outline each canal filled on the diagram of the
root(s) of the tooth involved and block it in solidly.

4

Apicoectomy. Draw a small triangle on the root of the tooth
involved, apex away from the crown, the base line to show the
approximate level of tooth amputation.

5

Bridge and Crowns. Outline and fill in as specified above.

6

Removable Appliances. Place a line over numbers of replaced teeth
and give a brief description under "Remarks."

7

Unrecorded Operations and Conditions. Operations performed by
other than Coast Guard dental officers subsequent to the original
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examination will be indicated by the dental officer discovering the
condition just as if they had been done by a Coast Guard dental
officer. Make appropriate entries indicating the nature of the
treatment and adding the abbreviation "CIV" or other abbreviation as
the case may be. The date entered will be the date of the discovery.
8

Other. Similarly, note operations known to have been performed by
Coast Guard dental officers whose identity is not recorded, except
use the abbreviation "CGDO." The date entered shall be the date the
operation is discovered. Account for teeth which are shown as
missing in the chart, Missing Teeth and Existing Restorations, and
which have erupted subsequently, by an entry in the following
manner: "1 and 32," eruption noted, date, and signature of dental
officer making the notation. Record other conditions of comparable
importance in a similar manner.

(b)

Record a series of treatments for a specific condition not producing
lasting changes in dental characteristics by entering of initial and final
treatment dates (i.e., POT daily 1 AUG 87 thru 5 AUG 87 or Vin Tr.
twice daily 1 AUG 87 thru 10 AUG 87).

(c)

Authenticate each entry in this record by a written entry in the spaces
provided under "Services Rendered."

(2) Subsequent Disease and Abnormalities (Item 16). Chart subsequent
conditions, in pencil only, using the instructions in Chapter 4-C.3.(6). Once
treatment is completed and documented in item 17, erase pencil entry in item
16 and permanently transfer in ink to item 15 (Restorations and Treatments).
(3) Services Rendered (Item 17). The accuracy and thoroughness in recording
patient histories and treatment progress notes are essential elements in the
diagnosis and treatment of the dental patient. In addition to the conventional
listing of the tooth number and procedure, every effort shall be made to
specifically identify dental materials used intraorally. Use trade names where
possible. This includes, but is not limited to; bases and liners, metallic and
nonmetallic restorative materials, denture frameworks and bases, impression
materials, medicaments, and anesthesia. Record prescribed medications.
(a)

Standard S.O.A.P. format. The S.O.A.P. format shall be used to
document all sickcall and emergency dental treatments, to document
Type 1 and Type 2 examinations, and to record the results of the
examination of patients in preparation for comprehensive treatment
planning. S.O.A.P. format is not required to document ongoing delivery
of treatment which has been previously planned. All entries are to be on
the SF-603/603-A, item 17. The S.O.A.P. format uses a problem
oriented record as a tool in management of patient care. The acronym is
derived from the first letter of the first four record statements as follows:
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1

"S" Subjective data. This data includes the reason for the visit to
the dental clinic, and if appropriate, a statement of the problem
(chief complaint) and the qualitative and quantitative description of
the symptoms appropriate to the problem.

2

"O" Objective data. A record of the type of examination and the
diagnostic aids, including the ordering of radiographs, and the actual
clinical findings, x-ray results, or laboratory findings appropriate to
the problem. This is to include all the provider's findings such as
carious teeth, inflammation, periodontal status, pocket depths, blood
pressure measurement, etc.

3

"A" Assessment. This portion is the assessment of the subjective
data, objective data, and the problem statement which leads the
provider to a diagnosis, e.g.,"needs" (existing conditions or
pathoses).

4

"P" Plan. This is the plan of treatment to correct or alleviate the
stated problems or needs, irrespective of the treatment capability of
the dental treatment facility. Include recommended treatment and,
as appropriate, possible complications, alternative treatment, and
prognosis with and without intervention. Include consultations, a
record of the specific treatment performed, pre- and postoperative
instructions, prescriptions, and any deviations from the original
treatment plan.

The following classification of tooth surfaces are listed in order of
precedence and shall be used in connection with recording restorations of
defective teeth:
Surface

(c)

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Designation

Facial (Labial) (Anterior teeth)

F

Buccal (Posterior teeth)

B

Lingual

L

Occlusal (Posterior teeth)

0

Mesial

M

Distal

D

Incisal (Anterior teeth)

I

Use combinations of designators to identify and locate caries, operations,
or restorations in the teeth involved; for example, 8-MID would refer to
the mesial, incisal, and distal aspects of the left mandibular cuspid; 30MODF, the mesial, occlusal, distal, and facial aspects of a right
mandibular first molar.
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(d)

Designation

Mesial-Occlusal

MO

Distal-Occlusal

DO

Mesial-Incisal

MI

Distal-Incisal

DI

Occlusal-Facial

OF

Occlusal-Lingual

OL

Incisal-Facial

IF

Incisal-Lingual

IL

Mesial-Occlusal-Distal

MOD

Mesial-Occlusal-Facial

MOF

Mesial-Occlusal-Lingual

MOL

Mesial-Incisal-Distal

MID

Mesial-Incisal-Facial

MIF

Mesial-Incisal-Lingual

MIL

Distal-Occlusal-Facial

DOF

Distal-Occlusal-Lingual

DOL

Mesial-Occlusal-Distal-Facial

MODF

Mesial-Incisal-Distal-Facial

MIDF

Mesial-Occlusal-Distal-Facial-Lingual

MODFL

Mesial-Incisal-Distal-Facial-Lingual

MIDFL

The use of abbreviations is not mandatory but is desirable for purposes of
brevity in view of the limited space available in the dental record for
recording services rendered. Whenever there is a possibility of
misinterpretation due to the use of abbreviations, dental operations shall
be written in full. When abbreviations are used, they shall conform to
the following:

Operation, Condition, or Treatment

Abbreviation

Abrasion

Abr.

Abscess

Abs.

Acrylic

Acr.

Adjust (ed)(ment)

Adj.

Alveolectomy

Alvy.

Amalgam

Am.
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Anesthesia

Anes.

Apicectomy

Apcy.

Base

B.

Bridge (denotes fixed unless otherwise noted) Br.
Caries

Car.

Calculus

Cal.

Cavity Varnish

C.Var.

Cement

Cem.

Composite Resins

Comp. Res.

Crown

Cr.

Deciduous

Dec.

Defective

Def.

Denture (full unless otherwise noted)

Dtr.

Drain.

Drn.

Dressing

Drs.

Equilibrate (action)

Equil.

Eugenol

Eug.

Examination

Exam.

Extraction (ed) (Uncomplicated unless otherwise noted) Ext.

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Filling(s)

Fil.

Fluoride

Fl.

Fracture(s)

Frac.

General

Gen.

Gingival (itis) (state type in parenthesis).

Ging.

Gutta percha

G.P.

Impacted (ion)

Imp.

Impression

Impr.

Incised

Inc.

Inlay

Inl.

Inserted

Ins.

Maxillary

Max.

Mandibular

Man.

Partial

Pr.
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Par.

Periapical

Per.

Pericoronitis

Percor.

Periodontitis

Perio.

Porcelain

Porc.

Post Operative Treatment

POT.

Prepared (ation)

Prep.

Prophylaxis

Pro.

Reappoint (ment)

Reapt.

Recement (ed)

Recem.

Reconstruct (ed)

Rct.

Reduce (d)

Red.

Regional

Rel.

Repaired

Rpd.

Sedative (ation)

Sed.

Sequestrum

Seq.

Surgical

Surg.

Suture (s)(d)

Su.

Treatment (ed)

Tr

Unerupted

Uner.

Vincents

Vin.

Zinc Chloride

ZnCl.

(4) Space is provided in the lower right margin under Section III for the patient's
name which is for convenience in filing in the dental record. Record the last
name in capital letters. Do not abbreviate any part of the name.
4.

SF-603-A (Dental Continuation).
a.

General. Use a SF-603-A whenever the original SF-603 becomes filled or when the
record cannot be satisfactorily brought up-to-date by entries on the appropriate chart.

b.

Detailed Instructions.
(1) Enter individual's name and SSN in the space provided on the right margin of
both the front and back side of the form.

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(2) Number the continuation sheet in the upper right corner following the phrase
"DENTAL-Continuation." Thus, the earliest SF-603-A is labeled "DENTALContinuation #1" and subsequent sheets are labeled "DENTAL-Continuation
#2", "DENTAL-Continuation #3", etc.
(3) File the SF-603-A forms on top of the SF-603 form in reverse chronological
order, i.e., the most recent on top.
5.

6.

SF-513, Consultation Sheet.
a.

Purpose. SF-513 shall be used whenever a patient is referred to another facility for
evaluation or treatment.

b.

Detailed Instructions. Complete the form as detailed in paragraph 4-B-14.b.

Lost Dental Records.
a.

Forward "stray" dental records, disposition of which cannot be determined, to
Commandant (G-PIM) with a letter of explanation.

b.

When a Dental Record is missing, prepare a new record. Prominently mark the
Dental Record Cover (CG-3443-2) and the Health Record, Dental (SF-603)
"REPLACEMENT." Request the old Dental Record from the individual's last unit or
Commandant (G-PIM).

c.

In case a lost Dental Record is recovered, make entries in the recovered record of any
data recorded in a replacement record, then destroy the replacement record.

7.

Special Dental Records Entries. When dental treatment is refused, make an appropriate
entry on the SF-603/603-A, signed by both the dental officer and patient.

8.

Dental Examination Requirements.

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a.

Any peculiarities or deviations from normal are particularly valuable for
identification purposes and shall be recorded on SF-603 under "Remarks."
Abnormalities such as erosion, mottled enamel, hypoplasia, rotation, irregularity of
alignment and malocclusion of teeth, presence of supernumerary teeth, denticles,
Hutchinson's incisors, fractures of enamel or teeth, abnormal interdental spaces,
mucosal pigmentation, leukoplakia, diastema, hypertrophied frenum labium, torus
palantinus and torus mandibularis, embedded foreign bodies and descriptions of
unusual restorations or appliances are, when noted, especially useful in this
connection. Malocclusion shall be simply and clearly described. Dentures and other
removable dental appliances shall also be described under "Remarks".

b.

When all teeth are present, and free of caries or restorations, take special effort to
discover and record any abnormalities, however slight. If no caries, restorations, or
abnormalities are found, make an entry to that effect on SF-603 under "Remarks."

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Inquire about the patients' tobacco use during routine dental examinations and
document. Advise users of the health risks associated with tobacco use, the benefits
of stopping, and where to obtain assistance in stopping if available. Advise all
pregnant tobacco users of the health risks to the fetus.

d.

Oral hygiene and periodontal status at time of examination shall be recorded. Upon
initial examination, complete items 5A-5C, SF-603, with additional comments
placed in "Remarks" if needed. For all subsequent examinations, describe oral
hygiene level and periodontal status in item 17 of SF-603/603-A.

e.

For all patients 16 years of age or older, blood pressure readings shall be taken and
recorded on the CG-5605 at initial and subsequent dental examinations. Although
not required, the blood pressure may also be recorded on the SF-603/603-A in the
"O" portion of the SOAP entry.

9. Recording of Dental Treatments on SF-600. Make entries of dental treatment on SF-600
when the patient is on the sick list and when treatment is related to the condition for which
the patient is admitted. Such entries shall be made and signed by the dental officer. Notes
concerning conditions of unusual interest and of medical or dental significance may be made
when appropriate.

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Section D - Clinical Records.
1.

Purpose and Background. The Clinical Record (CG-3443-1) is the chronological
medical and dental record of a nonactive duty beneficiary (dependent or retiree) eligible
for health care at a Coast Guard facility. The primary reasons for compiling a clinical
record are:
a.

To develop records to facilitate and document the health condition in order to
provide health care and to provide a complete account of such care rendered,
including diagnosis, treatment, and end result.

b.

To protect the Government, the individual concerned, and the individual's
dependents: It may be used;
(1) to provide, plan and coordinate health care;
(2) to aid in preventive health and communicable disease control programs; in
reporting medical conditions required by law to Federal, state, and local
agencies;
(3) to compile statistical data; for research; to teach health services personnel;
(4) to determine suitability of persons for service or assignments;
(5) to adjudicate claims and determine benefits; for law enforcement or litigation;
(6) to evaluate care provided; and
(7) to evaluate personnel and facilities for professional certification and
accreditation.

c.
2.

To aid in identifying deceased persons when other means may be inadequate.

Contents of Clinical Records.
a.

Each clinical record shall consist of CG-3443-1 with dental and medical records
arranged in the following bottom to top sequence:
(1) Left Side - Dental: CG-3443-2 Dental Record Cover* with CG-5266 (Drug
Sensitivity Sticker)*, containing the following:

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(a)

SF-522, Authorization for Administration of Anesthesia and for
Performance of Operations and Other Procedures*

(b)

SF-603-A, Dental Record - Continuation*

(c)

SF-603, Dental Record*

(d)

CG-5605, Dental Health Questionnaire*
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(2) Right Side - Medical:
(a)

PHS-731, International Certificate of Vaccination*, attached to the lower
right corner of the inside of the Clinical Record Cover

(b)

DD-1141, Record of Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation*

(c)

SF-507, Continuation Sheet**

(d)

SF-602, Syphilis Record*

(e)

SF-601, Immunization Record*

(f)

DD-771, Spectacle Order Form*

(g)

SF-520, Electrocardiographic Report*

(h)

SF-519, Radiographic Reports

(i)

SF-514, Laboratory Reports (or SF-545, Laboratory Report Display*)

(j)

SF-541, Gynecologic Cytology*

(k)

SF-515, Tissue Examination*

(l)

SF-522, Authorization For Administration of Anesthesia and for
Performance of Operations and Other Procedures*

(m) SF-513, Consultation Sheet*
(n)

SF-502, Narrative Summary*

(o)

CG-5447, Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program*

(p)

DD-2807-1, Report of Medical History*

(q)

DD-2808, Report of Medical Examination*

(r)

SF-558, Emergency Care and Treatment

(s)

SF-600, Chronological Record of Medical Care

(t)

DD-2766, Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet Form

(u)

CG-5266, Drug Sensitivity Sticker*
* When required
** SF-507's are attached to and filed after the form is continued

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b.

File forms of the same number in their assigned sequence, with the most recent
placed on top of each previous form, i.e., file SF-600 dated 3 AUG 89 on top of SF600 dated 20 MAY 86.

c.

Enter all dates on Clinical Record forms, including the Clinical Record Cover, in the
following sequence: day (numeral), month (in capitals abbreviated to the first three
letters), and year (numeral); i.e., 30 AUG 86.

3.

Extraneous Attachments. In order to ensure that the clinical record is an accurate,
properly documented, concise and dependable record of the medical and dental history of
the individual, keep extraneous attachments to a minimum. When they are necessary,
file them beneath all other forms.

4.

Opening Clinical Records. Open a Clinical Record when an eligible non-active duty
beneficiary initially reports to a Coast Guard health care facility for treatment.

5.

Terminating Clinical Records. The Clinical Record shall be terminated four years after
the last record entry. Make an entry on SF-600 explaining the circumstances under
which the record was terminated. Forward the record to:
Dependent Records:
National Personnel Records Center
GSA (Civilian Personnel Records)
11 Winnebago Street
St. Louis, MO 63118-4126

6.

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Military Records:
National Personnel Records
Center (MPR)
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Custody of Clinical Records.
a.

Clinical Records shall be retained in the custody of the Chief, Health Services
Division of the unit providing care. At times when there is no medical or dental
officer, the clinical record will become the responsibility of the senior health services
department representative.

b.

The name, grade, or rate of the health care provider making entries in clinical records
shall be typed, stamped, or printed under their official signatures. Do not use
facsimile signature stamps.

c.

If an erroneous entry is made in a Clinical Record, the author of the entry shall draw
a diagonal line through the complete entry, make an additional entry showing
wherein and to what extent the original entry is in error, and initial clearly next to the
correction.

d.

Each health care provider is responsible for the completeness of the entries they
make on any medical or dental form in the Clinical Record.

e.

Nothing shall be removed from the Clinical Record except under conditions specified
in this Manual.

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8.

Safekeeping of Clinical Records. Clinical Records are the property of the Federal
government and must be handled in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of
1974 and the Freedom of Information Act. Guidance in this area is contained in The
Coast Guard Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Manual, COMDTINST M5260.3
(series).
f.

Since Clinical Records contain personal information of an extremely critical or
sensitive nature, they are considered class III records requiring maximum security
(high security locked cabinets or areas).

g.

Except as contained in the The Coast Guard Freedom of Information and Privacy
Acts Manual, COMDTINST M5260.3(series), the information contained in Clinical
Records shall not be disclosed by any means of communication to any person or to
any agency, unless requested in writing by or with the prior consent of the individual
to whom the record pertains. It is the requestor's responsibility to obtain the consent.

Transfer of Clinic Records.
a.

When dependents of active duty personnel accompany their sponsor to a new duty
tation, the Chief, Health Services Division, his designee, the Executive Officer, or
the senior health services department representative shall ensure that the
“TRANSFERRED TO” line of the health Record Receipt form, NAVMED 6150/7,
is completed in accordance with Chapter 6-B-5 of this Manual.

b.

A DD 877 shall be initiated for each record transferred. Send records using a
service that provides a tracking number, such as Priority Mail Delivery
Confirmation, Certified Mail, Insured Mail, or FedEx/Express Mail if time is
critical, to the Coast Guard clinic serving the gaining unit. Express mail and Federal
Express should be used only when absolutely necessary and not as a general rule. In
instances where the family member will not be located near a Coast Guard Clinic, the
record may be mailed to the appropriate MTF. This form can be located on the
internet at; http://web1.whs.osd.mil/ICDHOME/DD-0999.htm

c.

If the family members will no longer receive care through a military primary care
manager, the family member may be given a copy of the clinical record contents to
carry with them. The original clinical record will be retained at the clinic serving the
unit where the sponsor was last assigned.

d.

Clinics will give family members written information containing address and POC
information to facilitate requests for record copies after transfer. All requests for
clinical record copies must be in writing. The family member may request that a
copy of the record be forwarded to their new care provider once they arrive at the
new location, or they may request that the original record be forwarded to their new
military primary care manager once they arrive at the new location. In these cases,
the clinic shall send a copy of the clinical record contents to the care provider within
10 working days of receipt of the written request. If the clinic cannot comply with
this requirement for some reason, the family member will be notified within 10
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working days of the request of a projected date when the record copy will be
available.

9.

e.

In any instance where there is concern about potential loss of the clinical record, or
that its contents may become unavailable to the treating clinic or its provider, the
Clinic Administrator or the Chief, Health Services Division shall direct that copies of
parts or all of the clinical record shall be made and retained at the clinic.

f.

Originals and copies of clinical records shall be retained and subsequently archived
in accordance with directions contained in the Paperwork Management Manual,
COMDTINST 5212.12(series).

Lost, Damaged, or Destroyed Clinical Records.
a.

If a Clinical Record is lost or destroyed, the unit which held the record shall open a
new record. The designation "REPLACEMENT" shall be stamped or marked on the
cover. If the missing Clinical Record is recovered, insert in it any additional
information or entries from the replacement record, then destroy the replacement
record cover.

b.

Clinical Records which become illegible, thus destroying their value as permanent
records, shall be duplicated. The duplicate shall, as nearly as possible, be an exact
copy of the original record before such record became illegible. The new record
shall be stamped or marked "DUPLICATE" on the cover. The circumstances
necessitating the duplication shall be explained on the SF-600. Forward Clinical
Records replaced by duplicate records to the National Personnel Records Center.

10. Clinical Record Forms.
a.

CG-3443-1 (Clinical Record Cover). See Encl (1), pg 4-40.
(1) General. The Clinical Record Cover is used whenever a Clinical Record is
opened on dependents or retirees.
(2) Detailed Instructions.s
(a)

Last Name. Record the last name in all capital letters.
SMITH

(b)

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Given Name(s). Record given name(s) in full without abbreviation. If
the individual has no middle name or initial, use the lower case letter "n"
in parentheses (n). If the individual has only a middle initial(s), record
each initial in quotation marks. When "Jr." or "II" or other similar
designations are use, they shall appear after the middle name or initial.
SMITH,

Helen

Last Name

First Name
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Middle Name

b.

(c)

Date of Birth. Enter day, month (abbreviated JAN, FEB, MAR, etc.) and
the year; i.e., 3 FEB 77.

(d)

Social Security Number. Enter sponsor's SSN.

(e)

Status. Check the appropriate block; i.e., Retiree USCG, Dependent
USPHS, etc.

(f)

Other. Use this block to indicate special status or other information
useful for either proper monitoring of the patient or for aid in
indentifying the patient or record.

(g)

Occupational Monitoring. Indicate the reason for occupational
monitoring if monitoring is required.

(h)

Med-Alert. Check this block to indicate that the patient has a medical
problem that must be considered in rendering treatment; i.e., allergy,
diabetes, cardiac problems, etc. Describe the specific medical problem
within the medical record on Problem Summary List, NAVMED
6150/20.

SF-522 (Authorization for Anesthesia, Operations, etc.). See Encl (1), pg. 4-41.
(1) Complete SF-522 describing the general nature of the procedure and have the
patient sign prior to administering anesthesia (local or general) except for
dental anesthesia. Also, complete SF-522 prior to administering immunizing
agents.
Insert the form immediately behind Consultation Sheet (SF-513) or as indicated
in Section 4-D-2.

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Section E - Employee Medical Folders.
1.

2.

Purpose and Background. The Employee Medical Folder (EMF), (SF-66 D), is the
chronological medical record of Federal employees eligible for health care at Coast
Guard facilities. These are the primary reasons for compiling an EMF.
a.

Develop records to facilitate and document the health condition in order to provide
health care and to provide a complete account of care rendered, including diagnosis,
treatment, and end result.

b.

To protect the Government and the individual concerned.

c.

The information in the EMF is routinely used: to provide, plan and coordinate health
care; to aid in preventive health and communicable disease control programs; in
reporting medical conditions required by law to Federal, state, and local agencies; to
compile statistical data; for research; to teach health services personnel; to determine
suitability of persons for service or assignments; to adjudicate claims and determine
benefits; for law enforcement or litigation; to evaluate care provided; and to evaluate
personnel and facilities for professional certification and accreditation.

Custody of Employee Medical Folders (EMF’s).
a.

EMF's are the property of the Federal government handled in accordance with the
provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Freedom of Information Act.
Guidance in this area is contained in The Coast Guard Freedom of Information and
Privacy Acts Manual, COMDTINST M5260.3 (series).
(1) Since EMF's contain personal information of extremely critical or sensitive
nature, they are considered class III records according to The Coast Guard
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Manual, COMDTINST M5260.3
(series), requiring maximum security (high security locked cabinets or
areas).Except as contained in The Coast Guard Freedom of Information and
Privacy Acts Manual, COMDTINST M5260.3 (series), the information
contained in the EMF shall not be disclosed by any means of communication to
any person or to any agency, unless requested in writing by or with the prior
consent of the individual to whom the record pertains. It is the responsibility
of the requester to obtain the consent.

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b.

EMF's shall be retained in the custody of the medical officer of the unit at which the
individual is employed. At no time shall individual employees keep or maintain their
own records.

c.

Individuals may examine their EMF in the presence of a health services department
representative, providing it does not interrupt the scheduled mission of the unit and
there is no information contained therein which would be detrimental to the
individual's mental well-being.

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d.

Health services personnel making entries in EMF shall ensure that all entries,
including signatures, are neat and legible. Signature information shall include the
name and grade or rate. Do not use facsimile signature stamps.

e.

If an erroneous entry is made in an EMF, draw a diagonal line through the complete
entry. Make an additional entry showing wherein and to what extent the original
entry is in error.

f.

Health services personnel are responsible for the completeness of the entries made on
any form while the EMF is in their custody. No sheet shall be removed from the
EMF except under conditions specified in this Manual.

g.

Health services personnel shall ensure that, if EMF's are located in the same office as
the Official Personnel Folder (OPF), the records are maintained physically apart from
each other.

Contents of the Employee Medical Folders.
a.

Each medical folder shall consist of SF-66 D (Employee Medical Folder) with
medical records arranged in the following bottom to top sequence:
(1) Left Side Dental: Leave blank.
(2) Right Side - Medical:
(a)

PHS-731, International Certificate of Vaccination*, attached to the lower
right corner of the inside of the EMF

(b)

DD-1141, Record of Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation*

(c)

SF-507, Continuation Sheet**

(d)

CG-5447, Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program*

(e)

SF-602, Syphilis Record*

(f)

SF-601, Immunization Record*

(g)

DD-771, Spectacle Order Form*

(h)

SF-520, Electrocardiographic Report*

(i)

SF-519, Radiographic Reports

(j)

SF-514, Laboratory Reports (or SF-545, LaboratoryReport Display*)

(k)

SF-541, Gynecologic Cytology*

(l)

SF-515, Tissue Examination*
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(m) SF-522, Authorization For Administration of Anesthesia and for
Performance of Operations and Other Procedures*
(n)

SF-513, Consultation Sheet*

(o)

SF-502, Narrative Summary*

(p)

DD-2807-1, Report of Medical History*DD-2808, Report of Medical
Examination*

(q)

SF-558, Emergency Care and Treatment*

(r)

SF-600, Chronological Record of Medical Care

(s)

CG-5357, Outpatient Record

(t)

DD-2766, Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet

(u)

CG-5266, Drug Sensitivity Sticker*

(v)

* When required

(w)

** SF-507's are attached to and filed after the form is continued.

b.

File forms of the same number in their assigned sequence, with the most recent
placed on top of each previous form, i.e., file SF-600 dated 3 AUG 87 on top of SF600 dated 20 MAY 86.

c.

Enter all dates in the following sequence: day (numeral), month (in capitals
abbreviated to the first three letters), and year (numeral); i.e., 30 AUG 86.

4.

Accountability of Disclosures. The accountability of disclosure of records, as required
by the Privacy Act of 1974, will be maintained in accordance with Chapter 8, of
COMDTINST M5260.2 (series). The information will be retained for five years after the
last disclosure or for the life of the record, whichever is longer.

5.

Opening Employee Medical Folder. Open an EMF when an eligible Federal employee
initially reports for treatment.

6.

Terminating Employee Medical Folders. Terminate the EMF in accordance with the
Coast Guard Paperwork Management Manual, COMDTINST 5212.12 (series). Make an
entry on SF-600 explaining the circumstances under which the folder was terminated.

7.

Transferring to Other Government Agencies. When transferring an EMF to other
agencies, complete a Request for Medical/Dental Records or Other Information (DD877).

8.

Lost, Damaged, or Destroyed Employee Medical Folders.

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a.

If an EMF is lost or destroyed, the unit which held the record shall open a complete
new Employee Medical Folder. Stamp or mark "REPLACEMENT" on the cover. If
the missing folder is recovered, insert in it any additional information or entries from
the replacement folder, then destroy the replacement folder.

b.

EMF's which become illegible, thus destroying their value as permanent records, will
be duplicated. The duplicate shall, as nearly as possible, be an exact copy of the
original record before such record becomes illegible. Stamp or mark "DUPLICATE"
on the new record cover. Document the circumstances necessitating the duplication
on an SF-600. Forward EMF's replaced by duplicate records to the National
Personnel Records Center.

SF-66 D (Employee Medical Folder). See Encl (1), pg. 4-42. Detailed instructions are:
a.

Last Name. Record the last name in all capital letters.
BROOKS

b.

Given Name(s). Record given name(s) in full without abbreviation. If the individual
has no middle name or initial, use the lower case letter "n" in parentheses (n). If the
individual has only a middle initial(s), record each initial in quotation marks. When
"Jr." or "II" or other similar designations are use, they shall appear after the middle
name or initial.
BROOKS

Cecilia

Last Name

First Name

(n)
Middle Name

c.

Date of Birth. Enter day, month (abbreviated JAN, FEB, MAR, etc.) and the year;
i.e., 8 JUN 62.

d.

Social Security Number. Enter SSN.

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Section F -Inpatient Medical Records.
1.

Purpose and Background.
a.

Certain Coast Guard health care facilities have the capability and staffing to provide
overnight care. Overnight care is defined as any period lasting more than four hours
during which a beneficiary remains in the facility under the care or observation of a
provider. By definition, overnight care may last less than 24 hours or it may last
several days. Overnight care is utilized when a patient's condition or status requires
observation, nursing care, frequent assessment, or other monitoring.

b.

Inpatient Medical Records (IMRs). Facilities providing overnight care shall create an
Inpatient Medical Record (IMR) separate from the Health Record for the purpose of
recording and preserving information related to the overnight care. The IMR shall be
assembled as soon as a person is identified as needing overnight care. The IMR shall
contain the following forms in a TOP TO BOTTOM sequence:
(1) Inpatient Medical Record Cover Sheet and Privacy Act Statement. See
Encl (1), pg 4-43.
(2) SF-508, Doctor's Orders (most recent on top)
(3) SF-506, Clinical Record/Physical Exam
(4) SF-502, Narrative Summary
(5) SF-509, Doctor's Progress Notes (most recent on top)
(6) SF-511, Vital Signs Record
(7) SF-514, Laboratory Report Display
(8) SF-519, Radiologic Reports
(9) Patient Care Kardex
(10) Medication Kardex
(11) SF-513, Consultation sheet
(12) Miscellaneous forms (e.g., audiograms)

c.

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Abbreviated Inpatient Medical Records (AIMRs). For patients who receive
overnight care lasting 24 hours or less, an Abbreviated Inpatient Medical Record
(AIMR) shall be created. The AIMR shall consist of at least an Inpatient Medical
Record Cover Sheet, Privacy Act Statement, and an DD-2770, Abbreviated Medical
Record form. SF-545, Laboratory Reports; SF-519, Radiologic Consultation
Reports; Kardexes; and other forms may be included at the discretion of the clinic.

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The AIMR shall be maintained while in use, completed, stored, and retired following
the same requirements as listed for IMRs below.

2.

3.

d.

During the time that the patient is receiving care, the IMR may be maintained in a
loose-leaf binder, clipboard, or other convenient device, at the facility's discretion.
Devices should be chosen and maintained so that the privacy of the patient
information contained therein is protected at all times. Keeping or storing the record
at the patient's bedside is discouraged for privacy reasons.

e.

Once the patient is released from overnight care, providers shall have 48 hours to
complete their notations in the record (excluding dictated entries). All laboratory,
radiologic and consultation forms shall also be included in the IMR within 48 hours
of the patient's release from overnight care.

f.

Dictated entries shall be entered in the medical record within 7 days of discharge.
The record may be held in medical records and flagged as needing a dictated entry.

g.

After all notations, lab reports, radiology reports and consultations have been entered
into the IMR, the IMR forms shall be placed in a bifold paper jacket (form CG-34431), and secured via a two prong device. The medical records staff is responsible for
ensuring that the documents are in the correct order and are stored properly.

Maintenance and Storage. IMRs are the property of the Federal Government and must
be handled in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and the
Freedom of Information Act. Guidance concerning these acts is contained in The Coast
Guard Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Manual, COMDTINST M5260.3
(series). All requirements and directions for handling and storing IMRs also apply to
AIMRs.
a.

Since IMRs contain personal information of an extremely critical or sensitive nature,
they are considered to be Class III records requiring maximum security (high security
locked cabinets or areas). IMRs shall be stored in well ventilated and sprinklered
areas. Fire-resistant cabinets or containers shall be used for storage whenever
possible.

b.

IMRs shall be retained at the health care facility which created the record. IMRs will
not be transferred with personnel who change duty stations. Copies of the IMR may
be given to the individual if such a request is made in writing, or may be released to
other persons, e.g., physicians or hospitals, if the patient requests or authorizes such
release in writing. All release requests and authorizations will be inserted into the
IMR cover.

c.

IMRs will be retained at the creating health care facility for two (2) years after the
date the patient is released from overnight care.

Disposition of IMRs. The IMR will be forwarded to the National Personnel Records
Center (NPRC) as described in Coast Guard Paperwork Management Manual,
COMDTINST M5212.12(series), two years after the date the patient was released from
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records.

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a.

Records must be sent in prescribed standard cubic foot cartons. See Encl (1), pg.445. Cartons are available from the General Services Administration Federal Supply
Service (FSS). The FSS stock number is NSN 8115-00-117-8344. All non-standard
cartons will be returned at the expense of the originating organization.

b.

NPRC does not accept accessions of less than one cubic foot. Small amounts shall
be held until a volume of one cubic foot or more is reached.

c.

Print the accession number on each box, starting in the upper left hand corner See
Encl (1), pg. 4-45 . Mark the front of the box only. The accession number consists
of the RG, which is always 26 for the Coast Guard, the current FY in which the
records are being shipped, and a four digit number assigned by NPRC (see 4-F-3.j.
for SF-135 preparation). Mark the front of the box only. Ensure that the information
printed on the box is not obscured in any way, and that removal of tape or other
sealing materials will not remove vital information.

d.

Number each box consecutively, e.g., 1 of 8, 2 of 8, 3 of 8,.8 of 8; or 1/8, 2/8,
3/8...8/8, in the upper right hand corner. See Encl (1), pg. 4-45 for placement.

e.

Records shall be arranged in each storage box either alphabetically or numerically.
Print the identifier of the first and last record/folder that is contained in the box on
the center front of each box as shown in Encl (1), pg. 4-45.

f.

Enclose in the first box of each accession one copy of the SF-135 and any
alphabetical or numerical listing needed to reference the records.

g.

Ship records together so they arrive at the NPRC at the same time. Shipments of 10
cubic feet or more shall be palletized as shown in Encl (1), pg. 4-46.

h.

Records must be shipped within 90 days of being assigned an accession number.
Failure to ship within 90 days will void the accession number.

i.

Each clinic that transfers IMRs to NPRC must keep a master list (hard copy) of the
records sent. The master list must be retained at the clinic for a period of 50 years.

j.

All shipments to NPRC must be accompanied by SF-135, Records Transmittal and
Receipt form. The transmittal form must include the name on the record and the
individual's social security number. The accession number elements include the RG
which is always 26 for the Coast Guard, the current FY during which the record is
shipped, and the 4 digit sequential number assigned by NPRC. Also include the date
sent. Complete SF-135 preparation and submission instructions are contained in the
Coast Guard Paperwork Management Manual, COMDTINST M5212.12(series).

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Inpatient Medical Record Forms and Required Entries.
a.

SF-508, Doctor's Orders. See Encl (1), pg 4-47.
(1) Purpose. SF-508 is used to record written and verbal orders of the medical or
dental staff; record that nurses have noted orders; record automatic stop dates
for medications and time limited treatments; and record the RN review of
orders which shall be performed every 24 hours.
(2) Preparation

b.

(a)

When Prepared. SF-508 shall be used to communicate doctor's orders
for all persons admitted to the medical facility inpatient area.

(b)

Required Entries.
1

Patient identification information may be written in or overprinted
using a patient identification card.

2

The date and time at which the order is written by the provider will
be listed under the start column. If a verbal order is received, the
date and time at which the order was received will be noted by the
person who received the order in the start column. All verbal orders
must be countersigned by the admitting provider on the next
working day.

3

Certain orders may be defined as time limited, e.g., complete bedrest
for 24 hours, tilts q 8 hours X 3, etc. In addition, the facility shall
define the length of time between renewal of orders for medications,
treatments, etc. For orders which are time limited, the date and time
when the order expires shall be noted under the stop column.

4

All doctor's orders shall be listed on the form under drug orders.
Orders shall be printed clearly in black ink. Only approved
abbreviations shall be used. Nursing staff and/or health services
technicians are required to contact the provider who wrote the order
if there are any questions or difficulty encountered in reading the
written order.

SF-506, Clinical Record/Physical Exam. See Encl (1), pg. 4-48.
(1) Purpose. SF-506 is part of the inpatient medical record. It is used to record
information obtained from physical examinations.
(2) Preparation. When Prepared. SF-506 shall be prepared when a patient is
admitted to the medical facility.
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c.

Required Entries.
1

Patient identification information may be written in or printed using
a patient identification card.

2

Fill in the date that the exam is conducted in the upper left corner.
The patient's self reported height may be used. Patients shall be
weighed accurately on the day of admission and the weight entered
as present weight. Vital signs to include temperature, pulse and
blood pressure are recorded in the appropriate boxes. Rectal
temperatures shall be identified by an "R" after the temperature
reading. Axillary temperatures in adults are unreliable and will not
be used.

3

A physical examination must be thorough, recorded accurately, and
contain sufficient information to substantiate the treatment plan and
interventions. Examination notations may be continued on the
reverse of the form. If the back of the form is used, this must be
indicated on the front of the form. The examiner will sign the form
at the end of his/her notations and use a printed ink stamp to clearly
mark name, rank, and SSN.

SF-509, Progress Notes. See Encl (1), pg 4-50
(1) Purpose. SF-509 is part of the inpatient medical record. It is used to record the
progress of the patient's condition, therapy or other treatment(s), as well as any
other information relevant to the patient's condition or treatment such as
laboratory tests and results.
(2) Preparation.

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(a)

When Prepared. SF-509 shall be prepared when a patient is admitted to
the medical facility inpatient area.

(b)

Required Entries.
1

Patient identification information may be written in or overprinted
using a patient identification card.

2

Fill in the left column with the date and time at which the entry is
being created. Begin writing to the right of the solid brown line.
Notes will be written in SOAP format (see 4-B-5.a.(4)). The person
creating the note will sign the form at the end of his/her notations
and use a printed ink stamp to clearly mark name, rank, and SSN.

SF-511, Vital Signs Record. See Encl (1), pg.51.

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(1) Purpose. SF-511 shall be used to document vital sign measurements, height,
weight, hospital day and, if appropriate, postoperative day for patients admitted
to the medical facility inpatient area.
(2) Preparation.
(a)

When Prepared. SF-511 shall be prepared when a patient is admitted to
the medical facility inpatient area.

(b)

Required Entries.
1

Patient identification information may be written in or overprinted
using a patient identification card.

2

Hospital day one shall be the day of admission.

3

If the patient undergoes an invasive procedure, "op" shall be written
after the word post in the left column. The day of surgery shall be
noted by writing "DOS" in the appropriate column. The day
following the day of surgery is post-op day one. Post-op days shall
be numbered consecutively thereafter.

4

The month in which the patient is admitted shall be written on the
fifth line, first column. The year shall be completed by writing in
the correct numerals after "19" on the fifth line.

5

The calendar date on which the patient is admitted shall be written in
on the line next to the word day, e.g., if the patient is admitted on 3
June, the hospital day is one, and a "3" is written on the line next to
the word day.

6

The hour at which the vital sign measurements are to be made are
noted in the spaces next to the word hour. Use 24 hour clock
notations, e.g., 11 p.m. is 2300, etc.

7

Once vital signs have been measured, they shall be recorded on the
form using the symbols for pulse and temperature. Symbols are
placed in the columns, not on the brown dotted lines.

8

Blood pressure measurements are written in the spaces to the right of
the words "blood pressure". The first measurement made after
midnight is written in the top left column, the second is written
below it. The first measurement made after noon is written in the
top box in the right side column, the second below that, etc. Blood
pressure may also be represented by x marks placed at the systolic
and diastolic measurements corresponding to the scale for pulse
measurements.

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Other vital signs measurements or intake and output measurements
may be written in the spaces on the lower part of the form, or a local
overprint/stamp may be used.

10 Both sides of the form will be used. If the second side of the form is
used, the word "continued" will be clearly written on the bottom of
the first page.
e.

SF-514, Laboratory Reports.
(1) Purpose. SF-514 is part of the inpatient medical record. It is used to keep
laboratory report forms neat, in proper order, make them easily accessible to
caregivers, and stores them as part of the inpatient medical record. SF-545,
Clinical Record - Laboratory Report Display may be used in lieu of SF-514.
(2) Preparation.

f.

(a)

When Prepared. SF-514/SF-545 shall be prepared when a patient is
admitted to the inpatient medical area.

(b)

Required Entries.
1

Patient identification information may be written in or overprinted
using a patient identification card.

2

Reports (or chits) may be attached to the form using either the self
adhesive on the back of the chit, or by neatly placing a strip of clear
adhesive tape horizontally across the top of the report, so that the
lower half of the tape strip is touching the chit and the upper half is
sticking to the SF-514/SF-545.

SF-519, Radiologic Consultation Reports.
(1) Purpose. SF-519 is part of the inpatient medical record. It is used to collect
radiologic reports for easy access by caregivers and to store the reports with the
inpatient medical record.
(2) Preparation.

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(a)

When Prepared. SF-519 shall be prepared when a patient is admitted to
the inpatient medical area.

(b)

Required Entries. Reports shall be attached to the form using the self
stick adhesive on the back of the report or clear adhesive tape.

DD-2770 (replaces SF 539) Abbreviated Medical Record. See Encl (1), pg. 4-52.

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(1) Purpose. DD-2770 is used to record history, exam findings, patient progress,
doctor's orders, vital signs, output, medications and nurse's notes for patients
requiring overnight care who remain 24 hours or less.
(2) Preparation.
(a)

When Prepared. DD-2770 may be used for any overnight care patient for
whom total stay is anticipated to be 24 hours or less. If length of stay
exceeds 24 hours, a full IMR must be initiated to provide proper
documentation of the patient's stay. The DD-2770 shall be prepared
when a short stay patient is admitted to the inpatient medical area.

(b)

Required Entries.
1

Patient identification information may by written in or overprinted
using a patient identification card.

2

History, chief complaint, and condition on admission must be
documented in the top box on page one. Date of admission shall be
noted here also.

3

Physical examination findings shall be noted in the center box on
page one. Physical exam findings shall be completely noted and
appropriate to the condition. Deferred exams, such as rectal exams,
shall be noted as such.

4

The patient's progress over the 24 hour period between admission
and discharge will be noted by the medical officer in the third box
on page one. Date of discharge and final diagnosis shall be noted
here also.

5

The physician shall sign the form in the box provided and use a
printed ink stamp to clearly mark his/her name, rank, and SSN. The
date the form is signed shall be written in the box provided next to
the signature.

6

The location of the clinic or dispensary, for example, Dispensary
TRACEN Cape May, shall be written or stamped in the box marked
organization.

7

Doctor's orders shall be written only in the space provided on page
two. Each order group written shall be dated and signed. A printed
ink stamp shall be used by medical officers to mark name, rank, and
SSN. All medical and dental orders given during the patient's stay
must be recorded. A second page should be started if the number of
orders exceeds space available on one page.

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8

Vital sign measurements shall be recorded in the spaces provided
with the date and time of each notation. Bowel movements and
urine output are noted in the columns marked stools and weight.

9

Medications administered and brief notes regarding the patient's
condition shall be made in the nurse's notes area. Medication name,
dose, route, and time given shall be recorded for each dose of
medication administered. Each notation shall be signed with the
name, military rank, or title for civilians, e.g., RN or LPN, of the
person making the note.

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Section G – Mental Health Records.
1.

Active duty: Complete mental health assessments and visits will be done in an IMB,
DMB or traditional psychiatric evaluation format and recorded on SF-600, SF-513, IMB,
DMB, or typed psychiatric evaluation forms as appropriate. Active duty episodic visits
and routine appointments will be recorded on SF-600 in SOAP format. The Objective
(“O’) section would include mental status observations and any other pertinent physical
findings. Records of active duty mental health assessments and visits will be kept in the
main health record (CG-3443). An additional separate mental health record may be
created and maintained in a system of records approved by the local QA Committee and
kept secure in the mental health practitioner’s office. New patients would be evaluated
IAW traditional psychiatric evaluation.

2.

Non- Active duty: Separate records of mental health care may be created and maintained
in a system of records approved by the local QA Committee and kept secure in the
mental health practitioner’s office. Alternatively, the mental health practitioner may
elect to keep records of visits in the dependent or retiree’s main based record (CG-34431). Should the practitioner elect to maintain a separate office based record for non-active
duty patients, the main health record (orange jacket) must include, at a minimum, the
diagnosis in the problem summary listing, current psychiatric medications on the SF-600,
and lab work ordered by the mental health provider. New patients would be evaluated
IAW traditional psychiatric evaluation. Episodic and follow up visits would be recorded
in a SOAP format.

3.

Psychiatric evaluation format: The psychiatric evaluation shall include, at a minimum:
patient information, chief complaint, history of present illness, past history (psychiatric
symptoms, diagnoses, and care medical illness, surgeries, current medications, allergies,
alcohol & drug history), personal history, family history, mental status exam, assessment
(DSM-IV), prognosis, and plan. Included in all assessments and other visits as
appropriate will be an estimation of potential for harm to self or others. In addition,
notes should contain sufficient information to establish that the criteria for any new DSM
based diagnosis are met.

4.

Custody of Mental Health Records: Records kept in the mental health practitioner’s
office are property of the CG and copies should be available to other civilian
practitioners or agencies at the patient’s request. These records should also be available
to other CG providers, as part of an official records review process, and as directed in
Section 4.A.5. of this Manual.

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HEALTH RECORD COVER

Last Name

First

Middle

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U.S. Coast Guard

HEALTH RECORD
PRIVACY STATEMENT; HEALTH CARE RECORDS
1. AUTHORITY FOR COLLECTION OF INFORMATION INCLUDING SOCIAL SECURITY
NUMBER (SSN): Section 632 of Title14, United States Code and Section 1071-1087, Title 10
United States Code, Executive Order 9397.
2. PRINCIPLE PURPOSE FOR WHICH INFORMATION IS TO BE USED:
The purpose for requesting personal information is to assist health care personnel in
developing records to facilitate and document your health in order to provide health care and to
provide a complete account of such care rendered including diagnosis, treatment, and end
result. The SSN is necessary to identify the person and records.
3. ROUTINE USES; This information may be used to plan and coordinate health care. It may
be used to provide health care, conduct research, teach, complile statistical data, determine
suitability of persons for service or assignment, implement, preventive health and
communicative disease control programs, adjudicate claims and determine benefits, evalutate
care rendered, determine professional certification and hospital accreditation, conduct
authorized investigations, provide physical qualifications of patients to other Federal, State,
and local agencies uopn request in the pursuit of their official duties, and report health
conditions required by law to Federal, State, and local agencies. It may be used for other
lawful purposes, including law enforcement and litigation.
4. The above Privacy Act Statement applies to all requests for personal information made by
health care personnel or for health care purposes. Failure to provide the requested information
for these health records may result in an inability of Coast Guard health care personnel to
afford treatment.
5. No information may be divulged from this record except to persons properly and directly
concerned. Questionable cases will be referred to the commanding officer for decision.

DEPT. OF TRANSP, USCG, CG-3443 (REV 9-92)
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE

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ADULT PREVENTIVE AND CHRONIC CARE FLOWSHEET
(This form is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 – Use DD form 2005)
1. ALLERGIES
a. MEDICATION ALLERGIES

b. OTHER ALLERGIES

2. CHRONIC ILLNESS

3. MEDICATIONS

4. HOSPITALIZATIONS/SURGERIES

5. COUNSELING
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DENTAL
INJURY PREVENTION
NUTRITION/FOLATE
CANCER PREVENTION
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PRESENT MEDICATIONS

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OCCUPATIONAL STRESS

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HORMONE/CALCIUM REPLACEMENT

TOBACCO
ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE ABUSE
TRAVEL
OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE (HEARING
THRESHOLD CHANGES/CUMULATIVE
TRAUMA DISORDER)

a. DATE
b. AGE
c. TOPIC

d. DATE
e. AGE
f. TOPIC

g. DATE
h. AGE
i. TOPIC

j. DATE
k. AGE
i. TOPIC

ADVANCE DIRECTIVES: DATE FILED
PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION

(Use this space for mechanical imprint)

RECORDS MAINTAINED AT:
PATIENT’S NAME
LAST

SUPPLIED (Navy)
2766-0102-LF-984-8400, pkg-100

SEX
FIRST

RELATIONSHIP TO SPONSOR

M.I.
STATUS

SPONSOR’S NAME (Last ,First, Middle Initial)
ORGANIZATION

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RRANK/GRADE
DEPT/SERVICE
DATE OF BIRTH

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6. FAMILY HISTORY

(M = Mother, F = Father, S = Sibling, MGM = Maternal Grandmother, MGF = Maternal grandfather,
PGM = Paternal Grandmother, PGF = Paternal Grandfater)

a. CANCER (Specify)
b. CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (Specify)
c. DIABETES (Specify)
d. MENTAL ILLNESS/CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
(Specify)

7. SCREENING EXAMS ( * = Actual Result, * * = Tricare Benefit, N = Normal, X = Abnormal, E = Done Elsewhere, R = Refused
NA = Not Indicated) (∙

a. TEST

= Next Due)
b. FREQUENCY

c. YEAR
d. AGE

e. DATES

(1) CLINICAL DISEASE
PREV EVAL/PHA (HEAR)

ANNUAL

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* (2) WEIGHT

ANNUAL FOR ACTIVE DUTY

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ANNUAL FOR ACTIVE DUTY

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* (4) BLOOD PRESSURE

ONCE q 2 YRS for BP<
130/85, ANNUAL IF GREATER
*q 5 YRS FOR AGE ≥ 18
q YR if PREV ABN

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(6) HEARING

CLINICAL DISCRETION

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(7) SKIN EXAM (Cancer)

ANNUAL IF AT RISK

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(8) ORAL/DENTAL **

ANNUAL

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(9) EYE/VISION **

ROUTINE ACUITY WITH
PERIODIC ASSESSMENT
DIABETES ANNUAL
GLAUCOMA CHECK:
Blacks q 3-5 yrs age 20-39
All q 2-4 years age 40-64

(10) BREAST EXAM

ANNUAL: ≥ 40 YRS

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* (5) CHOLESTEROL**

(11) MAMMOGRAM **
(12) PAP
** (Digital Rectal Exam)

BASELINE@ 40, q 2 YRS 40-50,
ANNUALLY > 50
BASELINE: AGE 18 OR ONSET OF
SEXUAL ACTIVITY
AFTER 3 NL ANUUAL EXAMS,
PERFORM q 1-3 years

(13) FECAL OCCULT
BLOOD

ANNUAL ≥ 50 yrs

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(14) SIGMOID

EVERY 3-5 YRS: ≥ 50 YRS

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HIGH RISK q 5 YRS ≥ YRS

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(16) TESTICULAR

HIGH RISK ANNUAL 13-39 YRS

(17) PROSTATE **

WITH P.E. ≥ 40 YRS (Presently

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**( DIGITAL RECTAL EXAM)
(18) RUBELLA SCREEN
(Females)
(19) OCCUPATIONAL
SCREENING EXAMS

Recommended annually)

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ONCE BETWEEN AGES 12 –18
YRS (Unless prev vaccinated)

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DD FORM 2766, (Rev 01-00)

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ADULT PREVENTION AND CHRONIC CARE FLOWSHEET
8. OCCUPATIONAL HISTORY/RISK
YES
YES

a. PRP
b. .FLYING STATUS

NO
NO

9. IMMUNIZATIONS (Enter numeric class in sub block)
(1)
IMMUNIZATION

(2) DATE
(ddmmmyyyy)

(1)
IMMUNIZATION

a. HEP A # 1

f. MMR # 1

b. HEP A # 2

g. MMR #2
h.

c. HEP B # 1

(2)

(1)
IMMUNIZATION
j. TD (q 10 YRS)
(Last)
k. TD (DUE)
I. YELLOW
FEVER (LAST)
m. YELLOW
FEVER

DATE

(DDMMMYYYY)

PNEUMOCOCCUS

i. POLIO OPV =
O IPV = I

d. HEP B #2

(1)
DATE

n. TYPHOID (Enter numeric class in sub
block) ORAL = O
TYPHUM Vi = 1. TYPHOID USP = 2

(2)
DATE

(2) DATE
(ddmmmyyyy)

(3)
DATE

(3) 4 WEEK DATE

(1)
IMMUNIZATION

(4)
DATE

(2) DATE
(ddmmmyyyy)

(5)
DATE

(4) 6 MONTH DATE

(6)
DATE

(1) INITIAL DATE

(2) 2 WEEK DATE

(5) 12 MONTH DATE

(6) 18 MONTHDATE

(1) (a) mm

(2) (a) mm

(3) (a) mm

(4) (a) mm

(5) (a) mm

(6) (a) mm

(7) (a) mm

(b) DATE

(b) DATE

(b) DATE

(b) DATE

(b) DATE

(b) DATE

(b) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(4) DATE

(5) DATE

(6) DATE

(7) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(4) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

v. OTHER (Specify)

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

w. OTHER (Specify

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

O. ANTHRAX

p. PPD (Enter
mm and date)

q. INFLUENZA

u. JAPANESE B

r. VARICELLA

ENCEPHALITIS

s. MENINGO
t. ADENO

10. READINESS

(Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase)

DATE:

b. BLOOD

a. DNA

DATE:

RESULT:

c. G-PD

DATE

RESULT:

d. SICKLE

TYPE

DATE:

RESULT:

CELL

(1) DATE

(2) P:

(3) U:

(4) L:

(5) H:

(6) E:

(7) S:

e. PERMANENT PROFILE CHANGE
f. GLASSES/GAS/MASK
Rx:
g. DENTAL EXAM (Enter numeric

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(4) DATE

(5) DATE

(6) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(4) DATE

(5) DATE

(6) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(4) DATE

(5) DATE

(6) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(4) DATE

(5) DATE

(6) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(4) DATE

(5) DATE

(6) DATE

(1) DATE

(2) DATE

(3) DATE

(4) DATE

(5) DATE

(6) DATE

class in sub block)

h. HIV TESTING
I. FITNESS (In sub block enter
P = Pass, F = Fail, W = Waiver)

11. PRE/POST DEPLOYMENT HISTORY
a. LOCATION
(1) PREDEPLOYMENT

(a) DATE

(b) DATE

(c) DATE

(d) DATE

(e) DATE

(f) DATE

(2) POSTDEPLOYMENT

(a) DATE

(b) DATE

(c) DATE

(d) DATE

(e) DATE

(f) DATE

(1) PREDEPLOYMENT

(a) DATE

(b) DATE

(c) DATE

(d) DATE

(e) DATE

(f) DATE

(2) POSTDEPLOYMENT

(a) DATE

(b) DATE

(c) DATE

d) DATE

(e) DATE

(f) DATE

b. LOCATION

c. CHART AUDIT

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TEST

FREQUENCY

DATES
(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

REMARKS

RECORDS MAINTAINED AT:
PATIENT’S NAME
LAST

SEX
FIRST

M.I.

RELATIONSHIP TO SPONSOR

STATUS

RANK/GRADE

SPONSOR’S NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)

DEPT/SERVICE

ORGANIZATION

DATE OF BIRTH

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AUTHORIZED FOR LOCAL REPRODUCTION

MEDICAL RECORD
DATE

CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD OF MEDICAL CARE
SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, TREATING ORGANIZATION (sign each entry)

HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL FACILITY

STATUS

DEPART/SERVICE

SPONSOR’S NAME

SSN/ID NO.

RELATIONSHIP TO SPONSOR

PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION: (FOR TYPED OR WRITTEN ENTRIES, GIVE: name-last, first, middle ID
NO or SSN; Sex; Date of Birth; Rank/Grade.);

RECORDS MAINTAINED AT

REGISTER NO.

WARD NO.

CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD OF MEDICAL CARE
Medical Record
STANDARD FORM 600 (Rev. 6-97)
Prescribed by GSA/ICMR
FIRMR 941 CFR) 201-9.202-1

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1. DATE OF EXAMINATION
(YYYYMMDD)

REPORT OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION

2. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 10 USC 504, 505, 507, 532, 978, 1201, 1202, and 4346; and E.O. 9397.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): To obtain medical data for determination of medical fitness for enlistment, induction, appointment and retention for
applicants and members of the Armed Forces. The information will also be used for medical boards and separation of Service members from
the Armed Forces.
ROUTINE USE(S): None.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; however, failure by an applicant to provide the information may result in delay or possible rejection of the
individual's application to enter the Armed Forces. For an Armed Forces member, failure to provide the information may result in the individual
being placed in a non-deployable status.
3. LAST NAME - FIRST NAME - MIDDLE NAME
(SUFFIX)

4. HOME ADDRESS (Street, Apartment Number, City, State and ZIP Code)

6. GRADE

8. AGE

7. DATE OF BIRTH
(YYYYMMDD)

11. TOTAL YEARS GOVERNMENT SERVICE
a. MILITARY

9. SEX

10. RACE

Female

American Indian/Alaskan Native

Asian/Pacific Islander

Male

Black

White

12. AGENCY (Non-Service Members Only)

13. ORGANIZATION UNIT AND UIC/CODE

b. CIVILIAN

14.a. RATING OR SPECIALTY (Aviators Only)

b. TOTAL FLYING TIME

15.a. SERVICE

c. PURPOSE OF EXAMINATION

Army

5. HOME TELEPHONE
NUMBER
(Include Area Code)

Coast
Guard

b. COMPONENT

Navy
Marine Corps
Air Force

Active Duty
Reserve
National Guard

c. LAST SIX MONTHS

Enlistment

Medical Board

Commission

Retirement

Retention

U.S. Service Academy

Separation

ROTC Scholarship Program

Other

16. NAME OF EXAMINING LOCATION, AND ADDRESS
(Include ZIP Code)

CLINICAL EVALUATION (Check each item in appropriate column. Enter "NE" if not evaluated.)
Nor- Abmal norm

NE

17. Head, face, neck, and scalp
18. Nose

44. NOTES: (Describe every abnormality in detail. Enter pertinent item
number before each comment. Continue in item 73 and use additional
sheets if necessary.)

19. Sinuses
20. Mouth and throat
21. Ears - General (Int. and ext. canals/Auditory acuity under item 71)
22. Drums (Perforation)
23. Eyes - General (Visual acuity and refraction under items 61 - 63)
24. Ophthalmoscopic
25. Pupils (Equality and reaction)
26. Ocular motility (Associated parallel movements, nystagmus)
27. Heart (Thrust, size, rhythm, sounds)
28. Lungs and chest (Include breasts)
29. Vascular system (Varicosities, etc.)
30. Anus and rectum (Hemorrhoids, Fistulae) (Prostate if indicated)
31. Abdomen and viscera (Include hernia)
32. External genitalia (Genitourinary)
33. Upper extremities
34. Lower extremities (Except feet)
35. Feet (See Item 35 Continued)
36. Spine, other musculoskeletal
37. Identifying body marks, scars, tattoos
38. Skin, lymphatics
39. Neurologic
40. Psychiatric (Specify any personality deviation)
41. Pelvic (Females only)
35. FEET (Continued) (Circle category)

42. Endocrine
43. DENTAL DEFECTS AND DISEASE (Please explain. Use dental form if completed
by dentist. If dental examination not done by
Acceptable
dental officer, explain in Item 44.)
Not Acceptable Class

DD FORM 2808, JUL 2001

Normal Arch

Mild

Pes Cavus

Moderate

Pes Planus

Severe

DoD exception to SF 88 approved by ICMR, August 3, 2000.

PREVIOUS EDITION MAY BE USED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2002.

Asymptomatic

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LAST NAME - FIRST NAME - MIDDLE NAME (SUFFIX)

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

LABORATORY FINDINGS
45. URINALYSIS

46. URINE HCG

a. Albumin

47. H/H

48. BLOOD TYPE

b. Sugar

TESTS

HIV SPECIMEN ID LABEL

RESULTS

DRUG TEST SPECIMEN ID LABEL

49. HIV
50. DRUGS
51. ALCOHOL
52. OTHER
a. PAP SMEAR
b.
c.

MEASUREMENTS AND OTHER FINDINGS
53. HEIGHT

54. WEIGHT

55. MIN WGT - MAX WGT

MAX BF %

56. TEMPERATURE

57. PULSE

lbs.
59. RED/GREEN (Army Only)

58. BLOOD PRESSURE
a. 1ST

b. 2ND

c. 3RD

SYS.

SYS.

SYS.

DIAS.

DIAS.

DIAS.

61. DISTANT VISION
Right 20/

Corr. to 20/

Left 20/
Corr. to 20/
64. HETEROPHORIA (Specify distance)
ES

EX

60. OTHER VISION TEST

62. REFRACTION BY AUTOREFRACTION OR MANIFEST

63. NEAR VISION

By

S.

CX

Right 20/

Corr. to 20/

by

By

S.

CX

Left 20/

Corr. to 20/

by

R.H.

L.H.

Prism Conv
CT

Prism div.

NPR

PD

65. ACCOMMODATION

66. COLOR VISION (Test used and result)

67. DEPTH PERCEPTION (Test used and score) AFVT

Right

PIP

Uncorrected

Left

/14
69. NIGHT VISION (Test used and score)

68. FIELD OF VISION

Corrected

70. INTRAOCULAR TENSION
O.D.

71a. AUDIOMETER

Unit Serial Number

Date Calibrated (YYYYMMDD)
HZ

500

1000

2000

O.S.
72a. READING ALOUD
TEST

71b. Unit Serial Number
Date Calibrated (YYYYMMDD)
3000

4000

6000

HZ

Right

Right

Left

Left

500

1000

2000

3000

4000

SAT

6000

UNSAT

72b. VALSALVA
SAT

UNSAT

73. NOTES (Continued) AND SIGNIFICANT OR INTERVAL HISTORY (Use additional sheets if necessary.)

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LAST NAME - FIRST NAME - MIDDLE NAME (SUFFIX)

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

74.a. EXAMINEE/APPLICANT (check one)

75. I have been advised of my disqualifying condition.
a. SIGNATURE OF EXAMINEE

IS QUALIFIED FOR SERVICE

b. DATE (YYYYMMDD)

IS NOT QUALIFIED FOR SERVICE
b. PHYSICAL PROFILE
U

P

L

H

E

S

X

PROFILER INITIALS

DATE (YYYYMMDD)

76. SIGNIFICANT OR DISQUALIFYING DEFECTS
ITEM
NO.

ICD
CODE

MEDICAL CONDITION/DIAGNOSIS

PROFILE
SERIAL

RBJ DATE
(YYYYMMDD)

QUALIFIED

DISQUALIFIED

EXAMINER
INITIALS

WAIVER RECEIVED
SERVICE

DATE (YYYYMMDD)

77. SUMMARY OF DEFECTS AND DIAGNOSES (List diagnoses with item numbers) (Use additional sheets if necessary.)

78. RECOMMENDATIONS - FURTHER SPECIALIST EXAMINATIONS INDICATED (Specify) (Use additional sheets if necessary.)

79. MEPS WORKLOAD (For MEPS use only)
WKID

ST

80. MEDICAL INSPECTION DATE

DATE (YYYYMMDD)

HT

WT

%BF

INITIAL

MAX WT

HCG

ST

WKID

QUAL

DISQ

81.a. TYPED OR PRINTED NAME OF PHYSICIAN OR EXAMINER

b. SIGNATURE

82.a. TYPED OR PRINTED NAME OF PHYSICIAN OR EXAMINER

b. SIGNATURE

83.a. TYPED OR PRINTED NAME OF DENTIST OR PHYSICIAN (Indicate which)

b. SIGNATURE

84.a. TYPED OR PRINTED NAME OF REVIEWING OFFICER/APPROVING AUTHORITY

b. SIGNATURE

DATE (YYYYMMDD)

INITIAL

PHYSICIAN'S SIGNATURE

85. This examination has been administratively reviewed for completeness and accuracy.
a. SIGNATURE

b. GRADE

c. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
87. NUMBER OF
ATTACHED SHEETS

86. WAIVER GRANTED (If yes, date and by whom)
YES
NO

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REPORT OF MEDICAL HISTORY
(This information is for official and medically confidential use only and will not be released to unauthorized persons.)

Form Approved
OMB No. 0704-0413
Expires Aug 31, 2003

The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 10 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources,
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection
of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports
(0704-0413), 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington, VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be
subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number.

PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. RETURN COMPLETED FORM AS INDICATED ON PAGE 2.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT

AUTHORITY: 10 USC 504, 505, 507, 532, 978, 1201, 1202, and 4346; and E.O. 9397.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): To obtain medical data for determination of medical fitness for enlistment, induction, appointment and retention for applicants and
members of the Armed Forces. The information will also be used for medical boards and separation of Service members from the Armed Forces.
ROUTINE USE(S): None.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; however, failure by an applicant to provide the information may result in delay or possible rejection of the individual's application to enter
the Armed Forces. For an Armed Forces member, failure to provide the information may result in the individual being placed in a non-deployable status.

WARNING: The information you have given constitutes an official statement. Federal law provides severe penalties (up to 5 years confinement or a $10,000 fine or both), to anyone making a false statement. If you are selected for enlistment, commission, or entrance into a
commissioning program based on a false statement, you can be tried by military courts-martial or meet an administrative board for discharge
and could receive a less than honorable discharge that would affect your future.
3. TODAY'S DATE (YYYYMMDD)

1. LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, MIDDLE NAME (SUFFIX)

2. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

4.a. HOME ADDRESS (Street, Apartment No., City, State, and ZIP Code)

5. EXAMINING LOCATION AND ADDRESS (Include ZIP Code)

b. HOME TELEPHONE (Include Area Code)
7.a. POSITION (Title, Grade, Component)

X ALL APPLICABLE BOXES:
6.a. SERVICE
Army

Coast
Guard

b. COMPONENT

c. PURPOSE OF EXAMINATION

Active Duty

Enlistment

Medical Board

Navy

Reserve

Commission

Retirement

Marine Corps

National Guard

Retention

U.S. Service Academy

Air Force

Separation

8. CURRENT MEDICATIONS (Prescription and Over-the-counter)

Other (Specify)
b. USUAL OCCUPATION

ROTC Scholarship Program
9. ALLERGIES (Including insect bites/stings, foods, medicine or other substance)

Mark each item "YES" or "NO". Every item marked "YES" must be fully explained in Item 29 on Page 2.
HAVE YOU EVER HAD OR DO YOU NOW HAVE:

YES NO

12. (Continued)

YES NO

f. Foot trouble (e.g., pain, corns, bunions, etc.)

10.a. Tuberculosis

g. Impaired use of arms, legs, hands, or feet

b. Lived with someone who had tuberculosis
c. Coughed up blood
d. Asthma or any breathing problems related to exercise, weather,
pollens, etc.

e. Shortness of breath

h. Swollen or painful joint(s)
i. Knee trouble (e.g., locking, giving out, pain or ligament injury, etc.)
j. Any knee or foot surgery including arthroscopy or the use of a scope
to any bone or joint

g. Wheezing or problems with wheezing

k. Any need to use corrective devices such as prosthetic devices, knee
brace(s), back support(s), lifts or orthotics, etc.
l. Bone, joint, or other deformity

h. Been prescribed or used an inhaler

m. Plate(s), screw(s), rod(s) or pin(s) in any bone

i. A chronic cough or cough at night

n. Broken bone(s) (cracked or fractured)

f. Bronchitis

j. Sinusitis

13.a. Frequent indigestion or heartburn

k. Hay fever

b. Stomach, liver, intestinal trouble, or ulcer

l. Chronic or frequent colds

c. Gall bladder trouble or gallstones
d. Jaundice or hepatitis (liver disease)

11.a. Severe tooth or gum trouble
b. Thyroid trouble or goiter

e. Rupture/hernia

c. Eye disorder or trouble

f. Rectal disease, hemorrhoids or blood from the rectum

d. Ear, nose, or throat trouble

g. Skin diseases (e.g. acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc.)

e. Loss of vision in either eye

h. Frequent or painful urination

f. Worn contact lenses or glasses

i. High or low blood sugar

g. A hearing loss or wear a hearing aid

j. Kidney stone or blood in urine

h. Surgery to correct vision (RK, PRK, LASIK, etc.)

k. Sugar or protein in urine
l. Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital

12.a. Painful shoulder, elbow or wrist (e.g. pain, dislocation, etc.)
b. Arthritis, rheumatism, or bursitis

warts, herpes, etc.)

14.a. Adverse reaction to serum, food, insect stings or medicine

c. Recurrent back pain or any back problem

b. Recent unexplained gain or loss of weight

d. Numbness or tingling

c. Currently in good health (If no, explain in Item 29 on Page 2.)

e. Loss of finger or toe

DD FORM 2807-1, JUL 2001

d. Tumor, growth, cyst, or cancer
DoD exception to SF 93 approved by ICMR, August 3, 2000.

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SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Mark each item "YES" or "NO". Every item marked "YES" must be fully explained in Item 29 below.
HAVE YOU EVER HAD OR DO YOU NOW HAVE:
YES NO
15.a. Dizziness or fainting spells
b. Frequent or severe headache

YES NO

19. Have you been refused employment or been unable to hold a job
or stay in school because of:

c. A head injury, memory loss or amnesia

a. Sensitivity to chemicals, dust, sunlight, etc.

d. Paralysis

b. Inability to perform certain motions

e. Seizures, convulsions, epilepsy or fits

c. Inability to stand, sit, kneel, lie down, etc.

f. Car, train, sea, or air sickness

d. Other medical reasons (If yes, give reasons.)

g. A period of unconsciousness or concussion
h. Meningitis, encephalitis, or other neurological problems
16.a. Rheumatic fever
b. Prolonged bleeding (as after an injury or tooth extraction, etc.)
c. Pain or pressure in the chest
d. Palpitation, pounding heart or abnormal heartbeat
e. Heart trouble or murmur
f. High or low blood pressure
17.a. Nervous trouble of any sort (anxiety or panic attacks)
b. Habitual stammering or stuttering
c. Loss of memory or amnesia, or neurological symptoms
d. Frequent trouble sleeping
e. Received counseling of any type
f. Depression or excessive worry
g. Been evaluated or treated for a mental condition
h. Attempted suicide
i. Used illegal drugs or abused prescription drugs
18. FEMALES ONLY. Have you ever had or do you now have:
a. Treatment for a gynecological (female) disorder
b. A change of menstrual pattern

20. Have you ever been treated in an Emergency Room?
(If yes, for what?)
21. Have you ever been a patient in any type of hospital? (If yes,
specify when, where, why, and name of doctor and complete
address of hospital.)
22. Have you ever had, or have you been advised to have any
operations or surgery? (If yes, describe and give age at which
occurred.)
23. Have you ever had any illness or injury other than those
already noted? (If yes, specify when, where, and give details.)
24. Have you consulted or been treated by clinics, physicians,
healers, or other practitioners within the past 5 years for
other than minor illnesses? (If yes, give complete address
of doctor, hospital, clinic, and details.)
25. Have you ever been rejected for military service for any
reason? (If yes, give date and reason for rejection.)
26. Have you ever been discharged from military service for any
reason? (If yes, give date, reason, and type of discharge;
whether honorable, other than honorable, for unfitness or
unsuitability.)

d. First day of last menstrual period (YYYYMMDD)

27. Have you ever received, is there pending, or have you ever
applied for pension or compensation for any disability
or injury? (If yes, specify what kind, granted by whom,
and what amount, when, why.)

e. Date of last PAP smear (YYYYMMDD)

28. Have you ever been denied life insurance?

c. Any abnormal PAP smears

29. EXPLANATION OF "YES" ANSWER(S) (Describe answer(s), give date(s) of problem, name of doctor(s) and/or hospital(s), treatment given and current medical
status.)

NOTE: HAND TO THE DOCTOR OR NURSE, OR IF MAILED MARK ENVELOPE "TO BE OPENED BY MEDICAL PERSONNEL ONLY."
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30. EXAMINER'S SUMMARY AND ELABORATION OF ALL PERTINENT DATA (Physician/practitioner shall comment on all positive answers in
questions 10 - 29. Physician/practitioner may develop by interview any additional medical history deemed important, and record any
significant findings here.)
a. COMMENTS

b. TYPED OR PRINTED NAME OF EXAMINER (Last, First, Middle Initial)

DD FORM 2807-1, JUL 2001

d. DATE SIGNED
(YYYYMMDD)

c. SIGNATURE

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NSN 7540-01-075-3786
LOG NUMBER

EMERGENCY CARE
AND TREATMENT
(Patient)

MEDICAL RECORD

TREATMENT FACILITY

RECORDS MAINTAINED AT

PATIENT’S HOME ADDRESS OR DUTY STATION

ARRIVAL

STREET ADDRESS

DATE (Day, Month, Year)

CITY
SEX

STATE
DUTY/LOCAL PHONE
NUMBER

MILITARY STATUS
YES
NO
ITEM

AREA CODE
AGE

HOME PHONE
NUMBER

ZIP CODE

N/A

PRP
FLYING STATUS
MEDICAL HISTORY OBTAINED FROM

CURRENT MEDICATIONS

TRANSPORTATION TO FACILITY

THIRD PARTY INSURANCE
ITEM
YES
ADDITIONAL INSURANCE
DD 2568 IN CHART

EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT

WHEN (DATE)

ALLERGIES

DATE LAST VISIT

24 HOUR RETURN

□

NO

□ NO

YES
TETANUS

WHERE

IS THIS AN INJURY

NO

NAME OF INSURANCE COMPANY

INJURY OR OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESS
YES

TIME

DATE LAST SHOT

INJURY/SAFETY
FORMS

COMPLETED INITIAL SERIES

□ YES

HOW

□ NO

CHIEF COMPLAINT
CATEGORY OF TREATMENT
TIME
EMERGENT
INITIALS

CBC/DIFF

ABG

URINE C&S

UA

PT/PTT

BHCG/URINE/BLOOD/QUANT

X-RAY
ORDERS

LAB ORDERS

□
□ URGENT
□ NON-URGENT

VITAL SIGNS
TIME
B/P
PULSE
RESP
TEMP
WT
CHEM:

BLOOD C&S X

CXR PA & LAT/
PORTABLE
ACUTE ABDOMEN

C-SPINE
LS SPINE

ANKLE R/L

HEAD CT

ORDERS

□ PULSE OX
TIME

□ MONITOR
ORDERS

BY

COMPLETED BY

DISPOSITION

DISPOSITION QUARTERS/OFF DUTY

□ HOME □ FULL DUTY

□ 24 HRS. □ 48 HRS.

MODIFIED DUTY UNTIL

RETURN TO DUTY

CONDITION UPON RELEASE

□ IMPROVED
□ UNCHANGED
□ DETERIORATED

□

ECG
PATIENT’S RESPONSE

TIME

PATIENT/DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS

□ 78 HRS

ADMIT TO UNIT/SERVICE
TIME OF RELEASE

REFERRED

TO

WHEN

I have received and understand these
instructions.
PATIENT’S SIGNATURE

PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION (For typed or written entries, give: name-last, first,
middle; ID no. (SSN or other); hospital or medical facility)
EMERGENCY CARE AND TREATMENT (Patient)
MEDICAL RECORD
STANDARD FORM 558 (REV 9-96)
Prescribed by GSA/ICMR
FPMR (41 CFR) 101-11.203(b)(10)

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(Doctor)

MEDICAL RECORD

NSN 7540-01-075-3786
TIME SEEN BY PROVIDER

TEST RESULTS
ABG/PULSE OX

H/H

SUP 02

PH

PO2

PLT

PCO2

SAT

OTHER

SMAC

DIP
U/A

CBC

WBC

PT
BHCG
APTT
PROVIDER HISTORY/PHYSICAL

CONSULT WITH

ETOH

RADIOLOGY

CHECK IF
READ BY
RADIOLOGIST

EKG INTERPRETATION

MICRO

GLU

TIME

ACTION

RESIDENT/MEDICAL STUDENT SIGNATURE AND STAMP

PROVIDER SIGNATURE AND STAMP

CODES

DIAGNOSIS

PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION (For typed or written entries, give: Name-last, first ,middle;
ID no. (SSN or other); hospital or medical facility)

EMERGENCY CARE AND TREATMENT (Doctor)
MEDICAL RECORD
STANDARD FORM 558 (REV 9-96)
Prescribed by GSA/ICMR
FPMR (41 CFR) 101-11.203(b)(10)

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RESULTS

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MEDICAL RECORD
DATE OF ADMISSION

NARRATIVE SUMMARY (CLINICAL RESUME)
DATE OF DISCHARGE

NUMBER OF DAYS HOSPITALIZED

(Sign and date at end of narrative)

SIGNATURE OF PHYSICIAN

PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION

DATE

IDENTIFICATION NO.

(For typed or written entries give: Name last, first; middle;
grade; rank; rate ;hospital or medical facility)

ORGANIZATION

REGISTER NO.

WARD NO.

NARRATIVE SUMMARY (CLINICAL RESUME)
MEDICAL RECORD
STANDARD FORM 502 (rev-7-91)
Prescribed by GSA/ICMR,FIRMR
(41-CFR) 201-9.202.1

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MEDICAL RECORD

CONSULTATION SHEET
REQUEST
FROM: (requesting physician or activity)

TO:

DATE OF REQUEST

REASON FOR REQUEST (Complaints and findings)

PROVISIONAL DIAGNOSIS

DOCTOR’S SIGNATURE

APPROVED

PLACE OF CONSULTATION

□ BEDSIDE □ ON CALL

□ROUTINE □ TODAY
□72 HOURS □ EMERGENCY

CONSULTATION REPORT
RECORD REVIEWED

□ YES □ NO

PATIENT EXAMINED

□ YES □ NO

TELEMEDICINE

SIGNATURE AND TITLE

□ YES □ NO

DATE

HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL FACILITY

RECORDS MAINTAINED AT

RELATION TO SPONSOR

SPONSOR’S NAME (last, first, middle)

DEPARTMENT/SERVICE OF PATIENT
SPONSOR’S ID NUMBER

PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION (For typed or written entries, give: Name –last, first, middle; ID No.(SSN or
other); Sex; Date of Birth; Rank/Grade)

REGISTER NO.

WARD NO.

CONSULTATION SHEET
MEDICAL RECORD
STANDARD FORM 513 (Rev. 4-98)
Prescibed by GSA/ICMR FPMR (41 CFR) 101-11.203(b)(10)

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Clinical Impression
Age

Sex

Medication

Race

Height

B.P.

Emergency
Routine

Signature of Ward Physician

Rhythm

Axis Deviation

Bedside
Ambulant
Date

Rates
Auric.

Vent.

P Waves

IIntervals
PR
QRS Complexes

Previous ECG
Yes
NO

ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC RECORD

Clinical Record

QRS

QT

RS-T Segment

T Waves

Unipolar Extremity Leads (specify)

Precordial Leads (specify)

Summary, Serial Changes, and Implications:

No.

Signature of Physician

(Continue on Reverse)
Patient’s Identification No.

ECG
Patient’s Identification (For typed or written entries give; Name – Last

Register No.

Date

Ward No.

First, middle; grade, date hospital or medical facility)

Electrocardiographic Records
Standard Form 520
General Services Administration and
Interagency Committee on Medical Records
FPMR 101-11.806-8
October 1975 520-106

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AUTHORIZED FOR LOCAL REPRODUCTION

MEDICAL RECORD

TISSUE EXAMINATION

SPECIMEN SUBMITTED BY

DATE OBTAINED

SPECIMEN

BRIEF CLINICAL HISTORY (include duration of lesion and rapidity of growth, if a necoplasm)

PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS
OPERATIVE FINDINGS
POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS

SIGNATURE
NAME OF SIGNER
TITLE OF SIGNER
PATHOLOGICAL REPORT

NAME OF LABORATORY

ACCESSION NO(S)

GROSS DESCRIPTION, HISTOLOGIC EXAMINATION AND DIAGNOSES

SIGNATURE OF PATHOLOGIST

NAME OF PATHOLOGIST

HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL FACILITY

RECORDS MAINTAINED AT

RELATION TO SPONSOR

SPONSOR’S NAME (Last, first middle)

PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION (For typed or written entries, give: Name-last, first, middle; ID no.

DATE
DEPARTMENT/SERVICE OF PATIENT
SPONSOR’S ID NUMBER (SSN or Other)
REGISTER NO.

WARD NO.

SSN or other); Sex; Date of Birth; Rank/Grade)

TISSUE EXAMINATION
Medical Record
STANDARD FORM 515 (Rev 8-97)
Prescribed by GSA/ICMR FPMR 101-11.203(b)(10)

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Medical record

GYNECOLOGIC CYTOLOGY
Section I – Clinical data to be Completed by Examining Installation
LMP First Day
Date Received in Laboratory

Date Obtained
Source of Specimen

Combined Cerve and Vagina
Age

Cerve

Gravida

Vagina

Para

Other (Specify)

No

Previous Abnormal Cytologic Examination
Yes, Give Date______________

Clinical History (Surgery, Drugs, hormones, radiation, etc.)

Physical Examination (Pelvic findings, etc.)

Pregnancy
Yes

Specimen Submitted By (Facility)

Signature and title

No

Submitting Facility Accession Number

Section II – Cytologic Findings Form Reporting Installation Only
Accession Number

Name of Laboratory

Check One
Yes
No
Check One
Endocervial
Granulocytes
Cells
Leukocytes
Screened By
Trichamonas
Candida
Comments and recommendations

Pathologist’s Signature

Yes

No
Maturation Index
Parabasals
Intermediates
Superficials

Title

Date

Patients Identification (For typed or written entries give; Name – Last first,

Register No.

Ward No.

Middle; grade, date, hospital or medical facility)
Standard form 541
Provided by GSA and ICMB

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LABORATORY REPORTS

CLINICAL RECORD

ATTACH 3D REPORT ALONG HERE AND

ë

SUCCEEDING ONES ON ABOVE LINES

ATTACH 2D REPORT WITH TOP AT THIS LINE

ë
ë

ATTACHING MARGIN

ATTACH 1ST REPORT ALONG LEFT MARGIN WITH TOP AT THIS LINE

ATTACH ALL TEST REPORTS TO THIS SHEET
PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION

(For typed or written entries give: Name - Last, first,

REGISTER NO.

WARD NO.

middle; grade; date; hospital or medical facility),

LABORATORY REPORTS
Standard Form 514
Prescribed by GSA/ICMR
FIRMR (41 CFR) 201-45.505
October 1975
514-108

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RADIOLOGICAL CONSULTATION REQUESTS/REPORTS

ATTACH 3D REPORT ALONG HERE

ë

AND SUCCEEDING ONES ON ABOVE LINES

ATTACH 2D REPORT WITH TOP AT THIS LINE

ë

ë

ATTACH REPORTS WITHIN THIS MARGIN

ATTACH 1ST REPORT ALONG LEFT MARGIN WITH TOP AT THIS LINE

RADIOLOGICAL CONSULTATIONS
REQUESTS/REPORTS
STANDARD FORM 519 (Rev. 2-84)
Prescribed by GSA/ICMR
FIRMR (41 CFR) 201.45.505
519-11
NSN 7540-00-634-4160

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(THIS FORM IS SUBJECT TO THE
PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 –
Use DD Form 2006.)
DATE
ACCOUNT NUMBER

BACK
EYEWEAR
PRESCRIPTION
TO: (LAB)

FROM:

NAME (Last, First)

SSN

ORDER NUMBER

GRADE

ADDRESS/UNIT

PHONE

ADDRESS CONTINUED

SHIP TO:
CLINIC

PATIENT

CITY, STATE, ZIP
AD

RES

NG

FRAME
DIST

RET

EYE
NEAR

LENS

OTHER

A

N

AF

MC

CG

PHS

BRIDGE

TEMPLE

COLOR

TINT

MATERIAL

PAIR

OTHER

CASE

PD
SPHERE

CYLINDER

AXIS

DECENTER

H PRISM

H BASE

V PRISM

V BASE

R
L
LAB USE

MULTIVISION
NEAR ADD

SEG HT

TOTAL DECENTER

PRIORITY

TECH INITIALS

SPECIAL COMMENTS/JUSTIFICATION (* Use this space to specify blocks marked “Other.”)

PRESCRIBING OFFICER/AUTHORITY

DISTRIBUTION: ORIGINAL – Retained by Lab.

DD FORM 771, JUL 96 (EG)

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SIGNATURE

COPY 1 – Returned with eyewear.
PREVIOUS EDITION IS

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HEALTH RECORD

IMMUNIZATION RECORD

All entries in ink to
be made in block letters

VACCINATION AGAINST SMALLPOX (Number of previous vaccination scars)
DATE

ORIGIN

BATCH NUMBER

DATE

ORIGIN

BATCH NUMBER

DATE

DOSE

REACTION

STATION

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

1
2
3
4
5
6
YELLOW FEVER VACCINE
STATION

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

1
2
3
TYPHOID VACCINE
PHYSICIAN’ NAME

DATE

1

4

2

5

3

6

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

TETANUS-DIPHTHERIA TOXOIDS
DATE

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

DATE

1

4

2

5

3

6
CHOLERA VACCINE
DATE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

DATE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

DATE

1

4

7

2

5

8

3

6

9

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

PATIENTS IDENTIFICATION (Mechanically Imprint, Type or Print):
Patient’s Name – last, first, middle initial;
Sex; age or Year Of Birth; Relationship to Sponsor;
Component/Status; Department/Service.
Sponsor’s Name – last, first, middle initial;
Rank/Grade; SSN or Identification Number;
Organization.

IMMUNIZATION RECORD
Standard Form 601 – October 1975 (Rev.)
General Services Administration & Interagency
Committee on Medical Records

FIRMR (41 CFR) 201-45.505

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ORAL POLIOVIRUS VACCINE
DATE

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

DATE

1

3

2

4

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

INFLUENZA VACCINE
DATE

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

DATE

1

3

2

4
INFLUENZA VACCINE
DATE

TYPE

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

DATE

1

5

2

6

3

7

4

8

TYPE

DOSE

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

SENSITIVITIES TEST (Tuberculin,etc.)
DATE

TYPE

DOSE

ROUTE

RESULTS

PHYSICIAN’S NAME

1
2
3
4
5
REMARKS:

THIS RECORD IS ISSUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 99, WHO SANITARY REGULATION NO 2.

STANDARD FORM 601 PAGE 2 (Rev. 10-75)

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HEALTH RECORD

SYPHILIS RECORD
SECTION 1. – HISTORY OF PAST VENEREAL INFECTIONS OR TREATMENTS

DATE

DISEASE
(Give stage)

PRIOR TO
MIL. SERVICE

YES

NO

TREATMENT
(Give type, amount and dates)

TREATING AGENCY

PLACE

1
2
3
4
SECTION II = HISTORY OF PRESENT INFECTION
CAME TO MEDIAL ATTENTION BY:
INCIDENT TO HOSPITALIZATION

VOLUNTARY

CONTACT REPORT

PREMARITAL

DATES: ONSET SYMPTOMS

PHYSICAL INSPECTION

PRENATAL
REQUESTED TREATMENT

DIAGNOSIS (Include stage and diagnosis No.)

FOOD HANDLER

OTHER (Specify)
DIAGNOSIS ESTABLISHED

DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA (Enter results of test)

LIST VD CONTACT FORM SERIAL NOS.
CLINICAL DATA (Including chief complaint, physical findings – eye, cardiovascular and nervous system, even in early syphillis)

RECOMMENDED TREATMENT AND FOLLOW-UP

SIGNATURE OF PHYSICIAN

DATE

SIGNATURE OF PATIENT AND DATE
HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE MEDICAL OFFICER THAT I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED
AS HAVING SYPHILIS AS INDICATED ABOVE; THE NATURE OF THIS DISEASE HAS BEEN
EXPLAINED TO ME; I UNDERSTAND THAT MY COOPERATION IS NECESSARY IN THE
TREATMENT AND PROLONGED OBSERVATION (including certain prescribed tests) FOR THE
CARE OF THIS DISEASE.

SECTION III. - TREATMENT
TREATMENT

DATE STARTED

DATE ENDED

SIGNATURE OF PHYSICIAN

1
2
3
4
PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION (Mechanically Imprint, Type or Print):
Patient’s Name – last, first, middle initial;
Sex; age or Year Of Birth; Relationship to Sponsor;
Component/Status; Department/Service.
Sponsor’s Name – last, first, middle initial;
Rank/Grade; SSN or Identification Number;
Organization.

SYPHILIS RECORD
Standard Form 602 – March – 1975 (Rev.)
General Services Administration &
Interagency Comm on Medical Records

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SECTION IV. – CUMULATIVE LABORATORY SUMMARY
RESULTS OF DARKFIELD EXAMINATION
DATE

RESULTS

SOURCE OF SPECIMEN

LABORATORY

NAME OF CONFIRMING OFFICER

1
2
RESULTS OF SEROLOGICAL TESTS FOR SYPHILIS
RESULT (Include
DATE
TYPE
LABORATORY
titer value)

DATE

1

5

2

6

3

7

4

8

TYPE

RESULT (Include
Titer value)

LABORATORY

FLUORESCENT ANTIBODY TESTS
DATE

1
2
RESULTS OF SPINAL FLUID EXAMINATIONS
DATE

CELLS

TOTAL PROTEIN

DATE

FACILITY WHERE EVALUATED

LABORATORY WHERE
DONE

SEROLOGICAL TEST (Including titer)

1
2
SECTION V. – EVALUATION OF THERAPY
RESULT
UNSATISFACTORY

Satisfactory

DATE OF
RETREATMENT

PHYSICIAN’S SIGNATURE

1
2
3
4
*Satisfactory result cannot be reported without normal spinal fluid findings.
**Specify: Infectious Relapse: Sero-Relapse, Neuro-Relapse, Incomplete data on Spinal Fluid, Other (Specify)
REASON FOR INADEQUATE FOLLOW-UP (Date, place and type of separation – Give authority for discharge)
PATIENT’S HOME ADDRESS ON SEPARATION

CIVILIAN HEALTH DEPT. TO WHICH CASE RESUME WAS SENT

REINFECTION (Give date new record was opened)
REMARKS

SECTION VI. – MEDICAL OFFICER CLOSING THIS RECORD
NAME (Typed or printed)

SIGNATURE

STATION

DATE

SECTION VII. – MEDICAL OFFICER SENDING ABSTRACT TO VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION ON DISCHARGE
NAME (Typed or printed

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STATION

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RECORD OF OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO IONIZING RADIATION
Identification
Number

For instructions See Reverse of Sheet
Name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
Social Security Number

Rank/Rate/Title

Date of Birth

Dose This Period
Place Where
Exposure Occurred
Acticty

Period of
Exposure

1. Method of monitoring is presumed to be film badge
reading unless otherwise specified under item 16,
"REMARKS.”

From

To

(Day-Mo-Yr)

(Day-Mo-Yr)

Skin
Dose
(Salt)

Gamma
and
X-Ray

Neutron

Total
This
Period

Accumulated Dose
Total
Life
Time

Permissible
Lifetime

16. Remarks:

TO BE RETAINED PERMANENTLY IN INDIVIDUAL’S MEDICAL RECORD
DD Form 1141

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Persons
Making
Entry

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Department of Transportation
U.S. Coast Guard
CG-4057 (Rev 2-01)

DATE ATTACHED

Back

CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD OF SERVICE
UNIT OR STATION

Name (Last, First, Middle)

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DATE DETACHED

Social Security Number

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Page 2 of 2 CG-4057 (Rev 2-01)

AGREEMENT/DISAGREEMENT
I agree

(or) do not agree

that at the time of separation:

(2) I am reasonably able to perform my current duties, or
(2) I have a high expectation of recovery in the near term from illness, injury or
surgical procedure such that I would again be able to perform my usual duties.
Date

Grade/Rate

Signature of Member

TERMINATION OF HEALTH RECORD
Remarks

Impairments, which have been documented in your health record, including any
separation exam, while establishing service connection, do not in themselves indicate
a disability. To receive disability benefits from the Coast Guard, you must be found
unfit to perform your assigned duties through the physical disability evaluation system
before you are separated.
After you are separated, any claims for disability benefits must be submitted to the
Department of Veterans Affairs. If you have questions about certain benefits to which
you might be entitled you should contact the DVA Regional Office nearest your home
as soon as practical.
I have read the above statements and acknowledge receipt of a copy of the following:
1. CG-4057, Chronological record of Service.
2. SF-88 report of Medical Examination date_________ (if performed).
3. PHS-731, International Certificate of Vaccination.
4. DD Form 2766, Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet.
Date

Grade/Rate

Signature of Member

COMMAND CERTIFICATION

Health record terminated this date by reason of_____________________
In accordance with Chapter 4, Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1 (series)

Date

Title

Signature

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NAVMED – 6150/2 (REV 8-70)

SPECIAL DUTY MEDICAL ABSTRACT (NAVMED 6150/2)

Health Record

Special Duty Medical Abstract
Summary of Physical Examination for Special Duty

Date

Place

Purpose

Result – Recommendation (Defects Reverse)

BUMED Action

Sig. Of M.D.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.

Suspension From Special Duty
Date (From) (To)

No. of
Days

Reason for Suspension

Signature of Medical Officer

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Date

Name (Last)

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Signature of . O.

(First) (Middle)

Periodic Special Duty Requalification
Date
Signature of M.O.

Grade/Rate

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Date

Service/Soc. Sec.

Signature of M.O.

Organization

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SPECIAL DUTY MEDICAL ABSTRACT (NAVMED 6150/2)
Altitude Training, Air Compression and Oxygen Tolerance
Date

Station

Type of Run – Reaction

Signature or M.O.

Date

Station

Date

Station

Date

Station

Visual and Disorientation Training
Type of Training

Signature or M.O.

Date

Station

Centrifuge and Ejection Seat Training
Type of run – Reaction

Signature or M.O.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Explosive Decompression Training
Altitudes - Reaction

Signature or M.O.

1.
2.
Submarine Escape and Diving Training
Type of Run - Reaction

Signature or M.O.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

1.
2.
3.
4.

1.
2.

Remarks

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT REPORT
VICTIM
IDENTIFICATION

1. Name__________________________
_________________________________
2. Sex (check one)
male
_______
female _______
3. Estimated age yrs_____ mos_____

DESCRIPTION OF
INCIDENT

4. Date: _______________
5.
6. Time on Scene: _________ a)
7. Time of incident: _________ b)
c)
8. Location:_______________ d)
_________________________ e)
f)

RESCUER
INFORMATION

Type of incident:
marine
_________
aviation _________
Industrial _________
auto
__________
domestic __________
other _____________

10.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.

Name: ___________________ 11. Level:
Unit: ____________________________
OPFAC #: ________________________
Rescue Vehicle:____________________
Receiving Unit:_____________________
Time Patient Transferred:_____________

NATURE OF EMERGENCY / MECHANISM OF INJURY

TREATMENT

OBSERVATION OF
VISTIM

(CIRCLE AS NEEDED)

MEDICATIONS:

1 – DRESSING
2 - TX SPLINT

ALLERGIES
_________________________________________

3 - SPLINT
4 - C/COLLAR

MEDICAL HISTORY / COMMENTS /ETC.
(include additional vitals, oxygen, fluids, etc.)

5 - BACK BOARD
6 - TOURNIQUET
7 - CPR

FRONT

8 - AIRWAY

BACK

H – hemorrhage
F – fracture
L - laceration
B - burns
S – soft tissue injury
O2 Liters______

SKIN

VITAL
SIGNS
LEVEL OF
CONSCIOUS

PUPILS

PULSE

BREATHING
BLOOD
PRESSURE
TEMP
MAST

9 - OXYGEN
10 - MAST
11 - MILLER B/B

(Circle appropriate number of numbers)
1 – normal
4 - cyanotic
2 – pale/ashen
5 – dry
3 – flushed
6 – moist

7 - cold
8 – warm
9 - hot

TIME
OBSERVED
Alert
Responds to Verbal
Responds to Pain
Uncon/Unresponsive
Perl
Unequal
Nonreactive
Dilated
Pinpoint
Rate (Numeric)
Strong
Weak
Rate (Numeric)
Regular
Shallow
Labored

_______________________________________

Blood Pressure
Temperature ORAL
(circle) RECTAL
MAST BP
COMPARTMENT

R

L

TRIAGE INFORMATION
(CIRCLE ONE)
PRIORITY I
DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION., USCG CG-5214 (Rev. 10-88)

ABD

MEDICATIONS ADMINISTERED
___________________________

DOSAGE
_______

_____

_______________________

______

_____

_______________________

_____

PRIORITY II
PATIENT COPY

Previous Edition May be Used

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______

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REQUEST FOR
MEDICAL/DENTAL RECORD
OR INFORMATION
1. PATIENT

REQUESTING ACTIVITY
ADDRESSEE –

Date

Complete Items 1 through 10 (Except 8b); also
Complete Item 19.

Complete Items 8b, 11 to 14 or 15 to 18, as appropriate,
Final referrer shall return to requester.

(Last Name – First Name – Middle Name)

3. STATUS

□

MILITARY

□

VA BENEFICIARY

□ DEPENDENT
□ FEDERAL EMPLOYEE
□ OTHER (Specify)

2. ORGANIZATION AND PLACE OF TREATMENT

3a. NAME OF SPONSOR (If dependent)
4. TO (Include ZIP Code)

5.

IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

a. SERVICE NUMBER
b. GRADE/RATE
C. SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT NO.
D. VA CLAIM NUMBER
E. DATE OF BIRTH (If federal employee)

6. DATES OF TREATMENT

8.

a. RECORDS REQUESTED
MIL VA

7 DISEASE OR INJURY

B. RECORDS FORWARDED
MIL VA

□ □ CLINICAL
□ □ OUTPATIENT
□ HEALTH RECORD
□ □ DENTAL RECORD
□ □ X--RAY
□ MEDICAL REPORT CARDS, EMERGENCY

□
□
□
□
□
□

9. REMARKS

□
□
□
□

MEDICAL TAGS, FIELD MEDICAL CARDS

□ ABSTRACT OF RATING SHEET
□ □ REPORT OF PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
□ ALL AVAILABLE RECORDS (Except

□
□ □
□

10. SIGNATURE

X-rays unless specifically requested)

□□

OTHERS (List under remarks)

□ □
REPLY/REFERRAL

11. TO:
12. REMARKS

13. SIGNATURE

14. DATE

/
/
/

RECORDS CHECKED IN 8B FORWARDED.
NO RECORDS FOUND FOR PATIENT DURING ABOVE PERIOD.
MORE INFORMATION NEEDED.

REPLY/SECOND REFERRAL
15. TO:

17. SIGNATURE

16. REMARKS

18. DATE

/
/
/

RECORDS CHECKED IN 8B FORWARDED.
NO RECORDS FOUND FOR PATIENT DURING ABOVE PERIOD.
MORE INFORMATION NEEDED.

19. RETURN TO: (Include ZIP Code)

REQUESTING ACTIVITY WILL ENTER
COMPLETE ADDRESS
TO WHICH RECORDS OR FINAL
REPLY SHOULD BE MAILED.

DD FORM 877, SEP 67

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U. S. COAST GUARD
DENTAL RECORD
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT: HEALTH CARE RECORDS
1.

AUTHORITY FOR COLLECTION OF INFORMATION INCLUDING SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN):
Section 632 of Title 14 United States Code and Sections 1071-1087, Title 10 United States code, Executive
Order9397.

2.

PRINCIPAL PURPOSES FOR WHICH INFORMATION IS TO BE USED:
The purpose for requesting information is to assist medical personnel in developing records to facilitate and
document your health condition in order to provide health care and to provide a complete account of such care
rendered, including diagnosis, treatment, and end result. The social Security Number (SSN) necessary to
identify the person and records.

3.

ROUTINE USES:
This information may be used to plan and coordinate health care. It may be used to provide medical
treatment, conduct research, teach, compile statistical data, determine suitability of persons for service or
assignment, implement preventive health and communicative disease control program; adjudicate claims and
determine benefits; evaluate care rendered; determine professional certification of patients to other Federal,
State and local agencies upon request in the pursuit of there official duties; and report medical conditions
required by law to federal, State and local agencies. It may be used for other lawful purposes including law
enforcement and litigation.

4.

The above Privacy Act Statement applies to all requests for personal information made by medical treatment
personnel or for medical treatment purposes. Failure to provide the requested information for these medical
records may result in an inability of Coast Guard medical personnel to afford treatment.

5.

No information may be divulged from this record except to persons properly and directly concerned.
Questionable cases will be referred to the Commanding Officer for decision.

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

GRADE OR RATE

MIDDLE NAME

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

CHANGES IN GRADE OR RATE

DATE OF BIRTH (DAY, MO,YR)
BLOOD TYPE (Check one)

O

A

B

AB

RH FACTOR (Check one)
POSTIVE

NEGATIVE

DRUG SENSITIVITY
SPECIFIC DRUG(S)

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(See Privacy Act Statement on Reverse)

Name: _______________________

SSN: ________________

Rank/Rate: ______

Last, First, MI

Unit: __________________________________________________________________
Date of Birth: ___/___/____
YY

MM

Religon: _______________________________

DD

Home Address: _________________________________________________________
Next of Kin: __________________________
Address:

Relationship: ______________________

_____________________________

Phone #:

_____________________________
Previous Admission:

? Yes

? No

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___________________

If yes, Date:

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YY

Date of Present Admission:

___/___/____
YY

MM

Time:

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Provisional Diagnosis

Provisional Diagnosis

1. _____________________________

1. ____________________________

2. __________________________ _

2. ____________________________

3. _____________________________

3. ____________________________

Date of Discharge:

___/___/____
YY

MM

Time:

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DD

DISPOSITION
Duty Status:

? FFD

? NFFD

? FFLD

Restrictions: _________________

______________________________________________________________________
Activity Restrictions: ______________________________________________________
Diet: __________________________________________________________________
Medications: ____________________________________________________________
Follow-up Appointment(s): _________________________________________________
Admitting Medical Officer
Time Unit Notified:

Discharging Medical Officer

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YY

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Time:

_________ Hours

DD

Name of Staff Member Notifying: ____________________________________________
Name of Person at Unit Receiving Call:

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PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
In accordance with 5 USC 552a (e)(3), the following applies to
persons providing personal information to the U.S. Coast Guard.
1. Section 632, Title 14 USC, § 1071 – 1087. Title 10 USC, and
Executive Order 9397 authorizes collection and application of this information.
2. The principal purpose for which this information is intended is to
assist medical personnel in developing records to facilitate and document
your health condition(s), in order to provide a complete account of care
rendered, including diagnosis, treatment, and results. The social security
number is necessary to identify the person and records. Family information
is required for notification of next of kin in the unlikely event of an
emergency.
3. The routine use of this information is for review by attending
medical officers and for future reference in rendering health care.
4. Disclosure of this information is voluntary. However, failure to
provide the requested information may result in an inability of the Coast
Guard medical personnel to deliver comprehensive treatmen.
Please note the following and indicate your wishes:
I DO / DO NOT GIVE PERMISSION FOR THE ATTENDING MEDICAL
OFFICER AND THE DISPENSARY STAFF TO DISCUSS MY MEDICAL
CONDITION OR THE SITUATION OF MY ADMISSION WITH MY PARENTS
OR LEGAL GUARDIANS, UPON MY REQUEST.

Signature

Date

Witness

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
PERSONNEL AUTHORIZED SEPARATE RATIONS
I understand that this facility provides three meals daily for all patients.
Further, persons authorized to mess separately will be required to make
repayments for meals consumed during their stay.
I have read and understand the statement about separate rations.
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338-76A-0019

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Accession Number
to be put on each
box(1 ½ inch letters)

Consecutive
number on each
box (1 ½ inch letters)

9 1/2 inches

ABR

Alpha or numeric
identification of
the first record in
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INSTRUCTIONS
NURSE: Retain a copy and send to Pharmacy after each order is written.

DOCTOR’S ORDERS

MEDICAL RECORD

(Sign all orders)

HOUR
START

STOP

PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION

RX

DRUG ORDERS

If needed, continue on Page 2.
(For typed or written entries give: Name – last, first,
middle; grade; rank; rate; hospital or medical facility)

DOCTOR’S
SIGNATURE

REGISTER NO.

NURSE’S
SIGNATURE

WARD NO.

DOCTOR’S ORDERS

STANDARD FORM 508 (Rev. 10-75)
Prescribed by GSA and ICMR
FPMR 101-11 806-8
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AUTHORIZED FOR LOCAL REPRODUCTION

Clinical Record
Date of Exam

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Height
Average

Weight
Maximum

Temperature

Pulse

Blood Pressure

Present

Instructions: Describe (1) General Appearance and Mental Status; (2) Head and Neck (General); (3) Eyes; (4) Ears; (5) Nose; (6) Mouth; (7) Throat; (8) Teeth; (9)
Chest (General); (10) Breast; (11) Lungs; (12) Cardiovascular; (13) Abdomen; (14) Hernia; (15) Genitalia; (16) Pelvic; (17) Rectal; (18) Prostate; (19) Back; (20)
Extremities; (21) Neurological; (22) Skin; (23) Lymphatics.

(Continue reveres side)
RELATIONSHIP TO SPONSOR

DEPART./SERVICE

SPONSOR’S NAME
LAST

SPONSOR’S ID NUMBER
First

HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL FACILITY

PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION (For typed or written entries give: Name-Last First,

MI

(SSN or Other)

RECORDS MAINTAINED AT
REGISTER NO

WARD NO

Middle; grade; date; hospital or medical facility)

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION RECORD
Standard Form 506 (Rev 2-99)
Prescribed by GSA/ICMR (41 CFR) 101-11 .203(b)(10)

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MIDDLE INITIAL

ID NUMBER

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

INITIAL IMPRESSION

SIGNATURE OF PHYSICIAN

NAME OF PHYSICIAN
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PROGRESS NOTES

DATE

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PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION (For typed or written entries give: name – last, first, middle;
REGISTER NO.

WARD NO.

grade; rank; rate; hospital or medical facility)

PROGRESS NOTES
MEDICAL RECORD
STANDARD FORM 509 (REV-7-91) EG
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ABBREVIATED MEDICAL RECORD
2. CHIEF COMPLAINT, PERTINENT HISTORY, AND PERTINENT SYSTEM REVIEW

3. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION (Including pertinent positives and negatives)

4. IMPRESSION (enter admission note with plan on progress notes)

5. ADMITTING OFFICER
a. SIGNATURE

b. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)

6. DISCHARGE NOTE (Brief hospital course, diagnoses, procedures, condition on discharge,
pertinent discharge information (including medications, diet, activity
limitations, follow-up instructions).)

8. DISCHARGE OFFICER
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial

b. GRADE

c. TITLE

9. PATIENT IDENTIFICATION (For typed or written entries: Name (last, first,
middle), grade, SSN, date of birth, hospital or medical facility, ward number, and
register number)

7. DISCHARGE DATE (YYYYMMDD)

d. SIGNATURE

10. OUTPATIENT/HEALTH RECORD
MAINTAINED AT:

11. COPY PLACED IN OUTPATIENT RECORD (x
WHEN DONE)

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CHAPTER 5
DEATHS AND PSYCHIATRIC CONDITIONS (PERSONALITY)
SECTION A - DEATHS

PAGE

GENERAL.............................................................................................................................................................................. 1
DUTIES OF MEDICAL OFFICERS OR HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES IN THE EVENT
OF A DEATH AT A COAST GUARD UNIT........................................................................................................................ 1
DETERMINING CAUSE OF DEATH. ................................................................................................................................. 1
DEATH CERTIFICATES FOR DEATHS OCCURRING AWAY FROM COMMAND OR IN FOREIGN PORTS........... 1
RELATIONS WITH CIVILIAN AUTHORITIES. ................................................................................................................ 1
REPORTING DEATHS TO CIVILIAN AUTHORITIES...................................................................................................... 2
DEATH FORMS FOR CIVILIAN AGENCIES AND INDIVIDUALS................................................................................. 2
IDENTIFICATION OF REMAINS........................................................................................................................................ 2

SECTION B - PSYCHIATRIC CONDITIONS (INCLUDING PERSONALITY DISORDERS) ............................... 3
GENERAL.............................................................................................................................................................................. 3
PERSONALITY DISORDERS. ............................................................................................................................................. 3
ADJUSTMENT DISORDERS. .............................................................................................................................................. 4
ORGANIC MENTAL DISORDERS...................................................................................................................................... 4
PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. ......................................................................................................... 5
SCHIZOPHRENIA. ............................................................................................................................................................... 5
PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED. ......................................................................................... 6
DELUSIONAL (PARANOID) DISORDER. ......................................................................................................................... 6
NEUROTIC DISORDERS. .................................................................................................................................................... 6
MOOD DISORDERS............................................................................................................................................................. 6
ANXIETY DISORDERS (OR ANXIETY AND PHOBIC NEUROSES). ............................................................................ 7
SOMATOFORM DISORDERS. ............................................................................................................................................ 7
DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS (OR HYSTERICAL NEUROSES, DISSOCIATIVE TYPE).............................................. 7
SEXUAL DISORDERS. ........................................................................................................................................................ 8
SEXUAL DYSFUNCTIONS ................................................................................................................................................. 8
FACTITIOUS DISORDERS. ................................................................................................................................................. 9
DISORDERS OF IMPULSE CONTROL NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED...................................................................... 9
DISORDERS USUALLY FIRST EVIDENT IN INFANCY, CHILDHOOD, OR ADOLESCENCE................................... 9
316.00 PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS AFFECTING PHYSICAL CONDITION............................................................. 11
V CODES FOR CONDITIONS NOT ATTRIBUTABLE TO A MENTAL DISORDER THAT ARE A FOCUS OF
ATTENTION OR TREATMENT. ....................................................................................................................................... 11
ADDITIONAL CODES........................................................................................................................................................ 12

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GENERAL............................................................................................................................................................................ 13

COMMANDING OFFICER SUSPECTING A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION.................................... 13
PROCEDURE FOR COMMANDING OFFICER REFERRAL. ...................................................................... 14

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CHAPTER 5. DEATHS AND PSYCHIATRIC CONDITIONS (PERSONALITY)
Section A - Deaths.
1.

General. Chapter 11 of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6(series) contains
further guidance concerning casualties and decedent affairs.

2.

Duties of Medical Officers or Health Services Department Representatives in the Event
of A Death at A Coast Guard Unit. The medical officer or health services department
representative shall report immediately to the scene and:
a. advise the commanding officer of the name, grade or rate, and social security number
of the decedent;
b. advise the commanding officer of the time and place of death;
c. advise the commanding officer, insofar as possible, as to the cause of death;
d. ensure notification of the quarantine officer or coroner if required; and
e. arrange with local civilian authorities for issuing a death certificate.

3.

Determining Cause of Death. When an active duty Coast Guard member dies aboard a
Coast Guard vessel or station under unnatural or suspicious circumstances, or when the
cause of death is unknown, an administrative investigation shall immediately be
convened in accordance with Section 11-A-3 of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST
M1000.6(series) and Chapter 5 of the Administrative Investigations Manual,
COMDTINST M5830.1 (series).

4.

Death Certificates for Deaths Occurring Away From Command or in Foreign Ports.
f. When an active duty member dies while away from his/her duty station, the
commanding officer or designated representative shall obtain a death certificate from
civilian authorities. If the civilian death certificate does not furnish all necessary
information, the district commander of the district in which the death occurred shall
request additional information.
g. If death occurs abroad, request the nearest United States Consular Office to obtain a
death certificate from civilian authorities.
h. When an active duty member, or a Reserve performing inactive duty for training, is
in a missing status because of events in international waters and no identifiable
remains can be recovered, and no civilian death certificate is issued, a report
(including recommendations) shall be made as per Section 11-A, Personnel Manual,
COMDTINST M1000.6 (series).

5.

Relations with Civilian Authorities. When a Coast Guard member dies outside the limits
of a Coast Guard reservation, the body shall not be moved until permission has been
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order that there may be full understanding and accord between the Coast Guard and
civilian authorities, appropriate procedures will be developed for each command area, in
consultation with the civilian authorities, covering deaths of personnel within and
without the limits of Coast Guard commands. In general, and except where the state has
retained concurrent jurisdiction with the United States, civilian authorities have no
jurisdiction over deaths occurring on Coast Guard reservations. A transit or burial
permit, however, issued by civilian authorities is required for removal of a body from a
Coast Guard reservation for shipment or burial.
6.

Reporting Deaths to Civilian Authorities. When a death occurs at a Coast Guard activity
in any state, territory, or insular possession of the United States, the death must be
reported promptly to civilian authorities. Local agreements concerning reporting and
preparing death certificates shall be made between the commanding officer, or
designated representative, and the civilian authorities.

7.

Death Forms for Civilian Agencies and Individuals. Forward all requests for completing
blank forms concerning death of Coast Guard personnel to Commandant (G-WP) for
action.

8.

Identification of Remains. Identification of remains may be established by marks and
scars, dental records, fingerprints, and personal recognition. In questionable cases, a
dental officer shall examine the remains and record observations on a SF-603 for
comparison with other available records.

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Section B - Psychiatric Conditions (including personality disorders).
1.

General. The following diagnostic categories conform to DSM IV-R and indicate the
appropriate reference for disposition. In determining qualification for appointment,
enlistment, and induction, or appropriate disposition (when the condition has been
determined to be disqualifying for retention in accordance with paragraph 3-F-16), the
diagnosis appears under DSM IV Axis I or Axis II. Conditions generally considered
treatable and not grounds for immediate separation, mental health treatment may be
authorized for members when medically necessary to relieve suffering and/or maintain
fitness for unrestricted duty. The decision to provide treatment for mental health
conditions will be based on a review of all factors, including the opinion of experts,
probability of a successful outcome, and the presence of other physical or mental
conditions.
a. If a successful outcome (availability for worldwide assignment) is not realized within
six months of the initiation of therapy, the patient's condition must be reassessed. If
the reassessment indicates that the prognosis for a successful outcome is poor, the
member shall be processed for discharge pursuant to Chapter 12 of the Personnel
Manual or through the Physical Disability Evaluation System (PHYSICAL
DISABILITY EVALUATION SYSTEM).

2.

Personality Disorders. These disorders are disqualifying for appointment, enlistment,
and induction under Section 3-D-33 herein or shall be processed in accordance with
Chapter 12, Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series). These are coded on
Axis II.
a. 301.00 Paranoid.
b. 301.20 Schizoid.
c. 301.22 Schizotypal.
d. 301.4 Obsessive compulsive.
e. 301.50 Histrionic.
f. 301.6 Dependent.
g. 301.7 Antisocial.
h. 301.81 Narcissistic.
i. 301.82 Avoidant.
j.

301.83 Borderline.

k. 301.9 Personality disorder NOS (includes Passive-aggressive).

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l. Personality trait(s) considered unfitting per paragraph 3-F-16.c.
3. Adjustment Disorders. These disorders are generally treatable and not usually grounds
for separation. However, when these conditions persist or treatment is likely to be
prolonged or non-curative, (e.g., inability to adjust to military life/sea duty, separation
from family/friends) process in accordance with Chapter 12, Personnel Manual,
COMDTINST M1000.6 (series) is necessary.
a. 309.0 With depressed mood.
b. 309.24 With anxiety.
c. 309.28 With mixed anxiety and depressed moods.
d. 309.3 With disturbance of conduct.
e. 309.4 With mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct.
f. 309.90 Adjustment disorder unspecified.
4. Organic Mental Disorders. These disorders are either disqualifying for appointment,
enlistment, and induction under Section 3-D-29 of this manual or shall be processed in
accordance with Physical Disability Evaluation System (PHYSICAL DISABILITY
EVALUATION SYSTEM), COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
a. Dementias arising in the senium and presenium.
(1)

Dementia of the Alzheimer type, with early onset.
(a)

290.00 Uncomplicated.

(b)

290.11 With delirium.

(c)

290.12 With delusions.

(d)

290.13 With depressed mood.

(2)

290.4 Vascular Dementia (various subtypes).

(3)

294.x Dementia due to other medical conditions (various subtypes).

(4)

294.8 Dementia NOS.

b. Other Organic Mental Disorders associated with Axis III physical disorders or
conditions, or etiology is unknown, including but not limited to the following.

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(5)

293.0 Delirium due to general medical condition.

(6)

293.81 Psychotic disorder with delusions due to a general medical condition.

(7)

293.82 Psychotic disorder with hallucinosis due to a general medical condition.

(8)

293.83 Mood disorder due to a general medical condition.

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294.00 Amnestic disorder due to general medical condition.

(10) 310.1 Personality change due to a general medical condition.
5.

Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. These disorders are disqualifying for
appointment, enlistment, or induction under Section 3-D-35 of this manual or shall be
processed in accordance with Chapter 20, Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6
(series).
a. 303.90 Alcohol dependence (alcoholism).
b. 304.00 Opioid dependence.
c. 304.10 Sedative, hypnotic, or anxiolytic dependence.
d. 304.20 Cocaine dependence.
e. 304.30 Cannabis dependence.
f. 304.40 Amphetamine dependence.
g. 304.50 Hallucinogen dependence.
h. 304.60 Inhalant dependence.
i. 304.90 Other (or unknown) substance, including PCP dependence.
j. 305.00 Alcohol abuse.
k. 305.20 Cannabis abuse.
l. 305.30 Hallucinogen abuse.
m. 305.40 Sedative, hypnotic, or anxiolytic abuse.
n. 305.50 Opioid abuse.
o. 305.60 Cocaine abuse.
p. 305.70 Amphetamine abuse.
q. 305.90 Other (or unknown) Substance abuse, including inhalant and PCP abuse.

6.

Schizophrenia. These disorders are disqualifying under Section 3-D-30 of this manual or
shall be processed in accordance with Physical Disability Evaluation System,
COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
a. 295.10 Disorganized type.
b. 295.20 Catatonic type.

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d. 295.60 Residual type.
e. 295.90 Undifferentiated type.
7.

Psychotic Disorders Not Elsewhere Classified. These disorders are disqualifying under
Section 3-D-30 of this manual or shall be processed in accordance with Physical
Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
a. 295.40 Schizophreniform disorder.
b. 295.70 Schizoaffective disorder.
c. 297.30 Induced psychotic disorder.
d. 298.80 Brief psychotic disorder.
e. 298.90 Psychotic disorder NOS.

8.

Delusional (Paranoid) Disorder. 297.1, Delusional (Paranoid) Disorder, is
disqualifying under Section 3-D-30 of this manual or shall be processed in accordance
with Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).

9.

Neurotic Disorders. These disorders are now included in Anxiety, Somatoform,
Dissociative, and Sexual Disorders.

10. Mood Disorders. These disorders are disqualifying for enlistment under Section 3-D-31
of this manual or shall be processed in accordance with Physical Disability Evaluation
System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
a. Bipolar I Disorders.
(1)

296.0X Bipolar I disorder, single manic episode (various subtypes).

(2)

296.40 Bipolar I disorder, most recent episode hypomanic.

(3)

296.4X Bipolar I disorder, most recent episode manic (various sub-types).

(4)

296.5X Bipolar I disorder, most recent depressed (various sub-types).

(5)

296.6X Bipolar I disorder, most recent episode mixed, (various sub-types).

(6)

296.7 Bipolar I disorder, most recent episode unspecified.

(7)

296.89 Bipolar II disorder.

(8)

301.13 Cyclothymia.

b. Depressive Disorders.

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296.XX Major depressive disorder (various sub-types).

(2)

300.4 Dysthymic disorder (or depressive neurosis).

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311 Depressive disorder NOS.

11. Anxiety Disorders (or Anxiety and Phobic Neuroses). These disorders are disqualifying
for appointment, enlistment, or induction under Section 3-D-32 of this manual or shall
be processed in accordance with Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST
M1850.2 (series) except as noted on (5) below.
a. Panic Disorders.
(1)

300.01 Without agoraphobia.

(2)

300.21 With agoraphobia.

(3)

300.22 Agoraphobia without history of panic disorder.

(4)

300.23 Social phobia.

(5)

300.29 Specific phobia. [Chapter 12, Personnel Manual,COMDTINST
M1000.6 (series).]

b. Other Anxiety disorders.
(1)

300.00 Anxiety disorder NOS.

(2)

300.02 Generalized anxiety disorder.

(3)

300.3 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (or obsessive compulsive neurosis).

(4)

309.81 Post-traumatic stress disorder.

12. Somatoform Disorders. These disorders are disqualifying for appointment, enlistment,
or induction under Section 3-D-32 of this manual or shall be processed in accordance
with Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
a. 300.11 Conversion disorder.
b. 300.70 Hypochondriasis (or hypochondrical neurosis). Body Dysmorphic disorder.
Somatoform disorder NOS.
c. 300.81 Somatization disorder or undifferentiated somatoform disorder.
d. 307.80 Pain disorder associated with psychological factors.
13. Dissociative Disorders (or Hysterical Neuroses, Dissociative Type). These disorders are
disqualifying for appointment, enlistment, or enlistment under Section 3-D-32 of this
manual or shall be processed in accordance with Physical Disability Evaluation System,
COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
a. 300.12 Dissociative amnesia.
b. 300.13 Dissociative fugue.
c. 300.14 Dissociative identity disorder.

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d. 300.15 Dissociative disorder NOS.
e. 300.6 Depersonalization disorder.
14. Sexual Disorders. These disorders are processed in accordance with Chapter 12 of the
Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series).
a. Gender Identity Disorders.
(1)

302.6 Gender identity disorder in children (history of) or NOS.

(2)

302.85 Gender identity disorder in adolescents or adults.

b. Paraphilias.
(1)

302.2 Pedophilia.

(2)

302.3 Transvestic fetishism.

(3)

302.4 Exhibitionism.

(4)

302.81 Fetishism.

(5)

302.82 Voyeurism.

(6)

302.83 Sexual masochism.

(7)

302.84 Sexual sadism.

(8)

302.89 Frotteurism.

(9)

302.9 Paraphilia NOS (includes Zoophilia).

15. Sexual Dysfunctions. These are not grounds for action as they have no direct bearing
upon fitness for duty.
a. 302.70 Sexual dysfunction NOS.
b. 302.71 Hypoactive sexual desire.
c. 302.72 Female arousal disorder. Male erectile disorder.
d. 302.73 Female orgasmic disorder.
e. 302.74 Male orgasmic disorder.
f. 302.75 Premature ejaculation.
g. 302.76 Dyspareunia.
h. 302.79 Sexual aversion disorder.
i. 302.9 Sexual Disorder NOS.
j. 306.51 Vaginismus.
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16. Factitious Disorders. These disorders are disqualifying for appointment, enlistment, or
induction under Section 3-D-32 of this manual or should be processed in accordance with
Chapter 12 of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series).
a. 300.16 With predominantly psychological symptoms.
b. 300.19 Factitious disorder NOS.
c. 301.51 With predominantly physical symptoms, or combined.
17. Disorders of Impulse Control Not Elsewhere Classified. These disorders are
disqualifying for enlistment under Section 3-D-33 of this manual or should be processed
in accordance with Chapter 12 of the Personnel Manual COMDTINST M1000.6 (series).
a. 312.30 Impulse control disorder NOS.
b. 312.31 Pathological gambling.
c. 312.32 Kleptomania.
d. 312.33 Pyromania.
e. 312.34 Intermittent explosive disorder.
f. 312.39 Trichotillomania.
18. Disorders Usually First Evident in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence. Except as
indicated in parentheses, these disorders are disqualifying for appointment, enlistment, or
induction under Section 3-D-33 of this manual, or shall be processed in accordance with
Chapter 12 of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series), if the condition
significantly impacts, or has the potential to significantly impact performance of duties
(health, mission, and safety).
a. Mental Retardation (Note: these are coded on Axis II).
(1)

317 Mild mental retardation, IQ 50-70.

(2)

318.X Moderate, severe, or profound mental retardation, IQ 35-49.

(3)

319 Mental retardation, severity unspecified.

b. Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
(1)

314.0X Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (various types).

(2)

312.8 Conduct disorder.

(3)

312.9 Disruptive behavior disorder or attention deficit disorder, NOS.

(4)

313.81 Oppositional defiant disorder.

c. Other Disorders of Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence.

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(1)

307.30 Stereotypic movement disorder.

(2)

309.21 Separation anxiety disorder.

(3)

313.23 Selective mutism.

(4)

313.82 Identity problem.

(5)

313.89 Reactive attachment disorder of infancy or early childhood.

d. Eating Disorders. Eating disorders have a potential to affect fitness for duty, but the
diagnosis of an eating disorder does not automatically mean the member is unsuitable
for continued service. Individuals suspected of having an eating disorder shall be
referred for evaluation by an Armed Forces psychiatrist or Armed Forces clinical
psychologist. Treatment may be authorized in accordance with the same criteria as
other mental conditions. See paragraph 5.B.1 of this Manual.
(1)

307.1 Anorexia nervosa. (Shall be processed through Physical Disability
Evaluation System (COMDTINST M1850.2 ))

(2)

307.50 Eating disorder NOS. Shall be processed in accordance with Chapter
12.B.12 or 12.A.15.h (as applicable) of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST
M1000.6(series), if the condition significantly impacts or has the potential to
significantly impact performance of duties (health, mission, and safety).

(3)

307.51 Bulimia nervosa. (Shall be processed through Physical Disability
Evaluation System (COMDTINST M1850.2))

(4)

307.52 Pica.

(5)

307.53 Rumination disorder.

e. Tic Disorders.
(1)

307.20 Tic disorder NOS.

(2)

307.21 Transient tic disorder.

(3)

307.22 Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder.

(4)

307.23 Tourette's disorder.

f. Communication Disorder.
(1)

307.0 Stuttering.

(2)

315.31 Expressive or mixed (expressive-receptive) language disorder.

(3)

315.39 Phonological disorder.

g. Elimination Disorders.

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(1)

307.46 Sleepwalking disorder.

(2)

307.46 Sleep terror disorder.

(3)

307.6 Enuresis (not due to a general medical condition).
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307.7 Encopresis (without constipation and overflow incontinence.)

h. Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
(1)

299.00 Autistic disorder.

(2)

299.80 Pervasive developmental disorder NOS.

i. Specific Learning Developmental Disorders - (Note: These Are Coded on Axis II).
(1)

315.00 Reading disorder.

(2)

315.1 Mathematics disorder.

(3)

315.2 Disorder of written expression.

(4)

315.4 Developmental coordination disorder.

(5)

315.9 Learning disorder NOS.

19. 316.00 Psychological Factors Affecting Physical Condition. This disorder is not
generally grounds for action alone. The physical condition must be specified on Axis III
and will determine fitness.
20. V Codes for Conditions Not Attributable to a Mental Disorder that are a Focus of
Attention or Treatment. These disorders are generally not of such severity as to lead to
disqualification for enlistment or to separation. Where separation is indicated, process in
accordance with Chapter 12 of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series).
a. V15.81 Noncompliance with medical treatment.
b. V61.1 Partner relational problem.
c. V61.20 Parent-child relational problem.
d. V61.8 Sibling relational problem.
e. V62.2 Occupational problem.
f. V62.3 Academic problem.
g. V62.81 Relational problem NOS.
h. V62.82 Bereavement.
i. V62.89 Borderline intellectual functioning.
j. V62.89 Phase of life problem or religious or spiritual problem.
k. V65.2 Malingering. (May be grounds for legal, administrative, or medical board
proceedings in accordance with Section 2-A-4 of this manual depending on the
circumstances)

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l. V71.01 Adult antisocial behavior.
m. V71.02 Child or adolescent antisocial behavior.
21. Additional Codes. These are nondiagnostic codes for administrative use and require no
action.
a. V71.09 No diagnosis or condition on Axis I.
b. V71.09 No diagnosis on Axis II.
c. 300.9 Unspecified mental disorder (nonpsychotic).
d. 799.9 Diagnosis or condtion deferred on Axis I.
e. 799.9 Diagnosis deferred on Axis II.

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Section C - Command directed Mental Health Evaluation of Coast Guard Service members.
1.

General. A commander, (including commanding officers, of clinics) shall refer a Service
member for an emergency mental health evaluation as soon as is practicable whenever a
Service member indicates an intent to cause serious injury to himself or others, and the
commander believes that the Service member may be suffering from a mental disorder.
a. Active Duty Mental Health Conditions and Emergencies, COMDTPUB P6520.1
refers to Public Law 102-484, Section 546, also known as the “Boxer Amendment”
The Coast Guard is not included and therefore not subject to the Boxer’s
Amendment. These restrictions are intended to prevent the unwarranted mental
health evaluations or involuntary hospitalization as a form of harassment or
retaliation.
b. Prior to transporting a Service member for an emergency evaluation, or shortly
thereafter if the time and nature of the emergency does not permit, the commanding
officer shall consult directly with a mental health care provider (or other health care
provider if a mental health care provider is not available) at the MTF. The purpose
of this consult is to communicate the observations and circumstances which led the
commander to believe that the Service member’s behavior constituted an emergency.
The commander will then forward to the mental health care provider consulted a
memorandum documenting the information discussed.

2.

When not an emergency, commanding officers suspecting a mental health evaluation
may be indicated will:
a. Contact the appropriate point of contact at the servicing Coast Guard Medical clinic
and speak directly with the point of contact to request a command-directed mental
health evaluation. Signs of mental illness can include changes in behavior, mood, or
thinking that interfere with normal functioning. The health care provider will clarify
the request, urgency of the referral, and schedule an appointment.
b. Provide a memorandum from the commanding officer to the DoD MTF/clinic
commander documenting this contact, subject: Command Referral for Mental Health
Evaluation of (Service Member Rank, Name, Branch of Service and SSN. (sample
letter Figure 1).
c. Counsel the Service member and insure that the Service member is provided written
notice of the referral. A sample memorandum from the commanding officer to the
MTF/clinic commander documenting this contact, subject: Notification of
Commanding Officer Referral for Mental Health Evaluation (Non-Emergency). The
notice will include the following: (sample letter Figure 2)
(1)

Date and time the mental-health evaluation is scheduled.

(2)

A brief, factual description of the Service member’s behavior and verbal
expressions that indicate a mental-health evaluation is necessary.

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(3)

Names of mental-health professionals the commander has consulted before
making the referral. If consultation is not possible, commanders must include
the reasons in the notice.

d. Request the Service member sign the notice to report for a mental- health evaluation.
If the Service member refuses to sign, the commander will note this response in the
notice.
e. Provide an escort to Service member referred for a mental- health evaluation.
3.

Commanders shall provide a copy of the following rights to Service members who are
referred:
a. A Service member has the right to obtain a second opinion at his own expense. The
evaluation should be conducted within a reasonable period of time, usually within 10
days and will not delay nor substitute for an evaluation performed by a DoD mental
health care.
b. No person may restrict the Service member from communicating with an attorney,
IG, chaplain, Member of Congress, or other appropriate party about the member's
referral.
c. Other than emergencies, the Service member will have at least 2 workdays before a
scheduled mental-health evaluation to meet with an attorney, chaplain, IG, or other
appropriate party. If a commander has reason to believe the condition of the Service
member requires an immediate mental-health evaluation, the commander will state
the reasons in writing as part of the request for evaluation.
d. If military duties prevent the Service member from complying with this policy, the
commander seeking the referral will state the reasons in a memorandum.

4.

No one will:
a. Refer a Service member for a mental-health evaluation as a reprisal for making or
preparing a lawful communication to a Member of Congress, an authority in the
Service member's chain of command, an IG, or a member of a DoD audit, inspection,
investigation, or law enforcement organization.
b. Restrict a Service member from lawfully communicating with an IG, attorney,
Member of Congress, or others about the Service member's referral for a mentalhealth evaluation.
c. These policies are not designed to limit the commander's authority to refer Service
members for emergency mental-health evaluations and treatment when
circumstances suggest the need for such action.

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5.

The specific procedures required by these regulations apply to mental health evaluations
directed by a service member’s commander as an exercise of the commander’s
discretionary authority. Evaluations NOT covered by these procedures include:
a. Voluntary self-referrals;
b. Criminal responsibility and competency inquiries conducted under Rule for CourtMartial 706 of the Manual for Courts-Martial;
c. Interviews conducted according to the Family Advocacy Program;
d. Referrals to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program;
e. Security clearances.
f. Diagnostic referrals from other health care providers not part of the Service
member’s chain of command when the Service member consents to the evaluation;
and;
g. Referrals for evaluations expressly required by regulation, without any discretion by
the Service member’s commander, such as enlisted administrative separations.

6.

Procedures for using the memorandum requesting a mental health evaluation in
emergency situations Commanders will:
a. When completing the memorandum Commanders should include as many details as
possible.
b. Make one copy to give to the Service member.
c. Ensure that the Service member's escort hand carries the memorandum to the
treatment facility. The memorandum will not be hand carried by the Service member
being referred. This memorandum will not be sent through distribution channels, nor
will it become part of the Service member's health record. The memorandum will be
filed in the Department of Psychiatry of the medical treatment facility where the
Service member was evaluated.

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FIGURE 1
Sample: Commanding Officer request for routine (non emergency) Mental Health Evaluation

Date:
Memorandum for Commanding Officer (Name of Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) or Clinic)
From: Commanding Officer, (Name of Command)
Subject: Command Referral for Mental Health Evaluation of (Service Member Rank, Name,
Branch of Service and SSN)
Reference (a) Medical Manual COMDTINST M6000.1B, Chap 5-C
(b) Active Duty Mental Health Conditions and Emergencies, COMDTPUB
P6520.1
1. In accordance with references (), I hereby request a formal mental health evaluation of
(rank and name of Service member).
2. (Name and rank of Service member) has (years) and (months) active duty service and has
been assigned to my command since (date). Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
(ASVAB) scores upon enlistment were: (list scores). Past average performance marks
have ranged from ______ to ______ (give numerical scores). Legal action is/is not
currently pending against the Service member. (If charges are pending, list dates and
UCMJ articles). Past legal actions include: (List dates, charges, non judicial punishments
(NJPs) and/or findings of Courts Martial.)
3. I have forwarded to the Service member a memorandum that advises (rank and name of
Service member) of his (or her) rights. This memorandum also states the reasons for this
referral, the name of the mental health care provider(s) with whom I consulted. A copy of
this memorandum is attached for your review.
4. (Service member's rank and name) has been scheduled for evaluation by (name and rank
of metal healthcare provider) at (name of MTF or clinic) on (date) at (time).
5. Should you wish additional information, you may contact (name and rank of the
designated point of contact) at (telephone number).
6. Please provide a summary of your findings and recommendations to me as soon as they
are available.
(Signature)
Rank and Name of Commanding Officer

Attachment:
As stated

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FIGURE 2

Sample: Service member notification of Commanding Officer referral for Mental Health
Evaluation.

Date:
Memorandum for (Service member's rank, name and SSN)
From: Commanding Officer, (Name of Command)
Subject: Notification of Commanding Officer referral for Mental Health Evaluation
(non emergency).
References: (a) Medical Manual COMDTINST M6000.1B, Chap 5-C
(b) Active Duty Mental Health Conditions and Emergencies,
COMDTPUB P6520.1
1.

In accordance with references (), this memorandum is to inform you that I am referring
you for a mental health evaluation.

2.

The following is a description of your behaviors and/or verbal expressions that I
considered in determining the need for a mental health evaluation: (Provide dates and a
brief factual description of the Service member's actions of concern.)

3.

Before making this referral, I consulted with the following mental health care provider(s)
about your recent actions: (list rank, name, corps, branch of each provider consulted) at
(name of Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) or clinic) on (date(s)). (Rank(s) and name(s)
of mental healthcare provider(s)) concur(s) that this evaluation is warranted and is
appropriate.
OR
Consultation with a mental healthcare provider prior to this referral is (was) not possible
because (give reason; e.g., geographic isolation from available mental healthcare
provider, etc.)

4.

Per references (a) and (b), you are entitled to the rights listed below:
The right to obtain a second opinion and be evaluated by a mental healthcare provider of
your own choosing, at your own expense, if reasonably available. Such an evaluation by
an independent mental healthcare provider shall be conducted within a reasonable period
of time, usually within 10 business days, and shall not delay nor substitute for an
evaluation performed by a DoD mental healthcare provider.
a. The right to communicate without restriction with an IG, attorney, Member of
Congress, or others about your referral for a mental health evaluation. This provision
does not apply to a communication that is unlawful.

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b. The right, except in emergencies, to have at least two business days before the
scheduled mental health evaluation to meet with an attorney, IG, chaplain, or other
appropriate party. If I believe your situation constitutes an emergency or that your
condition appears potentially harmful to your well being and I judge that it is not in
your best interest to delay your mental health evaluation for two business days, I shall
state my reasons in writing as part of the request for the mental health evaluation.
c. If you are assigned to a naval vessel, deployed or otherwise geographically isolated
because of circumstances related to military duties that make compliance with any of
the procedures in paragraphs (3) and (4), above, impractical, I shall prepare and give
you a copy of the memorandum setting forth the reasons for my inability to comply
with these procedures.
5.

You are scheduled to meet with (name and rank of the mental healthcare provider) at
(name of MTF or clinic) on (date) at (time).
(Signature)
Rank and Name of Commanding Officer

I have read the memorandum above and have been provided a copy.
Service member's signature:_____________________________ Date:______________
OR:
The Service member declined to sign this memorandum which includes the Service member's
Statement of Rights because (give reason and/or quote Service member).
Witness's signature:_____________________________ Date:______________
Witness's rank and name:_____________________________ Date:______________
(Provide a copy of this memorandum to the Service member.)

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CHAPTER 6
REPORTS, FORMS, AND RECORDS
SECTION A - REQUIRED REPORTS

PAGE

HEALTH SERVICES STATISTICAL REPORT (RCN 6000-1) .......................................................................................... 1
REPORT OF POTENTIAL THIRD PARTY LIABILITY (RCN 6000-2)............................................................................... 2
MLC/HEADQUARTERS CLINIC OPERATIONS REPORT (RCN 6000-3) ........................................................................ 2
DISEASE ALERT REPORT (RCN 6000-4) ................................................................................................................... 2
REPORT OF THEFT OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (RCN 6000-5) ............................................................................ 2
INPATIENT HOSPITAL REPORT (RCN 6000-6) ........................................................................................................... 2
MAJOR HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT INVENTORY REPORT (RCN 6000-7) .................................................................. 3
HEALTH SERVICES DIVISION STATUS REPORT (RCN 6000-8 .................................................................................... 3
SHORTENED CLINIC AUTOMATED REPORT SYSTEM (SCARS) ................................................................................. 3
SECTION B - FORMS AND RECORDS
CG-5460A, STATUS-PROFILE ................................................................................................................................... 7
CG-5460B, VISIT PROFILE ...................................................................................................................................... 13
CG5211, HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT REQUEST ...................................................................................................... 14
NAVMED 6150/7, HEALTH RECORD RECEIPT FORM ............................................................................................ 16
DD-2161, REFERRAL FOR CIVILIAN MEDICAL CARE .............................................................................................. 16
HEALTH SERVICES LOG ......................................................................................................................................... 16
BINNACLE LIST ....................................................................................................................................................... 17
DD2766, ADULT PREVENTIVE AND CHRONIC CARE FLOWSHEET FORM ................................................................. 17

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CHAPTER 6. REPORTS, FORMS, AND RECORDS
Section A - Reports.
1.

Health Services Statistical Report, (RCN 6000-1).
a.

The HSSR is produced by the Clinic Automated Management System (CLAMS) and
is based on data entered at the terminal during the reporting month.

b.

During production of the HSSR a set of screen prompts will allow entry of required
information from the terminal keyboard. Prompt criteria include:
(1) Onboard staffing and billets for HSs, medical practitioners, and dental officers.
(2)

Prescriptions. A number may already appear in this field. This number will
be the number of prescriptions issued for the selected month (calculated from
the database).

(3) Inspections. Count one for each inspection logged (e.g., galley, berthing,
water, pool, food handlers).
(4) SAR. Count one for each SAR or MEDEVAC sortie (air or boat) with health
services personnel aboard.
(5) Training Hours Given (medical officers). Count any medical training by
medical officers (all hands, suturing demonstration, demonstrating knee injury
evaluation to one or more HSs, hypothermia lecture for local boaters group,
etc.) greater than 15 minutes duration. Total all training increments lasting
longer than 15 minutes by all medical officers and round to the nearest hour.
(6) Expense Data (month). Enter the corresponding expenses for the selected
month. Note: when starting the HSSR Report from a month other than
October, it may be necessary to enter the year-to-year figures initially in order
for the subsequent YTD figures to be correct.
(7) Expense Data (OPTAR). The corresponding Operating Target for the selected
fiscal year. The amounts set initially will continue to appear, unless they are
changed.
(8) Tickler OPFACs. CLAMS tabulates the percentage of USCG active duty
persons in compliance with mandatory medical/dental requirements (shots,
exams, audiograms, etc.) and displays this on the HSSR. Personnel in
clinic/sickbay "Binnacle OPFACs" are automatically included in this "tickler
file" scrutiny. Outlying units which fall within a clinic/sickbay's tickler radius
but are too remote for binnacle reporting CLAMS calls "Tickler OPFACs".
The user must enter these additional "Tickler OPFACs" at the time the HSSR
is made. Once entered they will continue to display unless changed. NOTE:
HSs at group/cutter sickbays are responsible for their own binnacle and
"tickler" activity. This applies even in those situations where the majority of
care for the group/cutter personnel is provided by a nearby USCG clinic.

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c.

The report shall be submitted to the commanding officer for approval and signature
by the FIFTH working day of the following month.

d.

A signed copy of the HSSR shall be filed in the health care facility and be accessible
for MLC audit.

2.

Report of Potential Third Party Liability (RCN 6000-2). (Refer to Health Care Third
Party Claims Recovery, COMDTINST 6010.16 (series) for current policy). Submit this
report on form CG-4899 (Rev. 10-91), Report of Potential Third Party Liability. A
sample form CG-4899 (Rev. 10-91) is included as Figure 6-A-1. If applicable, attach to
Nonfederal Health Care Certification Form, CG-5534, when submitting nonfederal
health care bills for processing.

3.

MLC/Headquarters Clinic Operations Report (RCN 6000-3). Generate and submit the
MLC/Headquarters Report in accordance with the instructions contained in the CLAMS
User's Guide. This report is submitted on disk or transmitted electronically to
Commandant (G-K) monthly for clinics and every 6 months (October/April) for
sickbays. Outpatient health care of non-USCG patients and dental statistical reporting
are incorporated into this report. Reports from clinics and sickbays must be sent to
Commandant (G-K) within five working days of the following month. Delay of report
submission from sickbays is permissible should operational commitments (e.g.,
underway) interfere with timely reporting.

4.

Disease Alert Report (RCN-6000-4). Disease Alert Reports provide appropriate
commands with information that can be used to protect lives and health, and maintain
command effectiveness. Detailed instructions are contained in Section 7-B of this
manual.

5.

Report of Theft of Controlled Substances (RCN 6000-5).

6.

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a.

Discrepancies noted on Controlled Substance Inventory Board Reports shall be
investigated as discussed in Chapter 10 of this manual. Submit findings to
appropriate MLC (K).

b.

MLC (K) shall review and determine further action, including whether a Form DEA106 shall be submitted. A copy of all DEA-106 reports submitted shall be sent to
Commandant (G-WKH).

Inpatient Hospital Report (RCN 6000-6). When notified that a member of the Coast
Guard is hospitalized, transferred to another facility, or discharged from inpatient status,
the unit commanding officer shall notify the appropriate MLC (p) and (k) via message in
accordance with current MLC directives. When listing diagnosis, use only ICD-9 codes;
do not include a description of the ailment. See Paragraph 2-A-2 of this manual for
additional policy concerning emergency care at other than Coast Guard or DOD
facilities. CLAMS also produces a letter containing this information.

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Health Care Equipment Inventory Report (RCN 6000-7). Health care equipment
inventories are maintained by the MLCs’ and are used for planning and budgeting
purposes. All units with health care equipment shall verify their health care equipment
inventory. Annually, in January, MLC (k) will forward to each unit within their area of
responsibility a copy of their previous health care equiptment inventory report. Units
shall annotate changes and submit to MLC (k) with their annual budget request. MLC
(k) will compile all inventories and forward them to Commandant (G-WKH) in
conjunction with separate entity from the unit’s personal property list. This inventory
report reflects only major health care equipment or items with an original cost of more
than $300.00.

8.

Health Services Division Status Report (RCN 6000-8). This annual report provides
Headquarters and MLCs’ with individual clinics’ status, problems, and initiatives in the
medical, dental, pharmacy, and quality assurance areas. See Commandant Instruction
6010.22(series) for specific instructions regarding preparation and submission of this
report.

9.

Shorten Clinic Automated Report System (SCARS). Sickbays that have not been able to
implement CLAMS can use SCARS to produce the MLC/Headquarters Clinic
Operations Report until they are able to use CLAMS. Note that the semiannual
MLC/Headquarters Clinic Operations Report (RCN 6000-3) is separate and distinct from
the monthly Health Services Statistical Report (RCN 6000-1). Sickbays having to
produce an HSSR without benefit of CLAMS will follow the HSSR format found in the
CLAMS User’s Guide, but need not complete the “Onboard billet percent”, “Binnacle
data”, and workload items which do not apply to their operations. SCARS prompts the
HS to enter data totals in response to a succession of screen prompts. Six months totals
for outpatient visits (OPVs)., prescriptions filled, lab test done, HBA visits, inspections,
referrals, SARS, and expense data will be sought. The percent of active duty and
civilian employees in compliance with mandate requirements (like audiogram, HIV test,
etc.) must also be complied and entered. Six month totals can be tabulated from
HSSRs. Compliance percentages are calculated by SCARS. (Number in compliance
divided by the number for whom the requirement applies. If you have 30 people in the
hearing conservation program and 15 have had an audiogram in the last year, your
compliance is 15/30 x 100; or 50%).

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Figure 6-A-1
DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION
REPORT OF POTENTIAL THIRD PARTY LIABILITY
U.S. COAST GUARD
CG-4899 (Rev-04-01)
INSTRUCTIONS: Complete all blocks to the best of your knowledge. If unknown or not applicable, leave blank. Mail original to
Commandant (G-WRP-2) and a copy to appropriate MLC (k).

SECTION I – IDENTIFICATION OF INJURED PERSON
A. NAME (Last ,First and Middle Initial)

B. SSAN

C. RANK/RATE

D. WORK TELEPHONE

□ FTS

□

COMM

E. HOME ADDRESS (Including zip code)

F. DATE OF BIRTH

G. HOME TELEPHONE

H. STATUS OF BENEFICIARY

I. UNIT NAME

J. BRANCH OF SERVICE

' ACTIVE DUTY

' RESERVE

' RETIRED

' DEPENDENT (Complete Section 2 below)
SECTION 2 – IDENTIFICATION OF SPONSOR
(Complete only if injured person is a dependent; otherwise, leave blank)
A. NAME (Last ,First and Middle Initial)

B. SSAN

C. RANK/RATE

E. HOME ADDRESS (Including zip code)

F. HOME TELEPHONE
H. UNIT NAME

G. STATUS OF BENEFICIARY

' ACTIVE DUTY

D. WORK TELEPHONE
' FTS
' COMM

' RESERVE

I. BRANCH OF SERVICE

' RETIRED
SECTION 3 - ACCIDENT

A. ACCIDENT INFORMATION (Include zip code with address):

B. DATE AND TIME

' AUTOMIBILE (city/state):
' JOB RELATED (employers name/address):
' PROPERTY RELATED (owners name/address):
C. BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE ACCIDENT (include who caused the injury and how it happened):

SECTION 4 – ATTORNEY INFORMATION
A. NAME OF YOUR ATTORNEY

B. ADDRESS (Include zip code)

C. TELEPHONE NUMBER

SECTION 5 – AMBULANCE SERVICE
A. NAME OF AMBULANCE

B. ADDRESS (Include zip code)

C. TELEPHONE NUMBER

PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
MAIL TO:
Commandant (G-WRP-2)
U.S. Coast Guard
2100 2nd St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20593-0001

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Sections 2651-2563 of Title 42 to the U.S. Code authorize collection of this information. Furnishing the Social Security
No. is empowered by Exec. Order 9397 and is mandatory to identify authorized beneficiaries. This information is
principally used to document incidents that lead to injured party(ies) receiving medical care at the expense of the U.S.
Coast Guard. Routine uses including lawful enforcement and investigations for recovery from third party liability. If the
requested information is not furnished, recovery of Federal funds may be hampered, possibly limiting
continued delivery of comprehensive health care.

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Page 2 of CG-4899 (Rev.04-97)

SECTION 6 – MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
(DATA PERTAINING TO VEHICLE IN WHICH YOU WERE DRIVING OR RIDING)

A. NAME OF DRIVER Military?

' YES

' NO

B. HOME ADDRESS (Include zip code)

C. WORK TELEPHONE
' FTS ' COMM

D. NAME OF OWNER Military

' YES

' NO

E. YEAR/MAKE/MODEL OF AUTOMOBILE

F. LICENSE PLATE NUMBER

G. OWNER’S INSURANCE COMPANY AND POLICY NUMBER

H. ADDRESS(ES) (Include zip code)

I. TELEPHONE NUMBER

J. NAMES OF INJURED PASSENGER(S)

K. ADDRESS(ES) (include zip code)

L. TELEPHONE NUMBER

(DATA PERTAINING TO OTHER VEHICLE)
M. NAME OF DRIVER Military?
P. NAME OF OWNER Military

' YES

' NO

' YES

' NO

N. ADDRESS (Include zip code)

O. TELEPHONE NUMBER

Q. YEAR/MAKE/MODEL OF AUTOMOBILE

R. LICENSE PLATE NUMBER

SECTION 7 – ALL OTHER ACCIDENTS
(DATA PERTAINING TO INSURANCE OTHER THAN AUTOMOBILE)
A. RESPONSIBLE PARTY’S INSURANCE COMPANY
B. ADDRESS (Include zip code)
AND POLICY NUMBER
D. TYPE OF INSURANCE

' HOME OWNERS

' PERSONAL MEDICAL INSURANCE

E. INJURED PARTY’S INSURANCE COMPANY AND
POLICY NUMBER
H. TYPE OF INSURANCE

' HOME OWNER

C. TELEPHONE NUMBER

' WORKERS COMPENSATION

F. ADDRESS (Include zip code)

G. TELEPHONE NUMBER

' PERSONAL MEDICAL INSURANCE

' WORKERS COMPENSATION

SECTION 8 – MILITARY/CIVILIAN HOSPITALIZATION
A. NAME OF HOSPITAL(S)

B. ADDRESS(ES) (Include zip code)

C. DATE(S) OF TREATMENT

FROM

FROM

D. PAYMENT MADE BY:

TO

' SELF
' INSURANCE
' CHAMPUS

TO

' SELF
' INSURANCE
' CHAMPUS

SECTION 9 – MILITARY/CIVILIAN DOCTORS/DENTISTS
A. NAME OF DOCTORS

B. ADDRESS(ES)

C. DATE(S) OF TREATMENT

FROM

FROM

FROM
E. IS TREATMENT COMPLETE?

' YES

' NO

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TO

D. PAYMENT MADE BY:
' SELF
' INSURANCE
' CHAMPUS

TO

' SELF
' INSURANCE
' CHAMPUS

TO

' SELF
' INSURANCE
' CHAMPUS

IF NO, WHEN DO YOU EXPECT IT TO BE COMPLETE?____________

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Section B - Forms and Records.
1.

Status-Profile (CG-5460A).
a.

Purpose. CG-5460A shall be used by active duty persons and civilian employees
who are either signing into the clinic/sickbay for the first time under CLAMS, or
need a duty status chit. It has a limited space for patient identification at the top, a
duty status slip (with copies) in the middle, visit information on the lower half, and a
detailed patient information section on the back. See Figure 6-B-1.

b.

Detailed Instructions.
(1) Top Left. Mechanical imprinting of patient’s name, if available. Have the
patient fill in the appropriate data if mechanical imprinting is not used.
(2) Top Right. Date of visit is entered by the patient. The sponsor’s social
security number (SSN) and status (active duty or civilian employee) are also
required if mechanical imprinting is not used.
(3) Rear. For a patient’s first clinic visit after installation of the CLAMS data
base, more information is required on the form.
(4) Middle Section. Duty status chits are issued under CLAMS in the same
manner as they were before CLAMS. Fit for duty (FFD) chits are required for
grounded members cleared for aviation duties, and for members returned to
full duty before their restricted duty status has expired. The provider fills out
and signs the duty status chit (with firm pressure, because two tear-off patient
copies are produced at the same time). DIF (under FIT FOR FULL DUTY)
stands for Duties Involving Flight.
(5) A diagnosis must be included on each duty status chit issued, including FFD
chits. If the practitioner does not want the diagnosis to appear on the binnacle
list, enter an asterisk (*) after the written diagnosis. Thus a data base entry of
“gonorrhea*” will appear as “
“ on the binnacle list. If inpatient, place a
“$” after the diagnosis. The status on the binnacle list will then appear as
NFFD (INPT).
(6) If the illness or injury resulting in the duty restriction was (S)ports,
(O)ccupational, (M)otor vehicle, or (A)locohol related, check the applicable
(S)(O)(M)(A) block(s). More than one block can be checked if appropriate.
(7) Lower Half. This portion is for recording specific workload information. If
the visit meets the criteria as an outpatient visit (OPV), as defined by Paragraph
6-B-1.c. of this manual, the caregiver's initials are required. For medical and
dental record purposes, the OPV caregiver is the individual who ultimately
assumes responsibility for the patient's treatment. You are the caregiver for a
visit if:

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(a)

your SOAP note is recorded in the health record;

(b)

you assumed ultimate responsibility for the patient’s treatment; and

(c)

you signed the medical record entry.

(8) Answering a question about a finding or treatment for another practitioner does
not make you the caregiver of record. Also, a health services technician who
performs a preliminary assessment (history, exam, and a plan) and then turns
the patient over to a medical officer or other practitioner is not the OPV
caregiver and should not initial a box. A telephone call by a health services
technician to the duty practitioner in regard to a patient may constitute a
transfer of responsibility, provided the duty practitioner's assessment and plan
are recorded in the health record for his signature.
(9) Left Side (lower half). There are two boxes available for OPV caregiver
initials. A physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, physical therapist,
mental health practitioner, health services technician, or medical extern initials
the first box. The second box is also used when another problem which meets
the OPV criteria is addressed by a second practitioner.

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(a)

Check one visit length: "Limited" (less than 15 minutes), "Intermediate"
(15-30 minutes), or "Extended" (more than 30 minutes), based on the
number of minutes the OPV caregiver actually spent with the patient or
working on the patient's problem (reading x-rays, checking lab work,
etc.).

(b)

In the column of boxes under the visit length, indicate the type(s) of care
provided during the visit. Use check marks for all boxes except initials
(discussed above), audit codes, lab test(s), and medical x-rays. Check
"routine exam" box only when an SF-88 type exam is done on an active
duty member.

(c)

If the OPV deals with one of the audit codes listed on the back of the
form, place the appropriate 2 letter code in the audit code box. These
codes will help you generate lists of patients for the quality assurance
monitoring and evaluation audits, and will save you the time and effort
which would otherwise be required to prepare a list of patients seen for a
particular problem.

(d)

Clinics may create their own codes for their own purposes if desired.
These would be in addition to the audit codes listed on the back of the
form. Two codes may be entered for each OPV. CLAMS will allow
searching for any additional codes that may be developed.

(e)

Lab and X-ray. Enter the number of tests performed.

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(f)

Health benefits advice by itself does not constitute an OPV. However,
facilities shall account for work and time expended performing this
function. For episodes of health benefits advice (by telephone or in
person) lasting more than three minutes, the advisor shall enter his/her
initials in the box provided.

(g)

There is no block for recording prescription count. Prescription counts
will be automatically tallied by the pharmacy module of CLAMS.
Patients using the pharmacy only (outside prescription or a refill) do not
need to fill out a Status-Profile or Visit profile form, except for their first
visit when you will need all patient information. If for some reason you
are not using CLAMS for this purpose, you will be prompted to enter
your total number of prescriptions filled when you are printing the
HSSR.

(h)

Check the NON-OPV box if no aspect of medical or dental care meets
the criteria for an OPV. If you check NON-OPV, do not enter OPV
caregiver(s) initials.

(10) Center (lower half). Place provider initials in the box by any referral(s) made
or ordered. Initial the FED (Federal facility, e.g., USMTF, USTF) or NFED
(non-federal, e.g., non-fed med, supplemental care, TRICARE, outside
contract, etc.) column, as appropriate.
(a)

In-house referrals to contract providers as well as referrals to other Coast
Guard clinics are exempt from this reporting. Do not mark a referral box
for one of these.

(b)

Check the box for any tickler items performed.

(c)

Check the box for third party, if applicable.

(d)

Note dental referrals by circling the appropriate letter:
1

D - Prosthodontics

2

E - Endodontics

3

P - Periodontics

4

O - Orthodontics

5

S - Oral Surgery

6

K - Pedodontics

(11) Right Side (lower half). Dental follows the same general guidelines as the left
(medical) side, e.g., the initials of the attending dental officer, dental extern,

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health services technician, or dental hygienist go in the OPV Caregiver box,
whereas the person who performs a simple prophylaxis initials the box labeled
"Prophy Giver."

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(a)

Initial the "Prophy Giver" box if a prophy is performed. If the patient is
treated in any other manner, intial the "OPV Caregiver" box.

(b)

If an annual or semiannual Type 2 dental exam is performed, record "1"
in the "Exam" box. Do not record any numeral other than "1". Do not
take credit for post-op visits, perio exams, etc. in this box. A "1" in this
box sets a tickler file, and it should not be polluted with less-thanthorough hard and soft tissue exams.

(c)

If an unscheduled patient is seen for emergency treatment, record "1" in
the Emergency box.

(d)

Record the number of teeth restored in the "Restoration(s)" box. (For
example, a maxillary first molar with MO and OL restorations placed
counts as 1 tooth restored. Pins, bases, number of attempts, etc., do not
alter the method of counting.)

(e)

Record the number of surfaces restored in the "Surface(s)" box. Pins,
bases, etc., do not affect the number of surfaces restored.

(f)

Record the number of canals permanently sealed in the "Root Canal(s)"
box.

(g)

In the "Pulpotomy(ies)" box, record the number of primary tooth
pulpotomies performed as a definitive treatment. Also, record the
number of symptomatic permanent teeth opened, pulpotomized, and
referred to a specialist for definitive therapy.

(h)

Record the number of impacted teeth (soft tissue or bony) extracted in
the "Impactions" box.

(i)

Record the number of non-impacted teeth extracted in the "Extractions"
box.

(j)

Record the number of other surgical procedures (e.g., periodontal
surgery, free gingival graft, alveoplasty, biopsy, ridge reduction, etc.), per
quadrant, in the "Other Surg/Quad" box.

(k)

Record the number of quadrants treated with non-surgical perio therapy
(curettage and root planing, usually with anesthesia) in the "Non-Surgical
Perio/Quad" box. Also, include a thorough periodontal examination and
charting (NOT PSR) as 1 quadrant of non-surgical perio treatment. Only
dental officers may record non-surgical perio treatment. No more than

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two quadrants may be recorded per visit. Generally, no other therapy
should be recorded for this visit; non-surgical perio is a planned step in
definitive perio therapy. Only patients with documented periodontal
disease receive non-surgical perio therapy. A prophy should be
scheduled at a separate visit. Full-mouth cavitron therapy is a prophy,
not four quadrants of non-surgical perio.
(l)

Record the number of teeth (not surfaces) sealed, or receiving preventive
resins, in the "Sealant" box.

(m) Record the number of treatment appliances (e.g., orthodontics, spacers,
habit devices, stents, mouthguards, etc.), one per arch, delivered or
adjusted, in the "Treatment Appliances/Arch" box.
(n)

Record the number of full or partial dentures delivered in the "Denture
Partial/Full/Arch" box.

(o)

Record the number of permanently cemented cast units, other than resinbonded retainers (Maryland bridges), in the "Cast Unit(s)" box. Pontics
count as one cast unit apiece.

(p)

Record the number of acid etch units (Maryland bridges, resin-bonded
retainers) bonded in the "Acid Etch Units" box. Count each pontic and
each wing as one unit.

(q)

If a dental officer returns to the clinic to care for a beneficiary after
hours, record 1 in the "After Hours OPV" box.

(r)

If a dental officer engages in a diagnostic/therapeutic conversation with a
patient over the phone, and the patient's dental record is so noted in
SOAP format, record "1" in the "Telephone OPV" box.

(s)

At the end of the visit, enter the dental classification, in arabic numerals,
in the "Class" box.

(t)

Enter the number of minutes required for diagnosis (for either Annual
Exam or Emergency visits) in the "Dx Minutes" box.

(u)

Enter the sum of the PSR scores (for Annual Exams) in the "PSR Total"
box.

(v)

If a biopsy is done, check the "Biopsy" box to set a tickler file. Also
indicate a surgical procedure in the "Other Surg/Quad" box.

(w)

If a dental procedure is begun, but not finished, during a visit, the dental
caregiver shall initial the (dental) OPV Caregiver box for an OPV credit,

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but shall not put a number in a box below until the treatment is
completed during a subsequent visit.
c.

Definition of an Outpatient Visit (OPV or "visit"). For the purposes of this
instruction, an OPV occurs each time an eligible beneficiary presents to a Coast
Guard Medical Treatment Facility (medical or dental) for examination, diagnosis,
treatment, evaluation, consultation, counseling or advice; or is treated or observed in
quarters; and a signed and dated entry is made in the patient's health record, dental
record, or other record of medical treatment (See Note 1 following 6-B-1.c.(3)). An
exception is that consecutive visits to specialty clinics (e.g., physical therapy and
occupational therapy) will not require a signed and dated entry for each visit unless
there is a change in the prescribed treatment or a significant physical finding is
evident. In all instances, however, an acceptable record audit trail shall be
maintained. A clinic log shall be maintained as a source document to support an
audit trail.
(1) Classification of a service as a visit is not dependent upon the professional
level of the person providing the service (includes medical officers, dental
officers, dental hygienists, optometrists, nurses, and health services
technicians).
(2) A patient visiting a Coast Guard Medical Treatment Facility (CGMTF) in the
morning and again in the afternoon shall count as two visits (providing the
requirements of Note 1 are satisfied). Conversely, avoid double counting; for
example, a visit during which both a medical officer and a health services
technician (in the same clinic) have been involved shall count as only one visit.
Other examples of patient health care contacts occurring at the CGMTF which
shall be included and counted as visits are:

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(a)

Each time a patient is seen in the CGMTF, even if referred elsewhere for
admission.

(b)

Each time a patient is seen in the CGMTF's urgent care room, or other
designated area outside of regularly established clinic hours.

(c)

Each time medical or dental advice or consultation is provided by
telephone and is properly documented in the health care records. (See
Note 1.)

(d)

Each time a therapist provides primary care (e.g., patient assessment
while serving in a physician extender role) and then refers a patient for
specialized treatment in that same clinic, then one visit for primary care
and one visit for treatment shall be counted.

(e)

Each time an examination, evaluation, or treatment is provided in the
home, school, community center, or other location outside the CGMTF
by a staff member from the CGMTF.

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(f)

Subject to the provisions of Note 1, each time one of the following tasks
is performed when not a part of routine medical care, and provided it is
associated with a physical examination or treatment for a specific
condition requiring follow-up: therapeutic or desensitization injections;
cancer detection checks (e.g., PAP smears); blood pressure checks;
weight checks; and new prescriptions (do not include refills).

(g)

Each time a screening physical examination is performed (e.g., school or
employment examination), providing an appropriate health record entry
is made (See note 1).

(3) Nonvisits. DO NOT report the following as visits:
(a)

Prescriptions from health care providers outside the CGMTF, chest x-ray
surveys/examinations, laboratory tests, immunizations, or other
diagnostic or screening test that are not part of a specific treatment.

(b)

Furnishing of health care advice or information, either directly or by
telephone, that does not satisfy the requirements of Note 1.

Note 1. The key to reporting visits is adequate documentation on appropriate
medical records, e.g., SF-600, SF-513, and all records of treatment to
support an audit trail. For example, “refill prescription for birth control
pills” with date and signature of the health care provider is not sufficient.
The entry should indicate that discussion of use of pills and counseling
did take place, for example, “discussed with patient; no apparent
problem with use-patient advised to have a PE and PAP prior to next
request for renewal; 6 months prescription for ovulen given.”
(c)

2.

Visits to other MTFs or private sector facilities, even when referred from
the CGMTF. The CGMTF already receives credit for an OPV for the
visit that generated the referral (see 6-B-1.c.(2)(a)).

Visit Profile (CG-5460B). This form must be used by all dependents and retirees who
are signing into the health care treatment facility for treatment. It can also be used by
active duty and civilian employees if they have previously been entered into the CLAMS
database and do not need a duty status chit. If a visit profile form is started on a patient
who turns out to need a duty status chit, discard the Visit Profile and start over on a
Status-Profile. Visit Profile sheets should be used by most active duty patients for the
dental clinic, most non-sickcall visits (except refill or filling outside prescription), health
benefit visits, weight checks, follow-up lab testing, immunizations, allergy shots,
audiogram, etc. See Figure 6-B-2.
a.

Top Half. A new patient must fill out all information on the top half of the form. A
staff member (front desk or provider) should carefully review the form completeness
before the patient leaves the building since the patient cannot be properly entered into
the data base without all of this information.

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b.

Top Left. Mechanical imprinting of the patient’s name, if available; if not, the
patient fills in. Reason For Visit box is optional and is provided for facility triage.

c.

Date (top right) must be filled in at each visit.

d.

Top Right. If mechanical imprinting was not used or if the addressograph card lacks
some information, this section should be filled in at each visit. Otherwise, leave
blank.

e.

Bottom. The Third Party block is to be filled out by the clinic staff. Note that it
includes dependent/retiree referral for inpatient care at a DOD facility.

f.

Reverse. Blank except for Privacy act information and audit codes. This is a good
place to put any addresses to which request for old medical records should be sent.

g.

The bottom half of this form is virtually identical to the Status-Profile form. Refer to
the Status-Profile form instructions for these sections.

3. U.S. Coast Guard Health Care Equipment Request (CG-5211). Definitions for major and
minor health care equipment, health care equipment procurement procedures, and the
criteria used to approve health care equipment requests are described below.
a.

Definitions.
(1) Major health care equipment. Any item of health care equipment which meets
the following criteria:
(a)

costs $1000.00 or more;

(b)

does not lose its identity when installed or placed into service; and

(c)

has a life expectancy of one year or more.

(2) Minor health care equipment. Health care equipment that costs at least
$300.00, but less than $1000.00, and meets the criteria described above.
b.

Health Care Equipment Requests.
(1) Major Health Care Equipment. Units shall submit requests for major health
care equipment on form CG-5211 (see Figure 6-B-3) the appropriate MLC (K).
If the MLC (K) is unable to evaluate the CG-5211 within 15 working days of
receipt, MLC (K) shall notify the commanding officer of the requesting unit
regarding the delay. Each MLC (K) shall review the request and provide a
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(a)

how the equipment is or is not appropriate for the requesting health care
facility;

(b)

why the purchase is or is not cost effective; and

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how the equipment will or will not impact on the quality of patient care.

(2) Commander MLC(k) will evaluate major health care equipment requests, and
within 30 days of receipt of the CG-5211, will notify the unit that one of the
following actions will be taken:
(a)

purchase of the requested equipment;

(b)

purchase of a substitute item of a different make or model in order to
standardize health care equipment and/or ensure cost effectiveness;

(c)

or return the request via the chain of command with an explanation of
why the equipment request was disapproved.

(3) Minor Health Care Equipment. Units shall submit requests for minor health
care equipment, using form CG-5211, to the appropriate MLC (K). If the MLC
(K) is unable to evaluate the CG-5211 within 15 working days of receipt, the
MLC (K) shall notify the commanding officer of the requesting unit regarding
the delay. Commanders (k), MLCs may disapprove the request or approve the
request and provide funding.
(4) Health care equipment costing less than $300.00 is a unit responsibility and
shall be purchased using unit funds.
(5) Emergency Procurement. A request for an emergency procurement may be
relayed to the appropriate MLC (K) by telephone, followed by a faxed copy of
a completed form CG-5211.
c.

Criteria for Approval of Health Care Equipment Requests.
(1) Factors For Replacing Equipment. The fact that an item of health care
equipment is approaching, or has passed, its normal life expectancy is not
considered sufficient cause for replacement in and of itself. Units that request
replacement equipment shall provide justification on the CG-5211. Factors
which are considered sufficient cause for equipment replacement include:
(a)

documented unreliability of equipment, demonstrated by unusual
maintenance expenses or high frequency of repairs;

(b)

excessive repair costs, onetime or repetitive; or

(c)

equipment is obsolete and new technology exists that reduces pain and
discomfort, improves treatment, increases diagnostic accuracy,
significantly reduces costs by conserving personnel, supplies, or utilities,
or increases efficiency by reducing patient treatment time.

(2) Factors For Initial Procurement. Due to changes in the beneficiary population
or unit mission, a health care facility may require health care equipment not
previously held by that facility. Units requesting an initial procurement shall
provide justification of form CG-5211.
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4. Health Record Receipt Form (NAVMED 6150/7). The Health Record Receipt Form
shall be used as a permanent record of receipt and disposition of health records which are
maintained at Coast Guard health care treatment facilities.
a.

Detailed instructions.
(1) For each health record maintained at Coast Guard facilities, complete the first
four lines of a Health Record Receipt form and place into the health record
folder.
(2) Whenever the health record is temporarily removed from the files, complete
the charge-out information required on the bottom half of the Health Record
Receipt, and retain in the health record file where that record is normally kept.
Return the Health Record Receipt to the record when it is returned to the file.
(3) When a member departs from a unit on permanent change of station, or TAD
for over 30 days, forward their health record to servicing PERSRU for
transmittal to gaining PERSRU.
(a)

When the record is forwarded, enter the following in the "REMARKS"
section of NAVMED 6150/7:
Date ______________.
Health record mailed to servicing PERSRU this date.
___________________.
HS's Signature

(b)

Cut the form at the double lines above the "INSTRUCTIONS" section,
and maintain the top section on file for two years.

5. Referral for Civilian Medical Care (DD-2161). This dual-purpose form shall be used to
refer non-active duty patients from Coast Guard facilities to nonfederal facilities, either
for supplemental health care or when the patient is disengaged from care. The DD-2161
will also be used to disengage non-Coast Guard active duty patients from Coast Guard
facilities when the scope of care is beyond the ability of the Coast Guard to provide such
care. The Coast Guard facility shall contact the parent service to ensure the active duty
patient has the proper direction on where to obtain necessary care. A signed DD-2161
disengaging the patient will accompany the patient when he departs the Coast Guard
facility and a copy shall be kept on file. When used to refer patients for supplemental
health care, include a copy with the CG-5534 when the invoice for care is submitted for
payment. Complete appropriate sections on top and reverse of form when disengaging a
patient from care. Maintain a file of copies of completed forms.
6. Health Services Log. Each unit with health services personnel shall maintain a Health
Services Log. This log is used to document the daily operations of the clinic or sickbay.
At a minimum it is used to record all individuals reporting to sick call or for treatment,
inspections and inventories conducted, and the results of potable water test.

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a.

Sickbays and clinics shall submit the Health Services Log to the commanding officer
for review, approval, and signature on a schedule to be determined by the
commanding officer.

b.

The patient listing portion of the Health Services Log can be produced by CLAMS.
At a minimum it must contain the name of patient, date of visit, Division or
Department, members unit OPFAC (for active duty Coast Guard only), and branch of
service.

7. Binnacle List. The Binnacle List can be produced by CLAMS. At a minimum it must be
sorted by OPFAC and Department/Division and include patient name, diagnosis
(command discretion), status, date of onset of status, and duration of status or date of
status expiration. The Binnacle Lists(s) shall be distributed to local command(s) as
determined by the health care facility command.
8.

Adult Preventive and Chronic Care Flowsheet Form (DD2766). This form should
replace the now obsolete Summary of Care Form (NAVMED 6150/20) as a means of
documenting significant chronic health problems, allergies, chronic medications,
hospitalizations/surgeries, health counseling, immunizations, PPD, DNA & HIV testing
screening (preventive medicine) exams, other medical readiness items (such as blood
type, G6PD, sickle cell, glasses, dental exams, etc.), and chart audits. Medical officers
should familiarize themselves with the use of this form prior to its widespread use at
their clinics. It is recommended that an in training session be provided to all medical
providers at the CG clinic, before the forms are placed in the health records. The old
Problem Summary List presently used on the Coast Guard AD health records can then be
removed after the information contained in it is copied onto the DD2766 form. The
process to complete this form is mostly self-explanatory. Only three items contained in
this form do not apply to the Coast Guard. These items, which are located on page 3, are
8.a, 10.e, and 10.i. Only a pencil shall be used to darken the circles present on the flow
chart of page 2 section 7. Item 11, located on page 3, is used to document the
completion of the pre & post deployment questionnaires that are required for CGAD
members who deploy with DOD. The medical officer should enter the location and date
of every deployment that the AD member participates in.

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Figure 6-B-1

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Figure 6-B-1 (reverse)

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Figure 6-B-2

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Figure 6-B-2 (reverse)

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Figure 6-B-3
DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION
U.S. COAST GUARD
CG 5211 (REV.1-93)

U.S. COAST GUARD HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT REQUEST
(This form may be typed or handwritten.)

A. UNIT INFORMATION: THIS SECTION IS TO BE COMPLETED BY THE REQUESTING UNIT
UNIT:

OPFAC:

EQUIPMENT TO BE REPLACED:

MANUFACTURER;
MODEL:

REPAIR
COST:_________________

ACQUISITION DATE:

PLANNED REPLACEMENT

□

EMERGENCY REPLACEMENT

□

NEW REQUIREMENT

□

SUPPLY SOURCE:
FEDERAL STOCK SYSTEM
EQUIPMENT REQUESTED:

□

GSA /VA CONTRACT
MANUFACTURE:

□

OPEN MARKET ONLY
EQUIPMENT
COSTS:

□

MODEL:
___________
ACCESSORIES:
MODEL:
SERIES:

1. ____________
____________
____________

2. _____________
_____________
_____________

□
YES □

ARE THERE ANY INSTALLATION COST?

YES

3. ______________
______________
______________

□
NO □

NO

ARE THERE ANY UNUSUAL REQUIREMENTS?
MANUFACTURE’S ADDRESS:
_______________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
POC:__________________________
TELEPHONE NO:_________________________

ACCESSORY
COST:
___________
INSTALLATION
COSTS:
___________
TOTAL
COST:
___________

COMMENTS: (IF A REPLACEMENT, EXPLAIN WHY EXISTING EQUIPMENT NO LONGER SATISFIES
REQUIREMENTS. IF NEW REQUIREMENT, PROVIDE FULL JUSTIFICATION.)

SIGNATURE OF PREPARER:

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DATE

SIGNATURE OF COMMANDING
OFFICER:

6-22

DATE:

Figure 6-B-3 (Reverse)
B. COMMANDER, MAINTENANCE AND LOGISTICS COMMAND
MINOR HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT
COMMENTS:

APPROVED

□

DISAPPROVED

SIGNATURE OF APPROVED OFFICER:
MAJOR HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT
COMMENTS:

□

DATE:
RECOMMENDED

□

NOT RECOMMENDED

SIGNATURE OF REVIEWING OFFICER:

□

DATE:

C. COMMANDANT (G-KRM)

APPROVED

□

DISAPPROVED

COMMENTS:

SIGNATURE OF APPROVING OFFICER:

DATE:

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CHAPTER 7
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
SECTION A - GENERAL.............................................................................................................1
SCOPE.. ........................................................................................................................................1
RESPONSIBILITY. ..........................................................................................................................1
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE PRACTICES..............................................................................................1
AVAILABILITY OF CONSULTATIVE SERVICES................................................................................1
SECTION B - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL. .....................................................2
GENERAL. ....................................................................................................................................2
DISEASE OUTBREAK.....................................................................................................................2
RCN 6000-4, DISEASE ALERT REPORT........................................................................................3
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE RESPONSIBILITIES. ................................................................3
TREATMENT. ................................................................................................................................5
DRUG PROPHYLAXIS. ...................................................................................................................5
REPORTING...................................................................................................................................5
SECTION C - IMMUNIZATIONS............................................................................................19
GENERAL. ..................................................................................................................................19
UNIT RESPONSIBILITIES..............................................................................................................19
EQUIPMENT AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT........................................................................19
IMMUNIZATION SITE RESPONSIBILITIES. .....................................................................................19
IMMUNIZATION ON REPORTING FOR ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING. ............................................21
SECTION D - TUBERCULOSIS PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAM. .............22
INTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................22
TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING PROGRAM.......................................................................................24
TUBERCULOSIS CONTACT INVESTIGATION PROGRAM. ...............................................................28
PROTECTIVE MEASURES.............................................................................................................29
MANAGING PERSONNEL WITH REACTIVE TUBERCULIN TESTS OR SUSPECTED TB. ....................30
TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL AMONG DEPENDENTS AND OTHER CIVILIANS. ..................................37
DECONTAMINATING SPACES OCCUPIED BY PERSONS WITH ACTIVE PMTB. ..............................38

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Section A - General
1.

Scope. The scope of preventive medicine involves all activities that prevent illness and
disease, including immunization; communicable disease control; and epidemiology.

2.

Responsibility.
a. The unit medical officer is responsible to the commanding officer for implementing
all directives issued by the Commandant which relate to the health of members of the
command. Additionally, the medical officer shall continually evaluate the
command’s health care capabilities to fulfill Occupational Medical Surveillance and
Evaluation Program (OMSEP) requirements. The command shall execute those
procedures it can perform as the Commandant requires. Deficiencies in capabilities
shall be made known in writing to the commanding officer with alternative plans for
accomplishments recommended.
b. Preventive medicine technicians are skilled, highly trained individuals, experienced
in preventive medicine. If assigned or available to a unit, that unit shall fully use
their services.

3.

Preventive Medicine Practices.
a. Develop and supervise a definite, adequate environmental health program to prevent
disease and maintain the Commandant’s established sanitation standards;
b. Observe the incidence of disease or disability in personnel and, when indicated, in
adjacent communities;
c. Use epidemiological methods to determine the cause of such disease, especially
when an unusual or high incidence is discovered;
d. Recommend measures to minimize or remove the causes of disease; and maintain
effective liaison with civilian health agencies; Army, Air Force, Navy, and Public
Health Service preventive medicine components; and with other command officers
and components.

4.

Availability of Consultative Services. Request MLC (kse) for special technical advice,
surveys, or investigation through appropriate channels. If unusual conditions or
circumstances requiring special attention arise, submit a special report through the
appropriate chain of command to Commandant (G-WK).

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Section B Communicable Disease Control.
1.

General.
a. The health services department representative is responsible for:
(1)

Recognizing communicable diseases;

(2)

Recommending preventive and control measures to the commanding officer;

(3)

Submitting required reports; and

(4)

Complying with state and local health department reporting requirements.

b. The reference documents in this area are:

2.

(1)

Control of Communicable Diseases in Man, current edition, American Public
Health Association, 1740 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

(2)

“Medical Environmental Disease Intelligence and Countermeasures" on CDROM (DI-1810-207-99, or current version) from Armed Forces Medical
Intelligence Center (AFMIC), 1607 Porter Street, Fort Detrick, MD 217015004

(3)

Appropriate state and local laws and regulations.

Disease Outbreak.
a. An outbreak is the occurrence in the command or surrounding community of a group
of similar illnesses clearly in excess of the expected frequency and derived from a
common or propagated source (e.g., streptococcal diseases, upper respiratory
infections, influenza, etc.). The number of cases indicating the presence of an
outbreak varies according to the agent; size and type of population exposed; previous
experience or lack of exposure to the disease; and the time and place of occurrence.
b. On recognizing an outbreak the health services department representative shall:

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(1)

Inform the commanding officer and recommend preventive and control
measures;

(2)

Investigate to determine the source of the agent and how it was spread; and

(3)

Send a Coast Guard intranet e-mail message Disease Alert Report, if the
outbreak may:
(a)

Affect operational readiness;

(b)

Pose a threat to the community;

(c)

Pose a threat to another command (e.g., through transfer of personnel); or

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(d)
3.

Be of such political or journalistic significance that inquiry might be
made of higher commands.

RCN 6000-4, Disease Alert Report.
a. Circumstances Requiring Reports.
(1)

An outbreak meets any of the criteria above;

(2)

Any person is diagnosed as having a disease listed in Figures 7-B-1 or 7-B-2;

(3)

Epizootics of diseases transmissible from animals to man on or near the
reporting activity;

(4)

A Coast Guard vessel or aircraft is quarantined at a foreign port;

(5)

Health services department personnel deem a condition worthy of reporting; or

(6)

Conditions legally mandated by local health jurisdiction to be reported.

b. Initial Report.
(1)

If the outbreak/disease is of an urgent nature, submit the initial report by Coast
Guard intranet e-mail message to MLC (k) with a copy to Commandant WKH1.

(2)

Use the format in Figure 7-B-3 for all Disease Alert Reports.

(3)

Report to local public health department as required by law.

c. Progress Reports. Submit progress reports as appropriate to inform the initial
report’s addressees of progress, change, or other significant developments.
d. Final Report (required for outbreaks). Submit to Commandant (G-WKH) through
the appropriate chain of command, a final letter report, which must contain this
information:

4.

(1)

Number of disease cases, both total and by hour, day, or week;

(2)

Numbers of deaths, persons permanently disabled, and staff days lost from
work;

(3)

Causal or contributory factors, including the recent itinerary of vessels, aircraft,
and other mobile units;

(4)

Control measures taken and their effectiveness; and

(5)

Recommendations to prevent or ameliorate similar future outbreaks.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Responsibilities.
a. Health services department shall provide a coordinated, comprehensive sexually
transmitted disease control program including:
(1)

Educational programs;

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(2)

Contact investigation, reporting, and treatment if the contacts are eligible for
care;

(3)

Completing and submitting Contact Interview Form (Figure 7-B-4);

(4)

Annotating and maintaining health records properly.

b. Senior Medical Officer (SMO). The senior medical officer oversees the medical
management of the local disease control program; recommends disease control
activities to the commanding officer; establishes and maintains liaison with local
health authorities to help detect and prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs);
and ensures confidentiality of contact reports and patients names.
c. Medical Officer. The practitioner who first sees the patient shall perform diagnostic
evaluation procedures. The provider must fill out SF-602, Syphilis Record, on ALL
patients diagnosed as having syphilis and file this form in the patient's medical
record. Test any patient treated for gonorrhea for syphilis and vice versa, and in both
cases, also for HIV antibody. The provider must perform diagnostic evaluations;
ensure proper analysis of urethral smears and dark field specimens; and identify
organisms from material submitted for culture or serologic test. The syphilis
serologic test (RPR, STS) is a general screening test. The FTA-ABS is a specific
antibody test that detects Treponema pallidum. The medical officer is responsible
for noting all STDs using ICD9CM codes on the NAVMED 6150/20.
d. Health Services Technician or Preventive Medicine Technician. A health services
technician or preventive medicine technician assigned to administer the local STD
control program should be pay grade E-5 or higher. The HS performs these actions:

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(1)

Interviews all STD patients for contact information;

(2)

After the interview, annotates and signs the SF-600 in each STD patient’s
medical record to indicate he or she interviewed the patient and discussed
symptoms, complications, treatments, and contacts;

(3)

Instructs gonorrhea patients to return for a Test of Cure (TOC) in five days.
(a)

Active duty personnel will report to regular sick call for TOC. Place a
suspense notice to check with the attending medical officer to ensure the
patient receives TOC;

(b)

Gives dependents and retired personnel regular appointments for local
STD control;

(4)

Completes CDC 73.954, Contact Interview Form, on all STD patients and
contacts;

(5)

The first working day of each week, cross references all positive STDs from
the clinic laboratory log book to ensure all STD patients have been contacted
and interviewed.

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5.

Treatment. Treat STDs according to the most current recommendation of either the
Armed Forces Epidemiologic Board or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), USPHS,
published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Sexually
Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, as appropriate.

6.

Drug Prophylaxis. Drug prophylaxis for sexually transmitted disease prevention is
prohibited.

7.

Reporting.
a. Completing a CDC 73.954, Contact Interview Form.
(1)

Prepare original and three copies as soon as possible after diagnosing a
sexually transmitted disease. Figure 7-B-4 is a sample of the form.

(2)

Execute a separate 4-part form for each contact in cases of multiple contacts

(3)

Enter these data on the 3rd and 4th copies ONLY:

(4)

Under “Name,” enter also Social Security Number and rate or grade,

(5)

Under “Home Address,” enter also the unit to which the patient is attached.

(6)

Enter the interviewer's name and unit mailing address on the back of all sheets.
The interviewer signs the original.

(7)

Disposition
(a)

Within CONUS. The reporting unit retains the green copy on file and
sends the original and pink copies to the state where the contact occurred.
The reporting unit sends the yellow copy to MLC(k), which acts as the
STD control officer for the area. MLC(k) will notify G-WKH-1 upon
receipt of the yellow copy.

(b)

Outside CONUS. To report contacts in foreign countries, send the
original and pink copies with a transmittal letter to the consular office
closest to the contact site to ask that office to send the forms to the
proper health authorities. Send the yellow copy to MLC (k) of the unit's
home district indicating where the original and pink copies were sent.
The reporting unit files the green copy.

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FIGURE 7-B-1
LIST OF REPORTABLE DISEASES
All of the listed conditions must be reported by CG Intranet e-mail message. Those with an X in
the Telephone to MLC (k) column must also be called in to appropriate MLC (k)
NOTIFIABLE CONDITION
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
Amebiasi
Anthrax
Biological warfare agent exposure
Botulism
Brucellosis (Undulent Fever)
Campylobacter
Chancroid
Chlamydia
Cholera
Coccidioidomycosis
Dengue
Diptheria
Encephalitis
Escherichia coli O157:H7
Food Poisoning
(2)
Filariasis
Giardiasis
Gonorrhea
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (post diarrheal)
Hemorrhagic Fever, specify type if known
(3)
Hepatitis A (Infectious)
Hepatitis B (serum)
Hepatitis C (non-A non-B)
Herpes, Genital
HIV Infection – Confirmed positive serology
Influenza
(1)
Legionellosis
Leishmaniasis
Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease)
Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease)
Lymphgranuloma Venereum
Malaria, specify type
(3)
Measles (Rubeola)
Meningococcal disease
Mumps

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Telephone to MLC (k)
X
X
X
X

X
X

X
X

X

X
X

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Plague
Pneumococcal pneumonia
Poliomyelitis, Paralytic
Psittacosis
Q-fever
Rabies, human
Rabies, animal
Rheumatic Fever
Rift Valley Fever
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rubella (German Measles)
Salmonellosis
Schistosomiasis
Shigellosis
Smallpox (Variola)
Syphilis
Tetanus
Toxic shock syndrome
Trichinosis
Trypanosomiasis
Tuberculosis
Tularemia
Typhoid Fever
Typhus Fever
Varicella (Active duty only)
Yellow Fever
Unusual Clusters if ANY Disease
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)

X
(1)

X
X
(1)

X

X
(3)

(4)

X
X

X

Active duty cases only
Call SMO if 5 or more persons are involved in any similar illness within 24 hour period.
Specify type, if known.
Report also clusters (more than 2) of new PPD converters.

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FIGURE 7-B-2
LIST OF REPORTABLE OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES
ICD-9-CM
TERM

ICD-9-CM
CODE

CMIT
CMIT
CMIT
SYNONYM/
TEXT
ID
ANALOGUE
NUMBER
______________________________________________________________________________
DUST DISEASES OF THE LUNG
______________________________________________________________________________
Coal Workers’
500
Anthracosis
46
03
4678
Pneumoconiosis
Asbestosis

501

Asbestosis

62

03

4198

Silicosis

502M

Silicosis

633

03

4626

Talcosis

502M

Pneumoconiosis, Talc

556

03

5935

Chronic Beryllium
Disease of the Lung

503M

Beryllium Disease
Chronic

77

03

2612

Byssinosis

504

Byssinosis

107

03

4073

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POISONING (Systemic Toxic Reactions)
Hemolytic Anemia,
Non-Autoimmune

283.1

Anemia, Hemolytic
Acquired, Physical,
Chemical Agents

31

05

4225

Aplastic Anemia

284.8

Anemia, Aplastic

29

05

3322

Agranulocytosis
Or Neutropenia

288.0

Agranulocytosis

17

05

2863

Methemoglobinemia

289.7

Methemoglobinemia

440

05

3295

Toxic Encephalitis

323.7

Encephalitis,
Hemorrhagic, Acute

207

09

4982

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PARKINSON’S DISEASE
SYNDROME
524
(Secondary)

332.1
09

PARKINSONIAN
4071

Parkinson’s Disease 332.1
(Secondary)

Maganese Poisoning

424

09-03 5963

Cerebellar Ataxia

Ataxia, Cerebellar,

64

09

3287

334.3
ACUTE

Inflammatory and
Toxic Neuropathy

357.7

Neuropathy

475

09

2307

Cataract

366.4E

Cataract, Toxic

118

10

4532

Toxic Hepatitis

570
573.3

Hepatitis
Chemical-Induced
Toxicity

303

06

2008

Acute Renal Failure 584

Kidney, Failure, Acute

367

07

2229

Chronic Renal
Failure

585

Kidney Failure, Chronic

367

07

3028

Toxic Effects of
Methyl Alcohol

980.1

Methyl Alcohol Poisoning

440

00

1097

Toxic Effects of
Gasoline or Petrol

981

Gasoline, Non-Leaded
Poisoning

259

00

4355

Toxic Effects of
982.0
Benzene and Homologues

Benzene, Poisoning

76

00

1941

Toxic Effects of
Carbon Disulfide

Carbon Disulfide

112

00

1042

Toxic Effects of
982.8
Solvents Other than
Petroleum-based, Other

Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Poisoning

441

00

3427

Toxic Effects of
983.0
Corrosive Aromatics

Nitrobenzene Poisoning

482

00

1416

Toxic Effects of

Aniline Poisoning

44

00

2662

982.2

983.0

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Corrosive Aromatics
Toxic Effects of
Corrosive Acids

983.1

Nitric Acid Poisoning

481

00

1255

Toxic Effects of
Caustic Alkalis

983.2

Alkali Poisoning

20

00

3087

Toxic Effects of
985.0
Mercury and its Compounds

Mercury Poisoning

439

00

5512

Toxic Effects of
985.1
Arsenic and its Compounds

Arsenic Poisoning

55

00

2946

Toxic Effects of
985.1
Arsenic and its Compounds

Arsine Poisoning

56

00

5897

Toxic Effects of
985.5
Cadium and its Compounds

Cadium Poisoning

107

00-03 5768

Toxic Effects of
Other Metals

985.8

Thallium Poisoning

681

00

2910

Toxic Effects of
Other Metals

985.8

Silver Poisoning

633

00

4660

Toxic Effects of
Other Metals

985.8

Zinc Chloride Poisoning

752

00

3606

Brass-Founders’
Ague

985.8

Metal Fume Fever

440

00

5749

Toxic Effects of
Carbon Monoxide

986

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 112

00

3938

Toxic Effects of
987.1
Other Hydrocarbon Gas

Methane Poisoning

440

00

3425

Toxic Effects of
Chlorine Gas

Chlorine Poisoning

129

00

3486

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Oxygen Poisoning

511

00

3825

Toxic Effects of

Ozone Poisoning

511

00

3104

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987.6

987.8

7-10

Gases, Fumes or Vapors
Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Phosgene Poisoning

545

00

3105

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Toluene Diisocyanate
Poisoning

694

00

2770

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Toluene Poisoning

694

00

2098

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Acetone Poisoning

6

00

3216

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Ammonia Poisoning

25

00

5589

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Carbon Tetrachloride
Poisoning

113

00

3192

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Diobrane Poisoning

181

00

4845

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Fluorine and Compounds
Poisoning, Acute

248

00

4521

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Fluorine and Compounds
Poisoning, Chronic

248

00

2119

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Hydrogen Sulfide
Poisoning

319

00

4331

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Hydrofluoric Acid
Poisoning

319

00

5607

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Methyl Chloride
Poisoning

441

00

5093

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Methyl Bromide
Poisoning

441

00

5404

Toxic Effects of
987.8
Gases, Fumes or Vapors

Carbon Dioxide
Poisoning

112

00

3107

Toxic Effects of

Phosphine Poisoning

546

00

2433

987.9

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Gases, Fumes or Vapors
Toxic Effects of
989.0
Hydrocyanic Acid Cyanides

Cyanide Poisoning

161

00

3541

Toxic Effects of
989.2
Chlorinated Hydrocarbons

Toxaphene Poisoning

697

00

1926

Toxic Effects of
989.3
Organiphosphate and Carbanate

Phosphate Ester
Insecticide Poisoning

546

00

2457

______________________________________________________________________________
RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS DUE TO TOXIC AGENTS

Extrinsic Asthma

493.0

Asthma, Bronchial

64

03

4622

Farmer’s Lung

495

Farmer Lung

236

03

4418

Bagassosis

495.1

Bagassosis

71

03

2403

Bird Fanciers’ Lung 495.2

Bird Breeder Disease

80

03

1458

Suberosis

495.3

Suberosis

664

03

5383

Maltworker’s Lung

495.4

Maltowkrer Lung

423

03

5485

Mushroom Workers’ 495.5
Lung

Mushroom Picker
Disease

456

03

4796

Maple Bark
Strippers’

Maple Bark Stripper
Disease

425

03

2047

Other Allergic
495.8
Pneumonitis (Sequoiosis
Or Red cedar Asthma)

Sequoiosis

629

03

2269

Acute Bronchitis
Pneumonitis

Bronchitis, Acute

101

03

2389

Pulmonary Edema

586

03

4190

557

03

5650

495.6

506.0

Pulmonary Edema
506.1
To Fumes and Vapors

Other Pneumonitis 507.8
Pneumonia, Extrensic
Due to solids and liquids (detergent Asthma)

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DISORDERS DUE TO PHYSICAL AGENTS

Raynaud’s
443.0
Phenomenon (Secondary)

Vibration Disease

737

04

1428

Cataract Associated 366.4
With Other Disorders

Cataract, Heat Ray

117

10

4527

Cataract Associated 366.4
With Other Disorders

Cataract, Irradiatiohn

118

10

3538

Noise Effects on
Inner Ear

388.1

Hearing Disorder
Sensorineural

285

10

5433

Radiation Sickness

990

Radiation, Accidental
Reaction

595

10

1287

Heat Exhaustion
Unspecified

992.5

Heat Exhaustion

291

00

3421

Heat Exhaustion
Unspecified

992.5

Heat Cramp

291

02

1321

Heat Exhaustion
Unspecified

992.5

Heat Stroke

292

00

3483

Other and
Unspecified Effect
Of High Altitude

993.2

Hypoxia

341

00

1890

Dysbarism

993.3

Dysbarism

189

00

3279

Dysbarism

993.3

Decompression Sickness

169

00

4252

Caisson Disease

993.3

Nitrogen, Narcotic Action

482

00

1352

Motion Sickness

448

00

2357

Motion Sickness
994.6
(from Travel, any Vehicle)

______________________________________________________________________________

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SKIN DISEASES OR DISORDERS

Contact and Allergic 692
Dermatitis

Dermatitis, Contact

173

01

1685

Contact and Allergic 692
Dermatitis

Dermatitis Atopic

172

01

2124

Contact and Allergic 692
Dermatitis

Dermatitis

172

01

4298

______________________________________________________________________________
ALL OTHER DISEASES
REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS

Infertility, Male

606

Sterility, Male

305

07

4761

______________________________________________________________________________
OCCUPATIONAL CANCERS

Hemangiosarcoma
Of the Liver

155M

Hapatocarcinoma

305

06

Hemangiosarcoma
Of the Liver

155M

Vinyl Chloride Poisoning

738

06-02 5437

Mesothelioma
158
(MN of Peritoneum)

Ascites, Chylous

62

06

1081

Mesothelioma
158
(MN of Peritoneum)

Peritonitis

538

06

4415

Malignant Neoplasm 160.0
Of Nasal Cavities

Nose, Carcinoma

483

03

2650

Malignant Neoplasm 161
Larynx

Larynx, Carcinoma
Extrinsic

382

03

1491

Malignant Neoplasm 162
Trachea, Bronchus and Lung

Lung, Carcinoma
Bronchogenic

410

03

1647

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3133

Mesothelioma
(MN of Pleura)

163

Pleura, Mesothelioma,
Primary

553

03

3834

Malignant Neoplasm 170
Of Bone

Osteogenic Sarcoma

499

02

4950

Malignant Neoplasm 187.7
Of Scrotum

Scrotum, Carcinoma
Epidermoid

625

07

1490

Malignant Neoplasm 188
Of Bladder

Bladder, Carcinoma
Epidermoid

81

07

1469

Malignant Neoplasm 189
Of Kidney, Other and
Unspecified Organs

Kidney, Pelvis, Carcinoma
Transitional Cell

371

07

1084

Malignant Neoplasm 189
Of Kidney, Other and
Unspecified Organs

Kidney, Pelvis, Carcinoma
Epidermoid

371

07

1664

Malignant Neoplasm 189
Of Kidney, Other and
Unspecified Organs

Kidney, Pelvis, Leukoplakia 371

07

1780

Malignant Neoplasm 189
Of Kidney, Other and
Unspecified Organs

Kidney, Leiomyosarcoma

370

07

2506

Malignant Neoplasm 189
Of Kidney, Other and
Unspecified Organs

Kidney, Leiomyoma

370

07

3487

Malignant Neoplasm 189
Of Kidney, Other and
Unspecified Organs

Ureter, Carcinoma

716

07

2821

Lymphoid Leukemia 204
Acute

Leukemia, Lymphoblastic

392

05

1922

Lymphiod Leukemia 204
Chronic

Leukemia, Lymphocytic
Chronic

393

05

3351

Myeloid Leukemia
Acute

Leukemia, Myeloblastic
Acute

393

05

2391

205

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Erythroleukemia

207

Erythroleukemia

207

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Leukemia, Myelocytic
Chronic
Leukemia, stem cell

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394

05

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FIGURE 7-B-3
RCN 6000-4, DISEASE ALERT REPORT
Telephone or submit rapidraft with the following information:
1. PATIENT.
a. Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial
b. Rate/Grade
c. Branch of Service
d. Social Security Number
e. Date of Birth
f. Race.
g. Sex
2. UNIT ADDRESS.
3. DIAGNOSIS. By ICD-9-CM classification number.
4. CLINICAL HISTORY.
5. LABORATORY TEST DONE, IF ANY, AND RESULTS.
6. TREATMENT AND PROGNOSIS.
7. EPIDEMIOLOGY INFORMATION. Provide all information of epidemiological
significance to the case (e.g., contacts, prior treatment, immunizations, etc.)
8. COMMUNITY THREAT.
9. POINT OF CONTACT.
10. REPORTING. List other agencies (e.g., State health departments) notified of the case.

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Figure 7-B-4

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Section C Immunizations
1.

General. Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis, COMDTINST M6230.4 (series), lists
policy, procedure, and responsibility for immunizations and chemoprophylaxis. This
section contains guidelines not specifically defined there.

2.

Unit Responsibilities.
a. Active duty and reserve unit commanding officers are responsible for immunizing all
individuals under their purview and maintaining appropriate records of these
immunizations. If local conditions warrant and pertinent justification supports the
cognizant MLC may grant authority to deviate from specified immunization
procedures on request.
b. Unit commanding officers will arrange local immunizations for their unit’s members.
If this is not possible, he or she will request assistance from the Coast Guard Medical
Treatment Facility overseeing units in the geographic area.

3.

Equipment and Certification Requirement.
a. All immunization sites must have the capability to administer emergency medical
care if anaphylaxis or other allergic reactions occur. A designated Coast Guard
medical officer must certify the registered nurse or HS selected to administer
immunizations is qualified to do so because he or she has received instruction and
displayed proficiency in these areas:
(1)

Vaccine dosages;

(2)

Injection techniques;

(3)

Recognizing vaccine contraindications;

(4)

Recognizing and treating allergic and vasovagal reactions resulting from the
vaccination process;

(5)

Proper use of anaphylaxis medications and related equipment (e.g., oxygen,
airways; and

(6)

Verification the individual is currently certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support
(BCLS).

b. The immunization site must have available: syringes with 1:1000 aqueous solution of
epinephrine, emergency airways, oxygen, hand operated resuscitator, and intravenous
(IV) fluids with an IV injection set.
4.

Immunization Site Responsibilities.
a. Where available, a medical officer shall be present when routine immunizations are
given.

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b. In the event a medical officer cannot be present, a registered nurse or HS3 or above
can be certified to administer the immunization process of active duty and reserve
personnel when the following guidelines and procedures are met:
(1)

The designated Coast Guard medical officer who normally would oversee their
independent activity must train and certify in writing registered nurses and HSs
conducting immunizations in a medical officer’s absence.

(2)

An emergency-equipped vehicle must be readily available to transport patients
to a nearby (within 10 minutes) health care facility staffed with an ACLScertified physician or an EMS with ACLS capability must be within a 10minute response time of the site.

(3)

Hypovolemic shock often is present in cases of anaphylaxis. Therefore
medical personnel must be ready and able to restore fluid to the central
circulation. In anaphylaxis treatment, epinephrine administration, airway
management, summoning help are critical steps toward the treatment of this
condition.

c. The individual(s) administering the immunizations shall review the SF601(Immunization Record) and PHS-731 (International Certificate of Vaccination)
for each unit member to be immunized. Only a medical officer has authority to
immunize persons sensitive to an immunizing agent. The unit health record
custodian or HS will ensure proper entries are made on each immunize person’s SF601 and PHS-731.
d. In some clinical situations, the medical indication may be to immunize even though
the circumstances above cannot be met (e.g., tetanus toxoid for wound prophylaxis,
gamma globulin for hepatitis A exposure, etc.). Such incidents commonly occur at
sea and remote units or during time-sensitive situations (SAR, etc.). If the medical
benefits outweigh the chance of a serious allergic reaction, take every available
precaution possible, and administer the vaccine. When available, obtain radio,
telephone, or message advice from the Medical Officer.
e. If an adverse reaction to a vaccine is suspected, the facility shall notify the Vaccine
Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) using form VAERS-1. Obtain this form
from the FDA by calling 1-800-822-7967. Units providing vaccinations shall
maintain a supply of these forms. A copy of each submitted VAERS-1 will be
forwarded to G-WKH.
f. Every health care provider who administers vaccines shall provide a Vaccine
Information Sheet (VIS) if available from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). As of 1 Feb 2002, the following VIS’s are available: diphtheria,
tetanus, pertussis (DTaP); diphtheria, tetanus (Td); measles, mumps, rubella (MMR);
polio (IPV); hepatitis B; haemophilus influenza type b (Hib); varicella;
pneumococcal conjugate; influenza; hepatitis A; pneumococcal polysaccharide;
meningococcal; lyme disease; and anthrax. This list includes vaccines covered by
the National Childhood Injury Act, as well as several others. The VISs are available
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from the CDC, National Immunization Hotline, at telephone number (800) 232-2522
or at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/default.htm.
g. Per the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986, health care
providers are not required to obtain the signature of the vaccine recipient, parent or
legal guardian acknowledging receipt of the VIS. However, to document that the
VIS was given, health care providers must note in the patient's permanent medical
record (1) the date printed on the VIS and (2) the date the VIS is given to the patient
or legal guardian. In addition, the NCVIA requires, for all vaccines, that health care
providers document in the patient's permanent medical record the following: (1) date
the vaccine was given, (2) the vaccine manufacturer and lot number and (3) the name
and address of the health care provider administering the vaccine. For all
beneficiaries, the health care provider will make a notation on the SF-600 stating that
the vaccine recipient or legal guardian/representative has been given information on
the vaccine(s) prior to the vaccine(s) being given, if applicable. For all vaccines,
facilities administering vaccines must record in the recipient's health record, and, in
the service member’s International Certificate of Vaccination (PHS-731), the
manufacturer and lot number of the vaccine, and the name, address and title of the
person administering the vaccine.
5.

Immunization on Reporting for Active Duty for Training.
a. When a member reports for active duty for training, the receiving unit shall review
the individual's SF-601 and PHS-731 for completeness, administer any delinquent
immunizations whenever possible, enter on SF-601 and PHS-731, and return these to
the individual when active duty for training terminates.
b. The individual's Reserve unit shall give the member a re-immunization schedule for
the following year if one is needed for that period.

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Section D Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program
1.

Introduction.
a. Description. Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease transmitted from person to
person by very small (1-5 microns) particles called droplet nuclei, which can remain
suspended in any indoor air space for long time periods. An individual with active
pulmonary tuberculosis propels droplet nuclei into the air by coughing, speaking, or
sneezing. They also can be produced by manipulating tuberculous lesions or
discharging infected secretions. Inhaling droplet nuclei can carry them to the lung
alveoli, where the bacteria suspended in the particles can multiply, causing a
pulmonary infection.
b. Problem. In the United States, reported cases of tuberculosis declined steadily until
1984. Since then, however, the disease has unexpectedly rebounded in this country.
Many experts agree this resurgence is due at least partially to a deterioration in the
infrastructure of our health care delivery system. An additional concern is the
domestic increase of drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis, resulting in increased costs,
longer duration of treatment, and higher mortality rates.
c. Purpose. This section prescribes policy and procedure to ensure Coast Guard
members can conduct their mission without undue risk of tuberculosis transmission
and, further, the highest quality medical follow-up for those infected with the
disease.
d. Definitions.

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(1)

Active Case. A person who has a clinical disease demonstrated by radiograph
(x-ray) and culture or signs and symptoms of extrapulmonary TB. This term
does not include a person whose only finding is a positive skin test.

(2)

Casual Contact. A person acquainted with an individual with active
tuberculosis who has spent some time with the infected person in a possibly
contagious, though brief, situation.

(3)

Clinically Significant Exposure. An exposure to someone with active
tuberculosis which could be expected to result in transmitting the infection.
This generally means repeated, close contact with a person with active
pulmonary TB, particularly when in a confined environment such as a room or
residence, such as family members who share the same household as persons
with TB or health care workers who routinely care for TB patients.

(4)

Close Contact. A person who has spent extended periods of time with a person
who has active tuberculosis, especially in enclosed spaces, e.g., living in the
same household.

(5)

Contact. A person who has had some association with an active case .

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(6)

Edema. The escape of a fluid, usually serous (pertaining to the watery part of
the blood) fluid, from its natural vessel into body tissues or cavities. Soft
tissue edema causes pitting.

(7)

Erythema. An area of abnormally red skin due to inflammation.

(8)

Fomites. Any materials, including clothing or bedding, capable of absorbing
and spreading a disease’s infecting organism.

(9)

High-Risk Groups. Defined groups of persons among whom the prevalence
and incidence of tuberculosis is substantially higher than the general
population.

(10) Induration. A firm, hardened, usually raised area of soft tissue congestion;
erythema may or may not be present. Must be distinguished from edema by the
absence of pitting.
(11) Mantoux Test. An intracutaneous (within the skin) test for tuberculin
sensitivity, using a purified protein derivative (PPD) of tuberculin.
(12) MDRTB. Multiple drug resistant tuberculosis.
(13) Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The organism that causes tuberculosis disease.
(14) Positive Skin Test Reaction. See 3.C.(2).(f).
(15) Pulmonary. Referring to the lungs. The most common and most infectious
form of TB occurs in the lungs (pulmonary TB), but many other parts of the
body can be sites of infection.
(16) Tuberculin Conversion/Convertor. A TST reaction that has increased from
what is considered non-reactive to reactive within two years. Both reactions
must be documented.
(17) TB. Tuberculosis, a communicable disease of humans and animals caused by
the Mycobacterium tuberculosis microorganism, manifesting itself in lesions of
the lung, bone, and other organs.
(18) TST. Tuberculin Skin Test, a test based on a hypersensitivity-type immune
reaction to tuberculin. The test is used to determine past or present infection
from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
(19) Tuberculin. A substance derived from Mycobacterium tuberculosis cultures
used to diagnose tuberculosis.
(20) Tuberculin Non-reactive/Non-reactor. A TST reaction which is too small to be
considered evidence of infection. (See Figure 7-D-1). Sometime imprecisely
referred to as a “negative” test.
(21) Tuberculin Reactive/Reactor. A TST reaction considered evidence of
infection. (See Figure 7-D-1). Sometimes imprecisely referred to as a
“positive” test.
(22) Vesiculated. Having small, blister-like, fluid-filled sacs or cysts.

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e. Program Summary. The Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program consists of
four parts: the TB screening and contact investigation programs, personal protective
measures and patient management.
2.

Tuberculosis Screening Program. The program is intended to identify both persons who
have only been infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and those who have active,
clinical disease. The former may benefit from preventive therapy, and the latter from
treatment.
a. Type of testing: Different testing procedures are used:
(1)

Tuberculosis Skin Testing. The Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) is the
primary method for routine TB screening. It is used for individuals with
previously non-reactive, doubtful, or unrecorded skin tests.

(2)

Chest Radiograph. This method is if active TB is suspected in persons with a
previously reactive tuberculin skin test (TST). Routine periodic chest
radiographs will generally not be performed.

b. Summary of Testing Procedures. At a minimum, TB screening is required when a
person enters military service and during periodic physical examinations. A medical
officer or this manual describe when to test more frequently.
c. When to Test Personnel.
(1)

Initial Tuberculosis Screening. A PPD is mandatory in the physical
examination of any person entering initial active duty for 30 days or more and
any other active duty member whose records contain no report of a completed
tuberculin test.

(2)

Screening Personnel at Low Risk of Exposure.

(3)

(a)

Tuberculin Non-reactive Personnel. All active duty personnel whose last
recorded reaction was recorded as non-reactive at a minimum must have
a PPD during their quinquennial physical examination.

(b)

Tuberculin Reactive Personnel. All personnel whose last recorded TST
reaction was considered reactive receive chest radiographs only when
previous medical follow-up has not been done and properly documented
in the individual's health record, or when a medical officer deems it
clinically indicated. All TST reactors or their medical records must be
medically reviewed annually to screen for indicators of active disease.

Screening Personnel at Increased Risk of Exposure.
(a)

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Tuberculosis Non-reactive Personnel. Personnel whose last recorded
TST reaction was considered to be nonreactive and who are at increased
risk of TB, such as health care workers, will be skin tested annually,
usually during routine immunizations. EMT or law enforcement and
other personnel, in addition to testing at their quinquennial physical
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examination, will be tested after clinically significant contact with high
risk groups (e.g., following interdiction of and prolonged, confined
contact with migrants who have signs of active tuberculosis).
(COMDTINST M6220.9 (series) provides more information regarding
tuberculosis and AMIO, but this instruction is the definitive guidance on
frequency of testing.)
(b)

(4)

Tuberculin Reactive Personnel. Personnel whose last recorded TST was
considered reactive will receive chest radiographs or sputum smear
examinations only when a medical officer deems necessary.

Separation from Service. Those individuals whose last test was nonreactive
shall have a PPD as part of their separation process. A chest radiograph will be
done for a separation physical only if the individual has a confirmed positive
PPD. Results of the PPD or chest radiograph must be evaluated and recorded
in the health record prior to separation.

d. Testing Procedures.
(1)

(2)

Tuberculin Skin Test Materials.
(a)

Tuberculin, Purified Protein Derivative (PPD). The only approved
tuberculin skin test material for a routine Mantoux test is premixed
Tween-80-stabilized intermediate strength PPD (5 Tuberculin Units (TU)
equivalent). Multiple puncture tuberculin tests (e.g., Tine tests) are not
authorized. A medical officer can direct using first-strength PPD (1 TU)
when a person has a verbal or questionable history of a reactive TST but
no documentation of such.

(b)

Syringes and Needles. The disposable 1 ml tuberculin syringe graduated
in 0.1 ml intervals and fitted with a 25-gauge 5/8-inch needle is a
convenient combination for administering the PPD.

Tuberculin Skin Test Methods.
(a)

Personnel Authorized to Perform the Tuberculin Test. Only trained
health services personnel are authorized to perform PPDs. The local
medical authority shall verify they are competent to administer and read
the PPD.

(b)

Techniques. Following aseptic preparation of the skin, an intradermal
injection of 0.1 ml of the tuberculin solution shall be made upon the
volar aspect of the left forearm. The point of the needle should be visible
just within the dermis, beneath the outer layers of the epidermis. The
results should be a definite wheal, pale and sharply demarcated. Be
careful to avoid subcutaneous or epidermis injection. If it is recognized
that the first test was improperly planted, another test dose can be given
at once, selecting a site several centimeters away from the original

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injection. A note in the record should indicate the site chosen for both
the first and second tests.
(c)

Documentation. Document the PPD test in the SF-601 under Sensitivity
Tests with the date tested. Do not record results until the actual time of
reading.

(d)

Two-Step TST. Because of delayed hypersensitivity, an adult who has
never been skin tested and will receive periodic skin testing should
receive two-step skin testing to distinguish boosted reactions from
reactions due to new infection. Persons in this category include new
accessions to the Coast Guard (officer and enlisted). In such cases
consult a medical officer for procedure.

(e)

Measuring and Recording Results.

(f)

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1

After an interval of between 48 and 72 hours examine the PPD site.
Classify injection response according to the extent of the induration
(not erythema or edema) measured in millimeters (mm) at the widest
diameter transverse to the long axis of the forearm.

2

When reading the PPD, the forearm should be in good light and
flexed a little at the elbow. Lightly pass a forefinger over the test
area. The induration can be felt even when it does not produce a
visible elevation. For those skilled in its use, the pen-tracking
method is both authorized and more accurate. To measure, mark
induration borders with a ball-point pen.

3

To record the result, enter by hand this information under Sensitivity
Tests on SF-601 and PHS 731: date, type of tuberculin, its strength
or dilution (e.g., PPD 5 TU), and the resulting diameter of induration
expressed in millimeters. Report absence of induration as "zero
mm." If induration is present, use Arabic numerals to record the
widest diameter. A sample entry is: "17 SEP 86 PPD (5TU) 6mm
induration." Also measure and record any vesiculation. In red ink
record the result indicating a PPD converter on the Sensitivity
Sticker (section 4-B-2) and the Problem Summary List (section 4-B3). Using rubber stamps or automatic imprinting devices to record
results or recording results as “negative” are both prohibited.

4

A medical officer must evaluate grossly vesiculated reactions. Warn
the person about possible secondary bacterial infection from
scratching the reaction.

Failure to Return for Skin Test Reading. Personnel who do not return at
the proper time to have the skin test interpreted must be retested. Do not

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under any circumstances record the PPD as "zero mm" if the person does
not return within the prescribed time frame. Each time a person fails to
return for timely reading, document the SF-601 with "no reading done"
and the date.
(g)

Interpreting Skin Test Readings. Consider a skin test reactive according
to Figure 7-D-2.
Figure 7-D-2

Size of Induration
Considered Reactive for
Reactions < 5mm are considered non-reactive
5 mm

10mm

15mm

(3)

·

Persons with HIV infection or risk factors for HIV
infection but unknown HIV status;

·

Persons who have had recent close contact with
persons who have active TB;

·

Persons who have fibrotic chest radiograph consistent
with healed tuberculosis;

·

Patients with organ transplants and other
immunosuppressed patient.

·

Injecting drug users known to be HIV seronegative;

·

Persons with other medical conditions with reported
increased risk for progressing from latent TB infection
to active TB. These medical conditions include
diabetes mellitus, chronic renal failure, some
hematologic disorders and other malignancies, weight
loss of >10% below ideal body weight, silicosis,
gastrectomy, and jejunoileal bypass;)

·

Residents and employees of high-risk congregate
settings: prisons, long-term care facilitiess, health-care
facilities, and homeless shelters;

·

Some medically underserved, low income populations,
including migrant workers and homeless persons;

·

Foreign-born persons recently arrived (i.e., within the
last five years) from countries with a high TB
prevalence;

·

Children < 4 years of age, any child or adolescent
exposed to adults in high-risks categories.

·

Persons who meet none of the above criteria.

Chest Radiographs. Those individuals who have been determined to need a
chest radiograph will have a standard, erect posteroanterior view. A medical
officer may determine other appropriate views.

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e. Responsibility for Local Program Management.

3.

(1)

The command holding affected persons’ health records is responsible for
monitoring health records and managing local skin testing and chest radiograph
programs.

(2)

The activity maintaining the health record assures the tuberculin skin test status
is clearly and properly documented on SF-601 and PHS-731 Immunization
Records of each active duty member’s health record; the activity also must
clearly, properly record tuberculin reactors’ chest radiograph status on SF-600,
Chronological Record of Medical Care, and NAVMED 6150/20, Problem
Summary List. Further, the activity is responsible for initiating tests for
persons whose health records do not contain appropriate, timely entries.

Tuberculosis Contact Investigation Program.
a. Contact Investigation Procedures. On discovering a case of active TB in a command,
take these actions:
(1)

Submit a Disease Alert Report. (See Figure 7-B-2, and 7-B-3).

(2)

Determine the patient's close contacts.

(3)

Screen or give these contacts a TST test for TB and repeat the screening 3, 6, 9,
and 12 months later.

(4)

Report summary results of the investigation to Commandant (G-WKH)
through the appropriate chain of command.

(5)

Evaluate possible secondary cases.

b. Initiating a Contact Investigation. Initiate a contact investigation when notified a
member of the command has diagnosed active PMTB or when a medical officer so
requests.
c. Performing a Contact Investigation.
(1)

Conducting an investigation
Initial Investigation of Contacts. Each person who is a close contact of an
known case of active, infectious tuberculosis shall undergo a screening
examination for TB. Those personnel who are previous tuberculin reactors,
and do not have a document of appropriate medical follow-up, or have signs of
PMTB, shall receive a chest radiograph [unless otherwise contraindicated, see
7-D-4.b.(5)(c)]. All other contacts shall receive a PPD. Individuals identified
to be close contacts who are not eligible for health care through the Coast
Guard should be referred to the local public health department or private
medical facility of choice.
(a)

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Establishing Limits for Contact Investigations. The infectiousness of a
source case is determined by first evaluating close contacts for evidence
of new infection or disease. If there is no evidence of infection in this

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group no further investigation is necessary. Remember that TB is a slow
progressing disease and initial screening results should only be
interpreted as baseline information if it is determined that the source case
may have a recent infection or disease. If there is evidence of infection
in close contacts (as determined after an appropriate time-lapse), extend
the investigation to progressively lower-risk contacts, e.g., casual or
other contacts. This should proceed until the levels of infection detected
approximate the levels of infection in the local community. NOTE: If a
newborn or an immunocompromised person (e.g., HIV infected person)
is identified as a close contact, they should be evaluated for prophylaxis
per current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines.
Figure 7.D.3 shows a decision tree for establishing contact limits.
(2)

(3)

Determining Close Contacts.
(a)

Active Tuberculosis at a Shore Facility. The local medical officer must
classify a TB patient’s "close contacts” at a shore facility, generally
including all those sharing the same berthing facilities, in close contact
during duty hours, regular liberty mates, and the patient’s cohabitants.
Consult the appropriate MLC (k) for advice in specific instances.

(b)

Active Tuberculosis Aboard a Cutter. When a case of active TB is
discovered aboard the cutter the entire ship’s company shall be
considered close contacts included in the contact investigation.

(c)

Other Situations. Commands or activities in which exceptionally close
conditions occur, such as isolated duty stations, shall follow the
procedures listed for cutters.

Follow-up Investigation of Contacts.
(a)

4.

Follow-up Period. Follow up tuberculosis contacts for 12 months (see
paragraph 5.a.(3)). Record follow-up results on an SF-600 in each
contact’s medical record. Take particular care to record all items before
an involved member from the command transfers.

Protective measures
a. General. Depending on the level, nature, and intensity of exposure, a person’s risk of
TB infection can be reduced. Tuberculosis spreads almost exclusively by airborne
transmission from persons who have active pulmonary TB. The risk of infection is
negligible for those who have casual or brief contact with high-risk persons,
particularly if exposure occurs in a open space. Special personal protective
equipment, e.g., masks, gloves, or gowns, is not required for routine limited contact
in such a setting.
b. Respiratory protective devices (RPD).

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(1)

RPDs may be warranted if TB exposure is longer or more intense. Coast Guard
personnel will comply with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH), and pertinent Coast Guard directives, e.g., COMDINST
M6260.2 (series), governing using RPDs or other personal protective
equipment.

(2)

Surgical masks do not filter small enough particles to protect a wearer from TB
infection, and must not be used for this purpose. However, surgical masks can
help contain infectious droplets from the infected person, and when worn by
this person, may reduce the risk of passing the infection.

(3)

The minimum RPD for wearer safety is a NIOSH-approved, high-efficiency
particulate air (HEPA) respirator. Respiratory protective devices must fit and
be worn correctly to be effective. Technical Guide: Practices for Respiratory
Protection, COMDTINST M6260.2 (series), describes how to evaluate, fit, and
train persons to wear RPDs to protect against TB transmission.

c. Air Circulation. At least 6 air exchanges per hour (ACH) are required to reduce
concentrations of droplet nuclei in the air in an enclosed space requires; higher ACH
rates eliminate more bacteria. If possible 12 ACH or more is recommended.
Recirculated air should filter through fixed HEPA filters. Fresh or filtered air should
be provided in optimum airflow patterns that prevent stagnation.
d. Handling High-Risk Populations. When transporting or otherwise in a confined
space with a person known or suspected to have active TB, take these precautions:

5.

(1)

If he or she can tolerate one, have the patient wear a mask.

(2)

Take measures to increase airflow within the enclosed space. Vent air to the
outside whenever possible.

(3)

Avoid unnecessary close contact with the patient.

(4)

Separate suspected TB cases from others if conditions permit.

(5)

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) should wear HEPA respirators when
working with persons demonstrating clinical signs of TB.

(6)

Consult competent medical authority to determine if specific circumstances
warrant HEPA mask use.

Managing Personnel with Reactive Tuberculin Tests or Suspected TB.
a. Evaluation for Tuberculosis.
(1)

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Personnel Requiring Evaluation. As soon as possible evaluate persons who
meet any of these criteria for the presence of active tuberculosis:
(a)

Tuberculin reactor on initial testing.

(b)

Tuberculin skin test converter.
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(c)

Close contact of an active case of TB who develops a TST reaction
>5mm..

(d)

Previous tuberculin reactor but never evaluated for active TB.

(e)

Previous tuberculin reactor, now with suspicious chest radiograph
findings.

(f)

Anyone with history, signs, symptoms, or laboratory tests suggesting TB.

(2)

Initial Examination. Persons listed in Paragraph 4.a.(1) will have a medical
history, physical examination and chest radiograph.

(3)

Further Examination. A medical officer or a civilian physician most evaluate
more thoroughly those individuals whose findings suggest active TB.

b. Managing Tuberculin Reactors Without Evidence of Active TB.
(1)

Personnel evaluated and found not to have active TB will be considered for
preventive therapy according to Figure 7-D-3. Prophylaxis is intended to
prevent latent infections from progressing to clinically active disease.
Figure 7-D-3

Age
Any Age

Under 35

Induration
Size
> 5mm

Risk Factor
Known or suspected HIV infection
Close contact with newly diagnosed active TB
Previously untreated or inadequately treated persons
with chest radiographs showing fibrotic lesions
compatible with old healed tuberculosis. If diagnosis
is doubtful after consulting with a medical officer,
administer a booster TST

> 10mm

Injecting drug users
Persons with medical conditions reported to increase
tuberculosis risk including silicosis; gastrectomy;
jejunoileal bypass; weight 10% or more below ideal
body weight; chronic renal failure; conditions
requiring prolonged high-dose corticosteroid therapy
or other immunosuppressive drugs; some hematologic
disorders (leukemia and lymphomas); and other
malignancies

> 10mm

Foreign-born persons from high-prevalence countries
including those in Asia, Africa, Central and South
America, and eastern Europe
Residents of correctional facilities

> 15mm

No risk factors, but not previously treated

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Recent TST converters
> 10mm increase within a 2 year period

Over 35

> 15mm increase within a 2 year period

Previously known (old) tuberculin reactor not properly evaluated in the past or who
did not complete appropriate preventive therapy
Under 35

If risk factors and induration sizes listed above are
present

Over 35

Generally not a candidate for INH unless specific risk
factors for active disease are present

Note: A previously known tuberculin reactor may be treated without repeat
testing if a properly documented tuberculin TST result is in the medical record. If
a person gives an undocumented history of a tuberculin reaction and INH
prophylaxis may be indicated, a first strength PPD (1 TU) may be administered
under the direction of a medical officer, to confirm the reported reaction.
(2)

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Initial Evaluation for Prophylaxis. Before initiating a course of prophylaxis a
medical officer must evaluate the person as follows:
(a)

An appropriate history and physical examination.

(b)

Chest radiograph for newly identified tuberculin reactors, unless
otherwise contraindicated. Give one to previously known reactors only if
no documents exist of proper medical evaluation with radiograph at time
of reactive TST or if clinically indicated.

(c)

Baseline liver function tests (LFT), including AST, ALT, LDH, total bili,
and GGT, and a CBC.

(d)

Perform HIV antibody testing on all newly identified active duty
tuberculin reactors. Query civilian employees and dependents with
newly-identified reactive TSTs about HIV risk behaviors. Counsel
persons with HIV risk factors and offer them an HIV serological
screening test.

(e)

Review conditions that may contraindicate prophylaxis as follows:
pregnancy, breast feeding, ETOH abuse, known sensitivity to the agent,
peripheral neuropathy, IV drug abuse, acute or chronic liver disease,
therapy with medication with a potential for significant interaction
(Tegretol, phenytoin, etc.). If any of these conditions exist, the provider
must decide whether to initiate prophylaxis, weighing therapeutic risks
and benefits.

Prophylaxis. Recommended regimens are listed in Figure 7-D-4. There are
other considerations not listed in the Figure for HIV infected persons.

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Drug

Interval and Duration

Comments

Isoniazid (INH)

Daily X 9 Mo1,2

In HIV-infected patients, INH may be administered
concurrently with NRTIs or NNRTIs.

2X Weekly X 9 Mo1,2

Directly observed therapy (DOT) must be used.

Daily X 6 Mo2

Not indicated for HIV-infected persons or those with
fibrotic lesions on chest X-ray.

2X Weekly X 6 Mo2

DOT must be used.

Daily X 2 Mo

May also be offered to persons who are contacts of
patients with IHN-resistant, rifampin-susceptible TB;
In HIV-infected patients protease inhibitors or NNRTIs
should generally not be administered concurrently with
rifampin.

2X Weekly X 2-3 Mo

DPT must be used

Daily X 4 Mo

For persons who cannot tolerate pyrazinamide.

INH

Rifampin plus
pyrazinamide

Rifampin

Notes: 1Recommended regimen for children younger than 18 years of age.
2
Recommended regimen for pregnant women.
(a)

Supervision. Persons whose risk of developing active TB is high and
whose compliance is questionable may require directly observed therapy
(DOT).

(b)

(b) Monitoring. Appropriately trained personnel must monitor persons
taking INH monthly for the first two months and at least every two
months thereafter. Follow persons 35 and older monthly for the first
three months. Initially dispense a maximum of one month's supply of
medication and up to two months’ supply thereafter to coincide with
follow-up visits. If signs or symptoms of toxicity appear, discontinue
INH immediately; a medical officer should reevaluate. Prophylaxis
should not be prescribed if periodic monitoring cannot be done.
Monitoring consists of:
1

Reviewing significant symptoms of INH side effects: fever, rash,
jaundice, fatigue, anorexia, dark urine, joint pain, paresthesia of
hands, feet, or eyelids.

2

Obtaining follow-up LFTs as follows:
One month after instituting INH; then at least at three month
intervals for all individuals.
At 1, 2, 3, and 5-6 months (8-10 month interval for those with a
one-year course) for all persons 35 and older.

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If evidence of possible reaction to therapy occurs.
3

Upon termination of INH prophylaxis, LFTs and a CBC will be
done.

4

The periodic evaluations will be documented in the patient medical
record.

c. Patient Education. The health services representative must ensure the patient
understands the meaning of the skin test result or TB exposure, INH
chemoprophylaxis hazards (hepatitis, drug fever, severe rash, etc.) and benefits, the
warning signs of the drug’s potential side effects; and the danger of alcohol
consumption while taking INH. The necessity for faithful adherence to the course of
treatment, in the absence of side effects, cannot be too strongly stressed. A notation
of the counseling offered shall be made on an SF-600 in the medical record.
d. Persons Leaving the Service While on Chemoprophylaxis.

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(1)

Members who retire prior to completing chemoprophylaxis shall be advised
that continued treatment is necessary and may be obtained at most Uniformed
Services Medical Treatment Facilities.

(2)

Members who are discharged or released to inactive duty prior to completing
Isoniazid chemoprophylaxis shall be advised of the importance of continuing
the program. Care may be provided by the Veterans Administration, county
health department, private physicians, etc. To facilitate follow-up, personnel
shall be provided with a statement signed by a medical officer containing the
date treatment began, the type and dosage of prescribed medications, course of
therapy, and the present status. At a minimum, the local Health Department
where the individual plans to reside should be notified.

(3)

A medical board or limiting duties is not indicated for those with no evidence
of active disease except as noted in paragraph 4.b.(6) regardless of the status of
preventive therapy.

(4)

Special Situations and Procedures.
(a)

Exposure to Drug-resistant TB. Consult with CDC or a state health
department before starting prophylaxis for persons known to be exposed
to patients with drug-resistant strains of TB.

(b)

Children. A pediatrician or medical officer with training in pediatrics
must follow children receiving TB prophylaxis.

(c)

Pregnant Women. Complete the same initial procedures for adults
except DO NOT PERFORM A RADIOGRAPH unless an actual clinical
indication of pulmonary disease exists. Consult the patient's obstetrician.
Generally, defer treatment until after delivery or breast feeding. Place

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termination of pregnancy.
(d)
(5)

Child Care Workers. Child care workers must receive annual PPDs or
medical evaluations, as appropriate.

Aviators.
(a)

Personnel on flying status shall be grounded for the first seven days of
chemoprophylaxis because of the slight risk (less than 1%) of
convulsions among persons taking INH. At the end of seven days of
treatment, flight surgeon must be consulted to return the member to
flying status.

(b)

A flight surgeon shall evaluate aviators receiving INH monthly to
carefully brief the individual about possible adverse reactions.

(c)

Aviation personnel should be considered for grounding if, at any time
during treatment, liver function test are significantly abnormal or
symptoms of liver dysfunction appear.

e. Managing Suspected Cases of Active TB. When a patient is evaluated and suspected
of having TB:
(1)

Submit a Disease Alert Report (see Figure 7-B-2).

(2)

Expeditiously refer the patient to the nearest USMTF, including those initially
admitted to civilian medical facilities. If at all possible, refer before beginning
definitive treatment.

(3)

Initiate contact tracing.

(4)

Decontaminate spaces (see Paragraph 7-D-7).

f. Reporting Requirements. The health services division chief of the medical treatment
facility where the diagnosis of active TB is suspected or established, shall notify the
patient’s commanding officer within 48 hours. The notification shall include the date
that the diagnosis was established or suspected and the probability that the patient is
infectious. If, in the case of suspected active TB, the diagnosis of TB is subsequently
ruled out, a message to that effect must be sent to both the patient’s commanding
officer and to the address of the Disease Alert Report, immediately.
(1)

Follow-up Procedures. The command investigating TB contacts shall maintain
a "tickler" file or similar effective system to assure prompt evaluation of
persons requiring periodic examination and testing. Medical evaluations and
other indicated procedures are an appropriate part of the periodic examination.

(2)

Completing Follow-up. When the 12 months expire, those individuals whose
tuberculin response or chest radiograph were unchanged shall revert to routine
program screening.

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(3)

Separated Members. Contacts separated from the Coast Guard shall be
counseled regarding the need for medical evaluation and the appropriate
referrals made.

(4)

Managing Tuberculin Converters or Possible Cases. Those individuals found
to have “converted” or who developed changes on a chest radiograph shall be
evaluated as outlined in Section 7-D-4 of this manual. Close contacts who
increase the size of induration on a TST, even though the reaction is still
considered nonreactive, should also be considered for evaluation.

(5)

Secondary Cases. If a subsequent active TB case is discovered among the
contacts, it is not necessary to begin an entirely new investigation. However,
start contact studies on any personnel exposed to the secondary case not tested
in the original investigation.

g. Responsibility for Managing the Contact Investigation Program.
(1)

The commanding officer of the permanent duty station of a person diagnosed
with active TB shall initiate the contact investigation. If the individual has a
permanent change of station during the preceding year, the commanding officer
of the former duty station shall be notified to initiate a contact investigation if
determined appropriate by the medical officer or civilian physician making the
diagnosis. If assistance is required contact the appropriate MLC (k).

(2)

The commanding officer of any activity is responsible for successfully
continuing or completing contact studies under way among members assigned
to or transferred to the unit. Additionally, the commanding officer shall
ensure:
(a)

The records of members transferred from the unit while undergoing
contact studies are complete (including radiographs) so the member’s
gaining unit can continue the studies.

(b)

Prompt submission of the summary letter report on the tuberculosis
contact investigation to Commandant (G-WKH) through the chain of
command.

h. Reporting Requirements. The command initiating the contact investigation shall
prepare and submit study summaries to Commandant (G-WKH) with a copy to the
appropriate MLC (k). Submit progress summary reports and the final
RCS-G-K-13012, Disease Alert Report, with this information:
(1)

Unit identification.

(2)

Source case(s)’s name, grade, rate, and Social Security Number .

(3)

Status of investigation, e.g., initial, 3-, 6-, 9-, or 12-month summary reports.

(4)

For each reporting period provide:
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Number of tuberculin non-reactive individuals skin-tested.
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(b)

Number of skin-tested tuberculin non-reactive persons found to be
converters.

(c)

Number of tuberculin-reactive individuals receiving chest radiographs.

(d)

Number of tuberculin-reactive persons found to have suspicious changes
on the chest radiograph.

(e)

Number of contacts placed on or receiving isoniazid chemoprophylaxis.

(f)

Name, grade, rate, Social Security Number, and exact diagnosis of each
secondary tuberculosis case.

(g)

Comments on investigation including any problems.

Tuberculosis Control Among Dependents and Other Civilians.
a. Dependents.
(1)

As part of health education efforts, commands shall impress upon dependents
the importance of routine TB preventive measures. Within their capabilities,
commands in known high-risk areas should extend the active duty program to
those dependents residing in the area. Dependent contacts of active cases of
TB shall be given periodic screening with either tuberculin test or chest
radiographs, as appropriate. Chemoprophylaxis will be administered, when
indicated.

(2)

If active TB is diagnosed in a military dependent, the medical treatment facility
(MTF) establishing the diagnosis shall notify the appropriate public health
authorities. Dependents may obtain care through the local public health
department, military MTF, or through civilian sources, as appropriate. The
MTF making the diagnosis should provide advice on available treatment
alternatives.

b. Positive Skin Tests in Children Under 6 Years of Age. Preventive treatment is
definitely recommended for all positive tuberculin reactors under six years old. The
Mantoux method shall be used to confirm “positive” responses elicited by other
tuberculin testing methods.
c. Alien Dependents. See "Tuberculosis Among Foreign-Born Persons Entering the
United States," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MMWR, Dec 28, 1990
(Vol. 39), and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Act for the waiver procedure
an alien with PMTB to enter CONUS.
d. Civilian Personnel. If a civilian employee under Coast Guard cognizance is
discovered to have active TB, the medical administrative officer or the medical
officer of the activity shall make arrangements for contact investigation of close
work associates. Local public health authorities shall be notified. Coast Guard

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personnel who are close contacts of the employee shall have detailed entries made in
their medical records and receive appropriate follow-up.
7.

Decontaminating Spaces Occupied by Persons with Active PMTB.
a. Pulmonary tuberculosis is transmitted by small airborne droplets or droplet nuclei
from persons in close contact or possibly through ventilation systems, such as on
ships. Other dried secretions and fomites in themselves do not pose significant
hazards unless aerosolized. Therefore, only normal laundry and cleaning procedures
with sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) are necessary for linen and bedding of
a person with active PMTB. Take care not to shake dirty linen to launch particles on
it into the air.
b. When a case of PMTB is discovered aboard a ship, the filters in the ventilation
system exhausting the berthing, messing areas, work spaces, and medical spaces
must be replaced and cleaned. In this situation contact the Commandant (G-WKH)
or appropriate MLC (k), for specific instructions. Increase circulation of fresh air
and, if possible, exposure of spaces to natural light (sunlight) will rapidly clear any
infectious, airborne droplet nuclei from the spaces.
c. No other sanitation measures are necessary. Consult a medical officer for advice in
specific instances.

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FIGURE 7-D-1
SUMMARY OF TESTING PROCEDURES

TUBERCULIN (PPD) SKIN TEST

RECOMMENDED ACTION

Unknown

Perform a PPD, using intermediate strength PPD (5 TU).

History of strongly reactive or
vesiculated reaction

Perform a PPD using the regular dose of first strength
PPD (1TU). If this test’s results are negative, follow up
with a subsequent test using a full dose of intermediate
strength PPD (5TU).

Last test reactive

Determine if an appropriate medical follow-up and/or
chemoprophylaxis has been pursued. If not, perform a
standard posterior-anterior chest radiograph. If the chest
radiograph and a review of signs and symptoms reveal no
findings, consider prophylaxis. If proper medical followup previously has been pursued, counsel the patient on
the need to monitor him- or herself for signs of active
pulmonary tuberculosis. Further follow-up is not
indicated.

Evaluate these classes of personnel as Section 7-D-4 outlines.
1. Those with unknown or previously nonreactive tuberculin status who are found upon testing
to be PPD reactors.
2. Those with reactive skin tests who have not been medically examined for tuberculoses
before.
3. Those with suspicious chest radiograph findings.
NOTE: A reactive single/multiple puncture TB skin test, i.e., Monovac or Tine Test, to test
children; must always be verified by PPD.

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CHAPTER 8
FISCAL AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT

A. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ............................................................................................................................ 1
UNIT ........................................................................................................................................................................ 1
MAINTENANCE AND LOGISTICS COMMAND (MLC) ................................................................................................. 2
HEADQUARTERS ...................................................................................................................................................... 2
B. GENERAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY. ........................................................ 3
BASIC POLICIES ....................................................................................................................................................... 3
PHYSICAL PROPERTY CLASSIFICATIONS . ................................................................................................................. 3
PROPERTY RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ................................................................................................ 3
EXPENDING PROPERTY UNNECESSARILY ................................................................................................................. 3
STOCK LEVELS, REORDER POINTS, AND STOCK LIMITS. .......................................................................................... 3
TRANSFERRING AND LOANING PROPERTY ............................................................................................................... 4
C. CUSTODY, ISSUES, AND DISPOSITION ........................................................................................................ 5
TRANSFERRING CUSTODY ....................................................................................................................................... 5
STOREROOMS . ......................................................................................................................................................... 5
ISSUING MATERIAL .................................................................................................................................................. 5
INSPECTING STOREROOMS ....................................................................................................................................... 5
DISPOSING OF PROPERTY ......................................................................................................................................... 6
D. HEALTH SERVICES SEGMENT OF THE COAST GUARD SUPPLY SYSTEM ...................................... 8
HEALTH SERVICES CONTROL POINT ........................................................................................................................ 8
RESPONSIBILITY FOR GENERAL STORES ITEMS ........................................................................................................ 8
SUPPLY SUPPORT ASSISTANCE . ............................................................................................................................... 8
AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCES .................................................................................................................................... 9
SUPPLY SOURCES .................................................................................................................................................... 9
EQUIPMENT ........................................................................................................................................................... 10
UNIFORM ............................................................................................................................................................... 11
E. EYEGLASSES AND OPHTHALMIC SERVICES........................................................................................... 12
GENERAL ............................................................................................................................................................... 12
PERSONNEL AUTHORIZED REFRACTIONS ............................................................................................................... 12
PROCURING AND ISSUING STANDARD PRESCRIPTION EYEWEAR ............................................................................ 12
AVIATION PRESCRIPTION LENSES .......................................................................................................................... 14
CONTACT LENSES .................................................................................................................................................. 14
SUNGLASSES FOR POLAR OPERATIONS .................................................................................................................. 15
SAFETY GLASSES ................................................................................................................................................... 15
DEPENDENT CARE IN ISOLATED AREAS ................................................................................................................. 15
CONTEMPORARY PRESCRIPTION EYEWEAR PROCUREMENT .................................................................................. 15

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CHAPTER 8. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
A. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. The Health Services Program has three resource
management levels.
1. Unit.
a. A unit’s commanding officer (CO) is charged with ensuring all unit aspects operate
effectively and efficiently. For units with health care facilities, this means using
personnel, funds, equipment, expendable supplies and materials, health care spaces,
and external health care providers economically and efficiently. The CO oversees all
health care equipment maintenance. Commanding officers will ensure management
of command resources provides the best amount of care to all eligible beneficiaries at
the least cost to the Government.
(1) In general, care provided in Coast Guard clinics is more cost-effective than any
other source’s. The fixed cost of physical plant, staff, and equipment is divided
by the number of beneficiaries served; thus, the more care provided, the lower the
cost per visit. Therefore, units should set goals to provide the maximum amount
of care possible. Achieve these goals by operating properly staffed clinics at
times most convenient to beneficiaries, scheduling to decrease the time patients
wait, efficiently managing health care providers’ valuable time, and publicizing
the availability of services to beneficiaries in the surrounding communities.
(2) If the current level or mix of resources is inefficient, the commanding officer will
report this fact through the chain of command and recommend corrections.
Timeliness is extremely important in dealing with changes in resource
requirements. Good resource planning should address these needs long before it
becomes necessary for a unit commanding officer to deny care to any authorized
beneficiary due to lack of resources.
b. The unit commanding officer directly controls the unit's financial plan or budget,
including unit health care resources. Monthly the CO reports medical and dental
workloads, operating targets, adjustments to the targets, and actual expenditures to
Commandant (G-WKH) on the unit's Health Services Statistical Report. From an
oversight or management review perspective, repeated or recurring amounts of unit
Fund Code-57 (AFC-57) moneys dedicated to health care are the "base" funds. COs
must justify additional unit operating funds above this base solely on the criterion of
increased workloads.
c. The unit commanding officer will review all uses of unit funds and reallocate funds
during the current fiscal year. The unit commanding officer must first inform the
chain of command before he or she can reduce the amount of care the unit's clinic
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the decision and identify what resources are required to ensure normal health care
facility operations through the end of the fiscal year. The District or Maintenance and
Logistics Commander's Budget Review Board (for district or MLC units respectively)
will address these current fiscal year AFC-57 unit requests.
2. Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC). Maintenance and Logistics Commands
administer the health services program in their respective area of responsibility.
Administrative functions include:
a. Approving and funding care non-Federal and Department of Veteran's Affairs sources
provide;
b. Approving or disapproving requests to procure health care equipment costing more
than $750.00 for units with CG Clinics/AFC-57 funding and over $300.00 for units
without CG clinics/AFC-57 funding;
c. Approving clinic budgets. Each clinic’s parent command shall submit a zero-based
AFC-57 direct care funding request to the appropriate MLC (k) through the chain of
command. This request should include predicted equipment procurement requests to
Commandant (G-CBU) using the automated ATU budget process according to current
directives. The MLC request should include a line item for each clinic, proposed
equipment funding, and an estimate of non-Federal care cost.
d. Targeting AFC 57 and AFC 73 funds to pay for Department of Defense for all health
care the Army, Navy, Air Force, TRICARE and USTF programs provided to Coast
Guard beneficiaries.
3. Headquarters.
a. Commandant (G-WK) obtains health services program resources from the budget
process for these purposes:
(1) Targeting AFC-57 funds to the MLC (k)s to pay for all non-Federal and VA
medical care provided in each region;
(2) Targeting AFC-57 funds to the MLC (k)s to acquire health care equipment; and
(3) Targeting AFC-57 funds to allotment target units in response to budget requests
the MLC (k)s submit.
b. Commandant (G-WK) is also the program manager for replacing, expanding, or
creating health care facilities with Acquisition, Construction, and Improvement
Appropriation funds and works with Commandant (G-A) and the MLC's Facilities
Design and Construction Center staffs on plans and layouts.

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B. GENERAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
1. Basic Policies. The Director of Health and Safety:
a. Establishes procedures to manage and account for health care material pursuant to the
personal property management policies contained in the Property Management
Manual COMDTINST M4500.5A;
b. Directs and coordinates the health care supply system;
c. Determines requirements for health care material; and
d. Establishes allowance lists, advises, and assists field units.
2. Physical Property Classifications. Property is divided into two categories: real property
and personal property. Health care material is personal property and is accounted for in
accordance with Property Management Manual COMDTINST M4500.5A
3. Property Responsibility and Accountability.
a. Clinic administrators are responsible and accountable for the property their facilities
use. Additionally, they serve as the health services finance and supply officer.
b. In the absence of a clinic administrator, the senior commissioned health services
department representative acts as the property custodian.
c. If health services technicians only are assigned to a facility, the senior health services
technician acts as the property custodian.
4. Expending Property Unnecessarily. All persons having custody of health care property
shall avoid any unnecessary expenditures of such property within their authority’s limits
and shall prevent such expenditures by others.
5. Stock Levels, Reorder Points, and Stock Limits.
a. General. Stock levels, reorder points, and stock limits discussed below apply to all
health care facilities, especially those at major shore units such as the Academy, ISC
Alameda, and Training Center Cape May. These large facilities with multiple
components (e.g., pharmacy, laboratory, dental clinic, etc.) need to maintain a greater
stock depth to serve their clientele. COMDTINST M4500.5A (series) contains
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b. Terms.
(1) Operating Stock. That quantity of material on hand needed to meet daily
operating needs during the interval between delivery of replenishments.
(2) Safety Stock. That amount of inventory in addition to operating stock needed to
sustain operations if deliveries are delayed or demands unexpectedly heavy.
(3) Reorder Point. Low Limit. Both terms mean the predetermined inventory level
for a specific item at which it is reordered.
c. Stock Inventory and Transactions. All health care facilities shall maintain sufficient
amounts of stock to prevent out-of-stock conditions. To do so, maintain stock
inventory and transaction records, either electronically (on computer) or by using
stock cards, inventory records, etc.
(1) Generally, health services supply activities at facilities with multiple components
are authorized one month's safety stock. Experience may prove this level is not
adequate for certain items or in certain circumstances. These units are authorized
to maintain more a larger supply if and wherever exceptional circumstances
dictate. Establish procedures to ensure reviews of stock records periodically to
identify items reaching a low limit (reorder point) or the authorized allowance and
quantity and to revise low limits if current usage so indicates.
(2) Ships and small shore units may use the minimum quantities indicated in the
Health Services Allowance List to establish reorder points. If the list does not
indicate a minimum allowance, e.g., for "optional" items, establish reorder points
for commonly used items based on current usage rates. Do not order excessive
quantities of material.
(3) When a ship receives orders to deploy or a station notice of a change in operating
conditions that may require additional material, promptly review authorized
allowance quantities to replenish critical items in time for the deployment or
operational change.
(4) Pharmacies procuring drugs through prime vendor systems (either directly or
through pharmacy officer staffed clinics) should try to stock one-month quantities
of regularly used items. Ongoing inventories of these limited quantities are not
required except where applicable for controlled substances. Pharmacies shall
"sight inventory" monthly before ordering.
6. Transferring and Loaning Property. Written approval is required from Commandant (GWKH) to loan health care property to any state, community, organization, or private
individual. Property or transferred to other military units is at the commanding officer's
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Stock Card and Custody Record, or a local form for local transactions and DD-1149 to
transfer property from one activity to another.
C. CUSTODY, ISSUES, AND DISPOSITION
1. Transferring Custody. When transferring custody of health services property and supplies
a joint inventory is required, conducted by both the departing and relieving custodians
and an independent person who has no direct interest in the inventory outcome. If a joint
inventory is impossible, the departing custodian shall conduct an inventory and submit a
written report to the commanding officer before departing. As soon as possible after
reporting, the relieving custodian also shall conduct an inventory, report the same to the
commanding officer, and indicate any discrepancies noted between the two. In both
cases, the inventories should include the participation of an independent person.
Additionally, in all cases, an acknowledgment of inventory correctness must be entered in
the unit Health Services Log. See “Pharmacy Operations and Drug Control,” Chapter 10,
for detailed information on controlled substances.
2. Storerooms.
a. At large facilities, bulk stock of health care supplies and materials used by the various
facility components (e.g., pharmacy, laboratory, dental clinic, etc.) shall be kept in a
specifically designated storeroom. If facility layout permits, it may be advantageous
to permit designated individuals responsible for a particular component (pharmacy,
dental clinic, etc.) to manage their area’s expendable supplies. The individual
responsible for medical supply shall process their procurement requests. Otherwise,
manage clinic supplies from a designated storeroom.
b. An individual familiar with supply procedures shall be in charge of the storeroom; he
or she shall report directly to a medical administration officer.
c. In the interest of proper management, centralize clinic procurement request
processing. Medical administrator(s) shall verify all procurement requests, including
prime vendor "ZOA" documents, to ensure funds are available in that component’s
budget allocation.
3. Issuing Material.
a. Supplies issued by or removed from the storeroom should be immediately recorded
on the appropriate stock record. In large facilities where the health services storeroom
is a distinct organizational entity, stores issued shall be made only upon receiving a
properly prepared and authenticated local requisition document.
b. Use DD 1149 to issue, return, or transfer equipment between activity components.
4. Inspecting Storerooms.

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a. Health services store items require periodic inspection (every three months for
consumable supplies and equipment) to detect signs of deterioration or expiration.
Accomplish such inspections by physically examining representative samples of
various age groups of stock on hand.
b. It is extremely important to issue oldest stock first (“First in, First out”). This is true
of all items but is mandatory for potency-dated items and those subject to spoilage.
5. Disposing of Property.
a. In disposing of health services personal property, follow COMDTINST M4500.5A
(series) procedures regardless of the circumstances or conditions requiring disposal
(e.g., over-ordering, decline in demand, fair wear and tear requiring survey, or damage
requiring replacement).
b. Certain conditions may require Board of Survey action. COMDTINST M4500.5A
(series) contains procedures for this action.
(1) Take precautions to assure compliance with local health and sanitation
requirements when surveying and destroying poisonous chemicals (e.g., arsenic,
strychnine, cyanide, etc. preparations).
(a) Ordinarily, dispose of small amounts of liquid preparations and soluble
substances through the sewage system. Large quantities of soluble poisonous
material may constitute pollution dangerous to public health or fish and
wildlife.
(b) If destroying large amounts of drugs (including controlled substances),
coordinate this action with local air and water pollution control authorities.
Then destroy by complete incineration with appropriate safeguards against
toxic fumes or by such other methods as local health and sanitation officials
recommend if disposal through sewage system or incineration are
inappropriate.
(c) Never deposit poisonous drugs and chemicals in dump piles or dumpsters.
(2) Either burn or dissipate through the sewage system drugs requiring destruction
other than poisonous chemicals.
c. Dispose of used, contaminated, defective, or expired health care material in a manner
that ensures it is both impossible to reuse and harmless to the environment.
Completely destroy all drugs to preclude reusing them or any portion of them. Follow
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(1) Sharps. Place all items likely to puncture or lacerate trash handlers in rigid plastic
autoclavable disposable sharp containers. Do not attempt to sterilize or cover
used blades or needles (this is hazardous to personnel); simply place them in the
container. At appropriate intervals, seal, autoclave, and dispose of containers as
regular non-hazardous trash. These containers are NOT reusable.
(2) Tablets, Capsules, Powders. Remove from original container, crush or dissolve
tablets and capsules, and flush into sewage system. Dispose of original container
as trash. Follow biohazardous material disposal regulations when discarding
chemotherapeutic and other hazardous agents (including biologicals).
(3) Syrettes. Cut along syrette’s crimped end and discard contents into sewage
system. Place in a sharps disposable container.
(4) Injectables/Parenterals. Pour bottle contents into the sewage system. Place empty
vials in the trash. Follow biohazardous material disposal regulations when
discarding chemotherapeutic and other hazardous agents (including biologicals).
(5) Auto Injectors. Activate the injector against a hard surface and discard contents
into a suitable container. Dump container contents into the sewage system and
then place the auto injector in a sharps disposable container.
(6) Incinerate biohazardous materials, including used bandaging materials, or if
sterilized, dispose of them as trash.:
(7) Chapter 10 contains detailed instructions on surveying and destroying controlled
substances.
(8) Destroy the above materials in an appropriate area using appropriate personnel
protection: rubber gloves, protective goggles, and proper ventilation.
d. Do NOT dispose of medical materials at sea. Prepare materials for disposal and
retain them on board in a secure area until disposed in accordance with Federal, state,
and local laws.
e. Commandant Notices and other directives requiring disposal of defective material
constitute authorization to effect immediate disposal of any of the suspect items on
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D. HEALTH SERVICES SEGMENT OF THE COAST GUARD SUPPLY SYSTEM
1. Health Services Control Point. Commandant (G-WKH-2) is the Health Services Control
Point for Coast Guard health care material; in that capacity he or she takes these actions.
a. Prepares and distributes the Health Services Allowance List, COMDTINSTs
M6700.5, M6700.6, and M6700.7(series).
b. Informs and assists field units; and
c. Reviews and responds to requests to change units' base operating funds allotment
targets. Annually provides funds for routine health care supplies to the field as part of
the recurring base of funds distributed through the Administrative Target Unit (ATU)
budget process.
2. Responsibility for General Stores Items.
a. Supply Officer.
(1) Procures, receives, stores, issues, ships, transfers, and accounts for command
stores and equipment;
(2) Maintains specified records; and
(3) Submits required reports for stores and equipment.
b. Health Services Department Representative. Except where specific responsibility has
been assigned, the Health Services Department Representative does not determine
general supply requirements but acts in an advisory capacity for those items the
department uses. The Health Services Department Representative will maintain close
contact with the Supply Officer on special department needs and advise the latter
when the requirement for any item will exceed the quantity normally carried in stock.
The individual designated in writing as responsible for Health Services supply
operations shall maintain a supply policy and procedures manual.
3. Supply Support Assistance.
a. Direct problems with supply support of health care supplies (except controlled drugs)
that cannot be resolved through the supply source, to Commander, Maintenance and
Logistics Command (k). Direct problems with supply support of controlled drugs to
Commandant (G-WKH).
b. Commandant (G-WKH) will coordinate initial outfitting of new classes of units and
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outfitting process, limited to submitting requisitions and staging, when Commandant
(G-WKH) so requests through Commandant (G-CPM).
4. Authorized Allowances. Coast Guard units are assigned specific minimum required
allowances of health care supplies and equipment as described in COMDTINST M6700.5
(Shore Units), M6700.6 (Vessels), and M6700.7 (Shore Units and Vessels)(series).
5. Supply Sources.
a. Standard Items. Items listed in the DOD Medical Catalog (microfiche) are
"standard". Obtain items with an Advice Acquisition Code (AAC) of "D" from the
Defense Personnel Support Center (DPSC) through the Automated Requisition
Management System (ARMS).
b. Non-standard Items.
(1) Obtain "non-standard" items, i.e., those not described as above, from commercial
sources.
(2) All commercial procurements shall be made under the applicable acquisition
regulations and Coast Guard Acquisition Procedures, COMDTINST M4200.19
(series). Commercial procurement of health care supplies, equipment, and repair
and maintenance service is authorized in these conditions:
(a) Time does not permit obtaining standard items from Government sources; or
(b) A legitimate need exists for nonstandard items;
(c) Equipment requires repair or maintenance.
(3) These items are authorized:
(a) Newly listed standard items not available from government sources;
(b) Necessary non-standard health care supplies and equipment;
(c) Medical Catalog (microfiche) items bearing the Acquisition Advice Code "L";
(d) Equipment repair and maintenance (excluding installation); and
(e) Health care technical books, publications, and professional journals.
(4) Local or commercial procurement is not authorized for these items:
(a) Non-standard items differing only slightly from standard items of identical
capability; and
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c. Prime Vendor Items.
(1) A prime vendor is one pre-arranged on behalf of the government procurement
system. The Defense Personnel Support Center (DPSC) negotiates prime
vendors, equivalent to Federal "depot" sources, for medical commodities.
(2) Where available, DPSC prime vendors shall serve as the primary source of supply
for pharmaceuticals. Use other sources if it is determined their price or service
better meet the unit's needs.
6. Equipment.
a. New Installations. The appropriate construction project (AC&I) funds normally will
pay for equipment for newly constructed facilities. To ensure standardization,
authorization and approval MUST be obtained from Commandant (G-WKH) before
requisitioning or procuring health care equipment for new installations.
b. Replacement Equipment. See Section 6-A for detailed information on health services
equipment replacement procedures and reporting requirements.
c. Receipts.
(1) The unit shall retain one copy of signed receipts for health services material for
record purposes.
(2) Send one copy of signed receipts for all health care equipment to MLC (k).
(3) Maintain copies of receipts for controlled substances and security materials
separately for record purposes.
d. Maintenance.
(1) Each unit is responsible for maintaining health care equipment in optimum, safe
operating condition. Maintenance shall include:
(a) Measures necessary to ensure the equipment’s operating safety and efficiency
(preventive maintenance);
(b) Manufacturer's representatives’ required checks to meet warranty
requirements;
(c) Removing from service if deficiencies are detected; and
(d) Replacing defective parts.
(2) Preventive maintenance is systematic inspection of and service to equipment to
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detect and correct minor problems before they render the equipment inoperable.
Manufacturers usually require preventive maintenance to maintain the warranty.
Maintenance records are also valuable tools for evaluating equipment needs and
justifying future equipment procurement requests.
(3) Each clinic shall designate a Preventive Maintenance Coordinator who ensures the
program is established and functions effectively. If a Biomedical Equipment
Repair Technician (BMET) is assigned to the unit, he or she fills this role. If not,
designate an individual with mechanical aptitude or a desire to work with
equipment to fill this role. Clinics may contract for preventive maintenance
services if funding permits and are encouraged to enter into cooperative
agreements with DOD MTFs whenever possible. Each unit shall:
(a) Establish a preventive maintenance schedule for all health care equipment.
Each unit shall determine maintenance intervals based on manufacturers'
recommendations and frequency of use.
(b) Maintain a written record of all preventive maintenance and repairs performed
on health care equipment using NAVMED 6700/3CG, Medical/Dental
Equipment Maintenance Record; see Figure 8-D-1. Use side A to record
preventive maintenance and safety checks and side B to record repairs.
(c) Charge clinic health care equipment maintenance costs to unit AFC-57 funds
and sickbay health care equipment maintenance costs to unit AFC-30 funds.
(d) MLC and HQ units shall establish and maintain a program to replace their
health care equipment.
7. Uniform. USPHS officers assigned to Coast Guard detail shall wear the Coast Guard
uniform as prescribed in USCG Uniform Regulations, COMDTINST M1020.6 (series).
They shall wear USPHS devices on Coast Guard blue background in place of the Coast
Guard shield on the combination cap, garrison cap, shoulder boards, and sleeve insignias.
For officers transferring from another USPHS assignment to the Coast Guard detail, the
unit shall issue Coast Guard uniforms consisting of one service dress blue uniform with
two pairs of trousers, three light blue long-sleeve shirts, three light blue short-sleeve
shirts, a raincoat and a wind-breaker according to the Comptroller Manual. Vol. III,
COMDTINST M4400.19A (series). Women will receive a hat frame; they may substitute
a skirt for one pair of trousers in their uniform issue. USPHS officers may wear lab coats
and smocks as prescribed in USCG Uniform Regulations, Section 11-B.

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E. EYEGLASSES AND OPHTHALMIC SERVICES
1. General. This section describes ophthalmic services (refractions and spectacle issue)
provided.
2. Personnel Authorized Refractions.
a. Coast Guard medical treatment facilities and USMTFs to the extent of available
facilities, including ophthalmologists’ and optometrists’ services, may furnish
refractions to active duty and retired uniformed services members.
b. Where USMTF's are not available, MLC (k) may authorize refractions at other
facilities for active duty members only.
c. USMTFs may furnish non-active duty eligible beneficiaries refractions if facilities are
available. USMTFs may not furnish eyeglasses to dependents at government expense
except as Section 8-E-8 authorizes.
d. Reserve members on active duty for training for more than 30 days are authorized
repair or replacement of standard eyeglasses during the active duty if the member did
not damage or lose the eyeglasses through his or her own negligence.
3. Procuring and Issuing Standard Prescription Eyewear.
a. Coast Guard units shall order standard eyewear from optical laboratories as outlined
in this section.
(1) Civilian sources are acceptable for procuring eyewear providing the prescription is
for standard frames and lenses are available from fabrication labs. Transcribe this
request on DD-771, Eyewear Prescription.
(2) If fabrication would entail a prolonged delay (more than eight weeks) and the
member's vision is so poor he or she cannot safely perform assigned duties,
procure non-standard eyewear from local civilian sources using non-Federal
health care funds.
(3) Members requiring corrective lenses shall have two pair at all times, including
eyeglasses issued from government sources or purchased at their own expense.
(4) Requests for tinted eyewear for non-aviation members must be justified solely on
the duties they perform, e.g., majority of duty time in bright sunlight, etc.
(5) Replacement eyewear may be obtained without repeating a visual acuity check,
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visual acuity check is required and indicates the current prescription is
inadequate, and obtain a refraction.
a. Available Eyewear and Standard Eyewear Sources of Supply.
(1)

These types of eyewear are available:
Cellulose acetate frame

Type of Correction
Glass Lens
Plastic Lens
1
Single Vision, white
X
X
1, 2
Single Vision, tinted
X
X
1
Bifocal, 25mm segment, white
X
X
1, 2
Bifocal, 25mm segment, tinted
X
X
Trifocal, white
X
Cataract Aspheric
X
1, 2
Trifocal, white and tinted
X
(1) Eyewear provided in FG-58 (Flight Goggle) mounting for
authorized personnel
(2) Only N-15 and N-32 tints authorized
(2)

Process all requests for standard prescription eyewear through the
below military optical laboratory; this is the only optical laboratory
from which Coast Guard units are authorized to order standard
prescription eyewear.
Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity
Yorktown, VA 23691-5071
(a)

(3)

The Coast Guard pays only for glasses ordered and processed for
Coast Guard active duty or retired personnel; therefore, it is
extremely important to properly complete the DD-771 service
identification block to indicate the patient's service affiliation.

Procurement Procedures. Order all prescription eyewear using DD771, Eyewear Prescription. It is extremely important to accurately
complete the prescription form. If the prescription is wrong, the patient
is inconvenienced; the Coast Guard is required to pay for eyewear even
if it cannot be used; and the supply activity will reject an improperly
prepared prescription, resulting in delay. Use these guidelines to
prepare DD-771. See Section 4-B for more detailed instructions.
(a)

Use a separate DD-771 for each type of eyewear.
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(4)

4.

(b)

If no health services personnel are available at the unit, send the
prescription obtained from the health record or local civilian
source to the health record custodian to prepare and submit the
DD-771.

(c)

Submit all three DD-771 copies to the approving authority or
supply activity; disregard the distribution instructions. Remove
all carbon sheets before submission. File a photocopy of the DD771 in the member's health record.

(d)

TRACEN Cape May shall send recruits’ eyewear prescriptions
separately and mark the envelope, "RECRUIT—PLEASE
EXPEDITE".

(e)

Report delays longer than eight weeks in receiving eyeglasses to
the appropriate MLC (k).

Health Record Entries. Record on a separate DD-771 the current
prescription, including frame measurements and all other data
necessary to reorder eyewear, for each individual requiring eyeglasses.

Aviation Prescription Lenses. These personnel are authorized two pair of clear
aviation spectacles (FG-58) and one pair of tinted spectacles (N-15) in matte
chrome only:
a. Aviators Engaged in Actual Flight Operations. Aviation spectacles may be
ordered for distant vision correction , or for distant vision and near vision
correction (bifocal lenses). Those aviation personnel engaged in flight
operation who desire near vision only correction in aviation frames must
order bifocal lenses containing plano top portion and the near vision
correction on the bottom. Spectacles containing only near vision correction
are not authorized in aviation frames. This type correction will only be order
in cellulose acetate frames.
b. Landing Signal Officers (LSO).
c. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard personnel.
d. Small Boat Crew required to wear a helmet while performing their assigned
duties.

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Contact Lenses. Contact lenses are issued only to active duty personnel for
postocular surgical difficulties or to enable a member to overcome a
handicapping disease or impairment. MLC (k) will not approve contact lenses
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a. Submit letter requests for contact lenses to MLC (k) under Section 2-A-6.d.; include
the type of lenses and cost.
b. If MLC (k) approves, he or she will provide an authorization number by return
correspondence. Units will write this number on all correspondence and billings
before submitting to MLC (k).
6. Sunglasses for Polar Operations. Military fabrication laboratories no longer issue polar
operation sunglasses. Activities requiring such glasses may use the process below to
obtain them:
a. Non-prescription Lenses. If issuing, the command must purchase and issue nonprescription lenses as part of the cold weather clothing allowance and pay the lenses’
costs from operating expenses. The command should issue the lenses on a custodial
basis; departing members should return them to the command for reissue.
b. Prescription Lenses. Procure prescription lenses in the specifications below under the
guidelines in Comptroller Manual, COMDTINST M4400.19A (series), Vol. III.
(1) Aviation-type frames; and
(2) Lenses must contain Type 1 or 1-A metallic coat.
7. Safety Glasses.
a. Non-prescription or prescription safety glasses meeting American National Standards
Institute Standard Z87.1 shall be for industrial wear to military and civilian personnel
working in any environment hazardous to eyes, e.g., welders, machinists, mechanics,
riggers, and grinders.
b. Non-prescription safety glasses shall be furnished on a custody receipt when a
prescription lenses are not required..
c. Prescription safety glasses are no longer available from military optical laboratories.
Procure them under the guidelines in the Financial Resources Management Manual
(COMDTINST M7100.3A).
8. Dependent Care in Isolated Areas. Spectacles may be furnished to command-sponsored
dependents of uniformed services members assigned outside CONUS.
9. Contemporary Prescription Eyewear Procurement. This optional program enables active
duty members to obtain contemporary prescription eyewear on a cost-shared basis.
COMDTINST 6490.1A (series), contains current policies and procedures to obtain
contemporary prescription eyewear.

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CHAPTER 9
HEALTH SERVICES TECHNICIANS ASSIGNED TO INDEPENDENT DUTY
SECTION A- INDEPENDENT DUTY AFLOAT. ............................................................................................ PAGE
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................... 1
MISSION AND RESPONSIBILITIES.................................................................................................................. 1
CHAIN OF COMMAND....................................................................................................................................... 2
OPERATION OF THE HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT.......................................................................... 2
PROVIDING HEALTH CARE AFLOAT............................................................................................................. 5
TRAINING. ......................................................................................................................................................... 12
SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS................................................................................................................................ 16
HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION........................................................................... 23
COMBAT OPERATIONS .................................................................................................................................. 27
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH .......................................................................................................................... 28

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CHAPTER 9. HEALTH SERVICES TECHNICIANS ASSIGNED TO INDEPENDENT
DUTY
Section A - Independent Duty Afloat.
1. Introduction. An independent duty health services technician (IDT) is a Health Services
Technician (HS) assigned to an afloat unit that has no attached medical officer.
Assignment to independent duty is challenging. The role is one of tremendous
responsibility and at times can tax even the most experienced HS’s skill, knowledge and
ability. Along with the increased responsibility and sometimes arduous duty comes the
potential for personal satisfaction unsurpassed by any other job assignment.
2. Mission And Responsibilities.
a. Mission. The Health Services Technician serving independently is charged with the
responsibility for the prevention and control of disease and injury, and the treatment
of the sick and injured.
b. Responsibilities. The Commanding Officer (CO) is responsible for the health and
physical readiness of the crew of the unit. In the absence of a permanently attached
Medical Officer (MO) the vessel's Executive Officer (XO) is designated by Coast
Guard Regulations as the unit's medical officer. The role of the IDT is to assist the
command in maintaining the good health and physical readiness of the crew. To
accomplish this responsibility, the IDT must be informed of planned operations and
anticipate any operational demands resulting from such operations. To this end, the
IDT will consult and advise the Command in all matters with potential to effect crew
readiness or the health of personnel. Some of the duties of the IDT include:
(1)

Assessment and treatment of illness and injury;

(2)

Prevention of illness and injury through an aggressive environmental health
program. Such a program includes inspection of living and working spaces;
food service and storage areas and food storage and handling practices;
integrated pest management practices; potable water quality surveillance; and
recognition and management of communicable diseases;

(3)

Provision of Health Services training aligned with the needs and mission of the
unit;

(4)

Security and proper use of Health Services supplies, material and property;

(5)

Supply and logistics to ensure supplies, materials and equipment necessary to
carry out the mission of the Health Services Department are obtained and
maintained in sufficient quantity and condition to support the unit mission and
operation;

(6)

Health Services Department administration, maintenance and security of health
records;

(7)

Strict adherence to Chapter 2 of this Manual which contains information about
general and specific duties of the HS serving independently.
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3. Chain Of Command. The IDT will normally be assigned to the Administrative
Department and will report directly to the Executive Officer (XO).
4. Operation Of The Health Services Department. The IDT is tasked with a wide variety
and high volume of duties and responsibilities. This section sets forth policy and
guidelines designed to assist the IDT in carrying out assigned duties and responsibilities.
a. Health Services Department Standard Operating Procedure. In order to successfully
manage the Health Services Department the IDT must use time management and
organizational skills and tools. One such tool is a written Standard Operating
Procedure (SOP) for the Health Services Department. The SOP will govern the
activity of the IDT and has as its guiding precept the goals and missions of the unit.
The SOP will be developed and submitted in written form to the CO for approval via
the chain of command. In addition, the SOP will be reviewed at least annually by the
IDT, XO and CO. The approved SOP will be kept in the Health Services
Department for easy referral. Copies of pertinent sections will be posted as
appropriate. The SOP will include:
(1)

A copy of the IDT’s letter of assumption of duties as Health Services
Department Representative;

(2)

A written daily schedule of events for both underway and inport periods;

(3)

Copies of all letters of designation, assignment, and authority that directly
impact upon the IDT or Health Services Department. Examples include those
granting ”By direction” authority, designation as working Narcotics and
Controlled Substances custodian, and assignment of a Designated Medical
Officer Advisor (DMOA);

(4)

A copy of the unit's organizational structure. This document will show
graphically the IDT’s chain of command;

(5)

A listing of duties and responsibilities assigned to the IDT and the frequency
that they are to be carried out. The listing will include both primary and
collateral assigned duties;

(6)

A listing of all required reports, the format required for submission, the
frequency or date required, required routing and required “copy addressees”.
Incorporation of this information in tabular format provides a quick and easy
guide for reference purposes;

(7)

A water bill, for the safe handling of potable water;

(8)

A unit instruction or SOP for the management of rape or sexual assault cases.
The document must provide policy for Health Services Department action in
such cases, names of organizations, points of contact and telephone numbers
for local resources as well as contact information for agencies and facilities
which must be notified. It must contain a prearranged mechanism for timely
completion of a physical examination for the purpose of evidence gathering
that meets requirements of all applicable law enforcement agencies.
Additionally, it must define limitations that will exist if the unit is underway at
the time the incident occurs;
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(9)

A unit instruction or SOP for the management of suicide threat or attempt. The
document must provide policy for Health Services Department action in such
cases, names of organizations, points of contact and telephone numbers for
local resources, contact information for agencies and facilities which must be
notified as well as a listing of required information, reports or actions.

(10) A unit instruction or SOP action required in the event of family violence. The
document must provide policy for Health Services Department action in such
cases, names of organizations, points of contact and telephone numbers for
local resources, contact information for agencies and facilities which must be
notified as well as a listing of required information, reports or actions.
b. Other Necessary Documents. The IDT is an integral part of many unit activities and
various unit bills and doctrines require specific action by the IDT. Since these are
changed frequently, incorporation of Health Services Department responsibilities
contained in these various documents into the Health Services Department SOP is
not recommended. Applicable portions should be kept in the Health Services
Department for quick reference, however. These include:
(1)

A battle doctrine for the unit.

(2)

Portions of the unit mass casualty bill pertaining to Health Services
Department responsibility;

(3)

Portions of the unit general emergency bill pertaining to Health Services
Department responsibility;

(4)

Portions of the unit man overboard bill pertaining to Health Services
Department responsibility;

(5)

Portions of the unit replenishment at sea, special sea detail, flight quarters and
bomb threat bills pertaining to Health Services Department responsibility.

c. Departure From the Daily Schedule of Events. The day-to-day operation of the
Health Services Department is complex and impacted upon by the operational needs
of the unit. It will of necessity change when events of higher priority or concern
occur. If deviation from the daily schedule of events is required, notification of the
XO (IDT’s Division Officer) will be made at the earliest opportunity. When
deviation from daily schedule of events occurs frequently, the daily schedule of
events will be reviewed and if necessary, changed. Any changes will be incorporated
into the Health Services Department SOP and approved by the Commanding Officer.
d. Relief and Assumption of Duties as the IDT. Proper documentation of the status of
the Health Services Department, the condition of its equipment, stores, and records is
required at the time of relief and assumption of the duties and responsibilities as the
IDT. The process is complex and requires both the incoming and outgoing IDT to
jointly perform the following:
(1)

A complete inventory of all medical stores, spaces, and equipment, including
durable medical equipment. The Health Services Allowance List Afloat
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(COMDTINST M6700.6D series) provides a listing of supplies and the
equipment required by each class of vessel.
(a)

A controlled substances inventory must be done. Use direction provided
in Chapter 10 of this Manual.

(b)

A complete inventory of all unit property in custody of the Health
Services Department;

(2)

A review of ongoing actions affecting the status of Health Services, e.g.,
outstanding requisitions, survey or repairs, and proper documentation of all
such transactions;

(3)

A review of the Health Services Department SOP;

(4)

A review of the most recent Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC)
Quality Assurance Assistance Survey for the unit. A copy of the survey
annotated with any finding of incomplete or uncorrected discrepancies will be
included as an enclosure to the letter of relief;

(5)

A review of crew training files required for Tailored Ships Training
Availability (TSTA) evaluation. Paragraph A.6. of this chapter provides a
listing of requirements;

(6)

A review of all health records for completeness and accuracy;

(7)

A complete health, safety and sanitation inspection of the vessel, to include
status of potable water systems (records of bacteriological, halogen content and
pH testing), food stores inspections, and berthing and habitability of living and
berthing spaces.

e. Letter of Relief and Assumption of Duties. Upon completion of the Health Services
Department review a basic Coast Guard letter will be prepared and submitted by the
oncoming IDT via the chain of command and will advise the Commanding Officer of
the status of the Health Services Department. A copy of the letter will be forwarded
to the cognizant MLC. The letter of Relief and Assumption of Duties will provide
the following:
(1)

Date of assumption of duties; a statement that the duties and responsibilities of
the IDT have been assumed; and a statement that a thorough review of the
Health Services Department has been conducted. Any discrepancies of
material or record keeping will be annotated on a copy of the unit's most recent
MLC Quality Assurance site survey and this survey submitted as an enclosure
to the letter of Relief and Assumption of Duties as IDT for the vessel;

(2)

Any discrepancies noted upon relief will be handled as a matter of individual
command prerogative. Responsibility for correction, adjustment of account or
inventory records, action required to replace missing items, as well as any
necessary disciplinary action will be determined by the command;

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(3)

In cases in which no “on site” relief occurs, all of the preceding action will be
completed. The supply officer of the unit will participate in the review process
in place of the outgoing IDT.

f. Actions Upon Proper Relief. Upon assumption of duties as the unit's IDT, one of the
first tasks to complete is a thorough review of all SOPs and department instructions.
Check the references, make contact with any listed Points of Contact. If possible,
make visits and introductions in person. Find out how each system works and how it
is accessed.
5. Providing Health Care Afloat. Provision of health care is undoubtedly the most
challenging and rewarding part of the job of an IDT. An IDT bears a tremendous
responsibility. This responsibility can never be taken lightly. This section is intended to
provide a brief summary of the various facets of providing medical care afloat.
a. Designated Medical Officer Advisor (DMOA). Each independent HS will be
assigned a DMOA in accordance with Chapter 1 of this Manual. Good
communication between the IDT and the unit DMOA can eliminate many problems
affecting health care delivery to the crew. The IDT will schedule a visit to the
DMOA as soon as is practical after reporting aboard. The purpose of the visit is to
allow first-hand communication of expectations, support facility requirements, and
any unique needs or concerns. Open communication can be maintained through
regular visits when practical, or at minimum, regular telephone calls. With regard to
provision of direct care, the IDT will seek DMOA or another MO’s advice whenever
there are questions about a patient’s condition or when the following conditions
exist:
(1)

Return to sick call before assigned follow-up because of failure to improve or
condition has deteriorated;

(2)

Member cannot return to full duty status after 72 hours duration because of
unresolved illness;

(3)

Undetermined fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (when taken orally)
persisting for 48 hours;

(4)

Fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (when taken orally);

(5)

Unexplained pulse rate above 120 beats per minute;

(6)

Unexplained respiratory rate above 28 breaths per minute or less than 12
breaths per minute.

(7)

Depression with suicidal thoughts;

(8)

Change in mental status;

(9)

Chest pain or arrhythmia;

(10) Unexplained shortness or breath;
(11) Rape or sexual assault.

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b. Gender Considerations. Chapter 1.A. of this Manual provides specific direction for
health services technicians about patient privacy, same gender attendant
requirements, and examination restrictions.
c. Avoiding Common Problems. Scheduling and obtaining the routine medical care
needed by crewmembers during short inport periods can tax the organizational skills
of even the most experienced IDT. There are, however, actions that the IDT can take
which will enhance the chances of getting the routine appointments needed for all
members. Some of these are:
(1)

Identify the routine medical and dental needs of the crew well in advance of
return to port. The vessel's supporting clinic has an established appointment
scheduling procedure within which the IDT must work whenever operational
schedules allow. Provide requests via message (or other written form as
appropriate) for appointment scheduling ahead of "appointment schedule
opening" for the inport period whenever possible. Request reply by message
prior to the vessel's scheduled return to port. Provide the list of scheduled
appointments to division officers and shop chiefs for the purpose of identifying
in advance operationally related conflicts or leave. Provide request for any
appointment rescheduling or changes by message as soon as possible;
(a)

When routine medical or dental care is to be made directly to a DOD
MTF, the IDT must determine the facility requirements for referral of
patients and follow any local procedures.

(2)

Communicate with the vessel's supporting clinic. Visit the supporting clinic, if
practical, as soon as possible after return to port. Discuss the crew's medical
and dental needs with the clinic supervisor and DMOA (if located at the
facility);

(3)

Post a listing of appointment dates and times as soon as it becomes available.
Provide each division officer and shop chief a listing of the appointments
applicable to the division or shop;

(4)

Hold members accountable to be at their appointed place and time. Provide
feedback to division officers and shop chiefs on any appointment failure.
Notify XO of more than one failure.

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d. Consultations. During the management of complex or protracted cases, consultations
or specialty referral may be necessary. When such services are needed, the IDT will
normally make referral to a Coast Guard clinic or in some cases, a Department of
Defense medical treatment facility (DoD MTF). When referring a patient to see a
medical officer at a CG health services clinic, the IDT shall ensure that a SF-600
entry is completed using the SOAP format and that an appointment is scheduled.
The clinic will normally provide treatment or arrange care if treatment is beyond its
scope. When consultations or referral for specialty care are made directly to a DOD
MTF, the IDT must determine the facility requirements for referral of patients and
follow any local procedures. Referrals to a DOD MTF will normally be documented
using a Consultation Sheet (SF 513) or a Referral for Civilian Medical Care DD
(2161). The consultation will provide a concise history of the condition to be
evaluated as well as any pertinent findings. A provisional diagnosis is normally
expected by the consultant. Chapter 4 of this Manual provides direction on
completion of a SF 513. The patient and the patient’s supervisor must be informed
of all consultation or referral appointment dates and times. Courtesy is an important
part of maintaining good working relationships with the facilities that the
independent duty HS accesses for consultation and referral. Timely notification of
the referral facility when appointment changes or cancellations occur (along with
brief explanation of why the change is required) help maintain those relationships.
Whenever possible, provide at least 24 hours notice of changes or cancellations.
e. Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) of Injured or Ill Crewmembers. Medical
evacuation must be considered when care needed by a patient to preserve life or limb,
provide pain relief beyond capability onboard, or to provide other medical or dental
treatment for which delay until the unit's next scheduled port call would provide
undue hardship or pain for the patient. The unit's ability to MEDEVAC a patient will
be affected by the vessel's current mission, availability of air transport assets, and
location. When considering or executing a MEDEVAC:
(1)

Keep the XO informed. At first indication that a MEDEVAC may become
necessary, notify the XO;

(2)

Request, via the XO, communication with the IDT's DMOA, a medical officer
familiar with the vessel's current area of operation or a flight surgeon if
MEDEVAC is to be by aircraft. In addition to a thorough patient presentation,
information about the unit's location in relation to medical resources ashore
and realistic estimations of time requirements to reach a point that MEDEVAC
is possible, must be available. Keep the XO and the DMOA/medical
officer/flight surgeon advised of any change in the patient's condition;

(3)

Thoroughly document the MEDEVAC process. Ensure that a complete patient
record is maintained in the patient's health record. Maintain a complete record
of events in the Health Services log. Make entries as events occur. It is very
difficult to reconstruct an accurate log entry "after the fact".

(4)

Keep the patient informed. Explain in as much detail as possible the actions
being taken and expected outcome of the actions. As time of departure
approaches, describe for the patient what to expect during transport and upon
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arrival at destination. If a Coast Guard Beneficiary Representative is attached
to the medical facility to which the patient is being MEDEVACed, provide this
information to the patient.
(5)

Ensure that all documentation about the patient's condition is contained in the
health record and that it and any medication needed by the patient during
transport are securely packaged and ready for transport with the patient.
Ensure that information necessary for unit contact and contact of the unit's
supporting clinic are provided and easily located by the receiving medical
facility. Anticipate the patient's need for personal items, including a valid
Armed Forces Identification Card, and ensure these are packaged for transport
with the patient. Limit such items to those that are necessary. Encourage the
patient to limit cash.

(6)

Notify the unit's supporting clinic of the MEDEVAC and any needed
assistance for the patient.

(7)

Provide an inpatient hospitalization notification message in accordance with
current directives. See Chapter 6.A. of this Manual.

f. Surgical Procedures. Most routine minor surgical procedures will be delayed until
the vessel is in port. Surgical procedures while underway will be limited to only
those procedures that are needed in order to return a patient to a fit for full duty
status. These procedures include:
(1)

Placing and removing sutures in a wound;

(2)

Incision and drainage;

(3)

Unguinectomy;

(4)

Paring down painful plantar warts.

g. Refusal of Treatment. Medical, dental, and surgical treatment will not be performed
on a mentally competent member who does not consent to the recommended
procedure except:
(1)

Emergency care is required to preserve the life or health of the member;

(2)

Isolation and quarantine of suspected or proven communicable diseases as
medically indicated or required by law to ensure proper treatment and
protection of the member or others.

h. Motion Sickness. Members that manifest chronic motion sickness, that do not
respond to conventional therapy, and are unable to perform their duties as a result,
will be considered for administrative separation from active duty as per the Personnel
Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6 (series).

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i. Antibiotic Therapy. The IDT may prescribe and administer antibiotics included on
the Health Services Allowance List Afloat. Whenever possible, the IDT should
consult with his/her DMOA or a medical officer for a recommendation or
concurrence prior to administering antibiotic therapy. If consultation is not possible
prior to administration a message must be sent to the DMOA providing case history,
ICD9CM code and treatment provided.
j. Health Services Treatment Space. The Health Services treatment space will be
manned at all times when patients are inside. All items are to be stowed in their
proper place and secured. All medical records shall be locked in a cabinet. At no
time should the Health Services space be left unlocked when the IDT is not onboard.
k. Patient Berthing. Some units have facilities for short term berthing of patients in the
Health Services Department. These facilities are provided to facilitate close patient
observation or treatment. No person other than the sick or injured will be berthed in
the Health Services Department. The IDT may sleep in the Health Services
Department when attending an injured or sick patient, but will have a regularly
assigned berthing space. Personal gear and clothing are not to be stored in the Health
Services Department. The Health Services Department will not be used as berthing
spaces for augmented personnel.
l. Not Fit For Sea Duty. Members who are medically, surgically, or orthopedically
unfit for sea duty (including wearing a cast or needing to use crutches), and unable to
perform their duties will not be placed onboard the vessel. Personnel will either be
placed on Limited Duty ashore or on Convalescent Leave.
m. Convalescent Leave. Convalescent leave is a period of leave not charged against a
member’s leave account. It can be a recommendation to the command when a
patient is Not Fit For Duty (usually for a duration expected to be greater than 72
hours) and whose recovery time can reasonably be expected to improve by freedom
from the confines of quarters. It should be considered only when required as an
adjunct to patient treatment. The command must evaluate each recommendation.
Commands are authorized to grant convalescent leave as outlined in Chapter 4 of the
Personnel Manual.
n. Controlled Substances. Regulations for the handling, storage, and issue of narcotics
and controlled substances are found in Chapter 10 of this Manual. The contents of
this section are not intended to contradict the guidance provided there. This section
serves to amplify policy provided with respect to medicinal narcotics and controlled
substances onboard afloat units.
(1)

Narcotics and controlled substances require special handling. All controlled
substances shall be obtained through the unit’s collateral duty pharmacy
officer.

(2)

The CO will designate a commissioned officer as the controlled substances
custodian (CSC). The CSC will follow the accounting procedure provided in
Chapter 10 of this Manual. The IDT will normally be assigned as custodian for
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narcotics and controlled substances working stock. Such assignment must be
made in writing.
(3)

All issues from working stock will be documented with a properly completed,
written prescription. All non-emergent care requires contact with a medical
officer before dispensing any controlled medication. The medical officer’s
orders will be documented on a prescription and in the patient’s health record.
The words “By verbal order of” will precede the ordering medical officer’s
initials, last name, time of order and date of order both on the prescription and
in the patient's health record. In the event of a true emergency, a medical
officer’s order is not needed to dispense a controlled substance. Once the
emergency situation is over or alleviated, the IDT will contact a medical
officer, detail the circumstances and the controlled substances that were
administered. Upon concurrence by the medical officer, the prescription
prepared for the patient will be annotated with the words “By concurrence of”
the ordering physician’s initials, last name, time of concurrence and date of
concurrence.

(4)

The XO will countersign all prescriptions prepared by the IDT prior to issue of
any controlled substance or narcotic.

(5)

Controlled substances stored aboard cutters shall be limited to amounts in the
Health Services Allowance List (HSAL). If the need exists for the unit to carry
additional quantities of controlled substances based on use or potential for
operational need, a written request signed by the Commanding Officer will be
forwarded to the unit’s cognizant MLC (k). The request must include,
nomenclature, quantity, and brief justification.

o. Dental. It is the duty of the IDT to arrange for the necessary dental examinations of
the crew. All personnel should be Class I or Class II prior to deployment.
(1)

All personnel must receive an annual dental exam.

(2)

The IDT will arrange, usually via message, for the large group of dental
appointments needed for crewmembers returning from deployment. A signup
sheet and announcement to the crewmembers is advised, and early
communication with the staff of the dental clinic is recommended in order to
allow sufficient time for the scheduling of a large amount of dental visits.
Urgent cases obviously are to be scheduled first, regardless of rank or position
of the member. Once back in port, active communication with a designated
POC in the dental clinic is advised in order to handle cancellations,
substitutions and last minute appointment changes. Although it may be time
consuming, it is easier to deliver patient reminders the morning of the
scheduled appointment than to try and explain a group of no-show
crewmembers to a dental officer or XO.

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p. Rape or Sexual Assault. All victims of rape or sexual assault must be treated in a
professional, compassionate and non-judgmental manner. Examination of rape and
sexual assault victims will be limited to only visual examination of any wound or
injury and treated according to present standards of care. In all cases, a medical
officer will be contacted for advice. In the event that no medical officer is available
(underway), an IDT may conduct the visual examination. A chaperone of the same
gender as the patient will be present if such examination is conducted. All aspects of
the patient encounter must be carefully documented. Physical examination to gather
evidence of rape or sexual assault is strictly prohibited. Also, see paragraph A.4.a. of
this chapter.
q. Suicide Prevention. An encounter with a suicidal person is always a deeply
emotional event. It is important for the IDT to act in a caring and professional
manner. Early intervention and good communication skills are essential. If suicidal
ideation is suspected it is important to remember:
(1)

Take all threats and symptoms seriously. Immediately seek professional help
from the nearest MTF for any member considering suicide. At no time should
the person be left unattended;

(2)

Actively listen to the patient. Do not argue, judge, attempt to diagnose, or
analyze the person’s true intentions. It is important to provide a calm, caring,
professional demeanor throughout the entire situation. Thoroughly document
the patient encounter using the SOAP format;

(3)

Arrange for an escort and a driver to transport the patient to the nearest Coast
Guard clinic, MTF or civilian emergency room with facilities appropriate to the
situation. The unit's SOP for suicide threat or attempt should contain this
information for ready use if needed. If underway, then a MEDEVAC must be
considered. An IMARSAT phoncon with a flight surgeon, if MEDEVAC by
aircraft is required, the IDT’s DMOA or a medical officer familiar with the
area of operation is required.

r. Decedent Affairs. Chapter 5 of this Manual contains guidance about action that the
Health Services Department must take when there is a death aboard a Coast Guard
unit. Chapter 11 of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6A (series)
contains further guidance concerning casualties and decedent affairs, as does the
Decedent Affairs Guide, COMDTINST 1770.1C (series). It is unlikely that the IDT
will be assigned as the Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) for the command,
but the IDT will undoubtedly be heavily involved with the process of proper
disposition of remains, so familiarity with the information required is helpful. The
IDT should also perform the following:
(1)

An entry in the Health Services Log will be made detailing all available
information concerning the death;

(2)

The health record of the deceased member will be terminated in accordance
with Chapter 4 of this Manual.

s. Disposition of Remains.
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(1)

As soon as possible, remains will be transferred to the nearest Military
Treatment Facility (MTF) for further disposition. When transfer cannot be
accomplished immediately, the remains will be placed into a body pouch and
refrigerated at a temperature of 36 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent
decomposition. The space must contain no other items and must be cleaned
and disinfected before reuse. Remains will be identified with a waterproof tag,
marked with waterproof ink, and affixed with wire ties to the right great toe of
the decedent and also to each end of the body pouch. The minimum
information needed on each tag includes the full name, SSN and rate of the
decedent. Whenever possible, do not remove items attached to the deceased at
time of death. Such items may include (for example) IV lines, needles, lengths
of cord or line, etc. These may be important during an autopsy.
(a)

Additionally, do not discard or launder clothing of the deceased. These
items are sometimes important to surviving family members and in some
cultures are part of the mourning process for the deceased. This is a
cultural consideration but should be a part of the decision process.

t. Physical Disability Evaluation System. The medical board process is detailed in
Chapter 17.A. of the Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000. 6A (series) and the
Physical Disability Evaluation System, COMDTINST M1850.2 (series).
(1)

6.

Death Imminent. Chapter 17 A of the Personnel Manual and the Physical
Disability Evaluation System Manual describe the actions a unit must take to
initiate an expedited review process. The purpose of the expedited review
process is to provide a member whose death is imminent, with the counsel to
represent the member's best interests, and an opportunity to make timely
decisions that will maximize applicable benefits for the member's dependents.
The IDT must become familiar with the actions required. As with decedent
affairs, the IDT may not have primary responsibility for completing all actions
in a death imminent case, but will be required to provide necessary information
in a timely manner.

Training. The purpose of training provided to the crew of an afloat unit include:
assurance that crewmembers are able to provide aid for themselves and their shipmates in
an emergency or a combat situation; and to promote the general health and well being of
the crew. To this end, a written Health Services Department Training Plan will be
prepared and submitted to the unit training officer for incorporation into the unit training
plan.

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a. Health Services Department Training Plan. A plan for training of the crew will be
established. The plan will be established in written form and kept on file. It will be
based on a minimum 12 month cycle and be included in the cutter training schedule.
At a minimum, the following training will be given annually:
(1)

Basic first aid;

(2)

Shock, hemorrhage control, bandaging;

(3)

Airway management and assisted ventilation;

(4)

Route to battle dressing stations (BDS), use of items in first aid kits, gunbags
and boxes;

(5)

Personal and dental hygiene;

(6)

STD/HIV prevention;

(7)

Heat and cold stress programs, including hypothermia;

(8)

Respiratory protection program;

(9)

Hearing conservation;

(10) Poisoning;
(11) Sight conservation;
(12) Blood borne pathogens;
b. Documentation of Training. Documentation of the training is a TSTA requirement
as well as a requirement of several Coast Guard programs. The rule of thumb to
remember is “If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.” An outline must be prepared
and kept on file for all training topics presented and a training log maintained for all
training provided. The training log will contain a record of all HS training given to
the crew, stretcher-bearers, and HSs. It will contain the following information:
(1)

Date;

(2)

Topic;

(3)

Duration;

(4)

Group or department receiving the training;

(5)

Instructor’s name;

(6)

Names (signatures of those present) of members trained.

c. Training Format. Training will normally be presented in either lecture format or
demonstration and practical application. Lecture format presentations should be
limited to 15 to 20 minutes and demonstrations and practical application should not
exceed 1 hour.
(1)

Practical application must be of high priority in training the crew and stretcherbearers in first aid, casualty evaluation, treatment, reports to damage control
central, and transporting casualties to battle dressing stations. There is no
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substitute for "hands on" practice in developing effective first aid and patient
transport skills.
d. Departmental Training. Specific training not applicable to the entire crew, but
appropriate to individual departments, should be incorporated into the Health
Services Training Plan. Such departmental training is normally needed because of
workplace exposure to potential health hazards. Training subjects appropriate to
various departments are listed in the following subparagraphs. The list is not all
inclusive. It is provided as a guideline.
(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

Weapons department:
(a)

Hearing conservation,

(b)

Heat stress (ship's laundry personnel),

(c)

Respiratory protection,

(d)

Basic life support (fire control personnel),

(e)

Review of prevention and treatment of electric shock casualties,

(f)

Eyesight protection.

Engineering department:
(a)

Hearing conservation,

(b)

Potable water,

(c)

Heat stress,

(d)

Respiratory protection,

(e)

Eyesight protection,

(f)

Hazards associated with human waste.

Supply department:
(a)

Food service sanitation (food service personnel);

(b)

Heat stress (scullery personnel).

Operations department:
(a)

Basic life support (electronics shop personnel),

(b)

Review of prevention and treatment of burns, electric shock and
hemorrhage.

Deck department:
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(a)

Eyesight protection,

(b)

Hearing conservation,

(c)

Heat stress,

(d)

Respiratory protection.

e. Drills. Drills are a necessary part of unit training. Drills help to reinforce
performance of skills and actions that must be completed during stressful or
potentially dangerous situations. Drills that have close relation to health and safety
of the crew will be incorporated into the Health Services Department Training Plan.
The cutter training board should integrate Health Services Department Training Plan
drills into the unit's training schedule.
(1)

(2)

The following drills will be conducted semi-annually:
(a)

Battle dressing station;

(b)

Personnel casualty transportation;

(c)

Mass casualty.

The following drills, at minimum, will be conducted quarterly:
(a)

Compound fracture;

(b)

Sucking chest wound;

(c)

Abdominal wounds;

(d)

Amputation;

(e)

Facial wounds;

(f)

Electrical shock;

(g)

Smoke inhalation;

(h)

Casualty transport.

f. Training and Assignment of Stretcher-Bearers. No less than four stretcher-bearers
will be assigned from each repair locker. The training for stretcher-bearers will
include all subjects given to the crew with emphasis on basic first aid, casualty
evacuation, triage, use of all stretcher types maintained onboard the unit, casualty
carrying methods, Battle Dressing Station (BDS) setup and organization and basic
life support. Stretcher-bearers must also complete the advanced first aid portion of
the Damage Control Personnel Qualification Standards (DC PQS).

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g. Training for the IDT. Careful study, practice, and concentration on all facets of the
Health Services Technician rate are necessary to prepare an HS to be successful as an
IDT. In addition to the requirements of the rate, attendance of certain "C" schools is
required. These are:
(1)

Air Force Medical Services Craftsman - Independent Duty Medical Technician
or Navy Surface Forces Independent Duty Technician;
(a)

Health Services Technicians that have successfully completed an afloat
tour as an HS within five years are exempt from this requirement.
Additionally, members that have successfully completed multiple TAD
periods afloat as an HS may be considered for waiver of this requirement
if in the opinion of his/her Designated Medical Officer (DMO) the
member has the skills and experience needed for independent duty.
Request for waiver are to be submitted in letter format, through the
requesting member’s chain of command to Commandant (G-WKH-1).
Chapter 3 of the Cutter Training and Qualification Manual,
COMDTINST M3502.4 (series) contains information about waiver of
requirements.

(2)

Coast Guard Introduction to Environmental Health or Navy Basic Shipboard
Series. (Note: This is not required for graduates of Navy Surface Forces
Independent Duty Technician.);

(3)

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Level. IDTs assigned to floating units
are required to maintain currency with the National Registry of Emergency
Medical Technicians (NREMT) at the Basic level. Short Term Training
Requests are to be completed in accordance with the Training and Education
Manual, COMDTINST M1500.10(series) and forwarded to Commandant (GWKH-1). Funding will be provided by Commandant (G-WK). See the
Emergency Medical Services Manual, COMDTINST M16135.4 (series) for
additional information.

7. Supply And Logistics.
a. Custody of Health Services Equipment and Material. As directed by the
Commanding Officer, the IDT is responsible and accountable for the health services
material onboard the cutter. As such, the IDT is the custodian of all health service
equipment and material. The custodian will not permit waste or abuse of supplies or
equipment and will use techniques such as stock rotation, planned replacement and
preventive maintenance to minimize waste of resources.
b. Inventory. An accurate record of medical stores and equipment must be maintained.
The inventory of medical stores, spaces and equipment will be prepared using the
Stock Record Card Afloat (NAVSUP Form 1114) or in line item form (computerized
database is an approved and preferred alternative if all necessary information is
captured) and include:
(1)

Quantity and shelf-life of each item currently on board;
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Balance on hand, high-level, low-level (reorder point for each item);

(3)

Manufacturer, lot number and expiration date (pharmaceuticals);

(4)

Quantity placed on order, date received.

c. Unit Property. Unit property in Health Services Department custody must also b