Firing Line: Conversation Week #1 December 2016
a. AUSA Moderator – “Veterans are less likely to complain about health issues. Is that good?”
“Veterans are more likely to contract cancer, battle heart disease and face substance abuse problems than their civilian peers, but are also less likely to see problems with their overall health, according to a new study released today.
The report, from UnitedHealth Group and the Military Officers Association of America, presents a warning for civilian doctors that they may need to dig deeper into veterans’ medical files to make sure health problems aren’t being overlooked.”
b. AUSA Five Things – “Can soldiers risk carrying less if assured resupply?”
AUSA Five Things: A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members, dated November28, 2016: “Load Lightening by Assured Resupply.”
Army researchers believe today’s soldiers are more capable than at any time in history, but their performance is increasingly limited by the weight they are carrying in gear and body armor. Lighter weapons and integrated electronic systems with reduced power demands are being developed to significantly reduce weight, according to the 2016 edition of the U.S. Army’s “The Warfighters’ Science and Technology Needs.”
What to watch: Logistics and supply improvements might be other ways of quickly and dramatically reducing the weight soldiers carry. Company-sized and smaller units could be assured resupply using unmanned systems, on the ground and in the air, to deliver supplies so soldiers have lighter loads.
c. AUSA News – “Do you have an idea for a 2017 AUSA resolution?”
The AUSA Resolutions Committee is getting underway, and needs your input for its work. Between now and when the FY18 budget is presented to Congress, the committee will receive your input, and formulate the 2017 AUSA Resolutions.
THIS WEEK'S POLL QUESTION:
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- Are commissaries and PXs still needed?
o Not sure