Articles from ARMY Magazine, Headline News, and AUSA News on medical treatment of U.S. Soldiers

Tricare Open Season Gets Underway

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Tricare Open Season Gets Underway

Military retirees and eligible beneficiaries who use Tricare will soon be able to enroll in or make changes to their health care coverage.

This year’s Tricare open season begins Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 13. During that time, beneficiaries who use Tricare Prime or Tricare Select can choose to stay on their plan, enroll in a plan or change plans. Any changes will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Future Fight Poses Big Challenges for Army Medicine

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Maj. Gen. Michael J. Talley, Commanding General of the United States Army Medical Center of Excellence, speaks during the Warriors Corner at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (Jeromie Stephens for AUSA)
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Future Fight Poses Big Challenges for Army Medicine

The Army has a lot to learn and a lot to develop to prepare for large-scale, high-casualty and remote wars. 

In an Oct. 11 Warriors Corner discussion at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition, medical leaders said they are sharply focused on caring for future casualties on distant battlefields from which quick evacuation isn’t possible.  

Medical Soldiers Ready for Joint, Complex Fight

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Medical Soldiers Ready for Joint, Complex Fight

Individual readiness is the key to preparing medical soldiers for a complex, joint operating environment, the Army’s top medical officer said.

The Army’s medical professionals are already working with their fellow service members, said Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, the Army surgeon general and commander of Army Medical Command. That interoperability was evident when soldiers worked side by side with Navy and Air Force medical personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar Focuses on Army Medicine’s Transformation

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Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Scott Dingle speaks at an event.
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Webinar Focuses on Army Medicine’s Transformation

The Army surgeon general and the senior enlisted leader for Army Medical Command will speak at the next Association of the U.S. Army webinar.

Part of AUSA’s Noon Report series, “Pivot to Readiness with Army Medicine” will feature Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle and Command Sgt. Maj. Diamond Hough.

Additional Vaccine Now Available to Soldiers

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Additional Vaccine Now Available to Soldiers

Soldiers now have another option for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Novavax is being offered by the Army and DoD after the Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 19 updated its emergency use authorization for the vaccine to include individuals aged 12 and older.

Medical Force Generation is High Priority

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Medical Force Generation is High Priority

Preparing for the tough and more lethal battlefields of the future requires today’s Army medical community to look to its schoolhouses and its logistics and research commands, a panel of experts said at an event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Army Medicine Adapts, Prepares For Emerging Threats

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Army Medicine Adapts, Prepares For Emerging Threats

As the Army prepares to face growing global threats, its trauma and skills initiatives will ensure that troops are healthy enough to sustain the fight, senior military medical experts said. 

In particular, the next conflict will require troops to be much more dispersed and mobile and an Army medical force that is ready to follow suit, said Col. Jason Seery, trauma surgery consultant to the Army surgeon general. 

Multidomain War Presents New Medical Challenges

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Multidomain War Presents New Medical Challenges

The ability to quickly return to duty wounded or sick soldiers in a multidomain operations environment will be one of the top priorities for Army medical personnel, a senior medical officer said.

Brito: ‘People First’ Doesn’t Mean Going Soft

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Brito: ‘People First’ Doesn’t Mean Going Soft

Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, the Army deputy chief of staff for personnel, said having a people-friendly force that gives soldiers occasional time off isn’t a bad thing.

Speaking Dec. 7 at an Association of the U.S. Army Hot Topic focused on medical care, the Army G-1 said recruiting and retaining a volunteer Army and making certain the force is ready for combat requires keep soldiers’ lives in mind.

“Don’t confuse taking care of our people, whether through medical issues or other efforts, with being soft,” Brito said. 

Big Changes Coming for Army’s Busy Medical Force

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Big Changes Coming for Army’s Busy Medical Force

The Army surgeon general said he’s both “incredibly proud” and concerned about the Army medical community, one that is hardworking and dedicated but on the cusp of big changes. 

Speaking Dec. 7 at an Association of the U.S. Army Medical Hot Topic titled “Holistic Health and the Soldier,” Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle said it is important that troops have confidence “to do things a normal man would not do” because they can depend on Army medicine to look out for them.