Gender Issues: Medical Support for Female Soldiers Deployed to Bosnia

NSIAD-99-58 Published: Mar 10, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1999.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether adequate medical services were available to service members deployed to the field, focusing on the: (1) availability of data collected on female soldiers' health care needs in Bosnia; and (2) views of health care officials and female soldiers on female-specific services and health-related issues in Bosnia.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should take steps to improve the preparation of female soldiers for deployment by requiring units to provide information on female-specific health care and hygiene. Included should be information on the health services available to them once deployed.
Closed – Not Implemented
While the Department of the Army has reviewed care for female servicemembers and has prepared guides to enhance female readiness, the Army has not required units to provide information to deploying female soldiers on female-specific health care and hygiene. The Department of the Army established a well women's care process action team that produced a report entitled "Well Women's Care in the U.S. Army." The team's report was approved. Army staff were to be assigned to develop responses to the report's recommendations for the Office of the Surgeon General and the Army Medical Command. In addition, the Army developed a leader's guide on female readiness and posted this guide on its Web site.

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