From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Commands may now access the Deployment Health Assessment (DHA) Program instruction online the Navy announced Feb. 18.
OPNAVINST6100.3. cements the requirements for periodic assessments prior to and after deployments.
"When leadership takes an active role in making sure that the assessments take place then we know we are really taking care of Sailors physical and emotional needs," said Fleet Master Chief Mike McCalip, Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel.
"Sometimes Sailors in a hurry to get demobilized or back to their pre-IA (individual augmentee) job may not spend the time on the post-deployment assessment that they should and issues arise months after a deployment. The post-deployment re-assessment (PDHRA) is designed to pick up those issues," he added.
Sailors frequently rate their overall general health worse three to six months after returning than they did immediately upon return. The process is designed to identify stress injuries and other health concerns that require further assessment or treatment.
Sailors are required to undergo a Pre-deployment Health Assessment (Pre-DHA), form DD 2795 no earlier than 60 days prior to the expected deployment date. Then when the Sailor returns from deployment a Post-Deployment Assessment (Post-DHA), form DD 2796 should be completed as close to their homecoming date as possible, not earlier than 30 days before the expected redeployment.
Reserve Sailors should complete the Post-DHA before being released from active duty. The PDHRA form DD 2900 should be completed between 90 and 180 days after return from deployment.
To make life easier, Deployment Health Assessments are all submitted electronically by a nurse, corpsman or medical technician. If a service member gives positive responses to some questions, the assessment may be bumped up for review by a physician, physician's assistant (PA), nurse practitioner (NP), or independent duty corpsman (IDC). The PDHRA can only be done by a physician, PA, NP, or IDC.
For more information on the assessments and reassessments review OPNAVINST 6100.3 available in the reference section on the Navy Personnel Command Web site http://www.npc.navy.mil/channels/.