Army Hearing-Related Policies & Directives
Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 6055.12: Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) [PDF 134K]
This Instruction reissues DOD Instruction (DoDI) 6055.12 in accordance with the authority in DOD Directive (DoDD) 5134.01 to update policy, responsibilities and procedures for administering HCP to prevent occupation illness. This instruction applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, military departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the DOD Office of the Inspector General, the Defense agencies, the DOD field activities, all other organizational entities within the DOD, and all DOD military and civilian (appropriated and non-appropriated fund) personnel and operations worldwide.
DA PAM 40-11: Preventive Medicine [PDF 424 KB]
The pamphlet defines and establishes programs, services, functions and procedures for implementing the essential elements of Army Preventive Medicine; it is to be used with AR 40-5. This pamphlet applies to active Army, the Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve, unless otherwise stated.
AR 40-5: Preventive Medicine [PDF 122 KB]
This regulation establishes practical measures for the preservation and promotion of health and the prevention of disease and injury. This regulation applies to all elements of the U.S. Army across the full spectrum of military operations from peacetime through major theater warfare. This regulation applies to all Army personnel to include the Active Army; the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States; U.S. Army Reserve personnel on active duty or in drill status; U.S. Military Academy cadets; U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, when engaged in directed training activities; foreign national military personnel assigned to Army components; and civilian personnel and non-appropriated fund personnel employed by the Army worldwide.
DA-PAM 40-501 [PDF 87 KB]
This pamphlet outlines the U.S. Army Hearing Conservation portion of the Army Hearing Program. This pamphlet applies to Active Army, the Army National Guard, the U.S. Army Reserve, and civilian personnel employed by the Army worldwide.
Army Hearing Program [PDF 1.1 MB]
This special text (ST) is designed to provide techniques and procedures that govern the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in soldiers and to ensure their maximum combat effectiveness. As a result of hearing issues identified in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the Army Medical Command, Operation Order 07-10, Army Operational Hearing Program Field Manual (FM), directed that an ST be developed and implemented on operational hearing in order to mitigate the impact of traumatic acoustic injuries sustained by soldiers.
This ST will provide information to assist commanders in preventing NIHL. Current actions being staffed will, upon approval, incorporate these changes into relevant doctrine, technical guides, Army regulations (ARs), and Department of the Army pamphlets (DA Pams). This publication will assist commanders in the planning and execution of the prevention of soldier hearing loss.
AR 40-501; Standards of Medical Fitness [PDF 453 KB]
This publication provides information on medical fitness standards for induction, enlistment, appointment, retention and related policies and procedures. This regulation applies to the active Army, the Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve, unless otherwise stated. It also applies to candidates for military service. During mobilization, the proponent may modify chapters and policies contained in this regulation.
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