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More on the Army Medicine Mission
For the Army Medical Department, as for the combat arms, war is the ultimate test and the ultimate justification for existence.
As the fighters risk all to protect the American people—in Afghanistan, in Iraq, around the world—medics protect the fighters from disease, environmental hazards, and the effects of wounds and injuries.
At one level, our mission is to "Conserve the Fighting Strength," that is, to guarantee commanders have healthy forces to achieve their missions.
At another level, our mission is a very human one. Army Medicine reassures warriors and their Families that, if they do get hurt, they will receive the best possible care and will have the best possible chances of recovering full health.
At still another level, the AMEDD reassures deployed Soldiers that their Families back in the United States also will receive quality healthcare.
This enables the fighters to focus on their own missions, making success more likely and casualties less likely.
Finally, the AMEDD is a war-fighting weapon in its own right. As combat turns to peacemaking and nation building, the AMEDD comes into its own as a commander's tool for solving health problems in the area of operations and for winning the hearts and minds of the local population.
In every recent war, Army caregivers have saved the lives and limbs of many enemy prisoners and civilians. And when the fighting was done, Army medical personnel have been at the forefront of rebuilding and improving the health systems of the fought-over lands.
They help rebuild facilities, donate equipment and supplies, offer training, and vaccinate people and livestock, all to the credit of the Army and our nation.