factors associated with high blood pressure. The Navy
recognizes that high blood pressure is a health problem;
Navy-wide health fairs and some medical sites provide
mass screening, education, and referral. Active-duty
members receive a high blood pressure screening as a
regular part of all medical and dental exams. Navy
(prescription/medication) and follow-up.
Stress is a real part of Navy life and learning to cope
effectively is essential. The goal is for 100 percent
participation in stress awareness and education programs
for service members, dependents, and civilians.
Programs exist in medical units, host commands, and
Smoking Education and Prevention
The Surgeon General of the United States has
determined that the smoking of tobacco is the most
involuntary/passive smoking poses a public health risk
larger than the hazardous air pollutants from all
industrial emissions combined. Medical evidence shows
overwhelmingly that the use of tobacco products
adversely impacts on the health and readiness of the
entire Navy. Tobacco use impairs such critical military
skills as night vision and eye/hand coordination. It
increases susceptibility to disease. It also impairs
cardiorespiratory endurance, exercise tolerance, and
stamina. The Department of the Navy (DON) supports
the concept that each person has an obligation to
preserve ones health. Additionally, the DON recognizes
its responsibility to enact and enforce appropriate
environmental protective measures to ensure a safe,
healthy, and unpolluted work and living environment.
Lower Back Injury Prevention
The Navy Health and Physical Readiness Program
supports the wellness and physical fitness of all Navy
personnel. One element of the program is lower back
injury prevention. Back injuries affect over 90 percent of
all service members at some point in their careers. Over
50 percent of lost workdays experienced annually by the
Navy are due to back injuries. Education programs
delivered by physical therapy officers can result in a
significant reduction in the incidence of back injuries.
These programs contribute to a higher state of physical
readiness to meet mission requirements.
MILITARY CASH AWARDS PROGRAM
The Military Cash Awards Program (MILCAP) was
developed to encourage individuals to suggest practical
ways to reduce costs and improve productivity in the
Navy, Department of Defense, and other federal
government operations. MILCAP provides for payment
of cash incentives based on the amount of money saved
by a suggestion. If you think you know a better, cheaper,
or more efficient way to get a job done, check into
OPNAVINST 1650.8. This instruction gives all the
details on how to submit your suggestions and
inventions to the Navy for consideration. You may help
the Navy to improve its way of doing business and get a
cash reward to boot.
NAVY FAMILY HOUSING
The Navys Family Housing Program will continue
to be a high priority for quality of life issues. The Navys
mission assures that military members have suitable
housing in which to shelter themselves and their
families. Congressional and Department of Defense
policy requires that the civilian housing market be the
primary source of housing for military personnel.
Authority for construction of military family housing
occurs when the civilian housing market cannot meet the
needs of the local military community.
Military family housing Navy-wide numbers
more than 70,000 units.
Resource sponsorship (funding) of the Navy
Family Housing Program is under the Deputy
Chief of Naval Operations.
The Navy reviews its housing construction plan
annually based on a Military Family Housing (MFH)
survey sponsored by the Naval Facilities Engineering
Command (NAVFACENGCOM). There is a continuing
effort to get more funding to modernize existing units.
Navy policy concerning family housing is as
including single parents attached to deployable
units, are eligible for MFH.