USAWC Military Studies Program. Casualty Reporting on the Modern Battlefield. Can It Be Accurate and Timely?
Author(s)Hobson, Alan D
Contributor(s)ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
KeywordsMedicine and Medical Research
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AbstractCasualty reporting is one of three primary personnel and administrative functions performed on the battlefield. While the other two, strength accounting and replacement operations, seem to get more immediate visibility with commanders, casualty reporting has an importance and sensitivity and immediacy not found in other administrative functions. It has far-reaching effects on the morale of the military and civilian populace, significantly impacts on the Army image, and also impacts on other functions of Army administration such as strength accounting and replacement operations. Because of this, casualty information must be collected and recorded with 100 percent accuracy and in a most timely manner. Commanders at each echelon are charged with specific responsibilities. Additionally, the system also depends upon information provided by military intelligence, graves registration, military policy, chaplain, and medical sources.