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Military Health System

Army Reserve

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The Reserve Health Readiness Program (RHRP) provides the following services to members of the U.S. Army Reserve.

DISCLAIMER: Services may not be reflective of the most recent changes in services.

Periodic Health Assessment

The Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) is a screening tool used by the armed forces to evaluate the individual medical readiness of their Service members. It can be conducted alone or can be combined with other individual medical readiness needs (e.g., dental exam and immunizations). Completed annually, the PHA consists of the following components for the Service member:

  • A self-reported health status.
  • Measurement and documentation of vitals (height, weight, BP)
  • Vision screening
  • Review of current medical conditions with healthcare provider.
  • Focused exam of identified conditions (as required).
  • Cardiovascular Screening Program Services (as required).
  • Recommendations for improvement of identified health conditions.
  • Behavioral health screen.


Immunizations are offered in-clinic or through group events. At group events: 

  • The RHRP vendor provides all staffing, equipment and supplies 
  • Minimum requirement for group event is 60 total immunizations (not 60 total service members) 
  • Provide the space for group events in a temperature controlled environment with access to tables and chairs 
  • Enter the data into the appropriate medical databases after the event

Dental Services

The dental examination is a screening tool utilized by the United States Armed Forces to evaluate the individual dental readiness of their Service members. 

Completed annually, the dental examination consists of the following components: 

  • Exam Indication: All Service members without a current dental exam within the past 9 months will usually receive a new dental exam. 
  • Health History: Service member completes health history. 
  • Bitewing X-Rays: Taken with every dental exam. 
  • Blood pressure: Will be recorded for every dental exam. 
  • Panoramic X-ray (pano): No time requirement, to be taken if no pano is in the dental record, if significant change has occurred since the last one, or if deploying.
  • Dental Examination: Each Service member will be seen by a licensed dentist. 
    • Review of Health History and appropriate x-ray(s). 
    • Periodontal Screening and Recording (PSR). 
    • Charting of all dental disease. Classification designated. 
    • Original exam documents entered into Service member’s record.
  • Exam QA: Dental exams and ancillary documents are shipped to RHRP and reviewed. After review completed documents are mailed back to Service Member’s (SM) Medical Unit 
  • Digital Storage: All copies of records are digitized and stored at the vendor location

Service Delivery:

All dental services available individually or as a group event. For a group event: 

  • Minimum requirement is 50 dental exams per Group Event 
  • The RHRP provides all staffing, equipment, and supplies needed to perform all dental services. 
  • Your unit is responsible for providing space for group events to include: 
    • Temperature-controlled environment
    • Access to electrical outlets
    • Access to tables and chairs

Post-Deployment Health Readiness Assessment

The Post-Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) is a health screen designed to protect and evaluate the health of those returning from combat.

  • Targeted at 3-6 months after return from deployment
  • Provides education, screening, assessment, and access to care for a wide variety of questions and concerns that Service members may have about their health.
  • Povided through the toll-free call center or on-site at a group event.

The PDHRA is offered individually through the call center, and the RHRP contractor enters all data into the PDHRA within ASIMS in real time.

  • SM completes SM portion of the DD Form 2900 and calls the PDHRA call center at 1-888-734-7299 
  • A licensed Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) reviews the document with you and determines if you need further evaluation or treatment. 
  • You'll be referred for treatment or further evaluation if deemed necessary

Physical Exams

The physical exam is used to evaluate the individual medical readiness of their Service members. 

  • Physical exams are only offered in-clinic.

The exam consists of the following: 

  • A self-reported health history
  • Measurement and documentation of vitals (height, weight, BP, vision, etc. ) 
  • Review of current medical conditions with healthcare provider
  • Identification and examination of potential health risks
  • Collection and analysis of lab specimens (as required)
  • Recommendations for improvement of identified health conditions and to minimize potential health risks

Mental Health Assessments

The Mental Health Assessments (DHA4 and DHA5) are a series of deployment health screenings designed to identify mental health concerns, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other behavioral health conditions that may require referral for additional care and treatment. These screenings are done in order to ensure individual and unit readiness. The DHA 4 and 5 are required by all Service members deploying for 30 days or more in support of any contingency operation.

The DHA 4 is designed to be completed between 181 days and 18 months (545 days) after return from deployment, and the DHA 5 between 18 months (546 days) and 30 months (910 days) after return from deployment. The DHA 4 and 5 assessments are the final screenings of the 5 part DHA assessment cycle that includes the pre-deployment health assessment, post-deployment health assessment, and post-deployment health reassessment.


RHRP will draw blood samples from Service members to meet readiness and pre-deployment requirements. The U.S. Army Reserve is responsible for processing, labeling, and shipment of all labs.

  • Hemoglobin S and Erythrocyte Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD)
  • Labs are available only at Group Events. Minimum for Group Events in 30 per day. 
Last Updated: October 14, 2022
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