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Mil Med. 2014 May;179(5):547-52. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00361.

Incidence of admission to the Physical Training and Rehabilitation Programs in Initial Entry Training during fiscal year 2011.

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  • 1White Owl Solutions, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Epidemiology Data Center, 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23704.
  • 2US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Kansas Street, Building 42, Natick, MA 01760.
  • 3US Army Institute of Public Health, 5158 Blackhawk Road, ATTN: MCHB-IP-DI, Building E1570, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010.
  • 4Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Program, 5305 3rd Infantry Division Road, 30th AG BN (REC), 192D IN BDE, Fort Benning, GA 31905.
  • 5Fitness Training Company, Building 1897, Washington Road, Fort Jackson, SC 29207.
  • 6Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Program, 200 Oklahoma Avenue, Building 2097, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473.
  • 7Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Program, 2840 Davidson Road, Fort Sill, OK 73505.


The Physical Training and Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) is a recovery and reintegration program for recruits in Initial Entry Training (IET) who are unable to continue training because of serious injury. This investigation examined PTRP admission incidence among recruits in IET at Forts Jackson, Leonard Wood, Benning, and Sill during Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11). PTRP admission data were collected from a spreadsheet completed monthly by PTRP commanders. Total number of recruits was obtained from each post's Directorate of Programs, Training, and Management. In FY11, 368 men and 268 women were admitted into PTRPs at all installations. For Forts Jackson, Leonard Wood, Benning, and Sill, male admission incidences (cases/1,000 recruits) were 2.6, 3.0, 6.2, and 5.4, respectively; female admission incidences for Forts Jackson, Leonard Wood, and Sill, were 11.1, 10.1, and 22.6, respectively. Most injuries sent to PTRP were bone stress injuries (65%) or fractures (21%). 76% of recruits were returned to duty. Differences in admission incidence between posts appear primarily related to different local policies regarding convalescent leave and admission criteria. PTRP admission rates are lower than in the past, presumably related to policy changes and injury-reduction efforts. A cost-benefit analysis would assist in determining the value of the PTRP.

Reprint & Copyright © 2014 Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

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