Army Family Covenant

• What is it? • What has the Army done? • What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? • Why is this important to the Army? • www.army.mil

How Can Army Safety Help Me and My Family?
• Re-entry and reintegration period • Post-deployment motor vehicle and personal injury accidents • 60% of our Soldiers involved in fatal accidents were grade E5 or below

Privately Owned Vehicles Sedans
• Good News: Fewer POV sedan accident fatalities in FY07 than in FY06 • Bad News: More Soldier deaths each year from POVs than any other ground/aviation accident • During FY07, more POV-Sedan accident fatalities between the hours of midnight & 6 a.m. • January & February were among the worst months for sedan accident fatalities during FY07 While seat belt laws are in effect and enforced nationwide, Soldiers continue to drive without buckling up. www.drivers.com www.nhtsa.gov

Privately Owned Vehicles Motorcycles
• Good News: There were fewer motorcycle fatalities in FY07 than FY06 • Bad News: Motorcycle accident fatalities continue to be among the leading causes of Soldier deaths • During FY07, there were more motorcycle fatalities between 6 p.m. and midnight than any other time of day • There were more Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa motorcycle accident fatalities than any other type reported during FY07 • Choosing the Right Motorcycle http://www.amadirectlink.com/roadride/NewRider/choosing.asp http://www.amadirectlink.com/roadride/NewRider/startright.asp

Travel Risk Planning System
(TRiPS)
Users Army Navy Air Force Marine Corps Coast Guard Total
780,087 35,830 3,718 7,259 4,807 831,701

18 - 25
300,811 10,359 773 2,580 1,593 316,116

Male
640,268 29,397 2,879 6,179 4,093 682,816

Female Assessments
139,819 6,433 839 1,080 714 148,885 2,499,252 27,764 1,776 4,486 2,366 2,535,644
As of 29 Oct 2007

In FY07, TRiPS users were about four times less likely to be involved in a fatal POV accident than non-TRiPS users!

Water-Related Activities
• Accounted for over half of FY07’s off-duty fatalities (excluding POVs) • More Soldiers died in off-duty watercraft accidents in FY07 than the previous three FYs combined • Alcohol appears to be a factor in at least one-third of these accidents

Intervention/Prevention Measures
• Swim only in authorized areas and avoid alcohol • Take a safe boating course and wear a personal flotation device • Know the dangers and avoid being a victim of boating under the influence (BUI) www.uscgboating.org

Consequences of Irresponsible Use of Alcohol
• • • • • On average, someone is killed every 31 minutes as a result of an alcoholrelated vehicle crash In 2005, 1.4 million drivers nationwide were arrested for DUI Enlisted Soldiers can face maximum penalties which may result in forfeiture of pay, reduction of rank, 45 days extra duty and 60 days restriction Officers can also face forfeiture of pay and 30 days arrest in quarters or 60 days restriction Not in the Line of Duty (NLOD), which could result in the loss of Family benefits IAW AR 600-8-4 www.cdc.gov

PTSD/MTBI
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About 33% of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans have received mental health counseling for PTSD symptoms. Flashbacks, excessive nightmares, isolation from others, numbing of emotions, hyperarousal, irritability
MTBI: A relatively mild blow to the brain that produces just enough physical injury that normal brain functions of memory, attention, mental organization and logical thinking may be compromised.

Summary
• FY02 - FY07, 186 Soldiers died in accidents within one year following deployment • Be aware of the at-risk activities and possible readjustment difficulties a Soldier might experience following deployment

Thank you for all that you do to help us keep our Soldiers out of harm’s way. Your involvement is crucial to keeping our Soldiers safe while they are home!

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