The Medical Standards Analytics and Research (MSAR) program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is commissioned to provide epidemiologic research, vital data analytics and reporting capabilities to the Medical and Personnel Executive Steering Committee (MEDPERS), co-chaired by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Personnel Policy and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs.

The MSAR team evaluates military medical standards and policies across three main programs: Accession Medical Standards Analysis and Research Activity (AMSARA), Retention Medical Standards Analytics and Research (RMSAR), and Disability Evaluation System Analysis and Research (DESAR), with AMSARA and RMSAR providing direct analytic support to the Accession and Retention Medical Standards Working Group (ARMSWG), and DESAR informing the Disability Advisory Council (DAC).




Execute descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics using epidemiological methods to assess the impact of pre-existing medical conditions, occupational exposures, diseases and injuries on military service.

Integrate relevant operational, clinical, and economic considerations into evidence-based DoD policy decisions aimed at optimizing selection, retention and medical readiness of Service members.


Deliver real-time tailored analytical research to inform evidence-based DoD policy decisions, deliver actionable solutions, and measurably enhance medical readiness and resilience of the military service members.