MSAR operates under the guidance of the Medical and Personnel Executive Steering Committee (MEDPERS) and its subcommittees, the Accession and Retention Medical Standards Working Group (ARMSWG) and the Disability Advisory Council (DAC).

MSAR's team of military and civilian physicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, and data scientists issue annual reports and publications, allowing DoD stakeholders to make informed policy decisions.

  • AMSARA and RMSAR provide direct analytic support to the Accession and Retention Medical Standards Working Group (ARMSWG)

  • DESAR supports the Disability Advisory Council (DAC)



Research and Partnerships

Throughout its history, MSAR has partnered with various agencies to collaborate on research designed to forecast outcomes and estimate risk factors related to medical readiness, high-utilization of health care, likelihood of developing disabling medical conditions, and other adverse attributes.


Research Topics:

  • Blast exposure                                           

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

  • Self-directed violence

  • Ambulatory studies

  • Medical disqualifications and waivers

  • Hearing loss

  • Sleep Apnea

  • Bones Stress Injuries

  • Disability discharge

  • Adverse attrition

  • Existing prior to service (EPTS) discharge

MSAR’s wide spectrum of research capabilities and expertise in understanding complex military databases has allowed to support various initiatives, including the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) grants to examine various population-based aspects of mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic epilepsy.

Partners and Collaborations:

  • WRAIR Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience                                      

  • Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division                           

  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)

  • Army Research Institute for Behavioral Health               

  • University of Maryland

  • Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)

  • DHA/J6

  • ​Stanley Medical Research Institute       

  • John Hopkins University