The purpose of an Overseas Suitability Screening (OSS) is to identify medical, dental, educational and potential duty limiting conditions or requirements of both service and family members. Completing a screening will ensure that both the family and service member are qualified for overseas, operational duty, and remote duty assignments. For the best medical care or education, sometimes an overseas tour is not in the service or family member's best interest.
Per BUMEDINST 1300.2A, the OSS process is required to be completed within 30 days of receipt of orders. It is important that an OSS is thoroughly completed on each service and family member that is to come overseas. For an overview of the OSS process please follow this link: Overseas Screening Process Overview.
Improper screenings cause significant hardship for the family member, service member, and the service member’s command. If an improperly screened individual arrives at the overseas location their requirements usually exceed the capabilities of the new duty station and undue work and family stress could result. These could include increased absences from duty, decreased quality of life, unplanned expenditures, and early return of dependants (ERD) or Tour Curtailment.
When a case of improper screening is identified, an Overseas Screening Deficiency Report (OSDR) will be submitted required by BUMEDINST 1300.2A and MILPERSMAN 1300-306 to the transferring/lossing command, gaining command, BUMED, and COMNAVPERSCOM or HQMC.
A proper screening ensures a productive tour for the service member, family and the new command.
Suggestions to expedite the screening process:
- Start the OSS process immediately upon receipt of orders.
- Contact your local MTF to schedule an appointment with an appointed screener.
- Provide DD2807 and 1300/1 and any additional/supplemental information. These are required to expedite the screening process. Screening may be delayed without complete information.
- Ensure eligible family members with special needs, whether it be medical, educational or both are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).
For further details and to address specific questions about any related OSS issues, please see your area screener. The screener will be able to go into greater detail and answer inquiries pertaining to your specific situation.
Click here to see a list of medical conditions that MAY be disapproved.
Click here to see a list of medical conditions that WILL be dissapproved.
USNH Yokosuka Overseas Suitability Screening point of contact:
Overseas Screening Coordinator
U. S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan
Comm Tel: 011-81-46-816-5349
Fax Tel: 011-81-46-816-8976 DSN: 315-243-8976