AFCME - Military Aircrew
AIR FORCE CENTRAL MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT
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|MILITARY AIRCREW EVALUATION
(EXTRACT FROM IAP 4303 4th Edition: Sep 2010)
The Air Force medical services are responsible for maintaining a high
standard of physical and mental fitness of all Air Force personnel so
as to ensure maximum operational efficiency of the human element of
The increasing complexities and demands of the profession in the Indian
Air Force have made it necessary to have stringent entry-level medical
standards for air warriors.
It is therefore important to ensure that service personnel are examined
periodically and, if disease or disability occurs or is detected, a
suitable medical standard is applied. To ensure this there is a requirement
of conducting a comprehensive initial medical examination to detect
pre existing or potential disease in all aspirants who wish to join
the Air Force. This is followed by periodic medical evaluation to ensure
in-service continuation of medical fitness.
IAP 4303 (4th Edition: Sep 2010)
This IAP is a comprehensive document, which deals with important aspects
of fitness of Indian Air Force personnel. Medical standards are laid
down in this IAP to secure uniformity in conduct of Medical Examinations
and interpretations of findings as well as assessment of physical fitness
for the specific job, as is required (of the individual), by the service.
MEDICAL EVALUATION (SURVEILLANCE) SYSTEM INITIAL MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS
Initial medical examination of candidates for commissioning in the officers'
cadre, is carried out at AFCME and also in IAM/MEC(East). The purpose
of this medical evaluation is to ensure that each candidate fulfils
the medical qualifying standards for his/her branch into which he or
she is seeking entry. Every effort is made to detect any disease or
infirmity, which may at a later date affect the physical and/or mental
capacity of the individual adversely. During the initial medical examination
the benefit of doubt regarding fitness or otherwise goes to the State.
This is to avoid likely drop-outs and subsequent invalidments due to
disabilities when sizeable expenditure on training has been incurred
by the State. Initial Medical Examination of the following categories
of Candidates / Officers are conducted at AFCME:
THE ANNUAL MEDICAL EXAMINATION (AME)
- Medical Examination of candidates selected for NDA (for flying
and other services), CDSE (civil and Airmen)), SSC(M) F(P), SSC(W)
F(P), Army Aviation, Naval Aviation, Coast Guard officers, Coast
Guard Candidates, Aircrew Airmen Flight Engineer/Flight Gunner,
Aircrew Officers Enginner AE(M) Air, induction to ARC and RIMC.
- Among non flying candidates, medical examination is carried out
for AEC/SSC (Civilian & Airmen), SSC(W) Technical and Non-Technical,
GDOC(Civilian & Airmen), University Entry Scheme, Para Jump Instructor(Officers
& Airmen), SSC Medical Officers appearing for PC and Medical Officers
after secondment into Air Force
AME is the most important part of medical surveillance. This is carried
out once a year. The aims are to reaffirm the physical and mental fitness
of an individual, detect illness at its earliest stage, and to render
necessary advice for maintenance of positive health. The findings of
the examination are compared with previous records of such examination.
Annual Medical Examination of all Gp Capt (Flying branch) posted to
Air HQ and Air Officers of the IAF as per the geographical coverage
area are conducted at AFCME.
This is assessment of an individual by a board of medical officers (including
specialist medical officers, when available) with a view to determine
the physical and mental status of an individual and need for protected
employment. Medical board of the following categories of personnel are
conducted at AFCME:
- Review, Re-Categorisation Medical Boards of AF Personnel (of F
(P), FTE duties, Weapon System Operators, Flight Test Engineers,
Airmen Aircrew, ADM/ATC, ADM/FC) in low medical category as per
the geographical coverage area.
- Review, Re-Categorisation Medical Boards of the Navy and Army