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The minimum unambiguous citation for this document is “AR 10-50, 15 December 1980.”


The document digitized was loaned to the depositor by the Armed Military History Institute in 1987.

This regulation superseded AR 10-50, 16 July 1975, which is available in the UNL Digital Commons as:


Use of the Capital “T” in the title of The Surgeon General was intended to distinguish the senior medical office of the Department of the Army from a medical staff officer from some subordinate command.

Since the army reuses numbers and titles for administrative documents, the date must be included to unambiguously identify any given administrative document.


The purpose of the regulation is described as setting “… forth the mission and functions of the Director, US Army Medical Intelligence and Information Agency (USMIIA)…”

The mission of the USMIIA…”is to produce timely medical intelligence support to the following:

  • Offices of The Surgeons General, major commands, and staffs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
  • DOD [Department of Defense] and national level intelligence production agencies.
  • Other Government agencies as required.

[and] Administer and coordinate the medical aspects of the Army Foreign Materiel Exploitation Program. “ This regulation states more clearly than the 1975 edition, that the USMIIA provided medical intelligence support for the entire US armed forces.

Under the section on Command and Staff relationships, USMIIA was described as a field operating agency of The Surgeon General, US Army. In other words, the USMIIA was a special purpose organization reporting to The Surgeon General, chief of the Army Medical Department and senior medical staff officer in the US Department of the Army.