USE 'EM or LOOSE 'EM
Recommended mandatory wearing of mouth guards during
Rugby, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Pugil Stick, Bayonet
Training, and the Confidence course.
The Fort Leonard Wood Dental Activity (DENTAC) instituted
a mouth guard program in which each soldier entering Initial
Entry Training (IET) and the Officer Basic Course (OBC) is
issued a mouth guard upon in processing at the 43rd AG
Reception Center. The program is targeted at all incoming
Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard trainees, as well as
permanent party military soldiers – a yearly population of
30,000 to 35,000 soldiers.
The purpose of the program is to reduce costly dental
injuries, especially those injuries occurring during
training activities such as pugil stick training,
hand-to-hand training, M16 with bayonet training, and the
confidence course. The mouth guard program is meant to
supplement, not replace, the fabrication of custom mouth
guards by installation dental clinics.