the Army records with which it was so comfortable. "[O]ne of the great values of the program was precisely that it had been possible to study reasonably large groups of men with relatively rare conditions, and this would no longer be possible," the committee noted. Indeed, except for studies where the indexing was already complete, it became very difficult to develop studies for some diseases.146
As part of his effort to hold more meetings, Remington convened the committee for a second time in 1973. The committee faced a changed external environment with the completion of the NRC reorganization. The Medical Follow-up Agency and CEVFUS now formed parts of the new Assembly of Life Sciences. The old Division of Medical Sciences continued to exist but as a much reduced entity. With the retirement of Charles Dunham, the MFUA staff and CEVFUS had to get to know an all-new hierarchy, including Leonard Laster, executive director of the new Assembly of Life Sciences.
In addition to discussing the new organizational structure, the committee devoted the bulk of its time at the second 1973 meeting to its subcommittee on MORPE and the revision of the Army's induction examination. The subcommittee focused on the data for cardiovascular research that could be retrieved from the revised examination. The larger committee chose to accept the subcommittee's report without forwarding it to the Army staff on the grounds that the proposal was not "original" enough.147
In 1975, the issue of the MORPE program arose again. Since the Army had delegated MORPE interests to the Air Force, the current effort to modernize the examination system was directed to Armed Forces Entrance Examination Station (AFEES) operation, with a pilot run to commence at the Baltimore AFEES in 1975. Although the committee expressed its regret that no greater effort was being made to standardize examination procedures, yielding universally applicable data, it was encouraged by the fact that the new record system might make it possible to maintain a data base on those who had been rejected. Such a data base would be useful in controlling for the so-called healthy veteran syndrome, which postulated that men on the MFUA's veteran rosters were less susceptible to disease than the general population since they had passed the physical examination on induction. MFUA staff officer Robert J. Keehn suggested that new data arising from MORPE and the AFEES modernization impelled the committee to take the lead in the establishment of data bases for future studies, rather than relying on data bases laid down and preserved by others. 148
As it worked with the subcommittees, the MFUA could also report progress in a number of ongoing projects. The group at the VA responsible for research on alcoholism approached the MFUA, anxious to set up long-term studies of alcoholism in association with the armed forces but confused as to how to proceed. Changing attitudes within the military regarding alcoholism—that is, considering it a disease worthy of treatment rather than a reason for summary dismissal—opened up new possibilities for research.149 Plans were being made to update prisoner of war (POW) mortality for the POW study through 1972, to verify if the