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Military Role in Safe Use of Microwaves

  • Lawrence T. Odland

Abstract

The military services of the United States have been, and continue to be, the major users of microwave energy in this country. By the very nature of the necessity that these systems be operational, safe use is mandatory if the missions of the services are to be completed. To this end the military medical departments have assumed the leadership role in studying the biological effects of microwaves, and in setting and evaluating the adequacy of occupational exposure standards. To date, no member of the military service has been shown unequivocally to have been injured because of occupational exposures. Cataracts are the most dramatic effect of microwave injury, but current standards and safety precautions, in the military services, are entirely adequate for protection against this injury. All services are supporting continuing programs of research and clinical studies to insure that the past record of safety continues, and that many of the unknown aspects of the program are properly and thoroughly investigated. A plea is made for the development of a personnel dosimetry and permanent program for recording exposure doses on a permanent basis.

Keywords

Microwave Radiation Occupational Exposure Military Service Microwave Energy Safety Precaution 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence T. Odland
    • 1
  1. 1.USAF Radiological Health Laboratory (AFLC)Wright-Patterson Air Force BaseUSA

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