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Environment Resources


Information on surviving and performing in hot environments.


Information and awareness on policies, reports and guidelines for performing well in high altitude.


All services in the Department of Defense have personnel actively involved in diving operations. This section will address the issues of how to approach, manage and prevent diving illness and injuries.


Aviation manuals, training programs, and educational links across all branches of the military.


Gear has to be up to performance challenges if Warfighers are to be well-protected in their environments.


Information on surviving and performing in hot environments.


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Prevent altitude sickness
Altitude sickness can affect your performance. Learn about what happens to your body and how to look for warning signs.

Environment News

Listen up!
Hearing loss is a silent epidemic in the military, but it isn’t inevitable. When not around firearm explosions or helicopter noise, follow safe listening practices to help prevent hearing loss.
What’s all the compression about?
Compression garments have become a part of sports uniforms and everyday athletic wear, but can they actually help your performance?
Get to know HPRC better
Learn about all the areas HPRC covers and what “human performance optimization” is.
Regaining a sense of touch
Prosthetic arms are becoming more sophisticated—improving the quality of life for individuals with missing upper limbs. The only thing lacking is a sense of touch, but perhaps not for long.
Is wicking apparel as “cool” as you think?
Clothing made from synthetic material is still popular in the sports apparel industry, with many manufacturers claiming that it improves heat regulation. That’s not what the science says, though.

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