Please Read This Overview Before Beginning The Survey

Introduction: Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a category of physical injuries that occur due to repetitive overuse or improper use. The Red River Valley Fighter Pilot's Association (RRVA) Aviator Medical Issues Committee (AMIC) more specifically describes an aviation related RSI--High-G RSI as:
 
"A group of symptoms that occur more likely than not, as a consequence of routine exposure to High-G flying in the course of normal duties in an assigned military aircraft." 
 
 Overview: questions follow that assist the RRVA AMIC in its determination of the High-G RSI experience of respondents. TO BE CLEAR: the AMIC is not surveying athletic injuries, household injuries, or other bone/tissue overwork consequences from non-military flying activities, e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. 
 
Scope: The RRVA AMIC is focused ONLY on what we call High-G RSI; that is, bodily injuries potentially linked to military fighter and/or attack aircraft High-G flight. We are not interested in any flying, personal or professional flying other than your Gen 3, 4, or 5 military aircraft experience. This survey does not collect data on sedentary duties; i.e., headquarters tours at a desk. 
 
Applicability: We believe most past and present aircrew do have some sense of if/when their RSI injuries occurred and a sense of their physical limitations potentially linked to their frequent exposure to continuous High-G military flying in fighter and/or attack aircraft.
 
Survey Completion Guidance: 

1) If you did fly the high performance fighter/attack aircraft listed in Question 1, please complete all survey questions.


2) If you did not fly the high performance military fighter/attack aircraft indicated below, please exit the survey.

If there is an internet service disruption during your survey completion, we ask you refresh your browser and reattempt; every fighter & attack aircrew response is important.

PRIVACY NOTICE: this survey does not require the disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) such as name, gender, SSN, contact information, etc. CAUTION: do not inadvertantly disclose PII in your question responses.

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* 1. Your Military Fighter/Attack Branch.  This survey applies to military aviators who flew USAF, USN or USMC high-G aircraft such as “F”, “A” or “R” series aircraft sub-divided into Generation (Gen) 3, 4, or 5. The groupings (below) are provided to assist you in your survey response selection. This question identifies the armed service(s) in which you flew any of the specified fighter and/or attack aircraft. Additionally, if you flew a Gen 3/4 equivalent aircraft on an exchange tour with a foreign air force as your primary assigned aircraft, please identify that aircraft in the comments box below.

Gen 3:
A-4, F-4, F-5, A-7, F-8, A-37, any Century Series fighter/attack aircraft

Gen 4:
A-10, F-14, F-15, F-16, F/A-18

Gen 5:
F-22, F-35

NOTE:
this survey does not distinguish whether you flew/fly on active duty, within the Air National Guard, or in a Reserve component. The rationale is that High-G military flying exerts the same physical forces on a body regardless of the patches on the flight suit.

Select all the responses that apply:

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* 2. Your Fighter/Attack Flying Experience. Indiciate which (USAF, USN, USMC) Gen military fighter/attack aircraft group you flew/fly:

NOTE: we are not collecting data on mission types you flew in each Gen as the assumption is if the aircraft was capable of high-G flight, you got there.

For the list of fighter/attack aircraft in a specific Gen (generation), see question 1.

Select all that apply:

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* 6. Ejection. Have you ever ejected from a Gen 3/4/5 fighter or attack aircraft? If you respond "yes," please describe the ejection(s) in the comment box.

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* 7. Your Program of Care. The purpose of this question is limited to a survey determination of the general care program of respondents.

This question requires a response. Select all that apply:

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* 8. Living With Potential High-G RSI Symptoms. To answer this question requires only an understanding of your symptoms and the working definition we provide above; not a formal medical diagnosis.

This question requires a response. Select the response that best describes your present condition:

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* 9. Rating The Impact of Pain In Your Life. How would you complete this sentence: What I perceive as my High-G RSI symptoms ____________ impacts my general physical condition, range of activities, and/or overall quality of life.

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* 10. How You Treat Your Pain. You were or are in treatment for body pain, range of motion, reduced function, etc. that you believe is linked to your military High-G aircraft flying history at one of the following facilities.

IMPORTANT:
there is NO jeopardy in any of these responses as this survey does not track or otherwise link response to an individual or IP address. However, the responses are carefully constructed as to aid in refuting counter-claims made by external authorities that an absence of aircrew medical flying records or any other self-reporting indicates absence of High-G RSI symptoms in the individual.

Select all that apply. This question requires a response:

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* 13. Seeking Formal Medical Advice. While you were flying High-G military aircraft, did you seek formal on-the-record advice and/or care for your perceived High-G RSI symptoms from a military (or authorized civilian) medical care professional that WAS recorded in your military medical records?

NOTE: Please avoid reading anything into the question. If the YES/NO response structure is inadequate for your situation please describe that in the comment box provided.

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* 14. Seeking Informal Medical Advice. For the purposes of this survey (and simplicity), did you ever seek informal medical advice while you were flying High-G military aircraft for symptoms you perceived were attributable to High-G RSI?  

NOTE: Please avoid reading anything into the question. When we say "informal medical advice," the presumption is that the conversation was NOT noted in your medical records.

If the YES/NO responses are inadequate for your situation please describe it in the comment box provided.

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* 15. Perceptions. This survey does not permit a full evaluation of your perceptions of military medicine. However, of the four responses below, select the response(s) that best describe your perception of military medicine where it met your case and your perception of your High-G RSI.

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* 16. VA Disability & Compensation. Do you have a Veteran's Administration (VA) disability & compensation (D&C) rating percentage for condition(s) you attribute to High-G RSI? 

NOTES:

A) IMPORTANT: If you are still actively flying a Gen 3, 4, or 5 fighter/attack aircraft, select the third response.

B) If you are receiving VA D&C payments for conditions you attribute to High-G RSI, you have a D&C rating. This questions seeks information only concerning a rating percentage, not the related disability dollar figure. 

C) This question does not imply nexus; that is, a medically determined cause/effect linkage to any combination of personal physical symptoms for which the VA found you eligible.

Background: the VA currently DOES NOT have a distinct High-G RSI protocol linked to aircrew who disclose that information during their military aviation service.

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* 17. Your Disability Claim Status.  CAUTIONplease avoid reading into the responses. This question seeks information as to the general status of your disability & compensation (D&C) claim, if you have one. While there are too many potential claim status combinations to be fully listed here, these are the response scenarios we are measuring in this survey.  

NOTE: If you are unsatisfied with the 10 responses below, please concisely outline your situation in the comment box provided.

Select the response that best describes your VA D&C experience.

If you have no VA D&C claim you attribute to High-G RSI, select "This question does not apply to me."

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