Military Travel

Council Nominations Open

Are you interested in serving as an Officer on the Council of the ISTM Military Travel Interest Group?  If so, you have until 21 March 2018 to complete a proposal form to be considered for inclusion on the ballot.  You may download the form here.

Basic Operational Structure
The ISTM Military Travel Health interest group is governed by a Steering Council elected by its membership. The Steering Council consists of 5 members, one of which is Chair, one Chair-Elect, one scientific coordinator, one local meeting organizer and one secretary. It is anticipated that subcommittees may be formed from within the group members for the three main military branches (Army, Navy and Air force) and the elected council may appoint an advisory board. The Elected Steering Council will fine tune the process once elected, including developing policies for vacancy of positions. The scope and initiatives of the group may evolve and extend following official meetings. The Group Chair reports to the ISTM Executive Board and serves on the ISTM Leadership Council.

Steering Council Membership

  • Five members
  • The council members must represent different world regions and at a minimum two continents must be represented. The Chair and the Chair-elect must be from different continents.
  • Interest Group members must be full ISTM Members.
  • Members seek participation out of genuine interest in the Group and its initiatives.
  • Potential council members are required to present their CV and a written vision statement.
  • Members and Officers serve terms of two years for a given position, with a limit of two terms in succession.
The Steering Council Officers
  • Two officers: Chair and Chair Elect, each serving for a two-year term.
  • Chair Elect becomes Chair at end of term
  • Immediate Past Chair remains on Council as Ex?Officio (non?voting) Member for 1 two?year term.
The Scientific Coordinator
  • Establishes the main characteristics of the military traveler on the ISTM website
  • Monitors the literature for timely, evidence based, peer-reviewed deployment-related articles.
  • Supervises the collaborative research projects regarding military travel health
  • Encourages military researchers to publish travel-related material in the Journal of Travel Medicine and in other relevant journals.
  • Collaborates closely with the local meeting organizer in order to organize military-oriented sessions at the CISTM, RCISTM and regional and local travel medicine meetings.
The Local Meeting Organizer
  • Organizes military-oriented sessions at the CISTM, RCISTM and regional and local travel medicine meetings.
  • Establishes contact with local military medical services during travel medicine meetings.
  • Organizes visits to local military memorials, museums, hospitals or infirmaries during travel medicine meetings.
  • Organizes a dinner for the group members during each ISTM meeting.
The Secretary
  • Writes the reports of the official meetings of the group and its leadership.
  • Submits to the ISTM secretariat the written minutes of the leadership meetings.
  • Works closely with the ISTM secretariat regarding the group’s administration work including treasury issues (for military coins or local dinners for example).
  • Works closely with the local meeting organizer.

For each open position, the nominating committee will carefully review all the names proposed and will select, by majority vote. A link to a secure and anonymous electronic ballot will be e-mailed to all Interest Group members, and balloting will be open for a 30 day period of time.
Consider running and become a leader of this important Interest Group!

Send your form in by 21 March 2018. Download the nomination form.


Founding Members

Olivier Aoun, France
Gerhard Boecken, Germany
Holly Doyne, United States of America
Andrew Green, United Kingdom
Martin Haditsch, Austria
Peter Leggat, Australia
Anne McCarthy, Canada
Mark Riddle, United States of America

Uniti pro militum valetudinem 

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Are you a healthcare provider interested in medical readiness of, or caring for, military service members?

ISTM Executive Board has approved the Military Travel Interest Group. This group is free to join with your ISTM membership and will give you the opportunity to collaborate with other ISTM members who work with Deployed military personnel.

Through history, military medicine has contributed and continues to contribute to major scientific advances in the fields of epidemiology, vaccinology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, tropical medicine, and as a consequence of travel medicine. Deployed military personnel represent a unique travel cohort typically characterized as young, disciplined, trained, predominantly male, strictly selected, controlled, and regularly monitored population, travelling in groups for occupational reasons.

Goals for the Group

  • Increase cooperation between military providers for improving pre-, during, and post-deployment care.
  • Improve international networking between military providers.
  • Facilitate the development of the best practices regarding prevention and treatment of deployment-related health issues.
  • Promote visibility and support of military travel medicine within the ISTM.
  • Advance the science of military medicine and provide professional education about military travelers.
  • Alert and educate non-military health care providers who deal with service members to the unique requirements, exposures and needs of the military.
  • Introduce travel medicine to the military healthcare providers in order to expand their knowledge, attitude, and practices.