MILLINGTON, TN -- To better assess post-deployment health among sailors in the Navy, commands can now access their deployment health assessments online.

The Navy says if sailors complete their post-deployment health assessment several months after returning home, the view of their overall health may have changed, sometimes for the worse.

"Sometimes sailors in a hurry to get demobilized or back to their pre-IA (individual augmentee) job may not spend the time on the post-deployment assessment that they should, and issues arise months after a deployment. The post-deployment re-assessment is designed to pick up those issues," Fleet Master Chief Mike McCalip, Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, said in a statement.

The post-deployment health assessment is designed to identify stress injuries and other health concerns that require further attention or treatment. Sailors are required to undergo a pre-deployment health assessment 60 days prior to the expected deployment date. When the sailor returns from deployment, a post-deployment assessment form is to be completed as close to their homecoming date as possible.