0106. In order to record in detail the physical and mental capacity of an individual, medical classification under the PULHHEEMS system is considered and recorded under the following qualities:
a. Physical capacity (P). Indicates an individual's general physical and medical characteristics and his/her capacity or potential to perform military duties.
b. Upper limbs (U). Indicates the functional use of the hands, arms, shoulder-girdle and upper spine, and in general shows the individual's ability to handle weapons and loads. Pathological conditions of the upper limbs, having a constitutional basis, may also affect the assessment under P.
c. Locomotion (L). Indicates an individual's ability to march/run. Pathological conditions affecting marching ability, which have a constitutional basis, will also affect the assessment under P.
d. Hearing (HH). Records the ability to hear. Diseases of the ear are assessed under the P quality.
e. Eyesight (EE). Records the ability to see with the right and left eye. Diseases of the eyes are assessed under the P quality.
f. Mental capacity (M). Indicates the individual's ability to learn Army duties.
g. Stability (S). Indicates emotional stability, by which is meant Combat Temperament, which grades the degree of a soldier's ability to withstand the psychological stress of military operations.
THE MEANING OF P GRADES
0107. The meaning of each P grade is linked to employment. P grades arise from the PULHHEEMS assessment. This classification applies to males and females equally. The exact criteria for each P grade is discussed below:
a. P2 Fit for Combat. This is the key grade. The functional meaning of P2 is the absence of a medical condition or physical limitation that would prevent the soldier undertaking all of the physical elements of ITD(A)s. This grade would attract a PULHHEEMS Employment Standard (PES) of FE.
b. P3 Fit for Light Duties. The P3 grade is to be used for a soldier who has a medical condition that prevents him/her undertaking the full range of military duties. This describes a soldier who is able to perform useful duties in barracks but cannot complete all of the physical elements of ITD(A)s. The soldier may require medication or medical follow-up. The individual's condition is unlikely to significantly deteriorate if there is an interruption to the supply of medication or delay in the planned medical review. The individual's condition is unlikely to impose a demand on the medical services if deployed to the combat zone. This grade would normally attract a PES of LE. Pregnant personnel attract a regrading to P3R RE(PP).
c. P4, 5, 6 are not to be used.
d. P7 Fit for limited duties. Capable of performing useful Army duties within the limits of his disabilities. Expected to give regular and efficient service and is not likely to deteriorate if suitably employed and allowed time for regular meals and rest. May require regular, continued medical care or supervision and may require regular long-term medication. Individuals may be restricted in their ability to work at night or undertake shift work. They may require access to secondary level (hospital) medical facilities.
e. P8 Medically unfit for any form of military service.
f. P0 Unfit for duty but under medical care. Likely to return to duty within a total period of 18 months.