Physical Profile Serial Numbers Explained

The physical profile serial number provides an index to overall functional capacity. It is the functional capacity of a particular organ or system of the body that is evaluated, rather than the defect. The serial number breaks down to the following "PULHES Factor" categories and scores:

"P" stands for "Physical capacity or stamina" and includes criteria about an individual's fitness for their heart, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system, and nervous systems as well as allergic, endocrine, metabolic and nutritional diseases, diseases of the blood and blood forming tissues, dental conditions, diseases of the breast, and other organic defects and diseases that do not fall under other specific factors of the system.

  1. Good muscular development with ability to perform maximum effort for indefinite periods.
  2. Able to perform maximum effort over long periods.
  3. Unable to perform full effort except for brief or moderate periods.
  4. Functional level below the standards of "3."

"U" stands for "Upper extremities" - concerning the hands, arms, shoulder girdle, and upper spine (cervical, thoracic, and upper lumbar) in regard to strength, range of motion, and general efficiency.

  1. No loss of digits or limitation of motion; no demonstrable abnormality; able to do hand to hand fighting.
  2. Slightly limited mobility of joints, muscular weakness, or other musculo-skeletal defects that do not prevent hand–to–hand fighting and do not disqualify for prolonged effort.
  3. Defects or impairments that require significant restriction of use.
  4. Functional level below the standards of "3."

"L" stands for "Lower extremities" - concerning the feet, legs, pelvic girdle, lower back musculature, and lower spine (lower lumbar and sacral) in regard to strength, range of motion, and general efficiency.

  1. No loss of digits or limitation of motion; no demonstrable abnormality; able to perform long marches, stand over long periods, run.
  2. Slightly limited mobility of joints, muscular weakness, or other musculo-skeletal defects that do not prevent moderate marching, climbing, timed walking, or prolonged effort.
  3. Defects or impairments that require significant restriction of use.
  4. Functional level below the standards of "3."

"H" stands for "Hearing and ears" - concerning auditory acuity and disease and defects of the ear.

  1. Audiometer average level for each ear not more than 25 dB at 500, 1000, 2000 Hz with no individual level greater than 30 dB. Not over 45 dB at 4000 Hz.
  2. Audiometer average level for each ear at 500, 1000, 2000 Hz, or not more than 30 dB, with no individual level greater than 35 dB at these frequencies, and level not more than 55 dB at 4000 Hz; or audiometer level 30 dB at 500 Hz, 25 dB at 1000 and 2000 Hz, and 35 dB at 4000 Hz in better ear. (Poorer ear may be deaf.)
  3. Speech reception threshold in best ear not greater than 30 dB HL, measured with or without hearing aid; or acute or chronic ear disease.
  4. Functional level below the standards of "3."

"E" stands for "Eyes" - concerning visual acuity and diseases and defects of the eye.

  1. Uncorrected visual acuity 20/200 correctable to 20/ 20, in each eye.
  2. Distant visual acuity correctable to not worse than 20/40 and 20/70, or 20/30 and 20/100, or 20/20 and 20/ 400.
  3. Uncorrected distant visual acuity of any degree that is correctable not less than 20/40 in the better eye.
  4. Visual acuity below the standards of "3."

"S" stands for "Psychiatric" - concerning personality, emotional stability, and psychiatric diseases.

  1. No psychiatric pathology. May have history of a transient personality disorder.
  2. May have history of recovery from an acute psychotic reaction due to external or toxic causes unrelated to alcohol or drug addiction.
  3. Satisfactory remission from an acute psychotic or neurotic episode that permits utilization under specific conditions (assignment when outpatient psychiatric treatment is available or certain duties can be avoided).
  4. Does not meet standards of "3" above.

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