MILITARY OUTCOME OF TRAINEES SERVED BY AN ARMY MENTAL HYGIENE CONSULTATION SERVICE.
Final rept. Jun 64-Jun 69,
MENTAL HYGIENE CONSULTATION DIV FORT ORD CALIF
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Clinical and personnel records on 1354 basic and advanced trainees excluding stockade prisoners and applicants for pre-flight or officer training referred to the Fort Ord Mental Hygiene Consultation Service MHCS during calendar years 1962 and 1963 were studied in order to ascertain the military outcome and the influence of demographicidiographicsituational variables upon success-failure. A control group consisting of 213 draftees not referred to MHCS was also included in the study. Success was defined by completion of the soldiers obligated tour of duty failure, as premature separation from active duty. More than 50 per cent of the MHCS referrals failed to complete their obligated tours of duty, compared to eight per cent of the non-mental hygiene controls. Success was found to be related to certain demographicidiographic variables, especially Ss component and education. The kind andor amount of service rendered by MHCS did not influence success in the subsample of soldiers returned to duty. Implications of the findings for present day practices of military social and preventive psychiatry are drawn. The soldiers personal commitment behind a decision to exit from the Army is felt to be the common denominator running through the cases who failed to complete their obligated tours. It is suggested that MHCS services retrench and that MHCS operations be re-designed, re-programmed, and re-named so that military social and preventive psychiatry may develop an applicable technology. Author
- Medicine and Medical Research