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Reassessment of Self-Reported Behavioral Health Habits and Other Issues Among Distributed Common Ground System Intelligence Operators and Non-Combatant Support Personnel

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Technical Report,01 May 2015,30 Sep 2017

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USAFSAM/FHO Wright-Patterson AFB United States

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The distributed common ground system DCGS community assigned to the U.S. Air Force 480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for around-the-clock analysis and exploitation of real-time, critical information in support of combat operations and in decision-making regarding global issues of national interest. Maintaining an accurate understanding of health and wellness trends among DCGS personnel is essential to sustaining this critical intelligence intel capability. A total of 1717 active duty intel, 394 active duty non-intel, 312 Air National GuardReserve intel operators, and 73 Air National GuardReserve non-intel personnel from DCGS locations from multiple squadrons across the globe completed the web-based psychological health behaviors survey. The estimated overall response rate was 24 for the Total Force DCGS community. Statistical analyses were performed to assess between-group differences to quantitative and qualitative psychological health behavior items assessing a the amount of sleep obtained before work and the frequency of engaging in structured physical exercise throughout the week b the amount, frequency, and increase in consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine and the reasons for increased consumption c medical conditions worsened by current unit assignment and occupational stress d changes in healthcare utilization since being assigned to their current duties and the reasons for these changes and finally e increases in medication utilization since being assigned to their current duties and the reasons for such increases. A series of comparisons with a previous, similar study is conducted, and recommendations are provided for line and medical leadership to assist in force management efforts focused on optimizing health within the DCGS Total Force community.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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