Trauma, Stress & Health: Military Women in Combat, Deployment & Contingency Operations. Recommendations,
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD F EDWARD HEBERT SC HOOL OF MEDICINE
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At present, military women are confronted by both direct and indirect combat exposure. Military leaders have long recognized that mission readiness requires both the absence of disease and the presence of mental, physical, and spiritual health. However, little is currently known about how the health of military women may be uniquely affected by extreme environments. Such knowledge is essential to meet the health needs of military women and to sustain fitness for all mission contingencies. Servicewomen are naturally concerned with maintaining their health as an integral part of their readiness to assume any mission they are trained to perform. Research aimed at identifying and understanding overall and gender specific stressors involved with combat stress, trauma, and extreme environments will enhance the ability of individual servicewomen to care for themselves within an institution that is informed of and concerned with their needs. Educational and preventive measures resulting in servicewomen assuming informed responsibility for their health needs within the context of a supportive group system parallels the process of fostering individual initiative and group cohesion that is essential to mission performance on aircraft, ships, and battlefields.
- Military Forces and Organizations