The Impact of Deployment History on the Well-Being of Military Personnel
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT EUROPE
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The present study examines the effects of deployment history on the psychological health of military personnel. Personnel N 57,854 re-deploying from the NATO mission in the former Yugoslavia were assessed for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and alcohol problems. Personnel scoring above criteria on the clinical scales received an interview to determine referral need. Longer deployments were associated with an increase in meeting criteria on one of the clinical scales. Prior mission-related deployment experience was associated with lower rates of exceeding criteria only for those personnel deployed 6 months or less. The findings have implications for military deployment policy and provide evidence for the effect of deployment length on soldier health.
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