Women in Combat: The Medical and Behavioral Health Effects on Women Who Have Served in Combat
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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As with any military conflict, the Department of Defense studies the health effects on Soldiers who have deployed in support of combat operations. With the role of women serving in combat increasing over the past decade, it is important to understand how womens health may be affected by combat deployment. The purpose of this study was to identify what are the medical and behavioral health effects on women who have deployed, how these health effects may differ from their male counterparts, and how well the Department of Defense is identifying and addressing these different health issues. This thesis is based on a review and analysis of research that has already been conducted. Although very little research is available which focuses specifically on womens health effects, it can be concluded that women may deal with combat-related health effects differently than men, and that more research must be conducted in order to better understand the health effects on women, and how to provide better care for women once they return from combat deployment. Additionally, it can be concluded that a new post-deployment health assessment form should be considered in order to better identify post-deployment health care needs for women returning from combat.
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