Accession Number:

ADA621538

Title:

Changing the Air Force Disqualification Policy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Trauma-Related Disorders

Descriptive Note:

Special rept. Jan-Aug 2014

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH HUMAN PERFORMANCE WING (711TH)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-07-21

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Air Force has traditionally disqualified i.e., grounded aviators with mental health disorders resulting from traumatic experiences, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Following successful treatment, aviators have been required to demonstrate at least 6 months of stability before they were considered fit to return to flying status. However, in the experience of the Neuropsychiatry Branch of the Aeromedical Consultation Service, many of these aviators with prolonged disqualifications have not exhibited functional impairment that interfered with safety of flight. In an effort to return effectively treated aviators to duty sooner, the Air Force has chosen to modify the disqualification policy for trauma-related conditions. The updated policy is designed to ensure flight safety while encouraging aviators with post-traumatic stress disorder to proactively seek mental health treatment.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE