Battle Stress Casualties in the Israeli Defense Force during the War in Lebanon. Revision,
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC
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This report summarizes my visit to the Mental Health Department of the Israel Defense Force IDF. During this visit I met with personnel of the Mental Health Department of the IDF and discussed battle stress casualties resulting from the war in Lebanon. The IDF was successful in returning 90-95 of forward treated battle stress casualties to their units within 48-72 hours, with a net return initial return minus reevacuation of between 70-85. This excellent result was accomplished by mental health officers placed forward in the advanced medical battalions which supported each division. These mental health personnel were mostly reservists, and had little or no prior experience with battle stress casualties. The success was due to their placement forward with the division, and to the didactic training in the treatment of battle stress casualties they received from the mental health department prior to the war.