Studies: Higher Rates Of Mental Problems May Be Rooted In Rigors Of Military Service

The New York Times (10/24, A16, Carey, Subscription Publication) reports that according to two studies published Oct. 23 in the journal Depression and Anxiety, “new recruits enter the Army with roughly the same rates of mental problems as their civilian peers, but those disorders can persist for longer amid the demands of service than in civilian life.” To reach these conclusions, researchers drew on the results of two anonymous “surveys of more than 38,000 men and women in basic training.” The findings suggest that “the higher rates of mental problems are rooted in the rigors of service, not in the loosening of enlistment standards.”Related Links:

— “Studies Link Mental Issues and the Rigor of the Military,” Benedict Carey, New York Times, October 23, 2014.

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