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Comment & Response
August 2014

Mental Health and the Army

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 2Psychiatry Consultant to the Army Surgeon General and Division Surgeon (Rear), 101st Airborne Division, Ft Campbell, Kentucky
  • 3School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
JAMA Psychiatry. 2014;71(8):965-966. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.689

To the Editor The articles from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)14 concluded that soldiers have higher rates of mental disorders than civilians (especially intermittent explosive disorder [IED]), that most conditions preexisted military service, and that Army suicides are a direct result of deployments. As the authors pointed out, these conclusions have important policy implications such as how individuals are selected for service. It is critical to correctly interpret these articles within the context of other large Framingham-like initiatives including the 67-year longitudinal Millennium Cohort study involving more than 200 000 service members and veterans.5

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