In Reply We are grateful for Dr Bryan’s careful consideration of our article.1 His analysis was helpful in summarizing and emphasizing some points from our article. It was unclear whether he felt deployment history should not have been used as an exposure variable in our study or whether he believes the available data now suggest that the field should move on to other questions. We believe he is arguing the latter because he described the use of deployment history in his own meta-analysis2 that was released shortly after our study. We were gratified to learn that his results were generally consistent with the results we reported on the association between deployment and suicide, and we agree that there are new opportunities for future research.
Reger MA, Skopp NA, Smolenski DJ. On Deployment and Military Suicide Risk—Reply. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(9):950-951. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0676