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August 11, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(15):1084-1087. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860320026007

The diagnosis of mental and personality disorders or serious potentialities for their development has resulted in the rejection of more Selective Service registrants than has any other defect. It must be understood that by mental and personality disorders is meant any variation in the emotional capacity of the individual to adjust to his situation which results in symptoms indicating, in this instance, the possibility of maladjustment to military life.1 Among white registrants no other defects approach mental and personality disorders in importance as a cause for rejection, while for Negroes they are exceeded only by mental deficiency and syphilis. In addition, mental and personality disorders have accounted for more disability discharges from the armed forces than any other defects.

The standards for the rejection or acceptance of men for military service have been the responsibility of the armed forces. Most of the rejections for mental and personality disorders have

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