Is there an Association between Firearm Ownership & Capability for Suicide in Post-Deployment National Guard Service Members?

Research Paper Title Firearm Ownership and Capability for Suicide in Post-Deployment National Guard Service Members. Background National Guard service members demonstrate increased suicide risk relative to the civilian population. One potential mechanism for this increased risk may be familiarity with and access to firearms following deployment. This study examined the association between firearm ownership, reasons… Read More

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Can Genetic Perturbations of Inflammatory Response Contribute to the Risk of PTSD?

Research Paper Title Post-traumatic stress following military deployment: Genetic associations and cross-disorder genetic correlations. Background Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychiatric disorder that occurs with relatively high frequency after deployment to warzones (∼10%). While twin studies have estimated the heritability to be up to 40%, thus indicating a considerable genetic component in the… Read More

Should We Promote Leisure-time Physical Activity in Soldiers during Deployments to Maintain Combat Readiness?

Research Paper Title Effects of 6-Month Military Deployment on Physical Fitness, Body Composition, and Selected Health-Related Biomarkers. Background The purpose was to study the effects of 6-month deployment to Afghanistan on physical performance, anthropometrical, and health-related biochemical parameters in soldiers with sedentary to light physical workload shifts. Methods Twenty-five male soldiers (30 ± 4 years)… Read More

Post-Deployment & Resiliency Factors

Research Paper Title Resiliency factors that protect against post-deployment drug use among male US Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers. Background Service members who have been deployed are at risk for substance use, especially Reserve/Guard troops. However, it is unclear what modifiable factors protect against substance use in this at-risk population. The objective was to… Read More

Service Parents: Remember your Free Childcare!

Parents are missing out on 30 hours of free childcare a week because they are not applying for it in time when moving back to England. That is the warning from the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) Directorate of Children and Young People. Working parents with youngsters aged three to four are eligible and the MOD… Read More

Is There a Link between Childhood Trauma & the Impact of Deployment on the Development of Mental Disorder in Military Males?

Research Paper Title Childhood trauma and the impact of deployment on the development of mental disorder in military males. Background Childhood adversity is associated with mental disorder following military deployment. However, it is unclear how different childhood trauma profiles relate to developing a post-deployment disorder. The researchers investigated childhood trauma prospectively in determining new post-deployment… Read More

What is the Number of Under 18’s Deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan?

“In dealing with a similar PO in 2013, a total of seven, service personnel under the age of 18 were identified as having been deployed in the period 2007-10 in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon closer inspection of the information, only two out of the four service personnel were actually deployed to Iraq before the age… Read More