Does Low Back Pain during Military Service Predict Low Back Pain in Later Life?

Research Paper Title Low back pain during military service predicts low back pain later in life. Background The aim of the present study was to assess associations between physician diagnosed unspecified low back pain (LBP) during compulsory military service and self-reported LBP and physical fitness measured on average four years after military service. Methods From… Read More

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Identifying Knowledge Gaps in Military-Related Risk Factors for Dementia

Research Paper Title Military-related risk factors for dementia. Background In recent years, there has been growing discussion to better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder and how they may be linked to an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease in veterans. Methods Building on that discussion, and… Read More

The (Military Pension) X-Factor Explained

A brief article to help you understand that ‘extra’ cash in your monthly pay. What is the X-Factor? It is an addition to basic pay that recognises the particular challenges of military life. Brief history The X-Factor was introduced in 1970. Male soldiers received 5% whilst female soldiers received 1%. The rates were not equalised… Read More

South Korea & Conscientious Objectors

“Lim jae-sung is a mild-mannered lawyer in his thirties with a fondness for monogrammed shirts and human-rights cases. Owing to South Korea’s strict military-service laws, he is also a convicted criminal with a prison record. Mr Lim refused to serve in the army after becoming involved with the anti-war movement sparked by the dispatch of… Read More

Psychological Problems: Are They Associated with Military Service Later in Life or a Feature of Ageing?

There may be ongoing psychological problems associated with military service later in life; yet as the elderly in the general population also suffer from mental health problems, whether such issues can be attributed to military service or are a feature of ageing remains unclear. Read More

Does Regular Exercise Prior to Military Service Protect Against Fatigue Fractures?

Research Paper Title Regular physical exercise before entering military service may protect young adult men from fatigue fractures. Background Bone stress fractures are overuse injuries commonly encountered in sports and military medicine. Some fatigue fractures lead to morbidity and loss of active, physically-demanding training days. The researchers evaluated the incidence, anatomical location, risk factors, and… Read More

Discussing Treatment of Military-Related PTSD

Research Paper Title Treatment of military-related post-traumatic stress disorder: challenges, innovations, and the way forward. Abstract Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the common mental disorders in military and veteran populations. Considerable research and clinical opinion has been focused on understanding the relationship between PTSD and military service and the implications for prevention, treatment,… Read More