New Research Links Persistent Mental Issues To Demands Of Service

Photo by Lance Cheung

According to new research released this week, new recruits entering the Army have the same rates of mental problems as their civilian peers; however, the demands of military service cause those conditions to persist longer.

According to the New York Times, “The findings from both papers suggest that early treatment of mental health symptoms could avert problems later on, [Dr. Robert J. Ursano, director of the Center for Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and lead author of the paper on suicide] said. The results also present the military with a familiar conundrum: How do you identify vulnerable people without driving them underground?”

Veterans are pushing back against a Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which a woman with no military experience argued that women do not belong in combat units.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.

Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.

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Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

The Coast Guard's top officer is telling his subordinates to "stay the course" after they missed their regularly scheduled paycheck amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.

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After years of frequent mechanical failures ad embarrassing cost overruns, the Navy finally plans on deploying three hulls from its much-derided Littoral Combat Ship fleet by this fall after a protracted absence from the high seas, the U.S. Naval Institute reports.

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