Today’s Military Is Overweight, In Pain, And Taking Sleep Aids Daily

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) transits the Black Sea Aug. 22, 2018.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) transits the Black Sea Aug. 22, 2018.

RAND Corporation recently summarized some of the findings in the Defense Department’s survey on military health. Here are the ones that struck me:

  • 19.4% have had more than one sex partner in the past year
  • 6.1% identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans
  • 61.3% have deployed
  • 9.9% met criteria for PTSD
  • 37.8 percent have chronic pain
  • 1.4% reported a suicide attempt during the previous year
  • 8.6% take sleep medications almost daily

Finally, one that surprised me: 65.7% are overweight.

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