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« on: 29 October 2011, 05:00:17 »

Military Mental Health: An Army of Children

By Michael Miovic, MD | 28 de octubre de 2011

Dr Miovic is a psychiatrist at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Department of Psychiatry, in Cambridge, Mass.

I am a civilian psychiatrist who recently finished 20 months working as a contractor for the United States Army. Going into the job, I expected the degree of combat-related stress I saw in our troops. However, I was not prepared for the scope of impact our two long wars have had on military children.

Like most civilians with no military background, I didn’t realize how many children there are in the Army. During the Vietnam War, the United States used the draft to maintain a large fighting force of single soldiers, most of whom did only one tour of duty. Today, we have an all-volunteer force full of families. About 55% of the military is married, 1.9 million children have a parent in the military, and over 1 million children have had a parent deploy. In fact, in 2010 the active-duty sector of the Army actually had more children (570,000) than soldiers (562,000). […]

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