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Cracks and fissures: Pentagon says 6 percent of force is highly stressed

Cracks and fissures: Pentagon says 6 percent of force is highly stressed

This Pentagon study is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in military personnel issues, but especially for those looking at PTSD. The bottom line is that at least 6 percent of the active-duty force appears to be highly stressed, having served more than 25 months in combat zones since 9/11, while 74 percent have served less than 12 months in such zones.

Personnel policy wonks will want to dive deeper, but there are three easy points to take away here: 1) A small group is carrying a disproportionate part of the load, and 2) the majority isn’t carrying its share, so 3) the Army needs to do a better job of spreading the burden.

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