Prevalence by Military Service

DESCRIPTION

The graph and table below display the number and percentage of active duty service members (ADSMs) that were diagnosed with any mental health disorder within a given year for fiscal years 2005 through 2015. These data are also stratified by military service (i.e. Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy) and include active Guard and Reserves.

FINDINGS

  • The Army had the greatest percentage of ADSMs diagnosed in each year of the measurement period, rising to 28 percent by fiscal year 2012. This finding could suggest a number of situations, including but not limited to:
    •  Serving in the Army is a greater risk factor for developing these mental health disorders compared to serving in the other military branches, and/or:
    • ADSMs in the Army are more likely to seek care for a mental health disorder, leading to higher rates of diagnosis and/or:
    • ADSMs in the Army may be more prone to pre-existing mental health disorders before joining the military. Further analysis is required to identify factors associated with increased mental health diagnoses in the Army.