Accession Number : AD0617514

Title :   MILITARY RETIREMENT: SOME BASIC OBSERVATIONS AND CONCEPTS,

Corporate Author : WILFORD HALL USAF HOSPITAL LACKLAND AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : McNeil,John S. ; Giffen,Martin B.

Report Date : 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Prior to World War II military retirement posed little or no problem since relatively few were on retired roles. However, with the increase in military strength and the number of retirements, many problems have arisen which were not previously noted by either the personnel people or medical personnel. Some of the problems and confusion which arises when individuals are faced with retirement are presented in this article. Early assistance by many different specialities can be of invaluable aid to the prospective retiree. Support and assistance in developing a realistic pre-retirement program will help channel the individual's anxiety and energy in a constructive direction. Success at this stage can help the individual retire to another career or interest and not simply see himself as 'put to pasture.' During the period of role confusion, the retiree needs help in redefining his identity and reestablishing a role for himself. Most retirees successfully negotiate the role confusion phase without professional intervention, but expert help at this time would serve to reduce the amount of emotional trauma and turmoil. Therapy oriented toward social functioning will prove beneficial to most. Assistance in this critical phase of a career is in the field of mental health. Once the individual has become maladjusted to and with his retirement, more prolonged and intensive treatment is required. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MILITARY PERSONNEL, ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY)), SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, OFFICER PERSONNEL, MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, ANXIETY, EMOTIONS, THERAPY

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