Accession Number : ADP006958

Title :   Mental Health Issues: Lessons From Operation Desert Shield/Storm,

Corporate Author : ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT EUROPE

Personal Author(s) : Martin, James A.

Report Date : 17 APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : This paper highlights mental health issues from Operation Desert Shield/Storm (ODS). It is based on information reported at an ODS Lessons Learned Conference held at Vilseck, Germany in October 1991. During the period 1 August 1990 to 1 August 1991 there were only 476 psychiatric evacuations to U.S. Army medical facilities in Europe from the 500,000 member force deployed to Southwest Asia. (This represents 6.5% of all evacuations during this time period and Europe was the primary evacuation route for all of Southwest Asia). Together with the very low incident rates of problem behavior and the tremendously successful air and ground campaigns, it is clear that America deployed a psychologically healthy military force, including combat units that were well trained and well led.

Descriptors :   *MENTAL HEALTH, *PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, ARMY, DESERTS, EUROPE, EVACUATION, FACILITIES, GERMANY, HEALTH, LESSONS LEARNED, OPERATION, PAPER, RATES, TIME, WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE