Army personnel more likely to develop PTSD than those in the Navy or RAF

A government report has recognised that those men and women serving with the Army or Marines are far more likely to develop psychological illnesses such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) compared with those serving in the RAF or Navy.

Please take a look at our previous post about head injuries linked to soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder.

The report was published by the government’s Select Committee on Defence and highlighted the impact the army’s commitment to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts was having on the mental welfare of soldiers. The report identified that the continuing commitment to the conflicts was leading to marines and soldiers being rotated through active combat roles more frequently and being repeatedly exposed to a range of traumatic events as result.

Research conducted by the American military suggests army personnel exposed to five or more encounters with the enemy during a tour of duty are approximately 20% more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder than those who have fewer or no such experiences. The research also indicated that even where soldiers have not been exposed to ‘contact’ with the enemy during their tour they are still at an increased risk of developing the condition. The UK’s Select Committee on Defence noted in their own report that British soldiers and marines were approximately 400% more likely to develop PTSD than those serving in the RAF and NAVY.

Common symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder include, but are not limited to:

  • Night terrors
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Hyper-arousal
  • Avoidance
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Uncharacteristic mood swings
  • Irritability

In the report members of the Select Committee on Defence expressed their concern at the increasing number of soldiers suffering from PTSD and the expectation that this number will increase dramatically in the coming years.

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