Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has emerged as one of the signature wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Having provided more troop-years to these engagements than all the other services combined, the toll of PTSD has been especially burdensome for U.S. Army servicemembers. While the adverse mental and physical health outcomes associated with PTSD are well documented, the relationship between PTSD symptoms and military career milestones are often overlooked. This dissertation study endeavors to answer the question: To what extent do servicemembers with PTSD symptoms experience negative career outcomes?
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Army Promotion System
Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
Probability of Career Outcomes (Most Recent Deployment)
PDHA Survey Versions
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