A humvee filled with Marines conducting a mounted combat patrol cruises through the desert of Iraq during the setting sun near Al Asad, Iraq, in 2006. US Marine Corps Photo
For the past 20 years – and longer before that – service members have returned from deployment talking about mental health concerns and illness they believed were linked to their time in the military, with many of their concerns backed by a variety of studies.
Now, a study that has been following military personnel, both active-duty and veterans, for 20 years supports the theory that experiencing combat can lead to adverse physical and health effects.
A U.S. Marine holds out a sticker given to Marines after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, on Camp Foster, Feb. 18, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo
The Marine Corps separated nearly 200 Marines in a week due to refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Seaman Apprentice Johnnese Poomaihealani, from Waianae, Hawaii, receives a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot during a shot event in the foc’sle aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Jan. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo
The Navy separated 50 sailors in the past week for refusing to get vaccinated against COIVD-19, bringing the total of separated sailors to 320, according to a spokesman with the chief of naval personnel. Read More
COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are pre-staged for a shot event in the hangar bay aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Dec.n 28, 2021. US Navy Photo
The Marine Corps separated 74 Marines over the past week, bringing the total number of separations over refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to 640. Read More
Hospitalman Tanner Huffman, assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka Branch Health Clinic Sasebo, administers a COVID-19 vaccine booster during a shot exercise for Japanese Master Labor Contract (MLC), Indirect Hire Agreement (IHA), and MarinerÕs Contract (MC) employees employed at Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) in Japan on Feb. 9, 2022. US Navy Photo
The Navy conditionally approved a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine, the first time for any vaccine in seven years, the Navy announced Wednesday. Read More
The following is the Feb. 10, 2022 report, Renewed Great Power Competition: Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress. Read More
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Elvin D. Richard, a cyberspace officer with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), receives a COVID-19 booster on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, on Jan. 6, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo
Approximately 0.3 percent of the Marine Corps has been separated due to refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the service’s COVID-19 update. Read More
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Nash Bovard, right, administers a COVID-19 vaccine booster to Culinary Specialist (Submarine) 3rd Class Zhabaron Brown during a shot exercise aboard USS Missouri (SSN-780) on Jan. 17, 2022 in Yokosuka, Japan. US Navy Photo
The Navy is accelerating the rate of separations from the service due to refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 removing 112 sailors this week, according to the service’s latest COVID-19 update. Read More
Ensign Sofia Bliek, from Vernon, Conn., on Feb. 6, 2022. US Navy Photo
The Navy has 5,000 to 6,000 gaps for sailors at-sea billets, the service’s senior personnel officer told a House panel on Tuesday. Read More
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Ruselle Kane, a native of San Francisco, assigned to Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), signals to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) in support of Noble Fusion, Feb. 4, 2022 in the Philippine Sea. U.S. Navy Photo
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A U.S. Navy carrier strike group and two amphibious ready groups are drilling in the Philippine Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Read More