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  • Dear Mr. Caley,

    Thank you for your question and for your interest in military suicide. While the military does screen for various mental health issues at accession (see DoDI 6130.03), a history of mental health issues or treatment does not always bar someone from military service. It's also possible that service members without mental health issues engage in suicidal behaviors. Finally, there are factors that could increase service members' risk for suicide in comparison to adults in the general U.S. population, such as a greater prevalence of pre-enlistment traumatic experiences and greater exposure to post-enlistment traumatic experiences such as combat.

    Sincerely,

    The DoDSER Team

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