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CSC Cheok, YG Ang, WM Chew, HY Tan
Correspondence: CPT(DR) C S C Cheok
A small proportion of servicemen enlisting for compulsory National Service in Singapore experience problems adjusting to military life. This paper aims to profile the servicemen who experience such problems. There is a paucity of literature addressing this issue internationally and none published locally. Servicemen who were referred to the Psychological Medicine Branch of the Singapore Armed Forces within six months of enlistment were retrospectively studied. In the work year July 1995 to June 1996, 77 cases were seen. The main classes of diagnoses were stress-related disorders, anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders. The main stressor was problems adapting to the military environment. There were 10 cases of parasuicide, significantly less than US Army statistics. At Operationally Ready Date, 20.7% were able to hold a combat vocation, similar to the US Army situation. This paper hopes to document the local figures and act as a reference for evaluating future therapies and policies.
Keywords: Military, Psychiatry, Adjustment Disorder, Singapore, Outcome
Singapore Med J 2000; 41(5): 218-220