Table 69Past year mental health counseling among active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel, by branch and duty status: unadjusted and adjusted percentages, United States, 2006

[Data are based on self-administered questionnaires of military personnel]

ServiceUnadjusted (percent)Adjusted1 (percent)
 Active duty16.416.9
 National Guard14.814.5
 Active duty14.815.1
Marine Corps—total12.512.2
 Active duty12.713.2
Air Force—total12.511.2
 Active duty13.313.2
 National Guard11.411.0
Total Department of Defense14.113.0
 Active duty14.614.6
Total National Guard and Reserve13.311.9

Estimates are considered unreliable because of low precision.


Adjusted estimates have been corrected for differences in the demographic distributions between the Reserve components. The main effects of sex, age group, enlisted/officer indicator, marital status, education, and race/ethnicity were used in this standardization process. Comparisons across Reserve service components should be based upon adjusted estimates.

NOTES: Duty status determination is based on current status at the time of data collection.

Reserve component estimates exclude full-time or activated National Guard and Reserve.

Mental health counseling refers to receiving services from a psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical social worker, other mental health counselor, or a general medical doctor at a military or civilian facility. Services could also be received from a military chaplain, civilian pastor, rabbi, other pastoral counselor, or a self-help group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

As an example of how to interpret the estimates in the table, the second cell shows that after adjusting for demographic characteristics, 15.1 percent of all U.S. Army personnel in 2006 reported having received mental health counseling in the past year.

SOURCES: Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among the Guard and Reserve Force, 2006. As taken from Hourani LL, Bray RM, Marsden ME, Witt MB, Vandermaas-Peeler R, Scheffler S, Strange LB. 2006 Department of Defense survey of health related behaviors among the Guard and Reserve force. Jun, 2007. Report prepared for TRICARE Management Activity. Retrieved from Component_FR_9-07.pdf.. The views, opinions, and findings contained in this report are those of the authors and should not be construed as an official Department of Defense position, policy, or decision, unless so designated by other official documentation.

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