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Mil Med. 2013 Mar;178(3):261-6. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00316.

The association between US Army enlistment waivers and subsequent behavioral and social health outcomes and attrition from service.

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U.S. Army Institute of Public Health, Behavioral and Social Health Outcomes Program, 5158 Blackhawk Road, Building E-1570, Gunpowder, MD 21010, USA.


Soldiers granted enlistment waivers for medical concerns, misconduct, or positive alcohol/drug tests may or may not be associated with an increased likelihood of negative behavioral outcomes. Soldiers in the population examined (n = 8,943) who were granted enlistment waivers from 2003 to 2008 were significantly more likely to subsequently be screened for alcohol/substance abuse, test positive for illicit substances, or receive an Army separation for behavioral misconduct. These associations were highest among Soldiers granted waivers for nonlawful alcohol/drug violations. Soldiers granted waivers for felony offenses and serious nontraffic violations were significantly less likely to separate from the Army compared with Soldiers not granted enlistment waivers.

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