Never Deployed but Still at Risk: Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Reserve/Guard Soldiers

A Soldier prepares to rappel from a cliff. He is secured with a rope and leaning back getting ready to rappel down. Another Soldier looks on with his hand steadying the rope.
Approximately 25 Soldiers with 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat team, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, conducted rappel training June 13, 2023, at a rock formation near Fort Indiantown Gap. The Soldiers used mountain warfare skills to ascend the north face of the rocks with harnesses and ropes, then rappelled down the south face approximately 100 feet. (Pennsylvania Army National Guard)

Presented: May 14, 2024 12:00 pm
Presented by: Rachel Hoopsick, Ph.D.

Brain Health Mini-Series: Part 2

Reservists constitute approximately one-third of the U.S. Armed Forces; however, military health research disproportionately focuses on active service members and veterans. Operation:  SAFETY (Soldiers and Families Excelling Through the Years) is an ongoing study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that examines the health and well-being of U.S. Army Reserve/National Guard soldiers and their spouses). In this presentation, Dr. Hoopsick will share her research insights regarding never-deployed reservists, including their military and healthcare experiences and health-related outcomes.

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