Military Psychiatric Policies

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This memo was first written for the Winter, 2004, issue of the MLTF newsletter, On Watch. The author is Kathleen Gilberd, a legal worker in San Diego, California, and co-chair of the MLTF.

Note:  At this time, the only version is in PDF format. A new version of this memo should be available later in 2014, at which time it will be made available for both online and offline reading.

It includes a summary of the diagnostic and classification system used by the military, discussion of psychiatric criteria for medical discharge or retirement and administrative discharges, and some practical counseling suggestions for attorneys and counselors handling these cases. The memo does not offer a critique of the conservative psychiatric model and assumptions on which the policies are based, but the author does not mean to suggest such a critique is unwarranted.

Other articles of interest:

Service Members Can Protect Themselves Against Punitive Mental Health Evaluations” (PDF) in the July 2007 issue of On Watch.