November 15, 2007; Washington, D.C. – NPR News is reporting that new figures from the Pentagon, obtained by NPR, show that since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, substantially more troops have been discharged from the Army for behavior and discipline issues which are potentially related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other serious mental health conditions. The report from NPR correspondent Daniel Zwerdling is airing today on NPR News All Things Considered.
Based on numbers provided by the Army – comparing discharges roughly since the war in Iraq began to the same period before the war – Zwerdling reports that, since the war:
*40 percent more soldiers have been discharged for a personality disorder.
*Nearly 20 percent more soldiers have been discharged for misconduct.
*More than twice as many soldiers have been discharged for drug use (part of the misconduct category).
*In all, more than 28,000 soldiers have been discharged from the Army for a personality disorder and/or misconduct.