An internal Pentagon briefing chart shows that sick call is a major operation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For the span of January 2005 to November 2006, doctors and medics treated more than 80,000 troops on an outpatient basis. That’s about half the total force in both countries.
The sick call roster breaks down this way: disease: 50,205; non-battle injuries: 26,476; battle injuries: 2,131; and nonspecific complaints: 1,636.
During that same period, there were 222 cases of psychoses and 190 of depressive disorder.
In Afghanistan, the No. 1 complaint is respiratory disorder. In Iraq, it’s back pain.