Sick call

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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