Mental health issues among those who served/not in U.S. military 2015-2016

This statistic shows the percentage of those who have served/not served in the U.S. military who had select mental health concerns as of 2015-2016. It was found that 18.1 percent of those who had served in the military suffered from some mental illness compared to 18.6 percent of those who did not serve.

Percentage of Americans who reported select mental health concerns in 2015-2016, by military service

ServedDid not serve
Frequent mental distress11.4%11.7%
Any mental illness18.1%18.6%
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Release date

October 2018


United States

Survey time period

2015 and 2016

Number of respondents

around 400,000

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Data do not distinguish between those currently serving and those who have been discharged, the nature of discharges, involvement in active combat, or the era in which one served.

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