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1. How many years do I have to serve if I enlist in the military?
D: 8 years are required in the all volunteer military. The length of active duty varies depending on branch of the military. In fact, it could be more than 8 years. At the height of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, tours were extended for hundreds of thousands of military personnel without their consent. Called “stop loss,” it can be implemented for the duration of the war. See enlistment contract USC 506,12103 (c)
2. How many women in the military are sexually assaulted on active duty?
C: At least 1/3 of the women in the military are sexually assaulted or harassed. See “What Every Girl Should Know About the U.S. Military.”
3. What health issues do many soldiers commonly experience after serving in the military?
B: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 31% of veterans of the American war in Vietnam have PTSD, 11% of veterans from the war in Afghanistan, and 20% from the Iraq war. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is often called the “signature wound” of the post-9/11 wars because of its frequency.
4. If I sign up for the Delayed Entry program, can I back out?
A: Department of Defense Directive 1332.14 allows anyone in the Delayed Entry Program to reject signing an enlistment contract. You can write a letter or just not show up to enlistment.
5. On average, how many veterans commit suicide daily?
D: Stars and Stripes, a military news outlet, reported that the VA estimated that the average daily number of suicides for active and veteran military personnel is 20.