Army STARRS, the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers, will begin surveying Soldiers in Kuwait this week.
Soldiers traveling through Ali Al Salem air base to and from R&R will be briefed on Army STARRS and asked if they would like to complete a questionnaire. Participation is confidential and strictly voluntary. The in-theater research is just one piece of Army STARRS and will contribute to the wealth of data collected from Soldiers in all phases of Army service.
Researchers do not look at information from individual Soldiers, they work with information from groups of Soldiers to try and identify risk and resilience factors that contribute to Soldiers’ well being. Summary findings (not individual responses) are reported to the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army every quarter so they may be applied to the Army’s health promotion and risk reduction efforts.
Army STARRS, the largest study of mental health ever conducted among military personnel, is a five-year study scheduled to run through 2014. More than 55,000 Soldiers at over 50 locations around the world have already participated in this groundbreaking project. You can learn more about Army STARRS at www.ArmySTARRS.org.