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DOD revising questions about mental health
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DOD revising questions about mental health
By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Friday, February 15, 2008

WASHINGTON Defense officials are revising questions about mental health counseling in their security clearance questionnaires in an effort to help fight the stigmas associated with traumatic stress disorders.

David Chu, undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, said Wednesday that the goal is to strike a balance between getting the information investigators need and making servicemembers more comfortable with the process.

Its widely perceived that (seeking counseling) is a deterrent to receiving your clearance, he said. I think well be able to change it to better assure people they can answer that question without imperiling their situation.

He did not specify exactly what the changes will be, but they wont involve completely omitting questions about past psychiatric counseling.

Currently the security questionnaire requires applicants to provide information on sessions regarding mental health related conditions including the name of the counselor and dates of care.

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