ORIGINAL PAPER

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 57-63

Military fitness class of Finnish 18-year-old men

Prediction of military fitness class at call-up with the YASR and sociodemographic factors
  • P. MultimäkiAffiliated withArchipelago Sea Naval Command Email author 
  • , K. ParkkolaAffiliated withArchipelago Sea Naval Command
  • , A. SouranderAffiliated withArchipelago Sea Naval Command
  • , A. HaavistoAffiliated withArchipelago Sea Naval Command
  • , G. NikolakarosAffiliated withArchipelago Sea Naval Command
  • , H. HeleniusAffiliated withArchipelago Sea Naval Command

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Abstract

Objective

The aim of this study was to examine psychosocial factors associated with military fitness class, classified as capability of service, vs. temporary or permanent exemption from service.

Method

Participants were 2,340 (80% of the original sample) Finnish 18-year-old men at call-up for obligatory military service who filled in the Young Adult Self-Report (YASR) questionnaire.

Results

Temporary exemption from military service was independently associated with the YASR total problem score, externalizing and internalizing problems, excessive alcohol use, drug use, problems with peers and family, and mental health service use.Permanent exemption was independently associated with problems with peers and family.

Conclusion

The YASR is a potential selection tool to be used at call-up. Temporary exemption was more strongly associated with psychosocial problems than permanent exemption. Because of the high level of psychological problems among those temporarily exempted, the call-up situation offers a unique opportunity to identify those with problem behaviour and risk of marginalization.

Key words

military psychiatry personnel selection questionnaires