Study Topics

The questionnaire covers the following topics:

General Health:

  • Functional status, including physical and mental
  • Well-being
  • Height and weight

Health Behaviors:

  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Eating behaviors/disorders
  • Sleep duration and quality
  • Physical activity

Health Conditions and Symptoms:

  • Provider-diagnosed medical conditions
    • Examples: cancer, heart disease, emphysema/bronchitis, asthma, hypertension, diabetes
  • Physical symptoms
    • Examples: pain, headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, forgetfulness, sexual problems
  • Mental health assessments
    • Examples: PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger
  • Pregnancy and infertility

Health Care Utilization and Preventive Care:

  • Outpatient and inpatient visits
  • Complementary and alternative medicine use
  • DoD and VA facility use
  • Vaccinations
  • Over the Counter (OTC) medication
  • Mental health care utilization

Potential Exposures:

  • Combat experiences
  • Injuries (including head injuries)
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents/Crashes
  • Burn Pits/Smoke/Airborne exposures
  • Chemicals/Pesticides/Depleted uranium
  • Assault (sexual and physical)
  • Discrimination, hazing, and bullying
  • Adverse childhood experiences

Military Life

  • Deployments
  • Occupation
  • Perception of the military
  • Unit cohesion
  • Military satisfaction
  • Reasons for separation
  • Status (active duty, reserve/national guard, separated/retired)


  • Employment
  • Education
  • Homelessness
  • Anger
  • Self mastery
  • Financial well-being
  • Stressful events (e.g., financial problems, divorce)
  • Marital status
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Gender identity


Instrument:  Assesses: 
Short-Form 36  Physical, mental, and functional health 
Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)  Depression, anxiety, panic syndrome, binge-eating, bulimia nervosa, and alcohol abuse 
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist-Civilian Version (PCL-C)  Post-traumatic stress disorder 
CAGE questionnaire  Alcohol problems 
Insomnia Severity Index (ISI)  Sleep 
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality*  Quality and patterns of sleep 
National Survey of Families & Household*  Marital satisfaction 
Modified Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)*  Childhood trauma 
Short Dimension of Anger Reaction  Anger disposition 
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)* Physical activity level 
Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI)  Posttraumatic growth 
Deployment Risk and Resilience Inventory*  Military and unit support 

*full inventory not used