Reaching out for care for your psychological health is an important, positive step in your military career. When seeking a role that requires a national security clearance, you will be instructed to fill out the Standard Form 86 (SF86), “Questionnaire for National Security Positions.” [PDF] The federal government uses information from this form to conduct background checks and evaluate individuals who are:
Sexual assault is a significant threat to the health and mission readiness of the military community. It harms not only those who experience an assault, but also their families, friends and fellow warriors. This makes preventing sexual assault everybody’s responsibility.
Those who are coping with a sexual assault may be at risk for developing psychological health concerns like depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance misuse or anxiety. If you or someone you know has experienced a sexual assault it is important to connect with help.
Use the following resources to learn more about options for reporting an assault and available resources to cope with the experience.
Any service member can experience sexual assault. It involves uninvited sexual contact. Service members who experience sexual assault may develop psychological health concerns like sadness, anxiety or trouble sleeping. Without help, these concerns may lead to depression, substance misuse, posttraumatic stress disorder and more.