Pentagon Changes Rule for Security Clearances

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Pentagon is urging troops to get psychiatric counseling for wartime mental health problems, saying it will not be used to deny them security clearances for sensitive jobs.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a new policy today under which troops will no longer have to reveal previous mental health treatment unless it was court-ordered or involved violence.

He spoke to reporters after he visited with patients at a new center at Fort Bliss, Texas, that is designed to treat soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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