Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 4, Winter 2005 (
RE-ENTRY AND REINTEGRATION:
RETURNING HOME AFTER COMBAT
LTC Michael E. Doyle, M.D. and LTC Kris A. Peterson, M.D.
Solider life exists on a continuum of readiness for deployment. Re-entry and
reintegration—the return home and reunion with family and community—key
the success of the deployment cycle. In current and projected future opera-
tions, the Army and society will both bear the burden of this re-entry and
re-integration. Programs and procedures in place work towards improving com-
munication, mitigating distress and resolving crises during reentry and reinte-
gration. Key elements include: inclusion of families and communities early into
the planning for reentry and reintegration; normalization (non-medicalization
of distress); easy access to behavioral health professionals; and education of
families on resources and beneﬁts. Through broad collaboration, maximal
beneﬁt to the Soldier, family members and society be realized.
KEY WORDS: reintegration; redeployment; homecoming; demobilization; re-entry.
LTCMichael E. Doyle, M.D. and LTC Kris A. Peterson, M.D., are afﬁliated with
Department of Psychiatry, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA.
Address correspondence to LTC Michael E. Doyle, MD, Department of Psychiatry,
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA 98431; e-mail: michael.doyle@amedd.
2005 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.