Health and well-being management in the military: a systematic review of genetic studies


This review evaluates existing studies on genetics within a military context.


Genetic research may have therapeutic value for mental and physical disorders and could have an indicative or preventative capacity. Little is known about the extent, form and utility of military-specific genetic research. Ten papers were included within the final review, with seven mental-health-focused and three physical-health-focused genetic studies found within military populations. Eight papers considered candidate genes, one gene expression and one study was an outline of a future study of significant interest. Genetic commonalties were derived to yield shared physiological pathways. Them 10 reviewed papers revealed moderate quality based on quality assessment. Current genetic research within military populations is limited. Further studies on genetics, cost effectiveness, ethics and continual monitoring need to be explored before considering any movement toward clinical translation.

Full Reference

Parnell, N., Rye, K., Greenberg, N., 2017. Journal of the Royal Army Med Corps. Published Online First: doi:10.1136jramc-2017-000765.