2015 Department of Defense Health Related Behaviors Survey (HRBS)

Rand Health Q. 2018 Oct 11;8(2):5. eCollection 2018 Oct.


The Health Related Behaviors Survey (HRBS) is the U.S. Department of Defense's flagship survey for understanding the health, health-related behaviors, and well-being of service members. In 2014, the Defense Health Agency asked the RAND Corporation to review previous iterations of the HRBS, update survey content, administer a revised version of the survey, and analyze data from the resulting 2015 HRBS of active-duty personnel, including those in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. This study details the methodology, sample demographics, and results from that survey in the following domains: health promotion and disease prevention; substance use; mental and emotional health; physical health and functional limitations; sexual behavior and health; sexual orientation, transgender identity, and health; and deployment experiences and health. The results presented here are intended to supplement data already collected by the Department of Defense and to inform policy initiatives to help improve the readiness, health, and well-being of the force.

Keywords: Bisexual; Gay; HIV and AIDS; Health Risk Behaviors; Health and Wellness Promotion; Health-Related Quality of Life; Lesbian; Mental Health and Illness; Military Force Deployment; Military Personnel; Obesity; Sexual Behavior; Sleep; Substance Use; United States Air Force; United States Army; United States Coast Guard; United States Marine Corps; United States Navy; and Transgender Populations.